Denver Grenell

Denver Grenell

NZ based writer of horror & dark fiction.

Favorite films

  • Jaws
  • Fargo
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • The Thing

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

  • The Sadness

    ★★★½

  • Catch the Fair One

    ★★★★

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★

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  • The Deep House

    The Deep House

    ★★★½

    The haunted house movie is dragged to the bottom of a lake in order to refresh the genre & mostly succeeds. This underwater horror joint from French Director team Bustillo & Maury (creators of French Extremity ripper Inside & this years Kandisha), forgoes narrative & character work for claustrophobic terror but excels in crafting a tense slice of nerve jangling fun that is best experienced on the big screen if possible.

    YouTubers Ben & Tina journey to the bottom of a remote French lake to…

  • Just Before Dawn

    Just Before Dawn

    ★★★★

    Jeff Lieberman’s backwoods horror comes from that golden early ‘80s period when the tropes of the genre had yet to crystallise into the formula that characterised the decade. This film is more concerned with atmosphere & dread, which it manages to conjure successfully, despite the killer(s) coming across as a bit goofy & unthreatening overall.

    A group of five campers head into the Oregon mountains to stay on a plot of land one of them has inherited and in the process run…

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  • Dead & Buried

    Dead & Buried

    ★★★★

    This is a creepy, atmospheric rural horror with a constant sense of dread and some gnarly kills. Director Gary Sherman’s camera creeps through the various rustic locales, capturing the escalating nightmare that swirls around the chief of Police in the coastal town of Potters Bluff, as a series of murders coincides with dead bodies seemingly coming back to life.

    This film has vibe to spare, with lots of shadow, misty ambience and lived in locations - even the primary school…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    Mandy is a psych-doom bad acid blood fuelled fever dream with Nic Cage, demon cults, Ceno-bikers, chainsaw duels, “Cheddar Goblin” and an amazing death-drone score from the late Johann Johannson. Totally my shit.