Review: Beyond the Woods

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Tweet ReviewHot on the heels of other more recent Irish film successes ‘Beyond the Woods’ hopes to deliver new chills from the Emerald isle. The films plot sees seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway. Oddly a sulphur smelling sinkhole has opened in the mountains nearby filling the area with pungent fumes.  Despite the distraction of the stench the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them. Its not long before tensions in the group rise and they begin to experience bizarre and disturbing hallucinations.  As the official synopsis states: What […]

Review: The Lullaby

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Tweet ReviewBest saved for one excessively dreary evening, Darrell Roodt’s intense ‘The Lullaby’ mixes some seriously dark subject material with some modern horror chills to deliver a tense 90 minute ghost story with a psychological tinge. The synopsis:  Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends her into depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. She starts to hear voices, the humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. […]

Review: The Housemaid

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Tweet ReviewVietnam might not be the first country you might think of with regards to horror heritage, or indeed even a booming international film industry, but that hasn’t stopped the film connoisseurs over at Eureka Home Entertainment braving the jungle and the risk of flashbacks to bring us Derek Nguyen’s gothic tinged ghost story ‘The House Maid’ (Cô Haû Gaí – Vietnamese title) for our viewing pleasure. Synopsis: “When an orphaned Vietnamese girl is hired to be a housemaid at a haunted rubber plantation in 1953 French Indochina, she unexpectedly falls in love with the French landowner and awakens the […]

Review: Live Evil

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Tweet ReviewDirector Ari Kirschenbaum has some quite clear and vivid ideas, with a film that features two polar opposite halves and more style than a Paris catwalk – Live Evil is great to look at, but underneath it all, not that interesting. Synopsis: When a small college town police station is besieged by “Evil” on a sleepy Halloween night, Pete, the sheriff, and Hancock, his loyal deputy, are thrown into the middle of holy chess-game that could destroy the town, and possibly the world. It’s a busy Halloween night for the local sheriff’s department in a small town, deputy Hancock (Charlene Amoia) […]

Review: The Curse of the Witch’s Doll

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Tweet ReviewSynopsis: After a series of inexplicable events, Adeline Gray believes a haunted doll possesses the soul of a vengeful Witch. To have any hope of being reunited with her missing daughter, she knows she must defeat the evil curse of The Witch’s Doll. From the stream of low budget horror’s comes, Curse of the Witch’s Doll and being one of the better shot, well acted, yet poor films I have seen. Let’s get onto the elephant in the room, the doll…what the tits was director/writer Lawrence Fowler thinking?! There’s no escaping the fact that the little grinning deranged doll […]

Review: The Gatehouse

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Tweet ReviewThis title was a difficult one for me to get my head around, certainly not the plot, which is a gentle-natured dark fairy-tale surrounding a forest spirit and something called the ‘Dark Flowers’, but more so just who the film was targeted at. The protagonists, a self-depreciating writer and his smart mouth ‘over confident’ ten-year-old daughter, find themselves unwitting subjects of an ancient forest curse. Whilst there are several other subplots which cater to the characters back stories, the main story follows the writer and his latest project, a factual piece of research on the occult and the location […]

Review: The Elf

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Tweet ReviewHaving read my colleagues review of ‘The 13th Friday’ I can identify a number of similarities with Justin Price’s latest release ‘The Elf’ sadly sharing common downfalls. Official Synopsis:Nick is haunted by night terrors stemming from a tragic murder he saw when he was young.  After inheriting an old toy shop, he discovers a cursed elf doll sealed inside an ancient chest with a naughty list of his family’s names written on it. He soon discovers that the elf was an evil conduit meant to unleash a supernatural killing spree during the Christmas Holidays by whomever set it free. […]

Review: Ghost Witch

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Tweet ReviewI will start with being honest, I really struggled through this movie. It’s not the worst of its type I have seen (and by ‘type’ I mean, amateur paranormal investigators go into an old house, uncover the urban legend everybody scoffs at is true, and then awaken a spirit of some sort) but I found it to be, frankly unentertaining and uninspiring.   The official synopsis: “A group of rag-tag paranormal investigators (G.H.O.S.T.) get more than they bargain for when they research an old local urban legend for a disturbed local girl.” I will say that the film started […]

Review: Demons (2017)

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Tweet ReviewDemons is a supernatural horror movie written and directed by acting veteran Miles Doleac. Doleac also stars in the movie as a priest who is haunted by the ghost of a girl who died during a failed exorcism. In-fact, the film, set 8 years after that incident follows the (ex)priest and his now wife, the sister of the deceased, as they engage in a spiritual head to head with the ghosts of the past. Whist the film flits between the present and the harrowing night of the exorcism the overarching theme addresses all manner of existential subject matter. Indeed, […]

Review: Pieces (Short)

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Tweet ReviewPieces is a short film by writer/director Dan Sunley. It is first venture into horror with his previous feature ‘Your Fired!!!’ residing in the comedy section of the video store, and what a fantastic first impression he has made – and a lasting one at that. The story of ‘Pieces’ opens as a young lady Isabella takes reluctant responsibility for tidy up the affairs at the house of her recently deceased grandmother. The rest of the family make their excuses not to come to the house, but dutifully she is undeterred. Whilst the majority of the houses content are […]