Review: His House

Director: Remi Weekes Stars: Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba Remi Weekes' film, new to Netflix, turns the apprehensions and traumas of two refugees arriving on UK soil into the stuff of empathetic nightmares. It's an odd but welcome get for the streaming service, which more often trades in the kind of louder, brighter material that can …

Review: Shirley

Director: Josephine Decker Stars: Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elisabeth Moss Fertility courses through the latest feature from Josephine Decker, her first since gathering international attention two years ago with the fierce yet polarising Madeline's Madeline. Rose Nemser (Odessa Young) is pregnant on her arrival at the Vermont home of renowned horror author Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth …

Why I Love… #121: Ginger Snaps

Year: 2000 Director: John Fawcett Stars: Katherine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Jesse Moss When it comes to teen horrors that writhe exquisitely in the perverse joys of the macabre, few come close to touching John Fawcett's turn-of-the-millennium offering Ginger Snaps. Conceived in partnership with Karen Walton and brought to life from her acidic script (gleefully prefiguring the …

Review: Relic

Director: Natalie Erika James Stars: Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Robyn Nevin With most UK cinemas shuttered, you might be hard-pressed to find a new set of scares this Halloween, but consider the arrival of Natalie Erika James' new Australian offering, which has plenty of chills to suit your needs this October 31st. Indeed, chilly is …

Review: Nocturne

Director: Zu Quirke Stars: Sydney Sweeney, Madison Iseman, Jacques Colimon Sibling rivalry, bloody-minded ambition and collegiate pressure all coalesce in Zu Quirke's excellent slow-burn creeper, Nocturne; the jewel in the crown thus far of Amazon Prime's Welcome to the Blumhouse strand. Juliet (Sydney Sweeney) and Vivian (Madison Iseman) are non-identical twins approaching 18 years of age, …

Review: Ammonite

Director: Francis Lee Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Alec Secareanu The sky is an endless rubble of grey; a shingled beach all of its own, as though doubling the Lyme Regis coastline where Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) scours for fossils. An intense feeling of cold permeates Ammonite at all times, from it's emotionally frozen protagonist …

Review: The Other Lamb

Director: Małgorzata Szumowska Stars: Raffey Cassidy, Denise Gough, Michiel Huisman There are a couple of notable firsts happening in Małgorzata Szumowska's new folk-horror, which has arrived on MUBI. It marks the Polish director's English-language debut, immediately making her work more accessible to UK audiences. And, in addition, it marks the first time Raffey Cassidy has …

Review: Herself

Director: Phyllida Lloyd Stars: Clare Dunne, Conleth Hall, Harriet Walter Dublin's housing problem and escalating counts of domestic violence - and the linkages between the two - are fine and worthy social issues to investigate in film. Indeed, for Clare Dunne, Herself has been a passion project for the better part of a decade, since she …

Review: The Lie

Director: Veena Sud Stars: Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, Joey King A look at the copyright date stamp for The Lie reveals that, while it may be new to Amazon Prime as part of the 'Welcome to the Blumhouse' cycle of TV movies for Halloween, it's been on the shelf for a couple of years. This needn't mean …

Review: Black Box

Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. Stars: Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashād, Amanda Christine This month Blumhouse Pictures are treating us to four new tricks, all available on Amazon Prime, so that we can get into the Halloween spirit from the comfort of our armchairs. One of the first up is Black Box, a sci-fi exploration of traumatic memory …