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Await Further Instructions is the fun, gory alternative to watch on Christmas Day

If you sat down on Christmas Day to watch your VHS copy of John Carpenter’s The Thing, only to discover the tape had warped and merged with copies of Videodrome, Tetsuo: The Iron Man and The Twilight Zone, you might just end up with something like Await Further Instructions, a claustrophobic Christmas-themed horror from director Johnny …

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A Star is Born is a melodramatic musical masterpiece

A tale almost as old as cinema itself, A Star is Born has been remade and reworked so many times, it’s hard to imagine anybody bringing something new to the story. Thank God for first time director Bradley Cooper, who manages to create a thoroughly charming, unashamedly melodramatic take on Hollywood’s favourite rags-to-riches story. Cooper …

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Possum is a deeply disturbing feature debut for Garth Marenghi himself, Matthew Holness

In the fourteen years since writing and starring in cult horror spoof Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, one of the finest British comedies of the 00s, Matthew Holness has been relatively quiet. While co-stars Richard Aoyade, Matt Berry, and Alice Lowe starred in award-winning sitcoms and became independent film directors, Holness stayed out of the limelight, writing stories …

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Leeds International Film Festival: British and International Fantasy Shorts review

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Leeds International Film Festival’s British and International Fantasy Short Films screenings in the gorgeous Everyman Cinema. A mixture of gory shlock, Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi, eerie character studies and classical horror tropes, the two screenings were an absolute blast. I thought I’d give a quick …

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Inside No. 9 Live – A chilling, thrilling homage to that other famous live Halloween broadcast

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD (seriously, don’t read this if you haven’t watched the Inside No. 9 live special): We should have seen it coming. Given that Inside No. 9 creators Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are a) huge horror buffs, b) responsible for some of the most darkly funny episodes in British television, and c) genius writers …

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Sunday Short: The Hedgehog (2015)

How often do you see a genuinely unique film? Other than avant-garde artists or surrealist inventors (looking at you, David Lynch), it’s rare to see a film that doesn’t feel in some way indebted to another filmmaker, genre or story. Even the greatest filmmakers in the world wear their influences on their sleeve, and it’s …

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A former Disney star sheds his image with the disturbing My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer is unique amongst biopics about serial killers. Rather than focusing on the grisly murders and eventual arrest of Jeffrey Dahmer, Marc Myers’ directorial debut looks at Dahmer’s teenage years, his formative experiences and the troubling influences and interests that eventual led to him brutally murdering 17 men and boys. Though My Friend …

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Sunday Short: Real Gods Require Blood (2017)

There’s something thrilling about discovering a new voice or an undiscovered talent in short films, especially when it’s a homegrown, BFI-funded effort. Scripted by novelist Tom Benn and directed by Moin Hussain, Real Gods Require Blood is an interesting, deeply disturbing take on an old favourite: the Satanic Horror. Set in Manchester in 1990 (at the …

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The Rider blurs the lines of fact and fiction with impressive results

The story behind Chloe Zhao’s The Rider is truly remarkable. In 2015, Zhao met cowboy Brady Jandreau at the Pine Ridge reservation and instantly knew she wanted to make a film about him. Unfortunately, she couldn’t figure out his story; that was, until he suffered a near-fatal riding accident and had to retire from riding …

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Apostle looks like an ultraviolent blast of folk horror from The Raid director Gareth Evans

It’s been over six years since Gareth Evans exploded onto the action cinema scene with The Raid, one of the most extraordinarily violent and choreographed martial arts films ever made, and four years since he released its ambitious follow-up The Raid 2. Now teaming up with Netflix, Gareth Evans is back with the trailer for …

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