The Grinn (2017)

  • Director: Matthew KalamaneThe-Grinn-2017-movie-Matthew-Kalamane
  • Writer: Matthew Kalamane
  • Main Cast: John Carroll, Sarah Leight, Michka Hawkins

‘It’s my house, I can do whatever I want with it’

Vance wakes up in a house, seemingly trapped, with no memory of how he got there. There is something horrible lurking outside, while an unknown voice on the phone is trying to guide him out of his amnesia.

I wasn’t overly enthused for the first 10 – 15 minutes of this film, but it is definitely worth sticking with it. The acting is rather weak across the board, but the story itself is interesting, unusual and smart. It’s a bleak, unsettling and somewhat upsetting supernatural take on real-life horror. The final act hits you with twist upon twist, and is pay off for the viewer’s patience.

Original VS Remake: My Bloody Valentine

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  • Director: George Mihalka
  • Writer: Stephen A. Miller, John Beaird
  • Main Cast: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck

‘From the heart comes a warning, filled with bloody good cheer, remember what happened as the 14th draws near!’

The town of Valentine Bluffs is excitingly preparing for a Valentine’s Day Dance, but some of the older townsfolk are wary; twenty years’ earlier, a miner – Harry Warden – committed a series of cannibalistic murders after going insane when trapped for weeks by a cave in, and threatened to return if a Valentine’s Dance were ever to be held again.

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  • Director: Patrick Lussier
  • Writer: Todd Farmer, Zane Smith
  • Main Cast: Jensen Ackles, Kerr Smith, Jaime King

‘Happy fucking Valentine’s Day.’

A miner with a screw loose – Harry Warden – is trapped by a cave in, and kills all the other survivors to save himself. He is eventually rescued, badly hurt and comatose, only to wake up and continue his killing spree. He is finally brought down by the police, but ten years later the town is once again beset with gruesome killings. Is Harry Warden back for revenge?

What more appropriate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, than with a review of the two installments of My Bloody Valentine?!

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Starry Eyes (2014)

  • Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyerstarryeyes
  • Writer: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
  • Cast: Alex Essoe, Fabianne Therese, Maria Olsen

‘Ambition – the blackest of human desires.’

Sarah Walker is a wannabe starlet, stuck in a dead end job and surrounded by back-stabbing friends. When an opportunity for a gateway role with a big production company comes along, she’ll stop at nothing to get the part.

One could say that this film takes on a particular resonance at the moment, against the recent headlines of Hollywood power abuses. The influence of The Producer in the film is overpowering, and it is clear that a number of actresses have been manipulated and entrapped by him in the past, just like Sarah.

Alex Essoe’s main character Sarah is very well performed, with the character somehow managing to be both fragile and ruthlessly ambitious all at once. Essoe does a great job of portraying Sarah’s descent into desperation, and I found myself disliking her but rooting for her nonetheless.

This is an enjoyable – albeit perhaps uncomfortable – film, with occult themes and some well-constructed body horror, portraying desperation and depravity in Hollywood.

Killing Ground (2016)

  • Director: Damian PowerMV5BMjI0MjE4MDI1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDkwOTc3MjI@._V1_
  • Writer: Damian Power
  • Cast: Harriet Dyer, Aaron Pedersen, Aaron Glenane

‘You’ve gotta make the most of your opportunities!’

A likeable couple, on a New Year’s Eve camping trip, set up their tent just down the beach from what turns out to be an abandoned campsite – a discovery that sets off a chain of horrific events which will see the couple fighting for their lives.

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Movie Marathon: The Bad Ben Trilogy

Bad Ben (2016)badben

  • Director: Nigel Bach
  • Writer: Nigel Bach
  • Main Cast: Nigel Bach

Tom Riley buys a house at a Sheriff’s sale for a great deal, but as soon as he moves in things start to get weird: furniture moving by itself, unexplainable noises and shadows. The extensive surveillance system in the house captures it all, and Tom realises that he’s definitely got more than he bargained for.

Steelmanville Road (2017)steelmanvilleroad

  • Director: Nigel Bach
  • Writer: Nigel Bach
  • Main Cast: Jessica Partridge, Christopher Partridge

A prequel to Bad Ben, this film explains what happened to the previous owners and who…or what…lurks in the house on Steelmanville Road.

Badder Ben: The Final Chapter (2017)badderben

  • Director: Nigel Bach
  • Writer: Nigel Bach
  • Main Cast: Nigel Bach, Jacquie Baker, Matthew Schmid

A documentary crew – complete with a psychic – return to Steelmanville Road after Tom Riley’s disappearance to investigate the mysteries of the property.

‘Who is going to want to watch a 50 year old bald, fat guy walking around his house, getting the crap kicked out of him by malevolent spirits?’

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The Limehouse Golem (2016)

  • Director: Juan Carlos Medinalimehousegolem
  • Writer: Jane Goldman, Peter Ackroyd
  • Main Cast: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Daniel Mays, Douglas Booth

‘London’s appetite for horror knows no bounds’

Detective Kildare (Bill Nighy) is investigating a series of grisly murders in late 19th Century London – a seemingly hopeless investigation – and becomes embroiled in the related investigation of a charming woman Lizzie (Olivia Cooke) who has been accused of poisoning her husband. As the case continues, the bodies pile up, the infamy of the suspects grow, and the story becomes all the more complex.

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Jigsaw (2017)

  • Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierigjigsaw
  • Writer: Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg
  • Main Cast: Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson

‘Now the games are simple. Best ones are. You want mercy? Play by the rules.’

Mutilated bodies are being left around the city for the cops to find, and all signs point to the Jigsaw killer John Kramer. Kramer has been dead for ten years though, so do the cops have a copycat on their hands, or did John Kramer somehow manage yet another twist to his tale?

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