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  • Possession



    This film is pure adrenaline on screen. Director Andrzej Zulawski's opus about a fractured couple (apparently based on his own experience of divorce) is rich with metaphor and symbolism. The dream logic means that it doesn't always make perfect sense - but the film is utterly captivating, helped by Andrzej Zulawski's nauseating roaming camera and a pair of brilliant central performances from Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani - the latter of which absolutely owns the film. It's a mesmerising and…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant


    Ridley Scott's needless prequel to his masterpiece Alien comes off like a big budget Italian rip-off of the original. Surely this must be one of the bleakest blockbusters ever made, and there's little wonder it did so badly and most people didn't like it. For me, however, Alien Covenant is one of the best depictions of Lovecraftian horror ever put to the screen. A thoroughly dark and cynical depiction of cosmic horror. A series of events that leave our cast…

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  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker


    Nightmare Maker is a fairly typical story of an overprotective parent figure gone mad over the prospect of losing their child....but it's augmented by so many additional elements which help to make it a really memorable experience. The film will always live on in infamy for its inclusion on the Video Nasty list - but actually the real shocks are much more cerebral. The incest theme features front and centre; and lead actress Sudan Tyrrell really gives the film everything.…

  • Hatchet for the Honeymoon

    Hatchet for the Honeymoon


    Mario Bava's ornate riff on Psycho! Hatchet for the Honeymoon is often lumped in with the Giallo genre....but it isn't really. There's no mystery here; what we get instead is a psychological portrait of a self proclaimed madman. First of all, this is a beautiful film. The grand mansion in which most of it takes place makes for an eerily decadent setting, and of course it is all captured by the stylish eye of the great Mario Bava. The psychological…

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  • Murder Mansion

    Murder Mansion


    A mix of Gothic euro horror, Giallo style and....Scooby Doo. And it would have gotten away with it with too, if it wernt for the slow pace and tedious plotting! The plot focuses on a bunch of seemingly random characters who all get lost and end up in a mansion in the middle of a graveyard. The film has a lot going in its favour - the central location is really good, with the foggy graveyard adding an extra layer…

  • Crazy Desires of a Murderer

    Crazy Desires of a Murderer


    This is a late entry in the Giallo cycle, really just as the genre was morphing into softcore porn, and effectively going down the pan. Crazy Desires of a Murderer is a rather quaint little murder mystery, which doesn't quite live up to its lurid title, but it has enough unique elements about it to make it enjoyable. The plot focuses on a group of kids that find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery when a stop off…