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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Featured

October Challenge: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an experiment in pain, an unsettled masterpiece that deliberately tries to upset its audience at every possible turn. It’s less a film and more a physical and emotional endurance test:...

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Dead Ringers Featured

October Challenge: Dead Ringers

October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

A terrifying romance. A transcendental horror film. A gruelling, torturous experience. An uplifting look at the power of love, both romantic and fraternal. Dead Ringers is somehow all of these things at once, and yet...

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Audition Featured

October Challenge – Audition

October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Audition is an evil film. An open mouthed bear trap of a movie, it spends its first half carefully setting up the bait, establishing a character whom we shouldn’t sympathise with and then tricking us...

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Body Bags Featured

October Challenge: Body Bags

October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

By their very nature, portmanteau films are often messy, unfocussed pieces that prove to be more interesting in theory than they do in practice. But there are exceptions to this rule, the most notable being...

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Frankenstein Created Woman Featured

October Challenge: Frankenstein Created Woman

October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In recent years, Hammer Horror films have become synonymous with cheap thrills and haunted house style scares. But such a reputation does not cover the entirety of the studio’s output, and reduces the impact of...

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Hostel Featured

October Challenge: Hostel

October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Of all the ways mainstream critics have attempted to demote and denigrate horror films, none has been more successful than the creation of the term ‘torture porn.’ It’s an ugly phrase, but one that is...

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Bram Stoker's Dracula Featured

October Challenge – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Though The Godfather and Apocalypse Now are the films most often used as evidence of Francis Ford Coppola’s genius, in this reviewer’s opinion his best movie is the one least frequently referenced. Francis Ford Coppola’s...

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Jacob's Ladder Featured

October Challenge – Jacob’s Ladder

October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fantasy bleeds into reality. Angels appear as demons, and vice versa. A man makes his way through an urban maze that resembles purgatory in every conceivable way. And life and death become grim parodies of...

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Calvaire Featured

October Challenge – Calvaire

October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

As much an anxious fairytale as it is a horror film, Fabrice Du Weltz’s brilliant Calvaire is a woozy, underlooked gem. Though the film begins within the realms of the real, it makes a slow...

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The Fly Featured

October Challenge – The Fly

October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

As with so many of David Cronenberg’s films, the human body serves not only as the unwilling hero of The Fly, but also the film’s ultimate antagonist. Less a temple and more a battleground, the...

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The Nightmare Featured

October Challenge – The Nightmare

October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just as Rodney Ascher’s brilliant first film Room 237 was a portrait of obsession, so is his second, The Nightmare. But whereas his debut focussed on people endlessly trying to understand a film – namely...

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We Are Still Here Featured

October Challenge – We Are Still Here

October 19, 2015 | 1 Comments

Ted Geoghegan’s We Are Still Here almost like two films stitched together. Luckily for him, and indeed for us his audience, both films are brilliant. Though proceedings begin with a woozy sense of unease, by...

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The Tenant Featured

October Challenge – The Tenant

October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Though most point to Rosemary’s Baby as proof of Roman Polanski’s genius, in actuality his finest film may well be the one that got a much harsher critical reception upon its initial release. The Tenant...

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