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Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 Greta (2018) Michael Coldwell The oodles of class Huppert brings to proceedings are hobbled by a script that crunches through the gears rather too predictably once the big 'ah-ha!' twist is out the way early on. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/10 Catskill Park (2018) Paul Mount Catskill Park does, however, have a little bit more to offer than many of its pitilessly poor predecessors, thanks to some decent production values which offer up a few interesting visuals. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
9/10 Missing Link (2019) Jack Bottomley Sometimes the most important adventure one can take, is finding someone to join you on your future ones and this funny, frolicking, crusade from Laika is a trip worth taking for all ages. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/10 Shed of the Dead (2019) Paul Mount Shed of the Dead is quite epically bad and yet it's hard not to find something to enjoy in its endearing clueless tackiness. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Some Time After (Tiempo después) (2018) Jonathan Edwards It's certainly not for everyone, and some themes can be a little hard to grasp due to their deep-rooted nature in Spanish society, but if you're into the idea of a theatrical display of satire then this will be a welcome change from the usual. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
7/10 The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) John Higgins Ultimately, the film rises and falls on the strength of a strong central performance from Duff amidst some jarring moments of horror and violence. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/10 Pet Sematary (2019) Robin Pierce If you're expecting a more faithful adaptation of the book, then to paraphrase the Ramones' song "I don't wanna be buried in THIS Pet Sematary." EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/10 Party Line (1988) Jonathan Edwards One for the connoisseurs of cult cinema, Party Line is a visual treat that'll please fans of B-movies but may potentially bewilder the uninitiated. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
7/10 Rust Creek (2018) John Higgins There's a touch of film noir within the story which lends itself more to the likes of classic Coen Brothers offerings... EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
9/10 Knife + Heart (2018) Nick Spacek A film which is fascinating, involving, and a faithful yet clever inversion of a genre which is all too frequently about style over substance. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Esther Zuckerman Given the relative obscurity of the hero, expectations for his solo picture were essentially non-existent, so the film easily ends up rocketing past whatever hopes there are and landing in a place of pure delight. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
5/10 Dumbo (2019) James Perkins Although entirely watchable, this remake of the Disney classic lacks an interesting secondary storyline, is derived of almost all charisma and charm that made the original what it is today and is plagued with wooden performances and poor CGI. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/10 The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) Andrew Pollard A completely unnecessary sequel that, while having its own merits, feels totally misjudged, rushed and sadly redundant... this is as cheesy '90s horror as it gets. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
7/10 Pet Sematary (1989) Andrew Pollard Some genuinely great scares... Fred Gwynne completely and utterly steals the show. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
8/10 Us (2019) Jack Bottomley This film well and truly sees Peele expand his reach in terms of ideas, scale and bizarreness and even if some aspects don't quite click, far more works than doesn't and the aspirations are nobly built on subtle detail and themes. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
5/10 Red Room (2017) Joel Harley Red Room does what it does effectively enough, but that doesn't make it any less horrible. But then, maybe that's the point. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
7/10 Motel Mist (2016) Joel Harley Motel Mist is weirdly hypnotic and enjoyably unsettling; an erotic odyssey into violent fetish, dysfunction and exploitation that one can't quite look away from - at the same time as it turns one's stomach. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
9/10 Lords of Chaos (2018) Katie Driscoll Straddling black comedy and horror, Lords of Chaos proves that the best -and most horrific-films of the genre are ones that make you bubble over with tears and fear and laughter in one giant contradiction. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
10/10 Next of Kin (1989) James Evans A truly wonderful film, spending time to build character and atmosphere before unleashing a brutal and exciting final half hour that pays off every expectation. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
6/10 Book of Monsters (2018) Nick Spacek The effects are good, and the monster designs are legitimate, but it seems that all the work went into making Book of Monsters look interesting. Unfortunately, beneath the surface, it's revealed that the film is nothing but a thin veneer. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
7/10 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Katie Driscoll It's a twisty-turvy tale that's both exhausting and maddening, only redeemed when the film dares to self reflexively mock Sam and his self-important quest. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 The Quake (2018) John Townsend As a disaster movie, The Quake does everything you need and expect with considerably less fuss than many of its genre stablemates. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 Tangent Room (2017) Andrew Marshall A cerebral take on a popular sci-fi concept that is all the more compelling for its simplistic interpretation. In a market dominated by big-budget sci-fi, it shows that even the smallest of productions can still make an impact. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
5/10 O Clube dos Canibais (2018) James Perkins The Cannibal Club fails to work on a deeper level due to audiences needing to have a more comprehensive understanding of what it is a satirical take on, but has enough on the surface to keep gore hungry horror fans satisfied. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
7/10 Captain Marvel (2019) Iain McNally By no means bad, Captain Marvel is still an enjoyable space-slash-superhero adventure, but Carol Danvers might have been better served by being introduced a little earlier in the release order. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
8/10 Creed II (2018) Andrew Pollard Full of moments that will have franchise fans watching through teary eyes at the first sniff of an emotional beat or fist-pumping anthem. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
9/10 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Martin Unsworth Sullivan's film is a rollercoaster of emotions for fans of Sievey; it's hard not to see his end as a cruel tragedy, but there is enough joy in his work on show in the documentary to offset the ultimate sadness. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
9/10 Somewhere in Time (1980) Grant Kempster Funny, smart, touching and, did we mention romantic? Somewhere in Time is a masterclass in acting, writing and emotive cinema. Required viewing. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
6/10 Sweeney (1977) James Evans The end result is a very entertaining film that arguably doesn't work fully as either The Sweeney or bleakly cynical thriller but is still very good fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
Sweeney 2 (1978) James Evans Stripping things back to their core, it's a more satisfying approach and manages to feel truer to the appeal of the series and at the same time expand upon it. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
5/5 () Paul Mount Ultimately a sloppy structure and terrible pacing conspire to scupper Soldier of War; the film fizzles out when it should be building to a big, dramatic climax and whilst there are a few bits of gore and blood-letting, it all seems a bit tame. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
7/10 My Name Is Julia Ross (1945) James Evans It's not the most essential of film noirs but nevertheless has much to enjoy, more so as a Gothically-inclined tale of abuse and survival. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
5/10 Man About the House (1975) James Evans It's entirely predictable comedy but none the worse for it. Though there's absolutely nothing compelling about the film, it's inoffensive stuff that's likely to please fans and convert no one else. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
7/10 Horror Express (1972) Richard Thomas Horror Express really defies any genre, containing elements of murder mystery, zombie films, and even romance all mixed up together. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
7/10 Class of 1984 (1982) James Evans Whatever statement Lester wanted to make is lost as a result, whether he did predict the decline of schools a moot point. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
8/10 Class of 1999 (1990) Chris Jackson Everything about Class Of 1999 screams 1980s, which is no bad thing of course. The fashions, dialogue and soundtrack are almost a perfect snapshot of the era, despite the film being set right at the tail end of the 20th century. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
6/10 Devil's Path (2018) John Higgins Devil's Path doesn't have the delicious double twist of What Keeps You Alive, and in terms of pacing it does take a little too much time to get to where the audience would like it to be as a bonafide shocker EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
9/10 Evil Dead 2 (1987) Andrew Pollard Takes all of the scares, gore, humour and insanity of 1981's The Evil Dead and amps it all up to 11. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
6/10 Parents (1989) Robert Martin The central idea of alienation may be ever present but Balaban doesn't get the tone quite right with direction that's fine scene to scene but cumulatively doesn't generate the necessary thrills to make Parents one to rush out and adopt. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
6/10 The Unholy (1988) John Higgins After a bright and bloody opening, the film settles into a more mystical story before building to an atmospheric, if silly, climax. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
7/10 Blood Bound (2019) Joel Harley Where Blood Bound is careful not to be insensitive, it also tends to be too subtle for its own good, and the story is a downright slog at times. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
6/10 Mystic Demon Killer (2017) John Higgins It's a cheap and cheerful affair at times, but as a low budget film it does have a lot to offer, reminiscent of some of Charles Band's offerings mixed with more recent British cult favourites. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
9/10 The Fifth Cord (1978) James Evans It's so much more than the murderous mayhem that unfolds onscreen. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
8/10 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) James Perkins From its roots of campy horror comedy in Happy Death Day to adding dimension shifting sci-fi and strong emotional arcs in this follow-up. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
8/10 Snowflake (2017) Rich Cross Stylish, self-confident and oozing with an assured sense of cool, Snowflake struts its sassy stuff through a whole series of ridiculous and often extremely violent set pieces as its complex plot unfolds. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
7/10 Painkillers (2018) Robert Martin Before getting carried away, if it sounds like this is a great film, it's no Near Dark but it's much better than expected. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
10/10 First Man (2018) James Perkins From the very first second, Neil's story is brought to life in such a way that not only inspire you to be your best self, but will also educate you in a way you have perhaps never experienced before. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
8/10 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Robert Martin One of the many pleasures in checking into the El Royale is how perfectly the rugs beneath your feet get pulled, and how often. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
7/10 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) James Perkins Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween follows a lot of the same story beats as the first film but still displays some clever writing and provides audiences with an entertaining, family-friendly 90-minute horror romp. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
9/10 Before We Vanish (2017) Daniel Goodwin The characters are flawed, thorny and affable, while sun-kissed settings and a John Williams-style score, by Yusuke Hayashi, alleviate the gloomy mood and doomsday notions. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019