Review: Call of Cthulhu (Game)

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Tweet ReviewThe latest game to be influenced by H.P. Lovecraft’s occult imaginings is a distinct step-up from other games which have dared to capture the unique psychological and horrific imagery of the rich and complex source material. ‘Call of Cthulhu’ follows the maddening tale of ‘Edward Pierce’ a private detective sent to investigate the tragic death of the Hawkins family on the remote ‘Darkwater Island’. Once there he uncovers a set of chilling truths which see the island and its inhabitants dabbling with forces well beyond both their control and perception. You play as Pierce, and through a mixture of […]

Review: A Doll Distorted

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Tweet ReviewNiall Shukla’s ‘A Doll Distorted’ has already enjoyed a spate of awards at festivals, and its acceptance at numerous others is a testament to the potential genre critics/fans are seeing in this unsettling short film. Frankly, success well deserved. The plot revolves around Jane, a middle-aged woman who suffers from a haphephobia, which, as the film’s opening screen conveniently informs us is the pathological fear of touch. Tormented by memories of her high school crush and the ensuing years alone in isolation she decides to recreate he fantasy love life with the help of a synthetic love doll she […]

Review: The Changeling

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Tweet ReviewThe Changeling, possibly one of the most technically proficient and somewhat serious ghost stories I’ve seen in recent times gets the remaster treatment onto Blu-ray in this special edition courtesy of Second Sight Films. Directed by Peter Medak and starring George C. Scott, the story begins in tragic fashion as composer John Russel (Scott) witnesses his wife and kid both wiped out at the hands of a run-away truck. Following their death, he relocates into an old house which has a bit of a reputation with its tenants for “not wanting them there”. Its not long before the house […]

Review: The Devil’s Well

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Tweet ReviewThe Devil’s Well marks another notch on the bedpost of paranormal found footage films and sadly whilst it has its moments (even these are questionable) fails to present any new ideas. Husband and wife paranormal investigation team Bryan and Karla are in Connecticut to unveil the mystery of the Devil’s Well, a so called portal to hell. Make way for the films first stumble, after running low on battery Bryan leaves Karla in the pitch black to grab a new one….what could possibly go wrong? On his return Karla is of course missing and Bryan is taken into custody. […]

Review: Unfriended

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Tweet Review‘Filmed’ entirely using social media mediums ‘Unfriended’ is a unique and ambitious horror movie which pits 6 unwitting friends against the ghost of one of their former classmates. The plot sees Blaire and her closest friends stuck in a chat room with an anonymous account that they cannot get rid of. Initially they consider the anomaly just that, but when various personal and threatening posts are made they begin to realise that the ‘glitch’ is somehow related to a girl whose recent suicide they all played a part in. As I mentioned in my opener ‘Unfriended’ is shown in […]

Review: The Nursery

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Tweet ReviewChristopher A. Micklos’ and Jay Sapiro’s throwback supernatural slasher ‘The Nursery’ does well to blend together a number of more well-known horror plots, antagonists and scares in just about the right amounts to deliver a babysitter in plight movie which is more watchable than first impressions might indicate. The plot opens as we see Ranae (Maddi Conway) accepting a job as a babysitter for a well to do couple. In the first instance everything seems normal, but predictably, it is not. Still struggling to cope with the death of her own mother, Renae’s nerves are tested further as she […]

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 […]