Review: Scream (2022)

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillet Stars: Jenna Ortega, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera Like a snake eating its own tail, the only reason that the fifth Scream movie isn't called Scream 5 is so that it can make a self-referential joke about this decision. Yes, the oh-so-meta comedy slasher franchise is back from the dead once again, unfeasibly …

Minutiae: Love in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

Its exceedingly easy to dismiss the Friday the 13th series. From Sean S Cunningham's 1980 original through to the trash-humping 2009 Marcus Nispel remake, the slasher series is about as disposable as franchise cinema gets, even in horror circles. There's no single outright masterpiece in the set, and even the hardcore fans of the series will …

Review: The Strangers: Prey At Night

Director: Johannes Roberts Stars: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman Ten years ago, Brian Bertino's home invasion horror movie The Strangers caught justified attention for its sleek minimalism and its abrupt and nihilistic conclusion. Now seems like a suspicious time to mount a sequel. The first film has long cooled off and everyone's pretty much moved …

Review: Scre4m

Director: Wes Craven Stars: Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Courtney Cox ***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 …