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
Rating Title/Year Author
The Taking (2014) Naila Scargill Burrows beneath your skin from the off, with a sly edit that ekes out the tension to unbearable levels. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Les sept jours du talion (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. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
5150, rue des Ormes (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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Awakening (1995) Naila Scargill The raison d'être is ludicrous and sewn up in minutes, but the cast is very good, as is the cinematography and symbolism. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Snowtown Murders (2011) Naila Scargill A truly effective film that will stay with you long after the credits roll. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
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. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
() Naila Scargill A reasonably good start rapidly falls victim to a lack of direction, resulting in an incoherence that does not entertain. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The Inside (2010) Naila Scargill Refreshing for its solid reason for found footage, with some effective moments, but let down by uncontrolled camera. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
VHS (2012) Naila Scargill Naturally there is variance in quality, but overall an exhilarating experience that brings pleasure back to found footage. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
The Possession (2012) Naila Scargill Familiar tropes require something original in execution for interest arousal, and The Possession simply does not deliver the goods. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Berberian Sound Studio (2012) Naila Scargill Strangely accessible for a giallo come art-house film; a pleasure from beginning to end, with lavish attention to detail. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019