The Hollywood News

The Hollywood News is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Freda Cooper, Kat Hughes
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Double Date (2017) Kat Hughes Seductive, hilarious and deviously disturbing, with Double Date Barfoot and Morgan have burst onto the British movie scene with a brilliant blend of horror and comedy. The 40-Year-Old Virgin meets Fatal Attraction. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 The Rusalka (2018) Kat Hughes A well thought-out sombre sophomore feature, The Siren may on the surface be a simplistic tale of love, but it hides a wealth of danger and pathos underneath. A dark fairy-tale love story that will melt your heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Freaks (2018) Kat Hughes Freaks is essentially what would happen if the X-Men were to have lived in Room within the Chronicle universe. It's been a long time since you've seen a sci-fi film quite like this. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/5 Level 16 (2018) Kat Hughes A female-focused tale of science-fiction dystopian thrills, Level 16 makes a strong and powerful statement; one that deserves to be seen by all. For those thinking science-fiction is a man's world, prepare to think again. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/5 Dead Ant (2017) Kat Hughes Giant Killer Ant (UK title) could have been a Sy-Fy channel classic, but meanders on the edge of mediocrity. Still worth a watch, if only to see Jake Busey rock out during the film's climax. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 The Dead Center (2018) Kat Hughes Clive Barker in style, The Dead Center is certainly creepy enough, and would make the perfect double bill companion with The Autopsy of Jane Doe. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Kat Hughes The Hole in the Ground could very well be Ireland's answer to The Babadook, this changeling tale will leave you chilled. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Lords of Chaos (2018) Kat Hughes A slice of dark history from the music industry, tainted by some shocking and very uncomfortable scenes, Lords of Chaos will not be to everyone's taste. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Kat Hughes Popcorn thrills that blend Groundhog Day, Scream and Rick and Morty into a pleasurable, if not wholly satisfying, hundred minutes. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 () Kat Hughes Even at it's weakest moment, Parallel still remains an entertaining jaunt across the multiverse. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 Estranged (2015) Kat Hughes Estranged is particularly brilliant at wringing tension and casting doubts in the viewer's mind, making it a great cerebral and thrilling horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 Maleficent (2014) Kat Hughes Though on paper it is not exactly the sort of children's film you'd expect, what with the story focusing on the villain, it does show children that there are two sides to every story. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 Reborn (2018) Kat Hughes Great emotional performances from Crampton and newcomer Gilbert help Reborn rise above its cliched kills and dialogue. A traumatic ordeal forms the basis for an interesting contemporary spin on two classics - Frankenstein and Carrie. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 Peripheral (2018) Kat Hughes A story that works well within the confines of its limited location, crafting an unnerving and claustrophobic atmosphere, Peripheral is a sci-fi body horror that will get under the skin. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 Siberia (2018) Kat Hughes Another miss on the CV for Keanu Reeves, Siberia is a muddled mess that tries far too hard to be sexy (get ready for some very cringe-worthy sex scenes) and fails in the most epic way. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 Little Sister (2016) Kat Hughes A charming independent drama that deserves to cross over into the wider populace. Engaging, quirky, funny and emotional, Little Sister is an absolute delight. An instant kooky cult classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 Mara (2018) Kat Hughes A strong debut from Clive Tonge, Mara gets a little bogged down by its formulaic narrative, but does have some gems hidden amongst it. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 Den blomstertid nu kommer (2018) Kat Hughes A mysterious thriller with a strong emotional core, The Unthinkable offers a very unique viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 Mandy (2018) Kat Hughes You'll likely come to Mandy for crazy Nic Cage, but once watching, will fall in love with the pure, unadulterated psychedelic visuals, hypnotic score and uber-violence, the likes we've barely seen since the eighties. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
2/5 CTRL (2018) Kat Hughes For me Ctrl is a case of too much talking (about stuff I'm not versed enough in to fully grasp) and not enough forward momentum. A low-fi intellectual take on the sentient machine. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 The Tokoloshe (2018) Kat Hughes A solid debut that is let down by one small decision, The Tokoloshe is a chilling story with some very strong moments. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Ravers (2018) Kat Hughes A real crowd-pleaser it should be watched with as many like-minded people as possible for full enjoyment. Fun and funny, Ravers is one party you'll want to attend. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years (2018) Kat Hughes A lovely examination of one of Britain's best film institutions, prepare to learn a whole lot more about the world of Hammer Horror. A must devour for fans of the House. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Pimped (2018) Kat Hughes A tautly scripted thriller that slowly seduces, Pimped has much more going on than it initially seems. Led by two strong central performances, expect scenes of a dark and violent nature, sans the typical blood and gore. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Square Dance (1987) Kat Hughes Hell is Where the Home is offers some nice perspectives on the home invasion genre, with some interesting character work elevating it more than others. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 Dementia Part II (2018) Kat Hughes A nice return to cinematic styles of the past, Dementia: Part II somehow manages to be one of the most stomach-churning films I've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 Perfect Skin (2018) Kat Hughes With Perfect Skin, first-time director Kevin Chicken has crafted a film of true beauty, complimented perfectly by Richard Brake at his absolute best. Vastly different from his previous standout role of Doom-Head, Brake's turn here is simply superb. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 Halloween (2018) Kat Hughes A perfect contemporary sequel to a horror classic. Halloween delves into the after effects of trauma perfectly. JLC gets the Linda Hamilton T2 treatment and it works brilliantly. Also, that John Carpenter score will never not be amazing. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2018
1/5 Best F(r)iends (2017) Kat Hughes What could, and should, have been more The Room level madness is sadly just downright mad. Unless you're a real glutton for punishment, skip this and just re-watch The Room again. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 Venom (2018) Kat Hughes Not as bad as Spider-Man 3, Venom sadly fails to capitalise on its potential. There's high hopes for a sequel, although with an opening this lack-lustre, Sony might just hit the reset button once more. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Kat Hughes Absolutely LOVED this. Bradley Cooper is just sensational. A juggernaut assault on the emotions. Pack tissues. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Incontrol (2017) Kat Hughes Sadly for a film filled with so many interesting ideas and concepts, the plot doesn't quite hold up. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2018
4/5 The Master Cleanse (2016) Kat Hughes [It's] a film which is somehow endearing and calming, as well as dark and dangerous. A light-hearted and whimsical charm that has a surprisingly amount and tension and wariness hidden beneath. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Kat Hughes A glossy and classier version of Wild Things , A Simple Favour is a darkly delicious, razor-sharp witted thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 The Sand (2015) Kat Hughes The Sand takes a silly idea and somehow makes it work, helped greatly by the fact that it has got buckets of charm. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema (2018) Kat Hughes Made by the Frightfest audience, to be watched with the Frightfest audience, Frightfest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema is a love letter to Britain's favourite genre festival. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 Our House (2018) Kat Hughes Although not quite as spooky or sinister as it could be, it is still an intriguing modern update on the classic haunted house story. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 The Cleaning Lady (2018) Kat Hughes With unsettling scenes throughout, The Cleaning Lady may have it's issues, but it does add a refreshing dark horror spin to the typical friendship-turned-bad story. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 Seeds (2018) Kat Hughes A film with a marmite subject matter that will divide critics & audiences alike, Seeds is still worth the investment. Just get ready to feel really uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 Ghostland (2018) Kat Hughes Some great instances of violence and a clever script prove that Pascal Laugier is more than a one-trick pony. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 Boar (2017) Kat Hughes A poor narrative choice makes this film more bore than Boar, but is otherwise an amusing creature feature with gore galore! EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 Applecart (2017) Kat Hughes An instance of too many ideas & narrative styles, Dead Night fails to work how it should. A valiant turn from Crampton sadly cannot save this jumbled & confusing story. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 Rock Steady Row (2018) Kat Hughes Potentially a film only bicycle lovers can get on board with, Rock Steady Row is somewhat of a bewildering muddle. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 St. Agatha (2018) Kat Hughes St. Agatha just doesn't take-off in the way that one would hope. Laden with cliches, and a frustratingly slow pace, St. Agatha is watchable, just not that memorable. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 The Devil's Doorway (2018) Kat Hughes A debut that shows great promise, The Devil's Doorway is a fine example of found footage done right. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires (2018) Kat Hughes Entertaining, if not a little exhausting, Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires is as insane as the short, and much much more. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 A Young Man with High Potential (2018) Kat Hughes A commendable and confronting film that has moments of intense unease. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
5/5 What Keeps You Alive (2018) Kat Hughes An intelligent, precisely planned thriller, combines with two strong central performances from it's female leads to make What Keeps You Alive a must watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
1/5 American Fright Fest (2018) Kat Hughes A sad and sorry slasher film that somehow manages to take the genre back in time - a time that many had hoped was over. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 Lasso (2018) Kat Hughes The perfect late night kill-fest to play the slasher drinking game too, Lasso will reel you in for a fun-filled gore heavy time. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018