Wednesday, November 18

His House

Director: Remi Weekes

Review: A good melding of supernatural horror with complex strata of real life horror with some shocking imagery and impressive performances.

Watch it if: You want to see some classic ideas reshaped for a new story.

And if you liked: Terrified, The Orphanage, The Witch

Saturday, November 7

Possessor

Director: Brandon Cronenberg

Review: Wobbles a little towards the end but otherwise brings an excellently unsettling tone and mood with some bizarre moments and some intense performances.

Watch it if: You can handle some deeply graphic and weird imagery.

And if you liked: Upstream Color, Ghost in the Shell, Beyond the Black Rainbow

Thursday, November 5

Climax

Director: Gaspar Noé

Review: Doesn't quite resolve all its threads as well as it could but still holds up as an enjoyable descent into madness featuring some incredible dance sequences.

Watch it if: You're ok with some intense visuals.

And if you liked: Possession, The Rules of Attraction, mother!

Saturday, October 31

Lucky

Director: Natasha Kermani

Review: An interesting central idea that pushes the metaphor a little hard but still manages to carry itself through to the end.

Watch it if: You want a modern spin on a slasher concept.

And if you liked: Halloween, Happy Death Day, Hush, The Twilight Zone

The Changeling

Director: Peter Medak

Review: Moody and atmospheric with an intriguing plot and some strong ideas.

Watch it if: You enjoy a slow burn.

And if you liked: The Omen, The Sentinel, The Devil's Backbone

Friday, October 30

3 From Hell

Director: Rob Zombie

Review: Reasonably distracting for a while but is ultimately the same old Rob Zombie hat with the same old Rob Zombie tricks.

Watch it if: You really have to.

And if you liked: The Devil's Rejects, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, House of 1,000 Corpses

Thursday, October 29

Terrified

Director: Demián Rugna

Review: Doesn't fully hold together but delivers on some deeply creepy images and some interesting ideas.

Watch it if: You're interested in something with an unconventional narrative.

And if you liked: V/H/S: Viral, Insidious, Baskin

One Cut of the Dead

Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda

Review: Funny and interesting in its various strands with some great ideas and a surprisingly heart-warming ending.

Watch it if: You want something more light-hearted.

And if you liked: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Dead Set

Monday, October 26

The Witches (2020)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Review: A few touching moments and a few strong images but nothing that really elevates the material more than has been done before.

Watch it if: You're interested in a slightly different spin on the story.

And if you liked: The Witches, Matilda

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

Director: Jason Woliner

Review: Sharp and shocking with plenty of genuine belly laughs and a surprisingly touching central throughline.

Watch it if: You're ok with a certain amount of gross-out humour.

And if you liked: Borat, Bruno