List: 50 Greatest Horror Films (25-1)

Let us continue then. Compiling this list hammered home for me the diverse nature of the beast at hand. Horror has so many subcategories. Vampire pictures. Zombie pictures. Portmanteau films. Found footage. And horror arrives at different tempos. There are the zany comedies. The restrained chillers. The gonzo gorefests. The brutally nihilistic. And, as in … Continue reading List: 50 Greatest Horror Films (25-1)

The Lost Highway Hotel’s Alternative Christmas

Here at the Hotel I have a different approach to Christmas. Sure, there are the classics. It's A Wonderful Life, Die Hard, Gremlins etc, etc. But a tradition of sorts has also appeared of going back to the least Christmassy of yuletide films. Essentially, if you're not one to deck the halls with whatever but still like to theme … Continue reading The Lost Highway Hotel’s Alternative Christmas

List: My 301 Favourite Movies (20-1)

Day Five. The top 20. My desert island films. I could watch pretty much any of these films any time. The reasons for their appeal vary; I'll get into that a little bit. But these are the ones that, for whatever reason, stir my spaghetti. Okay, enough prerequisite preamble. Let's just do this! 20. The … Continue reading List: My 301 Favourite Movies (20-1)

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

Why I Love… #15: The Thing

Year: 1982 Director: John Carpenter Stars: Kurt Russell (R.J. MacReady), Wilford Brimley (Blair), Keith David (Childs), Donald Moffat (Garry), T.K. Carter (Nauls), Peter Maloney (Bennings) Genre: Science Fiction / Horror Seeing as in my convalescence I’ve developed for myself a MacReady-style level of beard growth, I thought it an appropriate time to cast an eye … Continue reading Why I Love… #15: The Thing

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