What About… Prometheus

It was doomed, in a way. Having weathered the Grand Guignol misfire of 1997's Alien Resurrection, and ran the gauntlet of the insipid (non-canon) Alien vs Predator movies of the mid-2000s, xenomorph fans needed something to believe in. Word that the Godfather of Alien himself - Ridley Scott - was returning to the series set … Continue reading What About… Prometheus

Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

Director: Ron Howard Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke "Everybody stick to the plan. Do not improvise." So says Woody Harrelson's smuggler Tobias Beckett (the least Star Wars-y named character to appear in Star Wars yet), and its a line that rings with considerable pathos for what might've been. It's no secret that Solo originally fell into … Continue reading Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

Review: Insidious: The Last Key

Director: Adam Robitel Stars: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Caitlin Gerard With arguably the series' most ambitiously threaded story, Insidious: The Last Key spans nearly 60 years. At either end of its chronology the same motif appears; that of an oil dyke plunging away at the ground. It's a fitting visual cue for a film that is … Continue reading Review: Insidious: The Last Key

Review: Annabelle: Creation

Director: David F Sandberg Stars: Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Lulu Wilson A work colleague said something to me this week about the nature of modern horror pictures. That for a mainstream picture to be considered successful - because there's so much bad horror out there - it merely has to be average. It's a sentiment that … Continue reading Review: Annabelle: Creation

Review: Alien Covenant

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup Its time for Ridley Scott to stop. The man's earned it. Now on the cusp of his 80th birthday, the acclaimed director has shown an admirable and inexhaustible work ethic, but there also comes a time when it's probably best to step away. At least, from the things … Continue reading Review: Alien Covenant

Review: Ouija: Origin Of Evil

Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson Vue Exeter might want to scrutinise their admissions policy. Given that this is a 15 certificate film, I haven't shared a cinema with so many children since The Good Dinosaur. I even got kicked in the head for my trouble when a particularly effective jump scare led … Continue reading Review: Ouija: Origin Of Evil

Review: Insidious Chapter 3

With James Wan trading carnivalesque bumps in The Further for the ludicrous spinning wheels of the Fast & Furious franchise, it's up to prior writer/co-star Leigh Whannell to take the reigns of the Insidious franchise for this third instalment, faithfully subtitled Chapter 3 yet a prequel to the first two films. Corkscrewing timelines are nothing new to … Continue reading Review: Insidious Chapter 3

Why I Love… #34: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Year: 1992 Director: David Lynch Stars: Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Ray Wise (Leland Palmer), Kyle MacLachlan (Special Agent Dale Cooper), Michael Anderson (Man From Another Place), Chris Isaak (Special Agent Chester Desmond), Moira Kelly (Donna Hayward) Genre: Drama / Mystery / Horror Firstly, if you’ve not seen the whole of the Twin Peaks TV series … Continue reading Why I Love… #34: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Pretty Vacancy: The Perpetuation Of The Prequel

The Hollywood rumour-mill is constantly turning, and there is no shortage of people ready and willing to help it perpetuate. Hell, this post makes me as culpable as any. Earlier this week the suggestion was leaked that Warner Bros might be looking to make a prequel to The Shining, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece of horror … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: The Perpetuation Of The Prequel

Review: The Thing

***originally written 2 December 2011*** Welcome to a cave of forgotten nightmares. When news first broke a couple of years ago that there was going to be a prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing (it’s official title – and one that it’s going to be helpful to refer to it as) the initial reaction, at … Continue reading Review: The Thing