The Ritual (2017) Review

  My old scoutmaster used to say ‘If the shortcut was a shortcut, it wouldn’t be called a shortcut, it would be called a route’. A lads weekend hiking and camping turns into a nightmare when they get lost and encounter a bunch of backwoods hillbillies up to no good.  A familiar premise, no?  The… Read More

Alien: Covenant (2017) Review

“There’s so much here that doesn’t make sense.” It’s fitting that Ridley Scott chooses to reference Frankenstein heavily in his third entry into the Alien franchise.  While Ridley wants us to see David, evil android from Prometheus, as a kind of hybrid creation/god melding of Frankenstein and his monster, it is instead more fitting to see the… Read More

Green Room (2016) Review

“It’s funny.  You were so scary at night.” Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington said, “Power remains strong when it remains in the dark; exposed to the sunlight it begins to evaporate.”  Green Room is a film about power – the power of violence, white power, the power of music and drugs and the power… Read More

The Eyes of My Mother (2016) review

“Have you lived here a long time?” “My whole life.” To quote the late, great Leonard Cohen, “You want it darker?”  Well, do you?  If so, you’ve come to the right place.  The Eyes of My Mother positively drips darkness.  Everything is hazy, foggy, dipped in ink and shot in black and white – The Eyes of… Read More

J-Horror Mashup “Sadako vs. Kayako”: Love It or Hate It

The horror genre has received great contributions from Japanese filmmakers over the years, with two of the most enduring franchises being The Ring and Ju-On. The main supernatural entities from the films have become iconic in modern pop culture, which is why when the two got featured simultaneously in the recently released Sadako vs. Kayako,… Read More