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Posts tagged ‘Horror’

Ghost Stories (2017)

Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman

3 stars

Professional paranormal debunker “Professor” Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman), turned off religion and superstition as a child, is given a challenge to investigate three inexplicable cases. Goodman accepts and soon the slightly seedy professor is off visiting some monumentally seedy locations and their disturbed, disturbing inhabitants. Read more

Mother! (2017)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

3 stars

Middle-aged, unnamed poet (Javier Bardem) and his equally nameless, half-his-age wife (Jennifer Lawrence) inhabit a huge rural home that’s just the wrong side of creepy. He struggles ineffectually with writer’s block while she puts all her efforts into fixing-up the house where – it is more than hinted – his previous family was wiped out in a property-gutting conflagration. Read more

Tusk (2014)

Directed by Kevin Smith

3 stars

LA-based podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) and sidekick Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) make a living from videos that celebrate the Darwin Awards candidate in all of us. When a clip of a Canadian wannabe-samurai accidentally amputating his left leg goes viral, Wallace sets off on his first visit to the Great White North, to bag a follow-up interview. Read more

Let Me In (2011)

Directed by: Matt Reeves

4 stars

Chloë Moretz goes from Kick Ass to Bite Neck, establishing a bit of a trend for starring in movies whose age-rating means they are unwatchable by her (unlike her latest movie, Hick, which was simply unwatchable by anyone).  In fact, she also gets to do some ass kicking in this movie, which is a remake of the Swedish film Let The Right One In.

In a snowy Los Alamos, New Mexico, a man is admitted to hospital, his face horribly burned.  Before he can be fully interviewed by the police, he manages to throw himself from his hospital-room window… Read more

Kill List (2011)

Directed by : Ben Wheatley 

4 stars

Eight months after a job in Kiev went wrong, volatile hit-man Jay (Neil Maskell) is under financial pressure from wife Shel to get back to work, so when old partner Gal (Michael Smiley) tells him of a new job, he’s ready to bid farewell to wife and adored son. Read more

Smuggler (2011)

Directed by: Katsuhito Ishii

3 stars

No longer-aspiring actor Kinuta (Satoshi Tsumabuki) gambles in the wrong den, and to expunge his debts he’s forced to take up work as a smuggler: a mover/disposer of the bodies of people killed in organised-crime slayings.  When the fantastically-named hit team of Vertebrae and Viscera wipe out a gangland boss, the smugglers find themselves involved in a complex game of gang wars and double-crossing beauties. Read more

Lovely Molly (2011)

Directed by: Eduardo Sánchez

3 stars

When newlyweds Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into the house of Molly’s deceased parents, it’s not long before they start to experience more than just bumps in the night.  Is someone there, or is it in Molly’s mind? Read more

The Awakening (2011)

Directed by: Nick Murphy

3 stars

1921.  Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), a professional ghost story debunker, is asked to solve an apparent haunting at a boy’s prep school in the North of England.  One boy has died, and there may be a link to an earlier, rumoured death in the grand house which the school now occupies.  Armed with her intelligence, a detached, fragile scepticism (she is still mourning the loss of a man in the Great War) and a large number of scientific instruments, she heads north. Read more