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BBFC Rating - 15

Mama (2013) | Review

Official Synopsis: Annabel and Lucas are faced with the challenge of raising his young nieces that were left alone in the forest for 5 years.... but how alone were they?

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Released under the banner of ‘Guillermo del Toro Presents’, Mama is the feature length adaptation of a 2008 short of the same name by Argentinian sister and brother Barbara and Andrés Muschietti. For the latter this becomes his big-screen directorial début, although the screenplay is now […]

6.0

Review Added: March 1st, 2013

Tagline: A Mother's love is forever

Having viewed the trailer for this film, I was instantly sure Pete would want to choose it – I admit that I thought it looked on the scary side. For me a film is truly scary when you end up thinking about it – not that [...]

6.5

Official Synopsis: When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

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Silent Hill (2006) was a surprisingly half-decent effort at creating a horror movie based on the video game series originally released in the late nineties. Featuring an oppressive, eerie, almost dreamlike feel cultivated largely in part thanks to the dull colour palettes and immersive audio, providing […]

3.5

Review Added: November 7th, 2012

Tagline: Return to Silent Hill

Having felt strongly about the first film I had little expectation going in to see the sequel, with Silent Hill (2006) having been genuinely one of the creepiest films I have seen in terms of the visuals, atmosphere and the levels of grotesque used for the creatures [...]

5.0
BBFC Rating - 15

Sinister (2012) | Review

Official Synopsis: Found footage helps a true-crime author realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

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Halloween always ensures a run of horror movies, oft dominated by the franchises that are presumably considered to be the closest thing to low-risk coin-spinners for the studios – Paranormal Activity and Saw having laid claim to the ghoulish release crown over recent years. In an […]

7.0

Review Added: October 21st, 2012

Tagline: Once you see him, nothing can save you.

With the “from the makers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious” splashed all over the trailers I was a bit unsure about this film falling into the gap of what had been done new and differently in these two films. I thought both stood out and was [...]

4.5

Official Synopsis: Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

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Set in the former Eastern Bloc, The Chernobyl Diaries follows a small band of tourists daring to venture into the world of ‘extreme tourism’ by visiting Pripyat – now home to the literal fallout of one of the infamous man-made disasters in the 80s. In terms […]

5.5

Review Added: August 27th, 2012

Tagline: They said it was safe... It wasn't.

Yet another film in which the trailer tells a wee lie. In the trailer as part of the tour you think they visit Reactor 4. They don’t. They just get to take a picture of it from quite far away, because as I thought it is [...]

5.5

Official Synopsis: Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.

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Released very much under the radar, filling one of the seemingly few release windows this summer that doesn’t feature a comic book hero or a sequel, the combination of a strong leading cast and an interesting subject matter should have been deserving of the audience constantly […]

7.5

Review Added: August 1st, 2012

Tagline: Do you believe?

So it could be that I have found yet another film that I am simply not smart enough to get. Or perhaps it was just the culmination of little sleep and a second consecutive 13hr shift but by the end credits I already knew I would [...]

7.5