Review: Annabelle Comes Home

Director: Gary Dauberman Stars: Katie Sarife, Madison Iseman, Mckenna Grace  Ah, back again. The franchise offshoot that just won't die. Annabelle is a weird one. A series centred on an evil doll from The Conjuring which is completely inanimate, yet acts as a conduit for a cumbersome demon that wants to suck your soul out. The first … Continue reading Review: Annabelle Comes Home

Review: The Commuter

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson It's strange that the Taken films kickstarted this hugely lucrative second phase in Liam Neeson's career seeing as how they're all - all - dreadful, artless, xenophobic slogs. But sometimes the means aren't as interesting as the ends. They've brought us to this point, here and now, … Continue reading Review: The Commuter

Review: The Conjuring 2

Longtime readers may remember that I wasn't overly generous to The Conjuring - James Wan's first venture into the supernatural tales of God-fearing paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren - criticising it for coming across like a shrewd, generic, confused and plagiaristic endeavour. I've rewatched the film since and my opinion has changed very little. It's watchable, … Continue reading Review: The Conjuring 2

Review: Bone Tomahawk

While we wait with varying levels of impatience for Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, another western starring Kurt Russell has crept its way onto UK shores with little fanfare. Writer / director S Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk is a rich find in the present cinematic landscape, though you may be hard pressed to locate it. That's a shame. Because it … Continue reading Review: Bone Tomahawk

Review: Insidious Chapter 2

One of the most shocking things about James Wan's Insidious was just how much fun it was. It popped up a couple of years ago amid the usual glut of also-ran horror movies offered by Hollywood and became something of an instant hit. A large part of that success (but at the same time the … Continue reading Review: Insidious Chapter 2

Review: The Conjuring

Putting aside for a minute the barrel-scraping title (which sounds like the name of a filler episode of Angel), the new movie from James Wan offers little inspiration up front. From the trailer, which has been doing the rounds rather heavily, it looks like a predictable mix of haunted house scares and stale riffs on The Exorcist. … Continue reading Review: The Conjuring