Review: The Invisible Man (2020) – Heard But Not Seen

While Leigh Whannell's previous feature Upgrade looked at the way technology removes our freedom and choice from us, sometimes quickly but more often than not slowly and without notice. His latest, an adaptation of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, similarly toys with its characters freedom but here the constricting forces are different. Be it …

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Review: The Lighthouse (2020) – Masculinity & Other Forms of Madness

The secrets and lies that permeate every shot of Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse, a manic depressive exercise in toxic masculinity and other physically damaging psychological nightmares, seem commonplace for a conventional story. Throw them in with a world that seems not to be ruled by any kind of normality, where time doesn't adhere to understanding …

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Review: The Grudge (2020) – Emotional Torture Porn

When The Grudge was remade for an American audience back in 2004 it paled in comparison to its Japanese counterpart but it proved to have grit through a message of the transferable effects of trauma. A less successful sequel followed and the franchise drifted off until it was unnecessarily revitalised this year with a film …

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Review: Happy Death Day 2U (2019) – Killed By The Kitchen Sink

Ever since the emergence of the Paranormal Activity series and the studio behind it, Blumhouse Productions we have been given a plethora of low-budget horror films to fill our time, some more successful than the others. For every The Purge we got Ouija and films like it. Luckily when Happy Death Day premiered in 2017 it managed …

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Review: Escape Room (2019) – Setting Up A Game

Taking a growing trend and subjecting it to the horror treatment isn't a new move. The idea of what would happen if an enjoyable game was used to subject you to unknown terrors, testing your instincts and wits has been done before in many different films, most recently in 2017's identically titled Escape Room. However …

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Review: One Cut of The Dead (2019) – Just Roll With It

Zombie films weren't going away any time soon but they definitely needed a shot in the arm, a little pep in their step and a new direction. Shin’ichirô Ueda's One Cut of The Dead gives the genre all these things by not making it about the undead but the different personalities that emerge throughout. Completely …

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