Tuesday, October 30

The Dark

Director: John Fawcett
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411267/

Review: A few nice bits of cinematography but altogether left me cold and unsatisfied.

Watch it if: You like lots of ocean and shack imagery.

And if you liked: Wake Wood, The Ring, The Others

Check this out: Sheep

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Director: Eli Craig
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1465522/

Review: A great angle change on the slasher genre with charming characters and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Watch it if: You can handle a bit of gore.

And if you liked: The Cabin in the Woods, Evil Dead 2, A Film with Me in It, Idle Hands

Monday, October 29

Chained

Director: Jennifer Lynch
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1989475/

Review: A beautifully shot and gripping film with absolutely fantastic sound design that's completely let down by its unnecessary and misjudged ending.

Watch it if: You're not sensitive to any kind of abuse in a film.

And if you liked: Surveillance, Hostel

Sunday, October 28

Creepshow 2

Director: Michael Gornick
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092796/

Review: Daft and predictable but good fun along the way.

Watch it if: You want a bit of schlocky silliness.

And if you liked: Creepshow, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Drag Me to Hell

Room 237

Director: Rodney Ascher
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2085910/

Review: A little long but otherwise fascinating, intriguing and hilarious.

Watch it if: You're interested in The Shining.

And if you liked: The Shining, The Story of Film

Saturday, October 27

V/H/S

Director: Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Joe Swanberg & Radio Silence
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2105044/

Review: A mixed bag of some half baked ideas and some good fun moments that plays a little too long but otherwise left me satisfied.

Watch it if: You're not prone to motion sickness.

And if you liked: The Blair Witch Project, Chronicle, Paranormal Activity

Friday, October 26

The Horde

Director: Yannick Dahan & Benjamin Rocher
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1183276/

Review: Well put together zombie film with believable characters and pretty good special effects.

Watch it if: You like a decently made zombie movie even if it's not terribly original.

And if you liked: 28 Days Later, [REC], The Raid

Wednesday, October 24

The Sentinel

Director: Michael Winner
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076683/

Review: Meanders a bit but has a very chilling atmosphere and some genuinely jarring imagery.

Watch it if: You're ok with some creepy images.

And if you liked: The Omen, Don't Look Now, The Exorcist

Splinter

Director: Toby Wilkins
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031280/

Review: Fairly predictable and dodgy special effects but otherwise a fairly well put together little movie.

Watch it if: You're interested in seeing what can be done with very little.

And if you liked: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Legion, The Mist

Monday, October 22

The Devil Rides Out

Director: Terence Fisher
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062885/

Review: A bizarre film with a genuinely chilling atmosphere, some very frightening scenes and haunting sound design.

Watch it if: You like a good helping of weirdness in a movie.

And if you liked: Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Tales from the Crypt, Lord of Illusions, The Wicker Man

Check this out: The Devil Rides Out

Sunday, October 21

Lord of Illusions

Director: Clive Barker
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113690/

Review: Meanders quite a bit but has some good stuff going on and a weird mix of really nice and really terrible special effects.

Watch it if: You can handle some gore and dodgy 90s CG.

And if you liked: Angel Heart, Ghostbusters 2, Dracula (1992)

Check this out: The Last Illusion

Saturday, October 20

Frankenweenie

Director: Tim Burton
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1142977/

Review: Gorgeously designed and crafted but sags in the middle and has some questionable racial stereotyping.

Watch it if: You're ok with a kids' film being quite scary.

And if you liked: Corpse Bride, ParaNorman, Gremlins, Bride of Frankenstein

Check this out: Frankenweenie

Thursday, October 18

What Richard Did

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2092011/

Review: Stark and tough but very well put together and strongly natural.

Watch it if: You can handle a slow burn.

And if you liked: 50/50. Harsh Times

Night of the Living Dead (2006)

Director: Jeff Broadstreet
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489244/
 
Review: Utterly inane dialogue matched with crappy acting and cinematography completely bogged down by its attempts to look cool in 3D.
 
Watch it if: You're stupid like me.

And if you liked: Day of the Dead (2008)

Wednesday, October 17

Black Sheep

Director: Jonathan King
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0779982/

Review: Very silly fun with a decent plot and great gore effects.

Watch it if: You enjoy a bit of gory humour.

And if you liked: Braindead, American Werewolf in London

Tuesday, October 16

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Director: Scott Derrickson
 
IMDB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ErlsLsCN10

Review: Has a few spooky bits but becomes very dull very fast and in the end fails to satisfy.

Watch it if: You've already seen all the good exorcism movies.

And if you liked: The Last Exorcism, Sinister

Check this out: Anneliese Michel

Sunday, October 14

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Director: Stephen Chiodo
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095444/

Review: Has some entertaining parts but never really lives up to its title or premise.

Watch it if: You're not afraid of clowns I guess.

And if you liked: Return of the Living Dead, Repo Man

Saturday, October 13

Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled

Director: Chris Angel
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0254872/
 
Review: Not even slightly fun with a central plot point that's hard not to roll your eyes at.
 
Watch it if: You're looking into the Wishmaster films like I am.
 
And if you liked: Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell

50/50

Director: Jonathan Levine
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1306980/

Review: Veers into slightly hokey territory occasionally but is mostly a sweet and quite funny portrayal of a believable friendship.

Watch it if: You can handle a few tough scenes.

And if you liked: Knocked Up, Thank You for Smoking

Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell

Director: Chris Angel
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0254871/

Review: Absolutely nuts, even for a Wishmaster film, but with some good moments and one decent stuntwork scene.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Wishmaster films like I am.

And if you liked: Wishmaster, Final Destination 3

Thursday, October 11

Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies

Director: Jack Sholder
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156182/

Review: Mildly entertaining at the beginning but quickly becomes boring, dull and a chore to watch.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Wishmaster films like I am.

And if you liked: Wishmaster, My Name is Bruce

Wednesday, October 10

The Midnight Meat Train

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805570/

Review: A very nasty movie with a few good ideas but collapses due to an ugly colour palette and an over-reliance on computer generated showy visuals.

Watch it if: You can handle some bizarre and graphic violence.

And if you liked: Hostel, Saw, Resident Evil

Check this out: The Midnight Meat Train

Tuesday, October 9

Hellraiser: Revelations

Director: Victor Garcia
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1716747/

Review: Manages to refer back to the original film more than any other of the sequels but is still overwrought in all the wrong places and features a terrible villain performance.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser

Teeth

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780622/

Review: Oddly paced and feels a little lacking in the third act but is otherwise a decent bit of grimy horror.

Watch it if: You can handle some graphic gore.

And if you liked: Jennifer's Body, The Faculty

Hellraiser: Hellworld

Director: Rick Bota
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0354623/

Review: A silly and bizarrely dated film with a nonsensical plot that's not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser: Deader, Hackers, Halloween: Resurrection, Scream

Sunday, October 7

Hellraiser: Deader

Director: Rick Bota
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0337636/

Review: A complete mess of a film with a dumb premise that at no point makes any sort of sense.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser: Hellseeker

Candyman: Day of the Dead

Director: Turi Meyer
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165662/

Review: Has one or two creatively spooky moments but is otherwise horribly dated and doesn't come close to the chilling and original atmosphere of the first film.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Candyman films like I am.

And if you liked: Candyman, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Sinister

Director: Scott Derrickson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1922777/

Review: One or two really clichéd elements but otherwise a solidly put together movie with a great score.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film that doesn't necessarily break new ground but does a good job with what it is.

And if you liked: The Shining, 1408, Paranormal Activity, The Orphanage

Saturday, October 6

Hellraiser: Hellseeker

Director: Rick Bota
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274546/

Review: A ham-fisted attempt to tie the sequels back to the beginning with badly put together unreliable narrator sequences and confusing subplots.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Jacob's Ladder, Lost Highway, Hellraiser: Inferno

Thursday, October 4

Hellraiser: Inferno

Director: Scott Derrickson
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0229440/

Review: Clearly wasn't a Hellraiser film until late in the game and seems to think confusing is the same as complex.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Hellraiser: Bloodline, Heartless

Return of the Living Dead Part II

Director: Ken Wiederhorn
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095990/

Review: Entertaining enough movie that never really overstays its welcome but is also weird as balls and doesn't particularly stick.

Watch it if: You've already seen Return of the Living Dead. If not, watch that instead.

And if you liked: Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Dead (1990)

Wednesday, October 3

Hellraiser: Bloodline

Director: Alan Smithee
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116514/

Review: An absolutely barmy film with heavily telegraphed reveals and unconvincing special effects.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Hellraiser films like I am.

And if you liked: Event Horizon, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Leviathan

Monday, October 1

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Director: Bill Condon
 
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112625/

Review: Enjoyable enough, if a bit of a rehash, for the most part but loses its way completely in the last 15 minutes or so.

Watch it if: You're looking into the Candyman films like I am.

And if you liked: Candyman, Hellraiser