Rings

Rings US (2017) Dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez There is an old aphorism that states “it seemed like a good idea at the time”; there are also scenarios that are just plain bad ideas at any time. Paramount deciding to resurrect its remake franchise of the classic Japanese horror Ringu with a new 3D instalment was … Continue reading Rings

Mob Psycho 100 Season One

Mob Psycho 100 Season One (Cert 15) 4 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 291 minutes approx     “With great power comes great responsibility” has become a mantra for superheroes and people who have been born with special gifts ever since it was first proffered in Spider-Man comics nearly 60 years ago. While … Continue reading Mob Psycho 100 Season One

Higurashi: When They Cry Kai Season 2 Collection

Higurashi: When They Cry Kai Season 2 Collection (Cert 15) 5 Discs DVD (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 611 minutes approx.   Despite reaching its apparent conclusion, the shocking horror tale that is Higurashi no Naku Koro ni aka When They Cry wasn’t complete after all, as a post credits teaser at the end of the final … Continue reading Higurashi: When They Cry Kai Season 2 Collection

The Conjuring

The Conjuring US (2013) Dir. James Wan  Films based on true events will always incur scepticism from people who will either quibble over the veracity of the dramatisation or, if they are political or based around war, simply dismiss them outright as propaganda. Horror films based on real events find themselves under deeper scrutiny which, … Continue reading The Conjuring

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (Gon-ji-am)

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (Gon-ji-am) Korea (2018) Dir. Jung Bum-shik It’s hard to believe it has been twenty years since the found footage subgenre in horror took off with The Blair Witch Project, yielding many successful and unsuccessful imitators in its wake, including the Spanish REC series being one of the former. Asian cinema has been … Continue reading Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (Gon-ji-am)

Queen Of Spades: The Dark Rite (Pikovaya dama. Chyornyy obryad)

Queen Of Spades: The Dark Rite (Pikovaya dama. Chyornyy obryad) Russia (2015) Dir. Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy With the exception of the Nightwatch/Daywatch films from the early noughties, I don’t recall there being many horror films from Russia - unless we discount Putin’s propaganda videos of course! So, until I am proved otherwise, this solid take on … Continue reading Queen Of Spades: The Dark Rite (Pikovaya dama. Chyornyy obryad)

The Piper (Sonnim)

The Piper (Sonnim) Korea (2015) Dir. Kim Gwang-tae Leave it to the Koreans to take a popular, timeless fairy tale for kids and turn it into a horrifying nightmare film to give everyone the willies! They did it before with the rather spooky Hansel & Gretel back in 2008, now it’s the Pied Piper of … Continue reading The Piper (Sonnim)

House Of The Disappeared (Si-gan-wi-ui jib)

House Of The Disappeared (Si-gan-wi-ui jib) Korea (2017) Dir. Lim Dae-woong This psychological horror/thriller from Korea is in fact a remake of a 2013 Venezuelan film La Casa Del Fin De Los Tiempos (The House At The End Of Time), a rare case of Asian cinema remaking another country’s film and not vice versa, although … Continue reading House Of The Disappeared (Si-gan-wi-ui jib)