Martin Unsworth

Martin Unsworth
Martin Unsworth's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Starburst
Publications: Starburst

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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 57% Game of Death (2020) When your film only lasts 75 minutes, there's little time to waste on character development, so it's good that since directors Sebastien Landry and Laurence Morais-Lagace have filled their film with a despicable, generally one-dimensional group. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 65% Danger: Diabolik (1968) A feast for both the eyes and ears. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Derelicts (2017) Although its lower budget slightly hampers Derelicts, it's undoubtedly one of the most memorable films of its type in recent years. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
4/5 76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) A moody and dour ambience permeates throughout and the film will rightfully go to be known as one of the great folk horror films. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Held (2020) Without relying on jump scares, Held keeps the viewer on edge throughout most of the running time, even after we've found out what's going on. It might be a good idea to cancel that anniversary weekend away. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Sacrifice (The Colour of Madness) (2021) The anxieties of a pregnant woman ooze from the screen as the story twists and turns. Ultimately, it's an intriguing take on Nordic folk horror with some genuinely sinister moments. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Woman of the Photographs (2020) Woman in the Photographs looks at how body image has become something fake and relationships more distant. Beautifully filmed, and engagingly acted, it's a curious, rewarding watch. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
2/5 56% Don't Look Back (2020) An undemanding audience may enjoy the cheap thrills and get what they deserve, but hardened horror fans will find it a turn off. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Dangerous to Know (2020) For such a long film, there's a lot going on and, ultimately, it's worth the ride if you may not get the conclusion you'd wish for. A bit like life, really. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 86% Dead (2020) There are more moments that make you smile rather than laugh out loud, but when everything fits together as well as this does, that's not an issue. Highly recommended. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Banishing (2020) The Banishing is one of the best haunted house films we've seen for a while. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 60% The Brain that Wouldn't Die (2020) We don't doubt the team's sincerity and love for the much-mocked classics, but for this writer, despite being fun, it didn't quite pay off. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Returned (Los que vuelven) (2019) It's in this element - as well as the stunning location photography and eerie images - that The Returned works best. Arguably, it would be more terrifying without the storied elements, relying purely on the visuals to provide the prevailing horror. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The World We Knew (2020) The screenplay - by Jones and actor Kirk Lake - focuses on character rather than horror and in doing so creates an utterly engaging old-school chiller. It would work as play, but at no point does this feel stagy. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Spare Parts (2020) It's a great set-up for some bloody battles but doesn't really fulfil its potential. That said, the fact that it's well acted and has some really gruesome gore means it's a whole lot of fun. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 65% The Owners (2020) After showing great promise as a cat-and-mouse home invasion caper, the result is a tad muddled and a damp squib, but by no means a disaster. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 86% For the Sake of Vicious (2020) For the Sake of Vicious may be thin on plot, but it's high on action and once it gets going, is a totally manic, visceral ride. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Benny Loves You (2020) Benny Loves You is destined to be a beloved cult favourite and is not to be missed. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Los Scavengers (2020) The story, like almost everything in the movie, is raw and ragged but delivers a powerful sucker-punch ending and plenty of bloody thrills on the way. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
2/5 40% Let's Scare Julie (2020) In between all the screaming is a decent urban legend story, and once we're left with just Emma, things do get pretty creepy. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 70% The Undertaker's Home (La Funeraria) (2020) Although it gets a little too over-the-top - but fortunately not too much - in the final act, there's plenty to recommend here. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 100% Slaxx (2020) Come for the crowd-pleasing gore but stay for the thoughtful message about child labour and ethics. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 64% Unknown Origins (Orígenes Secretos) (2020) Even though the surprises are telegraphed too early, Origin Unknown (Sin Origen) is an entertaining, gory action thriller that's well worth your time. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 86% Honeydew (2020) Some setups work better than others, but on the whole, the twisted delights on offer will satisfy the hunger of a horror-savvy viewer. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Caveat (2020) A stunningly effective debut and proof that cinema can still be genuinely scary. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 100% Vicious Fun (2020) The action comes think, fast, and very bloody from all the serial killer stereotypes that are presented here within this motley crew. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 87% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) With remarkable performances from all involved, The Columnist is a Dutch treat well worth seeking out. If Hollywood tries to remake it, you will all be forgiven for the evil comments. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 71% There's No Such Thing as Vampires (2019) Unfortunately, once the cat and mouse chases come to an end, the story descends into the silliness of its own mythology. It's above-par silliness, at least. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 89% I Am Lisa (2020) While it might not be the hairy wolf we're used to, I Am Lisa has plenty of bite and will resonate with much of its audience. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 33% Sky Sharks (2020) Like the bastard son of Iron Sky and Dead Snow, Sky Sharks has Nazis at its heart, but in a way that allows the audience to have a little fun. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet They're Outside (2020) They're Outside is one of the most effective faux-doc/found footage films bolstered by the performances and engaging script. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 63% Playhouse (2020) Playhouse is Fionn and Toby's debut feature and certainly shows plenty of flair, we'll certainly be interested to see what they come up with next. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 60% The Horror Crowd (2020) The Horror Crowd is an enjoyable, well put together documentary that makes for an easy watch. It might not to teach you how to make it in the industry, but it will hopefully make you feel that you're not alone if you try. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 80% The Honeymoon Phase (2020) The climactic reveal would have been enough a payoff without heightening the reality at that point. That said, it's a solidly entertaining film that highlights the darker side of relationships. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 83% Shakespeare's Shitstorm (2020) This is probably Troma's pièce de résistance, a film in which all the elements come together to create one marvellous magnum opus. The satire, gross-out humour, use of Shakespeare and complete irreverence work perfectly. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 98% The Swerve (2020) Although The Swerve isn't a traditional horror film, it is nevertheless deeply disturbing and will resonate with viewers, regardless of gender. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 100% Blinders (2020) The climax takes things to an unforeseen level and makes up for the familiar beats along the way. You might not be so quick to strike up a conversation with that stranger after this. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 100% Av: The Hunt (2020) It's a brave and affecting movie that, while it can't be seen as enjoyable, is certainly impressive and hits more than a few nerves. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 100% A Ghost Waits (2020) The climax may not be for some people, but is deeply emotional and beautifully affecting. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 75% Hall (2020) The attempt to escape for mother and daughter is the real plight, and there are some tense moments, but there's very little to build on as, while the infected pose a risk of becoming violent, we only see it briefly and they can be mostly stepped over. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 96% Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) It might not be a heart-warming, rags-to-riches story, but the sobering truth is nonetheless entertaining and enthralling. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 78% Skull: The Mask (2020) A costume party massacre is a particular highlight. With fantastic performances all round, this is fun, gory ride. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 100% Dark Place (2019) Dark Place is patchy, but at 75 mins, nothing outstays its welcome, making it a powerful and challenging watch. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Attack of the Unknown (2020) It may feel as though the most generic cop thriller has been edited into a cheap knock-off of Independence Day at times, but it's all harmless fun. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 29% Aquaslash (2020) It plays like an extended segment from a Final Destination film. Even at just over hour, the story is stretched thinner than the girls' bikini straps. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 90% Two Heads Creek (2019) The satire of racist attitudes beats you around the head, but thanks to the blood-soaked climax, Two Heads Creek ends up being a crowd-pleasing beast. If nothing else, you'll have an appreciation of the music of Aussie legend Norman Rowe. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 93% The Oak Room (2020) The Oak Room is no facsimile and always feels its own beast. The direction is taut, building the atmosphere gradually until the tension is practically smothering during the denouement - a final shot that rivals Blood Simple for satisfaction. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
8/10 86% 1BR (2020) There's an air of Rosemary's Baby, but don't let this fool you, this film has its own surprises in store. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2020
8/10 100% The Onania Club (2020) The Onania Club is not an easy film to recommend - the real footage, in particular, is hard to stomach - but it's not one that should be dismissed as, like the director's other films, its pitch-black humour alone makes it worth your time. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
7/10 78% Murder Death Koreatown (2020) What we're presented with here is more than a simple found footage movie, it's a convincing descent into paranoia and cognitive breakdown. - Starburst EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020