Review: The Lighthouse

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Tweet ReviewWell played sirs, well played indeed. Writer/director Chris Crow delivers us a slow burn piece of period-horror done right in ‘The Lighthouse’. Possibly best described as a drama with a creepy conclusion, the films minimal number of characters and differing environments, and the heavy reliance on dialogue, sees the film more akin to a recorded stage production than what you might consider a modern horror release. If you were hoping this film would have GCI ghosts popping out of the shadows of a haunted lighthouse then perhaps give this review a skip, but if the thought of a traditional […]

Review: Darkness Reigns

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Tweet ReviewThe ever-popular Casper Van Dien starts in ‘Darkness Reigns’, a slightly better than average POV horror about a demonic attack on a group of film-makers who make an ill-fated attempt to make a horror film on location of an ‘actual’ haunted hotel. The film opens as our ever vigilant POV camera team are tasked to record all the ‘behind the scenes’ footage for a pre-production horror film which the director hopes will be a hit. The aforementioned Casper Van plays himself as the productions lead ‘name’ and with him on board the film crew are all assembled for the […]

Review: Gehenna – Where Death Lives

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Tweet Review‘Gehenna: Where Death Lives’ boasts a wealth of talent both behind and in front of the camera to bring its claustrophobic and psychological horror out from the depths of the bunker into our living rooms. The synopsis: Gehenna fixes on five people who enter a hidden bunker from WW2, and realize it’s way more than a bunker. Some fates are MUCH worse than death. After the films somewhat unexpected opener, set in ancient time, which sees the imprisoning of a terrified gent into a stone tomb the film doesn’t waste anytime setting its rather limited story up. First time […]

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. […]