Anyone familiar with the original versions of classic fairy tales like “Hansel and Gretel” already knows that they have lots of horror movie potential. As a rule though, most attempts to capture these tales on film tend to miss the mark. It’s clear from the conspicuous reversal of the titular names that Gretel & Hansel hopes to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack right from the get-go, but does it actually do the job, or are you better off spending 90 minutes of your time on some other film?
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When you think of the most chilling horror tales of all time, there are a lot of staples that come immediately to mind when it comes to possible settings – like dank asylums, haunted houses, isolated forests, or just about anywhere that feels a little creepier and more sinister under cover of darkness. You don’t probably think of sun-drenched corn fields or bright summer days in the countryside, but The Noonday Witch may just change your mind about that.
Brian Paulin is slowly, but surely, making a name for himself in the horror business. Hardcore gore fans will probably already be familiar with some of his previous work, including Bone Sickness and Fetus. He steps it up another notch with Blood Pigs, a different kind of zombie film that he wrote and directed in 2010. I can tell you two things right away about this movie that will make you want to watch it. First off, there is no CGI used in this film (that alone is enough to pique my interest). Not only that, but Blood Pigs was also voted the goriest movie of 2010 by readers of Rue Morgue magazine. If that isn’t a one-two punch... Read More
ZARDOZ (1974) The Gun is good! The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds! So proclaims the giant levitating stone head at the beginning of Zardoz – one of the craziest sci-fi movies ever. Set in a post-apocalyptic world of 2293, Zardoz follows a barbarian named Zed, played by Sean Connery dressed in latex underwear and a braided ponytail. Zed discovers a hidden society of immortal humans hiding from the remains of mankind. While immortal Consuella (Charlotte Rampling) urges Zed’s destruction, others want to examine this virile savage. This will prove to be their undoing. Made in 1974 as an Irish-... Read More
The Holiday (2006) Before there was Airbnb, there was Nancy Meyers' classic film The Holiday. Proving sometimes there’s no place like not home, Iris and Amanda swap a quaint English country house for a luxurious L.A. pad and both find in the other’s life what they were missing in their own. Because who could say no to a kiss with Jude Law underneath the mistletoe? Love Actually (2003) Five words: To me, you are perfect. One more word: Swoon. The moment Mark comes to the door with handwritten notecards declaring his love for Juliet, we collectively melt—every time. But that’s far... Read More
The Beyond (1981) The Beyond is a camp, OTT and downright outrageous Fulci zombie ‘epic’ which features a blind girl called Emily (who’s from ‘the beyond’ as far as I could work out) and her trusty Alsatian guide dog - Dickie. Dickie has a low-key role until one point in the film when some fantastic looking zombies confront Emily. They moan and groan as Emily shouts gibberish like “I did what I was asked!” and “I’m not going to go back! You can’t make me go back!” until she sets Dickie on them. Dickie wastes no time in making a star of himself in this, his key scene as he attacks the crumbly undead... Read More