Keri O'Shea

Keri O'Shea
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Keri is the owner and writer/editor of Warped Perspective, which covers horror and cult film, TV, art and books. She is also the co-author of an upcoming book entitled Horror Out of Control: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of 21st Century Horror Cinema.
Publications: Warped Perspective

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Slaxx (2020) There is enough blood splatter and enough in the way of set pieces to render this an enjoyable horror film, although its avowed aims to shine a light on exploitation and hypocrisy will likely not chime with everyone. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
100% The Stylist (2020) The Stylist is a thoughtfully-composed horror story, as compassionate as it is grisly, with careful, plausible characters and an ending which feels both incredibly OTT and somehow inevitable. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
100% My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To is an unflinching look at the lengths people will go to for family ties, but it's also a story about loneliness, a story which you know is going to collapse in on itself at some point. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 86% Honeydew (2020) The unsettling, unsettled feel is well sustained, and it's the factor which really distinguishes the film from others in the subgenre with - let's face it - largely similar plot trajectories. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
75% Hall (2020) Horrors about outbreaks are nothing new; perhaps we can appreciate them on a different level at the moment, but a good film of this kind will always stand on its own. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 100% Bloodthirsty (2020) Bloodthirsty is an aesthetically- and tonally-pleasing horror film with many worthwhile aspects. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is not dreadful by any means, but it misfires based on its at-times baffling decisions and derivative aspects, particularly when these call to a minor classic which avoided same. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
98% The Swerve (2020) This is the horror is of an intelligent woman who finds herself confronted with the reality of belonging to a servant class, only having the nous and sensitivity to, finally, see it as inescapable. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
87% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) The Columnist meshes current issues and concerns with a kind of gore vibe which is either cathartic or cautionary, depending - I'm sure - on who you ask. Overall, it's a satisfying and worthwhile watch, - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
96% The Block Island Sound (2020) The Block Island Sound more than rewards attention, with its good, inventive moments and a genuine, unsettling thread of horror which holds things together. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2020
81% Fried Barry (2020) Some of the more lurid, retro-weird scenes are fun, and the synth soundtrack works very well with the film. It's not all bad. It's just that the head-scratching, or slow, or inexplicable moments outnumber the good here. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
C- 21% Perfect (2019) A young man's personal journey, refracted through futuristic tech and psychoactive add-ons. The resulting film is creative and visually-appealing, though plot is low in the mix. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
83% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) Overlaying a genuine, realistic portrayal of grief, Koko-di Koko-da transforms into a circular fever dream of power and powerlessness. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
No Score Yet The Woman in Black (1989) Kneale's version has held its ground simply because it excels as a piece of terrifying tale-telling. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
89% Peripheral (2018) As tech horror continues to develop and reflect contemporary concerns, this love letter to Cronenberg is grim but stylish, and well worth a watch. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
86% 1BR (2020) 1BR is a film which uses some familiar horror elements, but handles them with such sensitivity, economy and awareness that it's a genuinely effective, unbearably tense ride. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
90% Possum (2018) It's a love letter to abandoned places and anonymous spaces, swept through with dead foliage and rot. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
94% The Dead Center (2019) This is a horror film - in the sense of horrific - through and through, a grim mystery which grows ever and ever nastier. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
No Score Yet Automata (2019) Everything is set for a great, original British horror. But the performances, the stylistic decisions and most of all, how the plot tumbles out via a jaw-dropping script turns this potential into a bizarre skit. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
72% Lords of Chaos (2019) It's an often frustrating mix of high camp and unflinching violence - in trying to encapsulate a great deal, it positions itself rather awkwardly between tragedy and farce. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
83% Midsommar (2019) A film which splices its incredibly graphic gore and creeping horror with overblown, definitely-allowed-to-laugh sequences. For all of that, it's still an effective horror story. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
B- 29% Groupers (2019) The film shifts from something approximating ordeal horror, to a dialogue-driven skit on human stupidity. In short, it's immensely ambitious, and most of that ambition pays off. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
4/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) [The film] wears its heart very much on its sleeve, splicing cartoonish levels of ultraviolence with darkly comedic characterisation and a steady supply of comeuppance for its worst offenders. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
63% Martyrs (2008) Films at their best - and worst - continue to have tremendous power, and Martyrs is absolutely a film which encapsulates this. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
No Score Yet Cry for the Bad Man (2019) Keaton's kudos is not enough by itself, and her presence on camera does not mean the film can dispense with all of the other going concerns. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
No Score Yet Two Ways to Go West (2020) The style and approach it takes doesn't really serve its themes; whilst visually sharp, it can feel tonally erratic, and badly needs a punchline or crescendo of some sort. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Overall, then, Knife + Heart is a lavish visual gift with a remarkable soundscape and plenty else to recommend it. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
No Score Yet Hei tai yang 731 (Men Behind the Sun) (Squadron 731) (1988) Men Behind the Sun is a phenomenal film, in which even the most seemingly outlandish scenes have their basis in historical fact, and however appalling the scenes are to watch, they're of vital importance to the narrative of the film as a whole. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
B- 69% Amulet (2020) There are a handful of issues, but nothing which derails what is otherwise an immersive and unsettling film. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
No Score Yet A Dobugawa Dream (2018) A Dobugawa Dream speaks for a hidden, taboo Japan and its inhabitants, particularly its broken men and what becomes of them. How the film concludes is a gentle, sensitive master stroke. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
No Score Yet Imperial Blue (2019) Drugs might be the nexus here, but really Imperial Blue is all about a stranger in a strange land, unable and largely unwilling to curtail his own ego in his pursuit of illicit thrills and illicit money. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 55% Rabid (2019) In effect, Rabid feels like the film which the Soskas shoulda-woulda-coulda made right after American Mary. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
56% 3 from Hell (2019) 3 From Hell looks every inch the Rob Zombie movie; its aesthetics follow a familiar pattern, and he seems quite content to just let his characters amble on through their days, resurrected largely to take one more road trip. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
98% Extra Ordinary (2020) No complaints here: this is a horror comedy that works brilliantly well, with bags of charm and deserved self-belief. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
82% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Daniel Isn't Real was introduced as 'a cross between Drop Dead Fred and Hellraiser'; if you are immediately wondering how that could ever play out, then rest assured, this is as good an approximation as you are likely to get. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space may have its flaws, but no one can argue with its sense of purpose. It's a graphic, artistic assault on the family. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
73% Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2019) The experience is a lot stronger in premise than in execution (...) with perhaps more attention paid to the cosmetic appearance of this 'lost film from the 70s' than to a film which really rewards being seen. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
89% Zombie for Sale (2019) A quirky, often ingenious film, Zombie For Sale keeps things pretty light whilst bringing a series of surprises to the screen - and the genre. It's great entertainment throughout, if you allow its profound silliness to carry you along. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
91% The Invisible Man (2020) At last, we have up-to-date evidence that it's perfectly possible to make a new version of a classic story that neither tinkers unnecessarily, nor departs entirely from the tone and content which made the story so good in the first place. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
24% Verotika (2019) How did a professed lifelong horror fan with a reasonable indie-land budget and bags of potential manage to crank out a film of such questionable standards? Why didn't anybody say? - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 50% Parallax (2020) Memory is something sinister and not to be trusted in Parallax - an unusual, character-centred story which admittedly takes a while to get going, but when it does, goes somewhere very interesting indeed. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Outback (2019) A frustrating watch at times in terms of its key players, but still a tense, decently-made film. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3/5 53% The Golden Glove (Der goldene handschuh) (2019) Whilst The Golden Glove is not overtly graphic, it feels almost as though it is - it implies the horrific, and where violence takes place, it is delivered with such hatred that it makes it seem all the more upsetting. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
4/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale strips back all varieties of artifice and fantasy, striving to represent a notoriously brutal period in Australia's colonial past as realistically as possible. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
86% Sea Fever (2020) If you value a slow-burn horror of enclosed spaces and strange nature, where a large share of the horror derives from the vast, isolating expanses of the sea itself, then there is much to recommend Sea Fever. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3/5 75% The Cleansing Hour (2019) The Cleansing Hour is a very physical, often gory project, with elements which are eminently recognisable alongside the rather newer horrors of live feeds and ratings. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Union Bridge (2020) Underpinned by mood rather than narrative, this is a minimal, oft-times perplexing but nonetheless striking film. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
75% Mansfield 66/67 (2017) As it stands, Mansfield 66/67 is frequently wrongheaded and nailing its colours to the mast in terms of a devotion to hearsay doesn't mean it can do anything and go anywhere. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) The Mortuary Collection is what it should be - a lot of fun. It feels retro and it looks it, and it offers entertaining tales around a successful central plot device. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020
2/5 90% The Lighthouse (2019) Atmospheric it may be, but The Lighthouse is in other key respects very, very dull indeed. - Warped Perspective EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2020