Tag: film review

On Bryan Bertino’s The Monster

by Kayann Mitchell With The Monster we have Bryan Bertino‘s third trip to the director’s chair after his debut The Strangers and his sophomore effort Mockingbird. And here he has brought us his first creature feature. As it opens we see a young Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) fending for herself till

On Peter Weir’s Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

by Jacqueline Valencia  I’ve been sitting on this post for a while. I was so deeply impressed when I saw The Wicker Man  (which needs its own Freudian/Jungian analysis somewhere, especially for this scene: https://vimeo.com/87336570) that I had to watch all the folk horror that I could find. This isn’t an

On Jonas Alexander Arnby’s When Animals Dream (2014)

by Kayann Mitchell Part of an emerging Scandinavian genre scene known as Nordic Twilight (Let The Right One In, Troll Hunter, What We Become), When Animals Dream is Jonas Alexander Arnby‘s stunning and moody directorial debut. The film opens with Marie (Sonia Suhl) visiting the local doctor because of a

On David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell With Lights Out  David F. Sandberg brings his creepy acclaimed 3 minute horror short (from 2013) to the big screen as his feature film debut. Could it be as creepy as the original? Opening in a clothing factory we meet Paul (Billy Burke) closing up shop for

On Fede Alvarez’ Don’t Breathe (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I’ll say it here and now. I ADORED Fede Alvarez‘ Evil Dead remake. It was a blood soaked thrill ride that injected legitimate horror into the legacy of Sam Raimi‘s classic. So I was taken aback when the release of Don’t Breathe snuck up on me. I

On Yeon Sang-ho’s Train To Busan (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell South Korean zombie horror film Train To Busan made its debut at the 2016 Cannes midnight screenings. And was brought to the Toronto After Dark fest as a special screening as part of their zombie night festivities. Which is where I finally had the chance to partake

On Paul Gerstenberger’s The Rezort (2015)

by Kayann Mitchell I don’t think I can be bothered with preamble where The Rezort is concerned. Given that the movie doesn’t try to either. So let us just shamble on shall we? Anyway on with it. The Rezort starts with various news clips detailing a previous zombie outbreak which

On Babak Anvari’s Under The Shadow (2016)

Toronto After Dark is quickly gaining massive brownie points with me what with their premier of Trash Fire on a double bill with Babak Anvari‘s Under The Shadow I had the pleasure of seeing what is now another superior piece of filmmaking to add to my 2016 top ten. Under

On Richard Bates Jr.’s Trash Fire (2016)

by Kayann Mitchell I don’t know if y’all had the opportunity to see the fantastic little film Excision when it debuted in 2012. Richard Bates Jr.‘s blood soaked horror gem. If not, go, now, and behold greatness, I’ll wait… Did you go? Good! Because that should have you ready to

On Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation (2015)

by Kayann Mitchell I sat down to watch The Invitation with very little knowledge of its premise, which is how I like it, blissful ignorance. And I highly recommend to everyone queueing up this interesting and suspenseful title they do the same. In The Invitation Karyn Kusama‘s 4th feature film.

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