by Robbie JonesAs one of Britain’s most indisputably popular filmmakers, Edgar Wright has reached a point in his career where his work has become an event. Fans and critics have come to anticipate Wright’s signature style with each new release and, whether or not the film is good, revel in the pleasure of having experienced yet another journey into his cinematic landscape. Wright has made … Continue reading Last Night in Soho – Review
by Sarah Cook “I’m Sidney Prescott – of course I have a gun!” Twenty five years ago, Sidney and her friends were thrown into a killing frenzy that changed the shape of slasher films. The late and great Wes Craven, the mastermind behind the series, introduced Ghostface into our lives and the killer has become a staple in horror movie marathons. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin … Continue reading Scream – Trailers! Featurettes! Games!
by Sarah Cook True crime has fascinated us for centuries. I guess there is a lot of psychology surrounding the phenomenon. Whether or not it stems from a morbid fascination with murders and their perpetrators or it comes from the spectacle of violence, true crime has been extremely popular. Think of the Victorians who’d rush crime scenes to get their first glimpse of the gore and … Continue reading You Must Watch…Murder, Mystery & Make-Up
by Anton Bitel There is a loose subgenre of home invasion films in which the victims become trapped as much by their disability as by their domestic location – until they find eventual empowerment precisely in their disempowerment. In Walter Grauman’s A Lady In A Cage (1964), Olivia Havilland’s protagonist is rendered helpless both by a broken hip and the stalled cage elevator in which … Continue reading See For Me – BFI London Film Festival
As a rule, you must always prepare for the worst when it comes to sequels. Even worse when it comes in threes. And even worse, worse, worse when it’s a horror. Because, as you know, trilogies in the genre don’t usually end up being the best. Unless you count Toy Story as horror which you could if you are deathly afraid of spider legged doll heads and … Continue reading Road to Woodsboro: The Middling Earth -Scream 3 (2000)
If you’ve watched pretty much any horror film in the last twenty years, you’ll be familiar with a phenomenon I like to call: “All Aah, no Choo.” It’s a sneeze metaphor, and yes, it sounds better out loud than it looks written down but shh, listen: How many horror movies have you sat through, tensed up, clenched fists, gasping in all the right places, just … Continue reading All Ahh, No Tchoo: Stop with the Ambiguous Horror Endings