Black Friday – Film Review

On the eve of Black Friday, a group of toy store employees begin preparing for the onslaught of holiday shoppers. Not long after opening the doors, the employees find themselves fighting for their lives from parasitic, zombie shoppers. It is very apparent the purpose director Casey Tebo and writer Andy Greskoviak have for this film …

We Need to Do Something – Film Review

Retreating to their bathroom to escape a storm, Melissa (Sierra McCormick, American Horror Stories) and her family soon find themselves trapped with no sign of rescue. As the hours go by, Melissa begins to realize that this may not be just an ordinary storm and her family is in grave danger. Based on writer Max …

You Are Not My Mother – Film Review | TIFF ’21

With its strong attention to female filmmakers this year, TIFF offers us Kate Dolan’s feature debut ‘You Are Not My Mother’. An Irish psychological horror film with a twist steeped in lore. Char (Hazel Doupe) lives in a Dublin housing estate with her grandmother, father and her troubled mother Angela (Carolyn Bracken). The woman is …

Zalava – Film Review | TIFF ’21

While investigating a town with a shared belief in demonic possession, military sergeant Massoud’s (Navid Pourfaraj) beliefs are challenged by the zealous exorcist, Amardan (Pouria Rahimi Sam). Demonic possession films are fairly commonplace in the world of horror and thrillers. Many of them as derivative as the next. More often than not, this type of …

The Boy Behind the Door – Film Review | Shudder

Earlier this year I saw ‘The Djinn’ by directorial duo David Charbonier and Justin Powell. It was an effective and creepy horror tale (on the cheap) about a mute boy that ends up getting more than he bargained for, when he makes a wish he can’t take back. While it was definitely worth seeing, it …

Son – Film Review | Shudder

Escaping a cult as a teenager, Laura (Andi Matichak – Halloween franchise) now lives happily with her son David (Luke David Blumm – The King of Staten Island) in a small town. When she sees a mysterious group of people in David’s room one night, they ask police and neighbours to keep an eye out. …

Review – Witch Hunt

Amendment XI : No person may practice Witchcraft in the United States of America. In present day America, female witches are publicly burned at the stake and considered a danger to the American way. Martha Goode (Elizabeth Mitchell) runs an underground railroad for witches in her house, through a system of signals she provides food …

Review – Werewolves Within

Movies based on video games don’t have a good reputation. But maybe, Hollywood has been focusing on the wrong kind of games. Or the wrong type of filmmakers. Werewolves Within has some serious bite and weirdly works as it’s based on Ubisoft’s virtual reality game. Is this the one to break the video-game-turns-movie-curse? Quoting Mr. …

Review – The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

The Warren’s are back for a third installment of the paranormal success series. This time they’re doing it without James Wan at the helm, or an interesting story for that matter. When the exorcism of the young David (Julian Hilliard) goes wrong, an evil entity skips bodies and moves to Arne (Ruairi O’Connor), his sister’s …

Review – In the Earth

Venturing into the woods to meet up with a remote colleague, scientist Martin Lowery (Joel Fry) and park ranger guide Alma (Ellora Torchia) find themselves thrust into the path of the seemingly hospitable woodsman, Zach (Reece Shearsmith).  Desperate to understand their situation and make it out of the woods with their lives, the duo endure …