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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Review: Dead Awake, laid to rest

Sleep paralysis has become a very popular storytelling device because the real-life phenomenon is so frightening that it practically writes itself—the feeling of being conscious but unable to move while having horrifying hallucinations is some scary stuff. So what better home than horror to tell that story, right? Phillip Guzman’s Dead Awake is about exactly that (sleep paralysis), only […]

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Review: A Dark Song, forget forgiveness

It’s kind of astonishing that there hasn’t been a film quite like Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song yet—it’s a premise so simple and familiar that the genre has done it countless times, just not quite like this. Gavin’s take on ritualistic horror is so original and raw that it hits in a way that most horror […]

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Review: The Void, we’re in hell

Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski are the brains behind The Void, both taking on writing and directing duties, in their Carpenter meets Lovecraft-inspired throwback that’s heavy on the effects and light on everything else. In it, shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to […]

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Review: The Devil’s Candy, kill ’em all

Somehow, someway Sean Byrne hasn’t made a movie since his genre-favorite debuted back in 2009—eight years is a long time to wait, which is why The Devil’s Candy has been so highly anticipated among horror fans, especially so after a film as masterfully nutty as The Loved Ones. In it, a struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces […]

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Review: Brimstone, into the flames

Martin Koolhoven’s western-horror hybrid Brimstone is a crazy ambitious piece of work—his bleak tale of revenge is a sprawling epic that unfolds over the course many years, layering it with a unique storytelling twist. In it, wrongly accused of a crime she didn’t commit, a frontier woman turned fugitive is hunted by a vengeful preacher in the dangerous inferno […]

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