Review: Doctor Sleep

Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Ewan McGregor Redefining for yourself what constitutes family is a large part of Doctor Sleep. the belated follow-up to both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Those two precursors are famously divergent. King hated Kubrick's film, which is widely regarded as one of the horror masterpieces. Kubrick altered the … Continue reading Review: Doctor Sleep

Review: IT Chapter Two

Director: Andy Muschietti Stars: Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy Andy Muschietti's IT felt like a culmination of everything popular horror had been trying to do in the cinema for the past 10 years. It was a grandiose, nostalgia-laced funhouse of jump scares. It moved sleekly, it looked gorgeous and - as with King's doorstop source … Continue reading Review: IT Chapter Two

Review: Pet Sematary (2019)

Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer Stars: John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke A few years back Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer set the horror scene temporarily ablaze with their dark and beautiful debut Starry Eyes, a lo-fi body horror transformation of the American Dream into the Hollywood Nightmare. How unfortunately prescient Starry Eyes now seems, as the filmmaking duo … Continue reading Review: Pet Sematary (2019)

Review: Gerald’s Game

Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas Mike Flanagan has become one of the bright hopes in mainstream American horror, embracing both big and small screens. For cinema goers his Oculus  showed a healthy amount of originality, while Oujia: Origin of Evil was that rarest or rare birds; a superior horror prequel, immediately giving him the persona … Continue reading Review: Gerald’s Game

Review: IT

Director: Andy Muschietti Stars: Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard The world is ready for IT. Following last year's breakthrough Netflix plagiarist pop hit Stranger Things, there's a hunger for 80's nostalgia mixed with paranormal / horror elements in a heady mix that's suited for mass consumption. This new adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller absolutely caters … Continue reading Review: IT

Review: Carrie (2013)

The variable quality of Stephen King adaptations should probably be kept in mind here. The popular novelist's work can hardly be said to have made it to the screen consistently. Sure, there are notable successes (Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, the efforts of Rob Reiner or Frank Darabont), but more often than not we're presented with incredibly … Continue reading Review: Carrie (2013)

Why I Love… #14: Stand By Me

Year: 1986 Director: Rob Reiner Stars: Wil Wheaton (Gordie), River Phoenix (Chris), Corey Feldman (Teddy), Jerry O’Connell (Vern), Kiefer Sutherland (Ace), Richard Dreyfuss (The Writer) Genre: Drama Well, this is an obvious choice, right? Right? I mean, Jesus, how am I ever going to get my full hipster film-snob creds if I keep writing up … Continue reading Why I Love… #14: Stand By Me