Tag: Tension

FILM REVIEW: Bad Times At The El Royale

There is much to be said for watching a film that revels in tense unpredictability. Far too often movies fall into the realm of the foreseeable. You know how it will end from the moment it begins [or a little longer into the film, but not by much]. Thankfully, Bad Times at the El Royale

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BASEMENT OF HORRORS: The Innkeepers

If there’s something strange, In your local B&B, Who you gonna call? THE INNKEEPERS. Another underrated film that may have slipped past your horror net, Ti West builds up characters and tension rather than jump scares and the usual horror tropes – definitely a ‘catch it if you can,’ this Halloween month! Check back with

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FILM REVIEW: In Darkness

There’s a sub-genre of thriller which we might call the ‘blind woman in peril’ movie which generally revolves around the witnessing of a murder. Jennifer 8 and Blink are good examples, though the daddy of them all is late 60’s melodrama Wait Until Dark, which featured Audrey Hepburn as a sight impaired woman, trapped at home, desperately defending herself against

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FILM ARTICLE: IN THE BLOOD, an essay on the film ‘Hereditary’

  (WARNING! The following article contains many spoilers for the film ‘Hereditary’ Consider this your first and last warning!) A generational curse bleeds through Hereditary, Ari Aster’s feature length debut, and candidate for most unsettling film of 2018. When Annie’s (Toni Collette) mother dies, horrific events begin plaguing the family, and as Annie seeks a

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FILM REVIEW: The Ritual

Folk horror’s modern roots, especially in cinema can be traced back to a handful of films, Blood on Satan’s Claw, Witchfinder General, and most famously, The Wicker Man. This triptych has had a huge amount of influence over filmmakers for generations, with their twisted echoes found in everything from New England folk-tale movie The VVitch,

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