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Looney tunes back in action Review and Opinion

2018/09/26

Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Director: Joe Dante

review by Amy Harlib

Despite the critical and aesthetic failure of Warner Bros' venture into a feature blending live-action with cartoon characters, Space Jam (1996), the just-mentioned film production company dared to try the combination again, this time to considerable success with Looney

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Last horror movie Review and Opinion

2018/10/09

The Last Horror Movie (2003)
Director: Julian Richards

review by Paul Higson

At the 2003 Festival of Fantastic Films four new British feature films were previewed, Mitchell Morgan and Jon Kirby's Requiem, Tony Luke's Dominator (which picked up best animated feature film), Julian Richards' The Last Horror Movie and Hadi Hajaig's

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Year's best fantasy and horror 18 Review and Opinion

2015/04/27

The Year's Best Fantasy And Horror 18th Annual Collection
editors: Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin J Grant
St Martin's Griffin paperback $19.95

review by Mario Guslandi

Here it comes the 18th annual anthology by Datlow and friends, collecting what is supposedly the best horror and fantasy fiction appeared in 2004. As usual, it is a hefty volume

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Third black book of horror Review and Opinion

2016/05/04

The Third Black Book Of Horror
editor: Charles Black
Mortbury paperback £7.50

review by Mario Guslandi

Charles Black, the man who single-handed is re-launching the horror anthology in the UK (and whom some critics are already calling 'the new Herbert Van Thal'), presents us with

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Amityville horror 2005 remake Review and Opinion

2017/10/20

The Amityville Horror (2005)
Director: Andrew Douglas

review by Jonathan McCalmont

That's right kids! It's time for another American remake of a classic horror movie! What's more it's one that steals and borrows from other great horror movies so shamelessly it's the cinematic equivalent of having Graham Norton tell you to stop being puerile and talentless

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Others Review and Opinion

2018/07/16

The Others (2001)
Director: Alejandro Amenabar

review by Patrick Hudson

I wonder which came first: the classic ghost story or Freudian psychoanalysis? Almost every ghost story I've ever read or seen depends on denial, an inability of the dead to accept their fate, which almost always erupts into violence. Although our bodies may fall and decay, our spirits

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It lives again by axelle carolyn Review and Opinion

2015/11/09

It Lives Again! - Horror Movies In The New Millennium
Axelle Carolyn
Telos hardcover £16.99 / $29.95

review by Christopher Geary

Profusely, but not lavishly, illustrated - with poster artwork, publicity stills, and DVD box covers - and quite reasonably priced, too, this overview of the current

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Down Review and Opinion

2019/03/06

Down (2001)
Director: Dick Maas

review by Paul Higson

Down gets off to rattling start. Overly lit and obvious sets, belly laugh dialogue and horror set-ups, suddenly one is back 20 years to the golden age of video and the arrival of a horde of comic horror tales, many of those coming from the previous decade of the 1970s. Larry Cohen, Jeff Leiberman

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Wrong turn Review and Opinion

2017/12/17

Wrong Turn (2003)
Director: Rob Schmidt

review by Paul Higson

First the British showed Hollywood how to do it and now the Canadians are cocking a snoop at Los Angeles horror. Did I see a few bad reviews for this earlier today? Instead I went by the simple recommendation of an American friend and hey, if it isn't a proper horror movie.
   The principal

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Complete lovecraft filmography Review and Opinion

2019/04/25

The Complete Lovecraft Filmography
Charles P. Mitchell
Greenwood hardcover £62.50

review by Tony Lee

Author Charles Mitchell tackles a subject long overdue for serious study, and the result is this fine companion volume to the recently published An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia by S.T. Joshi

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Going to pieces Review and Opinion

2017/04/11

Going To Pieces:
The Rise And Fall Of The Slasher Movie (2006)
Director: Jeff McQueen

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Based on an identically titled book by Adam Rockoff, that charts the progress of the first wave of slasher movies between 1978 and 1985, Going To Pieces attempts to cover similar ground, but also to chronicle the evolution of the

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Beautiful monsters Review and Opinion

2016/03/23

Beautiful Monsters:
The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To The Alien And Predator Films
David McIntee
Telos paperback £7.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Every now and again, a film emerges fully formed and pre-wired to plug straight into the popular conscience. From the musical

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Necronomicon 4 Review and Opinion

2018/08/01

Necronomicon:
The Journal of Horror and Erotic Cinema, Book 4
edited by Andy Black
Noir paperback £12.95

review by Jeff Young

Since the demise of Shock Xpress, there's not been much in the way of non-corporately published yet intelligent fan writing about genre and exploitation films available in the UK (unless you count the irregular

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Cabin fever Review and Opinion

2019/05/18

Cabin Fever (2002)
Director: Eli Roth

review by Eric Turowski

I was very excited to see this film, as the hype promised a gore-filled return to horror flicks of the 1970s and 1980s, a la George Romero, Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, et al. Five college students venture into a secluded woodland cabin to party. Sounds familiar, already, right?
   Bert (James

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Faculty of terror Review and Opinion

2016/01/10

The Faculty Of Terror
John Llewellyn Probert
Gray Friar paperback £7.50 / $14

review by Sean Parker

Ah, this one is fun. John L. Probert writes with some of the same warped humour as the late Robert Bloch, and here he has written a book which can be seen as a tribute to the anthology movies

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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Time out film guide Review and Opinion

2018/02/06

Time Out Film Guide
editor: John Pym
Penguin paperback £19.99 / $24.95

review by Christopher Geary

The 2004 edition is a weighty beast of a reference book, sharing many key contributors with the BFI's magazine Sight & Sound, yet having a rather brighter and less conservative and even more international outlook than you might expect from a book

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Jeepers creepers Review and Opinion

2018/10/29

Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Director: Victor Salva

review by Tony Lee

This highly praised teen-horror from Victor Salva (director of underrated Powder, 1995), starts out as a road movie, and then turns into psycho-chiller, before revealing its bizarre creature and entering the subgenre of monster movies.
   Trish and Darry (excellent performances

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Feather &, bone Review and Opinion

2019/01/17

Feather & Bone
Gus Smith
Big Engine paperback £8.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Feather & Bone is a horror novel concerning supernatural events in and around a rural community in Northumberland. After the appearance cattle showing symptoms of BSE, Alison Rigg is despatched by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to find the source of the infected

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Last motel by brett mcbean Review and Opinion

2015/10/20

The Last Motel
Brett McBean
Biting Dog paperback $16.95

review by David Hebblethwaite

Brett McBean's début novel takes us to the Lodgepole Pine Motel in the mountains near Melbourne where - on Hallowe'en night (when else?) - three cabins are rented by people with something to hide. There's Al and Eddy, two chancers who set out to steal a car and ended

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Abnormal beauty Review and Opinion

2017/10/29

Ab-Normal Beauty (2004)
Writer and director: Oxide Pang

review by Paul Higson

The Pang brothers made an impression with their action film Nowhere To Hide and then again with the horror film The Eye, the latter partly funded with UK money. The two films credibly

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Children of men Review and Opinion

2017/08/11

Children Of Men (2006)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón

review by Gary McMahon

It is the year 2027 and society is breaking down. There are food shortages, terrorist attacks are commonplace, and the city streets are filled with immigrants who are herded up and caged like animals. Mass infertility has halted childbirth across the globe, the last baby was born

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7 mummies Review and Opinion

2017/10/31

7 Mummies (2006)
Director: Nik Quested

review by Gary McMahon

Like many bad modern horror films, 7 Mummies actually looks quite nice - some decent cinematography, a few well-composed shots, and nifty camerawork at least make it interesting to look at. Occasionally.

An inexplicable (and entirely unexplained) accident during the transportation

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Shocking cinema Review and Opinion

2018/04/20

Necronomicon presents:
Shocking Cinema Of The Seventies
edited by Xavier Mendik
Noir hardcover £18.99

review by Steven Hampton

This is the first book in a proposed series tackling specific decades at the movies, launched here with the 1970s - mischievously dubbed "the decade that humanity forgot" in the publicity notice. An introduction by director

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Fear dot com Review and Opinion

2019/01/18

FearDotCom (2002)
Director: William Malone

review by Michael Lohr

A series of bizarre deaths rouse the suspicion of Detective Mike Reilly (Stephen Dorff) and Department of Health inspector Terry Houston (Natascha McElhone). Upon investigation they discover that all the victims' shared one common link, they visited a website called Fear.com, run by a

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Crimson rivers Review and Opinion

2017/07/21

The Crimson Rivers (2000)
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Interestingly for a film about eugenics, the production of this film has more than a whiff of genetic engineering about it. Imagine a collection of beret-wearing scientists, carefully selecting talent in order to construct a film guaranteed to be a commercial success outside

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Blade trinity Review and Opinion

2017/09/20

Blade Trinity (2004)
Writer and director: David S. Goyer

review by Jonathan McCalmont

In 1998, a relatively small action movie using an old Marvel license was released starring Wesley Snipes, a solid second-tier action hero. The film wasn't that successful initially and wasn't heavily marketed. Word of mouth spread and it did well on video and DVD. Well

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Sleepwalker Review and Opinion

2018/04/11

Sleepwalker (1984)
Director: Saxon Logan

review by Paul Higson

Lost films benefit from a mystique and, even upon rediscovery, continue on the bonus system by having then the history and the curious route to its rescue. A poor film becomes a little more than a poor film as a discussion piece, a moderately entertaining movie becomes a worthwhile recovery

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Suspiria Review and Opinion

2018/02/25

Suspiria (1977)
Director: Dario Argento

review by James Starkey

Suspiria is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It is by no means Dario's best however - such is the standing of the great man. By 1976 the director wished a change of emphasis from the murder mystery genre that he had so mastered. What followed was a truly terrifying gothic

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