Movie Review – The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2 US (2016) Dir. James Wan Back in the 1980s, when there was something strange in your neighbourhood, you would call Ghostbusters - in the 1970s it was husband and wife paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. They became well known in the US for their ghost busting, so it was inevitable they … Continue reading Movie Review – The Conjuring 2

Movie Review – The Grotesque Mansion

The Grotesque Mansion Korea (2021) Dir. Jo Ba-Reun Nobody really wants to live in haunted house unless they are ghost hunters or gluttons for punishment. It is usually much later when a building being cursed becomes known -after all, an estate agent isn’t going to say anything! Still, it makes for some fun stories to … Continue reading Movie Review – The Grotesque Mansion

Movie Review – Spiral: From The Book Of Saw

Spiral: From The Book Of Saw US (2021) Dir. Darren Lynn Bousman Just when you thought it was safe… After seven films we all thought the SAW franchise ended in 2010 until The Spierig Brothers revived it with Jigsaw in 2017. It seemed there as renewed interest created by this addendum and you know what … Continue reading Movie Review – Spiral: From The Book Of Saw

Movie Review – The Snake Girl And The Silver-Haired Witch

The Snake Girl And The Silver-Haired Witch (Hebi musume to hakuhatsuma) Japan (1968) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Unless you’ve been with your family for your entire formative years, fitting in again after years away is always going to be awkward. Times change and so do people but we tend to hope our kin would be welcoming … Continue reading Movie Review – The Snake Girl And The Silver-Haired Witch

Movie Review – The Untold Story

The Untold Story (Bat sin fan dim: Yan yuk cha siu bau) Hong Kong (1993) Dir. Herman Yau Sometimes, when you watch a brutal film about a sociopathic serial killer the last thing you want to see in the credits is the legend “Based on real events”. The Untold Story is unequivocally one of these … Continue reading Movie Review – The Untold Story

Movie Review – Art Of The Devil 2

Art Of The Devil 2 (Long khong) Thailand (2005) Dirs. Ronin Team Messing around with the black arts to get what you want in life is one of those things they should teach you in school in home economic classes, alongside the usual stuff about cooking, filing in forms, and what have you. At least … Continue reading Movie Review – Art Of The Devil 2

Movie Review – Bonsai

Bonsai Chile (2011) Dir. Cristián Jiménez A relationship built on deceit is surely doomed to fail yet people can’t help themselves in spinning the odd white lie to win over the object of their desire. But how far should one be prepared to go in order to keep up the pretence before it gets too … Continue reading Movie Review – Bonsai

Movie review – The Father

The Father UK/France (2020) Dir. Florian Zeller You don’t need me to tell you dementia is one of the cruellest diseases inflicted upon humankind, for both the sufferer and those around them, especially the loved ones forced to watch their decline on a daily basis. Many films have been made on this subject to great … Continue reading Movie review – The Father

Movie Review – Hagazussa

Hagazussa Germany (2017) Dir. Lukas Feigelfeld Ask someone to describe a witch and they will no doubt mention the green skin, messy hair, black pointed hat, evil cackle, and flying broomstick. In the olden days, the criteria for accusing somebody of being a witch was less fussy - basically anyone they didn’t like - and … Continue reading Movie Review – Hagazussa

Movie Review – Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Gam man da song si) China/Hong Kong (2017) Dir. Alan Lo Quite often one comes across a film where the response once it ends is “What the hell?”. This might be because it is a deeply thoughtful, impenetrably symbolic arthouse film, or it is so out there it makes little sense. … Continue reading Movie Review – Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight