A Dutch women who lives near a bog and archeological dig site is mysteriously pursued after her family is attacked. Taught and well acted, this film is understated and sustains a dark and malevolent atmosphere. Well worth your time.
Speak No Evil (2022, Dir. Christian Tafdrup)
A Danish family meets a Dutch family on holiday who are not all they seem. Truly uncomfortable and challenging to watch at times, this is one of the all time shout at the screen films. Awkward and unflinching – you will feel the tension and atmosphere – recommended.
Ghostbusters Afterlife (2021, Dir. Jason Reitman)
The estranged family of Egon Spengler return to his home town and uncover a ghostly plan to destroy the world. While fun, this is too reliant on spoon feeding nostalgia and ticking fan check boxes. A good cast keeps you interested, but the film struggles with pacing and coherence at times.
Harland Manor (2021, Dir. Steven R. Monroe)
A team of tech savvy Youtubing paranormal investigators experience strange events in an abandoned house/hospital/asylum/insert building here. By the numbers jump scares and derivative. Seen this all before and done better. Yawn.
Antlers (2021, Dir. Scott Cooper)
Left-field ancestral monster horror, with some nice photography, good performances and icky moments. Let down by a poor script and a pace that doesn’t move quickly or scarily enough when it needs to. Worth watching for the weirdness of it all.
The Matrix Resurrections (2021, Dir. Lana Wachowski)
Mr. Anderson once again suffers reality confusion in this complex sequel. Less bible and message laden than some of the others, this refocuses things with a new deeply meta twist. Though a tad bloated and with little new to say, this still manages to be visually compelling.
Halloween Kills (2021, Dir. David Gordon Green)
Utterly dreadful and unnecessary sequel to the 2018 Halloween sequel-reboot. Michael Myers carves up more scared people in Haddonfield including the dregs of the 1978 original film cast. So unbelievably stupid it beggars belief. Painful even for hardcore fans.
The Night House (2020, Dir. David Bruckner)
A grieving widow discovers dark secrets about her deceased husband while strange things start to unravel all around her. Impeccably shot and well acted, this has some interesting things to offer. A lovely creeping menace keeps you on your toes. Worth your time.
Dune (2021, Dir. Denis Villeneuve)
A spectacular new version of the Frank Herbert novel. The planet Dune is the source of Spice – a substance with profound properties and insatiable galactic value. As a new regime assumes control over spice production, they find themselves under attack from all sides as they discover the secrets of their new world.
I Am A Hero (2015, Dir. Shinsuke Sato)
A gleefully gory and refreshing black comedy Japanese zombie film. Hideo the cowardly Manga artist needs to find his ‘hero’ mettle as a virus turns everyone into crazy killers. Refreshing, witty and sometimes poignant – this comes highly recommended.