Directed by Alex Herron and written by Ulvrik Kraft, Dark Windows, at first glance, could be perceived as another formulaic “cabin in the woods” slasher; revenge being wrought upon a group of isolated teenagers by a mysterious masked assailant. Sound familiar?
Directed by Daphné Baiwir, Stephen King on Screen examines not the literary work of Stephen King, one of the best-selling authors of the last century, but instead focuses on the extensive, never-dwindling big and small screen adaptations of his novels, novellas, and short scares!
“Everybody who hasn’t read a Stephen King book has still seen a Stephen King movie.”
The healthcare system in the United States must be well and truly fucked if people are resorting to the black market for organ transplants. Directed by Patrick Lussier, known for his numerous collaborations with Wes Craven, Play Dead stars Bailee Madison as criminology and forensic medicine student Chloe.
“All that you are, all that you’ve done… is worth considerably less than the sum of your parts.”
Russian Doll’s second season does so much more than its first; exploring time travel against the gritty backdrop of a traumatic, yet therapeutic reckoning with Nadia’s childhood trauma, and allowing her to let go and live her life.
“All aboard the crazy train.”
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City brings all the original characters from the video game series (specifically Resident Evil 1 & 2), like Leon Kennedy, Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Albert Wesker, Sherry Birkin, William Birkin, and many others.
“Witness the beginning of evil.”
Like the tagline, you shouldn’t take this film seriously. If you’re a horror fan who has never seen this sequel before, I would recommend it. There’s plenty of humour where you don’t expect it, great fight scenes, and it’s bonkers in a way only an independent film can be.
“The sequel you did Nazi coming…”
Written and directed by Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller, better known as the American darkwave duo Boy Harsher, The Runner is an experimental exploitation movie that explores themes of desire, seduction, fear, and compulsion.
“Reckless… Out of control… Pure evil.”
Ditched delivers stomach-churning exploitation whilst flirting thematically with social-horror, but it is the classic “fuck you” ending that will linger with you long after the closing credits; feeling like a .44 caliber projectile piercing your brain.
“Tonight, each one of you is going to die, because… you deserve it.”
When faced with the truth, male serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, and Ed Gein always blame something or someone for their actions. And for some reason, it always comes down to women. “It’s all so fucking boring!”
“The world is a beautiful place… and you don’t deserve to be in it!”
In the midst of UK winter, it’s hard to imagine that elsewhere in the world could be anything but cold. But, such narrow minded presumptions are debunked on the other side of the hemisphere, where temperatures fluctuate between mid to high scorchio.
“Slip, Slop, Slap.”
When will I learn that a great premise doesn’t necessarily mean a film will be great or even good. Just like the enjoyable Werewolves Within, the similarly titled Beast Within is a werewolf whodunit that references the party game. However, that is where the similarities end. The acting in Beast Within is woeful. There is no emotion, no chemistry, and no believability in most of the characters. When the werewolf is finally revealed, that particular character becomes a bit more three-dimensional and believable. I don’t know how much of the film’s issues lie with the bad writing or directing.
“It’s no longer a game.”
Taking inspiration from the atomic age of cinema, Attack of the Cat People is a delightful homage to 1940/50s horror schlock. But rather than science run amok, Black Cat Film Productions‘ tale of terror focuses on a natural disaster. After crashing into the ocean, a meteorite is observed floating on its surface, developing flora and fauna at an accelerated rate. Becoming its own small island of sorts, an expedition to the meteorite is organised by Dr. Elliot in order to collect samples and analyse its mysterious inhabitants: cat-like creatures resembling the pre-historic sabertooth tiger.