Horror

Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Director: Sophia Takal Writer: Sophia Takal and April Wolfe Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Cary Elwes, Caleb Eberhardt Distributor: Universal Forget everything you know about the two previous Black Christmases. Aside from the setting (a sorority house during winter break) and the vaguest possible plot outline (some girls get killed),
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Released: 31 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Mike Flanagan Writer: Mike Flanagan Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyleigh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… Oculus Two siblings try to prove that a haunted mirror was the cause of a traumatic childhood event in Flanagan’s tragic and vicious horror.
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It’s a golden rule in horror films that the rich people in that big house up the street are up to something weird, and pizza delivery woman Sam (Hayley Griffith) is about to find out just how true that is in crowd-pleasing horror comedy Satanic Panic. When she’s stiffed on her tip by the snooty
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Released: 25 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Justin Dec Writer: Justin Dec Cast: Elizabeth Lail, Anne Winters, Charlie McDermott Distributor: STX International If you like this, try… Final Destination 5 The sneaky conclusion to the Final Destination franchise proves that you really can’t cheat death! Writer/director Justin Dec reworks and updates a Final Destination style
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Stirring mental illness into supernatural horror is a tricky thing to get right. The allure of the “is this really happening?” element is understandable but it can be so dispiritingly manipulative and exploitative when done carelessly, so: hats off to director Brian Hanson and his co-writer Richard Handley for working hard to maintain ambiguity and
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A title like Sadistic Intentions comes with a certain expectation/bracing oneself, but writer-director Eric Pennycoff’s tightly wound debut is more interested in exactly what the title describes, and whether or not said intentions will come to fruition, than a violent payoff. After a shocking prologue, we watch as Chloe (Taylor Zaudtke) receives a phone call
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The vengeful revenant at the heart of Adam Egypt Mortimer’s feature debut Some Kind Of Hate (2016), co-written with Brian DeLeeuw, embodies and enacts the darkest drives of the film’s living characters. In its follow-up, Daniel Isn’t Real, adapted by Mortimer from DeLeeuw’s 2009 novel In This Way I Saved, once again mental illness takes
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“What is this, 1986?”, teenager Trissy asks Drea (Tashiana Washington). College-age Drea is babysititng Trissy and her younger brother Jake (Jack Fulton), with Drea’s own younger brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel) in tow – and these words were Trissy’s horrified response to Drea’s proposal that they while away their time together playing a card game. 1986
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Siblings Jesús (Pablo Sigal) and Maria José (Valeria Giorcelli) work symbiotically. The siblings live together in their late father’s apartment. They have their own routine. They don’t particularly want to be disturbed. So, when their half-sister Magdalena (Augustina Cerviño) arrives from Spain suggesting that dad’s death means it’s time to sell the place and split
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Released: 21 June 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Lars Klevberg Writer: Tyler Burton Smith Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, Tim Matheson If you like this, try… Silent Night, Deadly Night The traumatised kid becomes the killer in this traumatic, brilliant Christmas-themed slasher. A few years into our current cycle of horror
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Released: TBC Certificate: TBC Director: Patrick Brice Writer: Sam Bain Cast: Demi Moore, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Ed Helms, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Martha Kelly, Nasim Pedrad, Dan Bakkedahl, Jennifer Kim Distributor: TBC If you like this, try… Severance This British corporate retreat comedy horror is packed full of laughs and gore Creep director Patrick Brice
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Released: 31 May 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Tate Taylor Writer: Scotty Landes Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKayley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Luke Evans Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… The Loved Ones A teenage outsider makes sure she gets her prom king in Sean Byrne’s superb horror It’s always exciting when a
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Released: TBC Certificate: TBC Director: Robert Eggers Writer: Max Eggers, Robert Eggers Cast: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe Distributor: TBC After the exquisitely crafted The Witch, director Robert Eggers returns with an intense two-hander starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers stuck in a perpetual nightmare of booze, hard graft and tall tales.
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Released: TBC Director: Alice Furtado Writer: Alice Furtado, Leonardo Levis Cast: Luiza Kosovski, Juan Paiva, Digao Ribeiro Distributor: TBC There are shades of Claire Denis’ charged eroticism in this Brazilian zombie film from debut director Alice Furtado, which she co-wrote with Leonardo Levis. A horny teenaged girl’s desires turn into a potent and dangerous brew
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The first teaser trailer for IT Chapter Two arrived and it’s one hell of a reintroduction to Derry, Maine…give it a look.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>&#65279;</span> Yes indeed, Pennywise is back and the Losers are all grown up 27 years later to put a stop to him once and
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Over the last 10 years or so Amy Seimetz as emerged as one of the most interesting actors and filmmakers out there. She made her mark on horror fans with a dazzling break-out turn in Adam Wingard’s A Horrible Way To Die, starred in Shane Carruth’s superb (and uncategorisable) Upstream Color and appeared in the
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Released: 29 March 2019 Certificate: 18 Director: Jonas Åkerlund Writer: Dennis Magnusson, Jonas Åkerlund Cast: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer Distributor: Arrow Films If you like this, try… Green Room Nazi Punks are the enemy in Jeremy Saulnier’s gory and visceral horror starring the late Anton Yelchin. Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund comes well equipped
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There can be few people working in horror more prolific than the great Larry Fessenden. As a producer he’s worked with the likes of Ti West, Jim Mickle, Ana Asensio, Micky Keating and arthouse trailblazer Kelly Reichart, and you’ll have seen him in everything from You’re Next to The Strain (and far too many awesome indie
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