Routine thriller that is lifted by some stylish direction. Solid performances from the main cast, and though there is little original here for them to really get their teeth into, Jackson and Harris are always watchable. Fodder for a weekday evening. 😐
Intriguing double header about loss and grief in a remote Welsh house. It’s something of a slow burn, but there is enough here to keep you watching, and whilst the scares are somewhat scarce, the low-key ambience lends them added weight. 🙂
57 years later, Ellen Ripley faces the xenomorphs again. Superlative sequel, balancing the body horror shocks of the original with military action, suspense, and a then-voguish Vietnam War aftermath aesthetic.
A frankfurter finds out that there is no hereafter. Relentlessly sweary food-based riff on the Buzz Lightyear and Pizza Planet alien characters’ delusions from Toy Story, which just about holds itself together.
Jason Bourne resurfaces to deal with his past. Fifth in the franchise after the side-step of Legacy finds Bourne on top form; a story-light and linear but propulsive visually-driven action thriller, designed more as a sensory experience than narrative.
A mother-obsessed mannequin restorer goes on a killing spree. A proficient and times stylish remake of the 1980 original, though it adds little except a tidier narrative and well-handled use of subjective camera; not enough to justify its existence.
A mother-obsessed New York loner goes on a killing spree. De Palma-ish slasher, with the expected Hitchcock and giallo references. Maniac works because of its grubby style, its still-effective gore, decent direction, and a sweaty central performance.