Don’t Knock Twice (DVD Review)

15 – 93mins – 2017


 

GINGER HACKS

“Knock once to raise her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead…”

Former Battlestar Galactia bombshell Katee Sackhoff headlines this Welsh indie chiller which splices urban legends with tangible domestic disquiet to conjure a relatable, thought-provoking and eerie atmosphere. Sackhoff plays Jess, a successful sculptor but a less-than-successful mother to her care-raised teenage daughter, Chloe (Lucy Boynton). When Chloe inadvertently awakens a witch while performing a prank on a long-avoided local residence, she returns to her mother’s custardy in the hope a change of scenery will stymie the supernatural curse.

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Free Fire (Cinema Review) with Ben Wheatley Q&A (Event Review)

15 – 91mins – 2017

Cinema City, Norwich – 28th March 2017 – 8:15pm

Official Website with Tour Dates


 

RAIN OF FIREPOWER

“Fuck the small talk, let’s buy some guns, eh?”

Essex-born director Ben Wheatley follows up his surrealist and satirical decent into destruction, High-Rise, with a similarly violent but far more narratively-simple crime thriller set entirely in deserted warehouse.

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Power Rangers (Cinema Review)

12A – 124mins – 2017


 

MORPHING THE MORPHERS

“Alpha, Rita’s escaped. Recruit a team of teenagers with attitude,” Zordon instructed at the beginning of every episode of Saban’s phenomenally successful mid-90s appropriation of footage from Japan’s Super Sentai series. But, if truth be told, the five Mighty Morphin’ teens lacked any kind of edge; they were clean-cut do-gooders who vanquished evil, taught bullies a lesson and saved the environment without a cross word, mood swing or cuss between them.

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Hush (Netflix Review)

15 – 81mins – 2016


 

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Struggling to decide upon one of seven alternative endings to her sophomore novel, death-mute author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) enjoys the solitude of her cabin in the woods, with only one neighbouring dwelling she is otherwise completely cut off from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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XX (Film Review)

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15 – 80mins – 2017


 

GORE POWER

A horror anthology comprising four grisly vignettes directed by female filmmakers, XX is commendable for none of the quadruple strands overtly capitalising on the USP with dominant feminist themes. These are simply isolated genre tales which just so happen to have women at the helm. Even Sofia Carrillo’s kooky stop-motion animated wrap around featuring a walking dollhouse resuscitating a clockwork girl has no correlations to the embedded stories, simply establishing an eerie, off-kilter aura.

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47 Meters Down (Film Review)

15 – 89mins – 2016


 

SHARKNESS FALLS

Dimension Films originally set this survivalist shark thriller for a summer 2016 straight-to-DVD release under the title In the Deep. A mere week before it was set to hit retailers’ shelves, Entertainment Studios snapped up the rights, cancelled the home release, reverted the title back to the original preference and announced a big screen bow for June 2017.

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The 9th Life of Louis Drax (DVD Review)

15 – 108mins – 2016


 

LOUIS IN BLUNDERLAND

Typically associated with the horror genre having created such prominent hits as Switchblade Romance, The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha remakes, Mirrors and Horns over the past 14 years, French director Alexandre Aja – still only 38 years old! – branched out from his comfort zone with this surreal adaptation of Liz Jensen’s bizarre 2005 psychological mystery novel.

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INSIDE NO. 9, 3.6 – “Private View” (TV Review)

BBC Two – Tuesday 21st March 2017 – 10pm

Created and written by: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton

Directed by: Guillem Morales


 

LIVING EXHIBITION

Mastermind all-rounders Pemberton and Shearsmith bring this third batch of their comedy-horror anthology series to a fittingly glamourous close with this witty murder-mystery set in a modern art installation, featuring a remarkable all-star cast. While “Private View” doesn’t quite hit the exceptional highs of deceptively simple post-Christmas special kick-starter “The Bill”, it is the funniest, most audacious and grizzliest story yet.

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Get Out (Cinema Review)

15 – 104mins – 2017


 

DECEPTIVE INVITATION

Despite making a name for himself as a comedy actor with a penchant for parody (MadTV, Key & Peele, Keanu), in his directorial debut, Jordan Peele has found instantaneous critical acclaim as a filmmaker in a widely disparate genre: horror. Get Out consummately merges a creepy mystery with stinging and provocative social commentary to create a racially-motivated thriller with a strong nod to The Stepford Wives.

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Blood Father (DVD Review)

15 – 85mins – 2016


 

RIGGS AND MORTAR

The adulation and admiration accumulated by Hacksaw Ridge both upon its theatrical release and during awards season cemented Mel Gibson’s credentials as a bona fide director de force – in spite of a ten-year gap since Apocalytpo. But however brave and bold he feels in pushing his creative boundaries behind the camera, I can’t help but feel like “Mad Mel” is playing it safe in front of the lens…

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