Upgrade (2018, dir. Leigh Whannell)

An augmented car mechanic tracks down the men who killed his wife and left him in a wheelchair. Fast, fun and brutal SF/horror hybrid with an excellent physical lead performance and lots to recommend it. The kinda genre movie they don’t often make any more.


Bird Box (2018, dir. Suzanne Bier)

After an apocalyptic event, a woman battles to get her two children to safety. Initially interesting though ultimately very straightforward survival yarn with some good supporting performances.

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Death Wish (2018, dir. Eli Roth)

After his wife is murdered in a home invasion, a mild-mannered doctor turns vigilante. Tonally-inconsistent remake of the 70s Bronson flick. Horror and black comedy elements along with the violent action, and flirtation with Willis/Kersey as psychotic. Not uninteresting in its way.

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Ghost Stories (2017, dir. Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson)

A paranormal investigator is given three cases to solve which will apparently prove the existence of the afterlife. Hugely entertaining and clever reworking of old-as-the-hills material, perhaps better enjoyed on a second viewing so its construction can be appreciated.

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Demon Knight [AKA Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight] (1995, dir. Ernest Dickerson)

A remorseless demon stalks an immortal holding the last key to humanity’s survival. Under-appreciated siege horror-comedy linked (vaguely) to the EC comics. A game diverse ensemble cast of character things jolly things along, supported by excellent direction. Unpretentious fun.

Dark Shadows (2012, dir. Tim Burton)

An ancient vampire is resurrected; he vows to restore the family fortunes. Gothic comedy-horror revival of the 60s TV series. Initially very funny, but soon collapses as there’s not much story, and the film runs out of culture-clash gags. Looks great, though. Minor Burton, alas.