Horror

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I'm smiling

Escape Room

Horror movies often do what they say on the packet. Often chucking in a twist or two but more often than not you know what to expect by looking at the poster. My expectations about a film called “Escape Room” were fairly minimal given that the synopsis was what you’d expect (people in an escape room that tu...

10

Experience this

Happy Death Day 2U

Ashton – I actually thought this movie started pretty strongly. Following a minor character from the original film, on the same day that it all went down. It immediately established a decent tone (comedy over horror) and I was pretty intrigued about it all. Sadly that was about it for me. A small leve...

5

Meh

Mandy

What people say about Mandy : “Mandy is F***ing nuts “Finally a good Nicholas Cage movie “The most insane Nic Cage movie ever made What I say about Mandy : “What? Look, I didn’t like Mandy okay. Yes, I know that heaps of film buffs, critics, reviewers and 2018 Top Ten Youtube lists liked it. Yes, I was supe...

5

Meh

Office Uprising

The zombie film industry has certainly had its fair share of horror/comedy offerings. When done correctly, this mix of black comedy soars and we find ourselves crying with laughter and horror as ordinary people deal with the extraordinary situation of the living dead. Shaun of the Dead is arguably the Godfa...

10

Experience this

Suspiria

I am very rarely lost for words. Regardless of my thoughts or feelings about a film, being able to express my obnoxious opinion is usually something that comes quite easily. This review is going to be quite the opposite. So please forgive me if this review feels to lack a clear through line. I am honestly j...

1

Give me my life back

The Amityville Murders

The Amityville Murders is one of the many horror movies that claim to be “based on a true story”, a comment that is usually a marketing ploy to make the story seem more frightening and draw audiences into watching it. Films like The Conjuring, Texas Chainsaw etc also claim to be based on true events but for...

3

Waste of time

The Midnight Man

The horror genre has become increasingly popular over the last ten years to the point where, as horror aficionados, there is always something new to watch. My passion for horror films is huge and I am one of those viewers who enjoys such a myriad of styles within the genre. From high budget, well scripted m...

4

Could do without

The Predator

Director Shane Black has upset people before. Many fans strongly disliked his addition to the Iron Man franchise with claims that the film’s interpretation of The Mandarin butchered one of the most feared villains from the comics. I personally found Iron Man 3 to be pretty enjoyable – sure it wa...

5

Meh

The Nun

Warnings: this review is mostly spoiler free. The Nun is rated R16 in New Zealand. It contains horror and images of suicide. If you’re a fan or you’ve kept up with The Conjuring series and its various sequels and spin-offs, you’re probably eagerly anticipating The Nun, which is boasted to be the ‘darkest ch...

7

I'm smiling

Happy Death Day

Does the thought of a cross between satirical slasher movie Scream and the time looping romantic comedy Groundhog Day excite you? Then you’ll love the new black comedy movie, Happy Death Day. Cynical college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) wakes on her birthday nursing a raging hangover induced headach...

8.5

Great

It (2017)

Director Andrés Muschietti had a challenging task in reimagining It, originally an iconic miniseries based on the novel by legend of horror Stephen King. For a modern audience, the idea of a horror movie with a clown as the main antagonist seems destined to flop. It would be very easy to fall into the realm...

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I'm smiling

Annabelle: Creation

Ooh if you like jump scares, then watch out! Oh… you hate jump scares? Yeah, you’d better not watch it then. I’m talking about the new movie, Annabelle: Creation. This is the prequel to Annabelle (2014). It tells the story of how evil gets attached to the doll in the first place. It’...

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