Fantasia Review: Better Watch Out, Yuletide terror

There’s a soft spot in my horror-loving heart for genre films that take place during the holidays, especially when they’re set in the cold wintry days of Christmas. Maybe it says something about myself, but it’s hard to resist a little terror during the holidays. Chris Peckover’s aptly titled Better Watch Out may not have any […]

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Review: Personal Shopper, souls of the dead

Olivier Assayas explores the uncertainty of an age old question in his quiet haunter Personal Shopper, using the afterlife, its existence or nonexistence, to reflect on how we deal with grief and loss. It’s subtle, often creeping narrative, provides a powerful vehicle for its emotionally-fused ghost story that is completely sold by Kristen Stewart’s powerful performance. […]

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Review: Prevenge, a mother’s wrath

Alice Lowe is a freak of nature. She not only directed Prevenge—making it her first feature film—but she also wrote and starred in it as the leading lady and mentally disturbed Ruth. While there are many instances of filmmakers directing, writing, and starring in their own films, I doubt any of them were actually pregnant […]

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Review: Raw, fit for a queen

Why, hello there Julia Ducournau! The French director makes her feature film debut with Raw, and it’s one of the most confident first-films you’ll ever see. Nasty, sly, gross-out horror blends itself into a surreal world that I’m glad doesn’t actually exist—dating would be so much more painful than it already is—as it dissects its multi-layered […]

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Review: Alien: Covenant, paradise found

Even after five years, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is just as polarizing as it ever was—it took the Alien franchise that Scott started back in 1979 and spun it in an entirely new direction, asking some big questions along the way: who created us and why? While I have always been a big supporter of Scott’s […]

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Review: Hounds of Love, the real monsters

Ben Young’s Hounds of Love is nothing new—rape and torture and murder have all been extensively challenged with horror for decades—so his film, while seemingly familiar, is so viciously told and beautifully shot that it actually feels like a refreshing (and totally twisted take) on the genre even if it isn’t. In it, Vicki is randomly […]

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