31 Days of Horror – Under the Shadow

Posted by - October 31, 2020
Directorial debuts don't get much more assured than writer-director Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow, a tonally perfect and atmospheric psychological horror film that blends a genuinely scary otherworldly presence with an intelligent look into Iran during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Set in Tehran, Anvari tells the story of a family in turmoil for

31 Days of Horror – The Others

Posted by - October 30, 2020
Approaching the early 2000s, saturated franchises such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, and Scream had left the slasher genre devoid of any substance. Audiences were looking for something a little less generic. Blair Witch Project and Sleepy Hollow revitalised an underwhelming epoch in horror. Unconventional movies with unique tropes that

31 Days of Halloween – The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Posted by - October 29, 2020
Film, like all art forms, is a historical document. Reflecting the time and place they were made. Providing a cultural response to the then-current zeitgeist. Self-reflection through intense examination or mockery. That is why we currently have a myriad of remakes and sequels to beloved franchises and a truckload of nostalgia porn. We desperately want

31 Days Of Horror – Get Out

Posted by - October 28, 2020
Jordan Peele’s Get Out launched into cinemas in 2017 and became an instant pop-cultural phenomenon. Grossing over $200 million at the box office, the film became a global obsession, with critics, fans, and op-ed writers all having their says on its social commentary. At the time of its release, countless memes and videos were shared

31 Days of Horror – It Follows

Posted by - October 27, 2020
It is rare for a horror film to truly scare an audience. A well-placed jump scare will give you that jolt of adrenaline or a scary sequence will make you nervously laugh - but it is hard to come by a film that genuinely instills existential fear and dread as you watch and long after

31 Days of Horror – Alien

Posted by - October 26, 2020
Space. The endless, expanding universe that hides all manner of new, unknowable creatures. Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott showed that we should be careful poking around up there, as we might not like what creatures we could encounter. For me, Alien is a masterclass in suspense. The atmosphere aboard the Nostromo is one initially

31 Days of Horror – Fright Night (2011)

Posted by - October 25, 2020
Remakes are no stranger in Hollywood, and it is the horror genre that seems to bring out the most of them. It would be fair to say that, for the most part, the remakes struggle to surpass the quality of their original counterparts. But every now and again, one comes out the gate that takes

31 Days of Horror – The Thing (1982)

Posted by - October 24, 2020
I’ve never been a big fan of body horror. My parents did their best to shelter me from seeing scary movies as a kid, and the horror movies I saw with friends in high school were very mid-2000s and far from good. For the better part of my late teens/early 20s, I caught up on

31 Days of Horror – It Comes at Night

Posted by - October 19, 2020
When Trey Edward Shults' It Comes at Night came out in 2017, it split audiences and critics completely. While critics were very enthusiastic about the film, praising its atmosphere and ability to both build and maintain tension and a sense of paranoia over the course of its taut running time of 91 minutes, the audience reaction

31 Days of Horror – The Exorcist

Posted by - October 18, 2020
“Do you know what she did? Your ****ing daughter?” In 1973, William Friedkin’s adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s book, The Exorcist, was released. Along with it came a tidal wave of hysteria, as people fainted in the cinema, local councils banned the film from being shown and its reputation as the scariest film ever made