Ghost Stories – Brand New Trailers & Clips!

The Woman in Black.

That’s all I am referencing here. That was a successful horror play turned Daniel Radcliffe supernatural turd of a film. The frights in the theatre don’t translate well to the scares on the screen.

But can Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s Olivier nominated production succeed where it’s peer failed?

The film revolves around Phillip Goodman, a professor of psychology who is a “belief buster;” debunking supernatural tales. That is until he receives a letter from the grave that says otherwise…..

After a pretty successful run at LFF, Ghost Stories could be great. What do you think?

Ghost Stories is out  2018! 

Monster Family – Brand New Trailer!

We absolutely love monster movies for family adventures. Nightmare Before Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, Monsters Inc – we can’t help but love frolics with fiends!

Here’s the latest in that weirdly niche genre: Monster Family.

Starring Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost, and Emily Watson, the film revolves around a very unhappy family who find themselves cursed by a witch – becoming their Halloween costumes!

With a great voice talent, Monster Family looks to be fun enough. What do you think?

Monster Family is out 2nd March

Terrifier – Brand New Trailer!

It was a great horror flick of this year but, man, has it re-sparked the creepy clown obsession. Fuck you, It. Fuck you!

On that list of clown movies coming out, here’s the trailer for Terrifier.

Directed by Damien Leone, the film revolves around a maniacal clown who hunts down three women on Halloween, destroying anyone in his path.

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Nope, not cool. Not cool at all. What do you think?

Terrifier is out 2018! 

The Sandman (1992) – Short Film Review

“Mr Sandman, bring me a dream”

More like bring me a Nightmare…

The modern perception of The Sandman legend is a creature that uses sand to bring dreams to sleeping children. Like the character from Rise of the Guardians, he is the protector of children and giver of pleasant fantasies. Yet in director Paul Berry’s dark vision of The Sandman, he is a creature to be feared indeed.

 The short opens looking over a mountain filled landscape. We come to a small house where a sewing woman and a boy, (presumably her son) sit. As the clock strikes eight, the woman gives the boy a light and sends him to bed. Clearly afraid, the boys makes his way up the dark, dank staircase to his room. In bed, the boys lies restlessly looking out at the moon. The creasant moon soon morphs with the curved nose and chin of a sinister creature. The boy rubs his eyes in disbelief and the creature disappears. He tries once again to go to sleep but the creature is now inside the house.

He creaks the stairs and makes eerie noises to frighten the boy, who pulls his covers over his eyes. Slowly his covers are pulled back by his mother who gently tucks him in. Once alone the creature steps out of the shadows to approach the bed, the boy opens his eyes and comes face to face with the horrific creature.

In shadowed silhouette, we see the creature violently steal something from the boy before returning to his home. On the moon the creature returns to his nest where three of its babies await. Only when he opens his pouch to feed them is it clear what he has stolen from the boy. We return to the boy and see him blindly join other children who have shared the same horrific fate.

Director Paul Berry worked as an animated under Henry Selick on The Nightmare Before ChristmasJames and the Giant Peach as well as Monkeybone. Here he takes the directors chair for a film that was inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s version of The Sandman legend.

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The films visual style has borrowed heavily from German Expressionism. Like Burton’s Vincent short, it is characterised by jagged edges and surreal proportions. Every set piece has a sharp edge that warns of foreboding dread. Shadows stretch out across the screen as if reaching for something and darkness contrasts the small sections of light used.

His two human characters, whilst the innocence of the film, also have a Gothic edge. With dark circles around their eyes and angular cheek and chins. The Sandman himself is a grotesque being. With exaggerated features on his body and a style of movement that brings to mind the child-catcher of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Balletic but mencing. With the feathered upper body of a bird and a chin/nose that mirror the creasant moon he calls his home.

The short contains no dialogue but mixes an eerie score with silence and diagetic sound. Foot steps and creaking stairs are all used to build tension and suspense.

A short film that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Eerie yet beautifully imagined, its a sinister take on an established myth. Paul Berry was clearly a talented director as well as animator. Sadly, Berry past away in 2001 of a brain tumour. But the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short and stands as a testimonial of Berry’s talent.

Happy Halloween!

Our Favourite Horrors


Halloween is, indeed, upon us. That one night of the year where you can dress like a sexy lamppost and it is deemed acceptable (Not so much in the office, Kyle.) It’s actually a night of change and finality; a bewitched eve where  spirits walk the plane with us. In film land, it is a place where we celebrate ghastly films that are filled with plenty of corn syrup good stuff to keep us in chills.

So a couple of writer’s have gotten together to talk about their favourite horror films.

The Descent (2005)
by Jo Johnstone

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It is hard to pick a favourite Horror film. Of course, I like the classics, (Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shinning) but the modern trend feels like gore over engrossing narratives. One modern film, that stayed with me long after I watched it in cinema is The Descent.

Centred on a group of female adventurers, a year after a tragedy has struck, the group reforms to go caving. Unknown to all but one, they are not in the planned caving system and the women become trapped. As you might have guessed, they are not alone and creatures begin hunting them down.

What struck me about the film, besides its all female strong and able cast, is the claustrophobia created by the camera. You genuinely feel trapped inside the cave with the characters and wonder just how you will get out. The film is an early project from British director Neil Marshall who also directed Dog Soldiers and Doomsday. The film also brilliantly plays out the emotional human dynamic, alongside the gritty and yes at times gory visuals. The Descent is a hidden British gem and my pick for this year’s favourite Horror film.

by Alli Kett

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The Descent tells the tale of a girls weekend away, adventuring through a previously uncharted cave, stalked by unknown creatures. Powerfully led by a female cast, it is remarkable for the diverse female characters, women with differing personalities and lives led outside of the film narrative.  And it’s scary. The unknown creatures, the crawlers, stalk the friends, picking them off one by one. The women fight back, but their own descent into madness, surrounded by the depravity of watching friends die builds an unrelenting claustrophobic tension.

As a flip side to the alpha males populating his previous excellent film, Dog Soldiers, Neil Marshall, brings us genuine women outside of the horror stereotypes, fighting for their lives. The low light of the caves, the action set to a mostly subtle soundtrack, this is low-budget, low-key terror at its creepy best.

Night of the Living Dead (1868)
by Matthew Hansburg

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I know that zombies are becoming rather played out now, but I still remember the first time I sat down to watch Night of the Living Dead. I was fourteen years old and my parents had gone out for the night, leaving me to watch whatever I wanted on TV.

Unfortunately, my older brother decided to leave his VHS copy of Night in the open, and I decided that I would be brave and watch it!

To this day, I’m not entirely certain whether or not I made a mistake in choosing to watch the film. One thing I do know is that it helped awaken a curious urge within me, and I could not stop delving into the most depraved films I could find to satisfy this twisted desire. I still turned out completely fine though. Just ask my collection of stuffed animals.

They’ve never steered me wrong in my decisions.

The Thing (1982)
by Graham Osborne

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I first saw The Thing all alone on a rather dark, damp and dreary Halloween night.

It was a fitting time to watch it, as I completely freaked out and started to believe that my cats were the titular Thing and intended to lure me into a false sense of security before killing me… Or they wanted more food, they can be quite greedy.

Regardless, I was captivated by the fantastic atmosphere crafted by the claustrophobic conditions from the snowstorm and the utterly astounding practical effects used to create the alien parasite as it was impersonating its victims.

Whilst the climactic battle between Kurt Russell and the Thing felt a little over the top, the final shot is a great way to end the entire film, creating a cliffhanger that will leave you guessing all the potential possibilities for what is the ultimate fate of everyone at the research station and the rest of the world in general.

Truly, The Thing is a masterpiece of John Carpenter’s storytelling.

Candyman (1992)
by Sarah Cook

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I’ve already spoken, in great length, about how much I love Candyman. The sultry scary tones of Tony Todd stalking the screen with eloquent horror still makes my spine crawl.

I remember Candyman being one of the first ever horror films I watched and it’s stuck in my mind forever. it tells the story of an Urban Legend running amok among The Projects of Chicago and a rambunctious professor gets caught in the myth with terrible consequences. Starring Virigina Madsen as Helen, she is about to face one of her greatest fears.

Bernard Rose splatters the screen with visceral grim scenes of bloody murders as the  spectre literally tears Helen’s life apart. But the movie is meditative, slowly unravelling and intensifying with each turn. Whilst the eerie atmosphere is there from the beginning, heightened by the stalking piano of Philip Glass, it is drawling burn of a film that makes the fear and frights more palpable. It is modern Gothic and reads like horror movie poetry, tonguing your ear seductively whilst bloody mayhem streaks across your eyes….

What’s your favourite scary movie?