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 …

Review: Ma

Director: Tate Taylor Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Allison Janney There's an impulse while watching Ma - the latest Blumhouse horror picture to hit multiplexes - to simply reject its premise and let it tumble down. These movies have a tendency to go either way, and for every Get Out there's a Truth Or Dare. Initially it seems …

Review: Cam

Director: Daniel Goldhaber Stars: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters Of all professions, the oldest is among the most stigmatised by cinema. Sex workers do not carry much credo on the silver screen, especially in horror where they are almost always unsympathetic victims to whatever raving lunatic is wielding a knife this month. Don't get …

Review: Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, LilRel Howery A little over two years ago I read a very interesting article on the greatly missed beacon of film analysis The Dissolve about the sparseness of diversity in the horror genre. Matt Barone's piece, which still exists here, articulated an issue I had long felt true …