Within the Darkness (2016)

Austin Barnett (Dave Coyne) wants a piece of the ghost hunter reality TV show action. So much so that he gets onboard his pal Jessie (Tonya Kay) and cousin Bruce (John C Bailey) to be his camera crew on a pilot for his show Austin Barnett Paranormal Investigator. Keeping it within the family girlfriend Lucy…

Cure (AKA Kyua 1997)

We became interested in Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa with the exquisitely sad ghost story Kishibe no Tabe (AKA Journey to the Shore 2015) and then the far more disturbing Creepy (2016), so we were very excited when we discovered that our good friends at Eureka were about to release his breakthrough supernatural thriller Kyua or…

3 Hours Until Dead

When drunken reality TV game hunter Rick Rainsford (John Hennigan) and photographer Anna Christie (Michelle Taylor) are shipwrecked on an isolated Pacific island they are delighted to discover that they are not alone. Attempting to save a gravely injured survivor they are taken in by the mysterious Colonel Zaroff (Eric Etebari) and his shaven headed sidekick…

Bella in the Wych Elm (Short)

Tom Lee Rutter’s Bella in the Wych Elm is an intriguing docudrama based upon the case of a decomposed female corpse discovered in 1943 by some boys out poaching in Hagley Wood in the English Midlands. The corpse had been stuffed into the hollow trunk of the tree and according to the now lost police…

Chimera (2018)

Kicking off with the self amputation of a finger writer director Maurice Haeems’ Chimera made me squirm in my seat. Fortunately that was just a sample of the horrors yet to come in this intelligent, but disturbing piece of biological science fiction. Scientist Peter Quint (Henry Ian Cusick) is working on replicating the self regenerating…

Gore Theatre (2017)

We like horror portmanteau at the Horror Hothouse, they are rather like opening a book of short stories when you just are not in the mood to pick up a novel. Just recently I have noticed a trend away from the more unified approach of films like the Ealing classic Dead of Night (1945) and…

Housesitters (2018)

Stoner chick Angie (Annie Watkins) thinks she’s landed the best job in the world when a neighbour asks her to look after his Chicago home and leaves her a list of places that deliver with a platinum credit card. Being the kind of generous friend that she is, she invites Izzy (Janice Jirak) over to…

Vampire Clay (2018)

I have just had my review of Japanese monster clay picture Vampire Clay published at Diabolique. You can read it here.

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

The DC Universe big screen outings have been a bit of a mixed bag so far, but we really do like these DC animated movies from Warner Brothers. Following hot on the heels of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Amanda Waller’s crack team of super villains get an opportunity to get their sentences cut in Suicide…

The Black Gloves (2017)

We really loved Hex Studio’s first two features Lord of Tears (2013) and The Unkindness of Ravens (2017) with their shared mythology of avian monsters and old school British  horror atmospherics, so we have been keenly following the development of their latest manifestation in the magnificent The Black Gloves. A prequel in effect to Lord…

Legend of the Mountain (1979)

Inspired by a Song Dynasty folk tale King Hu’s Legend of the Mountain tells the story of Ho Yunqing (Shih Jun) a young scholar who takes the job of transcribing a Buddhist sutra that has immense power over the spirits of the underworld. Because it is such an important job the monastery sends him off…

Bargain Basement of Horror Roundup – February

Not much got viewed from the bargain basement for February largely thanks to there being some excellent theatre at the Vault Festival and The London Lovecraft Festival, some great TV and a couple of decent DVD releases to catch up with. First out of the pile was our Friday Morning Creature Feature Exists (2014 £1…