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      Exquisite Terror

      Exquisite Terror is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Naila Scargill.

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      Rating Title | Year Author Quote
      Threshold (2020) Naila Scargill An impressive slow burner that develops beautifully through to a spine-chilling climax, with unexpected, shocking results.
      Posted May 09, 2021
      I Blame Society (2020) Naila Scargill This at times excruciating feminist satire is propelled forward by Gillian Wallace Horvat's delightfully deadpan delivery.
      Posted Apr 19, 2021
      Terror Train (1980) Naila Scargill Roger Spottiswoode's Terror Train is an effective comment on social order, teaching that trust in our hierarchy is a dangerous assumption.
      Posted Mar 31, 2020
      The Taking (2014) Naila Scargill Burrows beneath your skin from the off, with a sly edit that ekes out the tension to unbearable levels.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Wake Wood (2011) Naila Scargill With nicely subtle handling of its occult element, the film slowly builds an atmosphere and is more chilling as a result.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Wasting Away (2007) Naila Scargill This low-budget indie is a star turn, with a clever, funny script that shows life from the point of view of the zombie.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      We Are What We Are (2010) Naila Scargill Deftly balancing a horror premise with the politics of a family drama, We Are What We Are is utterly refreshing.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Dear Mr. Gacy (2010) Naila Scargill Low budget, not particularly well acted and with a basic script, yet somehow, this film manages to elicit goosebumps.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Peeping Tom (1960) Naila Scargill A timeless and sublime masterpiece that presents an incredibly intelligent and moving picture of psychological struggle.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      5150 Elm's Way (2009) Naila Scargill A confused affair that is a bizarre mishmash of clashing styles, with the barest of subplot revealed in just one line of dialogue.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      7 Days (2010) Naila Scargill A masterpiece that will make the world sit up and take notice of what is the perfect portrayal of the psychology of a man.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Attack the Block (2011) Naila Scargill Stands on its own two feet amongst the usual Brit comedy suspects, which is largely due to its cast of unknowns.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Let Me In (2010) Naila Scargill The performances are faultless, but clumsy CGI removes the delicateness that had us so in love with the original.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      I Spit on Your Grave (2010) Naila Scargill The cartoon violence on display here completely removes all sense of realism, shoving the film into torture porn territory.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Julia's Eyes (2010) Naila Scargill Several plot twists keep us guessing, however this device is overused and the final of these is bizarre, undoing much of the work accomplished.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Buried Alive (1990) Naila Scargill A required watch for fans of Frank Darabont, creator of The Walking Dead, if only to see what a difference 20 years can make.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Death Bell (2008) Naila Scargill Believes itself brutal, when in reality a small number of strong images are tied loosely together with a basic story.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Red State (2011) Naila Scargill A disappointing film with a script that is too basic for any kind of social commentary Kevin Smith may have been aiming for.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Silent House (2010) Naila Scargill Florencia Colucci is superb, easily shouldering the film. Also impressive is some genuine creepiness courtesy of clever lighting.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Rite (2011) Naila Scargill All a rather predictable outcome that doesn't offer anything we've not seen before, but Anthony Hopkins saves it.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (2009) Naila Scargill Despite the odd flare of brilliance, what is an honourable and creative concept ultimately fails due to a case of too many cooks. One for rabid collectors only.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Woman (2011) Naila Scargill An interesting statement on misogyny, albeit subtle as a sledgehammer-but then, this is from Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Naila Scargill Not quite as funny as you'd expect if you have seen the shorts, the film largely plays it straight.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011) Naila Scargill Laurence R. Harvey turns in an excellent performance, but there is no escaping the knowledge of a rapidly hashed idea.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Snowtown Murders (2011) Naila Scargill A truly effective film that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Awakening (2011) Naila Scargill The raison d'ĂȘtre is ludicrous and sewn up in minutes, but the cast is very good, as is the cinematography and symbolism.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Shrine (2010) Naila Scargill Effectively creates tension to complement an overall creepiness, to deliver a climax that keeps the viewer in the dark.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      A Horrible Way to Die (2010) Naila Scargill A non-linear approach wears thin, initial intrigue giving way to frustration as the story continually dances away with the cuts.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Raven (2012) Naila Scargill John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe is immensely watchable, but the story is downgraded to a bog-standard thriller.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Rabies (2010) Naila Scargill The central story is drowned in subplot after subplot, red herrings running amok to the point of frustration.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Evidence (2012) Naila Scargill There is probably a good film hidden somewhere in here, but the entire experience feels like a waste of time.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Sometimes They Come Back (1991) Naila Scargill A painfully average film, its classic horror status somewhat baffling. Purchase to complete your Stephen King collection.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Revenant (2009) Naila Scargill D. Kerry Prior's limited experience mostly lies in SFX, but you wouldn't know it from what is perfect comedy timing.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Cabin in the Woods (2011) Naila Scargill A perfect introduction to the genre that's accessible enough to reel folk in. The rest of us will go giddy counting the references.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Dark Shadows (2012) Naila Scargill At first glance Dark Shadows is fun, but there is simply little story to be had, with a script that relies on just the one joke.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Osombie (2012) Naila Scargill Quite possibly one of the most lacklustre attempts at a zombie film ever made, Osombie is simply excruciating.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Cassadaga (2011) Naila Scargill Enough strands are left to ponder to deem writers Bruce Wood and Scott Poiley as worthy of keeping an eye on.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Island of Lost Souls (1933) Naila Scargill The foreboding set piece complements the horrific story wonderfully, while Charles Laughton is genuinely sinister.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Father's Day (2011) Naila Scargill Has everything one could desire of a daft evening's entertainment, from sibling incest to a meeting with the Devil/God himself.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Skew (2011) Naila Scargill Found footage is a tricky subgenre to add an original concept to and Skew makes a good attempt. But it's not enough.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Amityville Haunting (2011) Naila Scargill Cliches abound, as does overkill, while the characters are irritating. And yet, a wound-up tension is impressed without noticing.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Chernobyl Diaries (2012) Naila Scargill The set piece needs more attention, but the attacks are done reasonably well, an instil of progressive tension reasonably effective.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Innkeepers (2011) Naila Scargill It's only really for specific moments that The Innkeepers very obviously feels like a horror film, yet it is effectively creepy.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Absentia (2011) Naila Scargill Will keep you guessing until all possibilities for explanation are eventually tied together in an excellent balance of subplot.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Axed (2012) Naila Scargill Intriguing at first with some style to be had and attention to detail, but let down by a lack of direction and poor acting.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Reverend (2011) Naila Scargill Bordering on unbearable, The Reverend pushes the limits of patience, the script basic and the acting self-consciously bad.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Rec 3: Genesis (2012) Naila Scargill A bizarrely playful addition to the [REC] series that opts for comedy over horror, despite plenty of blood on offer.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      V/H/S (2012) Naila Scargill Naturally there is variance in quality, but overall an exhilarating experience that brings pleasure back to found footage.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Supernatural Activity (2012) Naila Scargill The humour wears thin due to puerility and the editor needed reining in, but some of the comedy is surprisingly well timed.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
      The Inside (2010) Naila Scargill Refreshing for its solid reason for found footage, with some effective moments, but let down by uncontrolled camera.
      Posted Feb 28, 2019
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