Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Films / Horror

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Francis Ford Coppola has made some of the greatest movies of all time, and remains one of the world’s most influential filmmakers. The Conversation, The Godfather and it’s sequel, and Apocalypse Now were all seminal, cinema-altering movies which went some way to defining the American New Wave. Sadly, Coppola never really adapted once the Hollywood … Continue reading

Carrie
Films / Horror

Carrie

Carrie is the sort of movie you watch as a teenager and enjoy without getting much out of. It’s only when you revisit it as an adult, having gained a far greater understanding of cinema, that you understand what an accomplished and brilliant movie it is. Brian de Palma’s 1976 horror movie is a fantastic … Continue reading

Halloween II
Films / Horror

Halloween II

John Carpenter’s Halloween defined a genre and lead to a boom of imitators. Most of these – Friday the 13th, Prom Night – were bloodier retreads, with non of Halloween’s restraint, scares or sense of style. But as the 80s began, slashers proved to be big business – profitable franchises which could be churned out … Continue reading

[rec]
Films / Horror

[rec]

Horror fans tend to dismiss the 2000s as being the nadir of the genre, and it’s hard not to agree with them. The constant remakes of older, established slasher films, the seemingly endless parade of Japanese ghost stories – always advertised as “the scariest thing since The Ring” – and, of course, the gruesome and frankly … Continue reading

Halloween
Films / Horror

Halloween

Halloween was not the first slasher movie – before its release in 1978, there was Hitchcock’s Psycho, which generated some of the tropes, and in 1974, there was Black Christmas and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the latter two in particularly coming up with the teen focus, masked killers, and concepts such as the final … Continue reading

Pan’s Labyrinth
Films / Horror / Thriller

Pan’s Labyrinth

Ask someone today about fairy tales, and they’ll probably describe simple children’s stories; fantasies about princesses and monsters which contain no real sense of threat or danger – just little fictions to help babies sleep at night. The prince will always save the day, the witch will always be vanquished, and the kingdom will always … Continue reading

The Silence of the Lambs
Films / Horror / Thriller

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs remains one of the few movies to sweep the ‘big’ Oscars, winning Best Director, Actor, Actress, Writing and Best Picture. Whilst it’s not surprising that the Academy lavished such praise upon the movie – it’s an incredibly well drawn and brilliantly constructed film – what is surprising is that they chose … Continue reading

The Exorcist
Films / Horror

The Exorcist

The Exorcist is widely considered to be the scariest horror movie of all time. William Friedkin’s movie, adapted from William Peter Blatty’s novel, caused a huge stir upon its release in 1973 – audiences were absolutely terrified by it, and to this day, the movie sits firmly atop top ten horror movie lists. But it’s a … Continue reading