Review: V/H/S

Fuck you, Paranormal Activity. Seriously, the phenomenal success of Oren Peli's dismal micro-budget found footage movie in 2007 has opened the floodgates for a slew of creatively moribund shaky-cam horror flicks, each more abysmal than the last. Not to mention that movie's own exasperating perpetuation (another sequel is on its way, obviously). And whilst Peli …

Why I Love… #18: The Wicker Man

Year: 1973 Director: Robin Hardy Stars: Edward Woodward (Sgt Howie), Christopher Lee (Lord Summerisle), Britt Ekland (Willow), Diane Cilento (Miss Rose), Ingrid Pitt (Librarian), Lindsay Kemp (Alder MacGreagor) Genre: Mystery / Musical / Comedy / Horror Mystery. Musical. Comedy. Horror. Does any other film cross those four genres, I wonder? Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man, …

Review: Scre4m

***originally written 19 April 2011*** "...after the imaginative contraption-killings of the Saw septology, watching multiple knife murders, however ironically intended, is about as thrilling as standing in line at the butcher’s". So says the Empire review of Scre4m, the latest, kind-of-surprising-that-it's-actually-here edition to Wes Craven's franchise. What Empire conveniently forgot to mention, but Scre4m takes …

Review: Black Swan

***originally written 28 January 2011*** The Oscars don't generally give out their major awards to horror films; the genre doesn't have nearly enough respect in those terms. So it is entirely understandable why Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is not being marketed as a horror movie, but rather, as it's trailer insinuates, more of a sexually …