If that’s the sort of thing you believe, anyway

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Anything for Jackson (2020)

Fingers on buzzers, folks — here’s the quickfire round. Baby boomers: wealth creators or extractors? Givers or takers? Selfish or self-sacrificing? Hard workers or entitled narcissists who, dissatisfied with the riches they’ve managed to accumulate thanks to the functional welfare states of their youth, now demand that their successors languish, absent the social safety nets said boomers enjoyed in the ’60s and ‘70s?

You might argue it’s more complicated than that, and I’d agree. But that’s the trouble with quickfire rounds: there’s no time for nuance. …


Derivative, frightening and indescribably bleak

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Do horror films have to be original in order to be good? I don’t think so. In fact, I’m not sure anything does nowadays. Kirby Ferguson famously said that everything is a remix — and though I wouldn’t go so far as to say everything is, most things definitely are.

Either way, Ferguson’s theory of creativity bodes well for the horror genre. Sure, there are supernatural movies that to this day give fresh perspectives, push boundaries and occasionally manage to shock audiences. …


A solid, if predictable, entry into a growing trend of class war horror flicks

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Eat-the-rich horror films have grown into something of a trend in recent years. Ready or Not, Pledge, Velvet Buzzsaw and the later Purge films all make villains out of the wealthy and pit them against proletarian uprisings either literal or metaphorical. The latest entry into this emerging subgenre is Jarand Herdal’s Cadaver — and it isn’t a bad film at all.

In its opening moments, Cadaver introduces us to parents Leo, Jacob and their young daughter Alice. The film is set in Norway, but not as…


Remi Weekes’ directorial debut lingers long after the credits roll

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The first sound to leave my mouth when His House ended was a sigh. This isn’t a criticism: Remi Weekes’ directorial debut is exhausting to watch in the best possible way. This film is a damning indictment of the UK’s asylum system, its attitude towards refugees, and a study of the traumas of war and displacement all wrapped in the shell of a haunted house flick. It is a brilliant film, and it lingers long after the credits have rolled.

His House follows the story of Bol (Sope Dirisu) and…


It’s mostly great — even if it runs out of ideas towards the end

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Some of the best horror movies do an excellent job of being both disturbing and a lot of fun. Midsommar wove a story about female emancipation into a darkly funny setting involving a murderous Swedish cult. You’re Next used the home invasion and final girl tropes to create an intense and frightening film that made you laugh throughout. Creep 2 took all the terror of its predecessor and gave it a dose of camp for a horror flick that repeatedly veered into comic territory.

Bryan Bertino’s…


AMC Networks expects its streaming services to hit 4.5m subscribers — and become profitable — by the end of 2020

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Credit: Shudder

AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder hit a million subscribers yesterday. Shudder announced the major milestone in a tweet, which thanked fans and added: “Here’s to a million more frights, chills and scares!”

Shudder has had something of a surge in popularity in the last couple of years. But in reality, the platform is now more than five years old. AMC began beta testing the over-the-top streaming service in summer 2015. After more than a year of tests, the US TV…


Hold your popcorn tight…

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Supernatural horror is my all-time favourite subgenre of horror film. More than any other, supernatural scarers have an extra element of the unknowable that really draws me in. That isn’t to say other subgenres lack mystery. Psychological horror by nature keeps you guessing. Slashers can occasionally utilise the unknown well. Natural and sci-fi horrors tend to explore forces we can’t understand. But for the relatively short time I’ve taken up horror films as an interest, nearly all my favourites have been about ghosts or demons.

Some might say the style is overdone — and that’s a…


Charlie Kaufman’s latest effort never pays off — and the source material deserves better

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

I’m Thinking of Ending Things is not a horror film. It isn’t a thriller either. Instead, Charlie Kaufman’s latest feature film is a meditation on regret, loss, and how hindsight can drive a person mad.

The problem is that you might not understand that from watching the movie. In fact, I only managed to figure out exactly what the film was about after looking at the book on which it was based. …

Harry Walker

Harry is a 25-year-old MA student and writer based in London, UK. His favourite horror movie is probably Evil Dead.

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