[PASSNOTES] POLTERGEIST (2015)

November 2nd, 2015

Poltergeist (2015) Dir. Gil Kenan Who’s in it? Sam Rockwell, Rosemaire DeWitt, Jared Harris, Kennedi Clements What’s it about? A modern remake of Texas Chainsaw Masacre director Tobe Hooper’s iconic 80s horror classic, produced by Evil Dead and Spiderman director Sam Raimi, Poltergeist follows the unfortunate events of a young family after they move into […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘WHISTLE AND I’LL COME TO YOU’, A STORY OF “SOLITUDE AND TERROR”

December 14th, 2013

Whistle and I’ll come to You (1968) Dir. Jonathan Miller – Dec 14th at Narrow Water Castle Who’s in it? Michael Horden What’s it about? First adapted for BBC art show Omnibus in 1968 from a ghost story originally published in 1904 by M.R. James (recently re-visited in 2010 with John Hurt in the lead […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘NIGHT OF THE DEMON’ EXAMINES THE SUPERNATURAL IN LIGHT OF THE SCIENTIFIC

November 22nd, 2013

Night of the Demon (1957) Dir. Jacques Tourneur – 24th Nov at Ballywalter Park Who’s in it? Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis What’s it about? Jacques Tourneur’s pioneering 1957 film Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon) mixes the supernatural with the scientific as an American Psychologist visiting Britain (Andrews) attempts to […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘ROSEMARY’S BABY’ IS ARGUABLY HOLLYWOOD’S MOST HAUNTING MOVIE TO DATE

November 1st, 2013

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir. Roman Polanski – Monday Nov 4th QFT Belfast Who’s in it? Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon What’s it about? Polanski’s seemingly critic-proof masterpiece nullifies any need for standard generic scare-mongering in favour of the authentic horror of an everyday evil… blood-curdling in its banality. Written and directed by Roman Polanski […]

REMAKE VS ORIGINAL: ‘DAWN OF THE DEAD’ AND ‘TEXAS CHAINSAW MASACRE’

September 25th, 2013

Things that go bump in the night… There’s a persistent debate amongst movie-goers which just refuses to die, returning zombie-like again and again: is the remake better or worse than the original? Not many sit on the fence – you’re either a fan of the classics, or you love the blockbuster Hollywood effects of the […]

KILL LIST IS A MUST FOR GORE-HOUNDS

October 8th, 2011

Ben Wheatly lives up to his literary namesake with Kill List, the follow up to 2010’s acclaimed Down Terrace. While adding a welcome element of verisimilitude to the familiar motifs of Dennis Wheatley’s campy scare stories, the movie kind of misses the point – these things are meant to be, y’know, fun right?

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

December 7th, 2010

DETAILS Dir. Tomas Alfredson Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson twitter shaped review Original story. Charming character development. Affecting and moody atmosphere. Gruesome scenes of graphic violence. PLOT Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackberg in1982, Let The Right One In tells the story of Oskar, a 12 year old boy with bully trouble, until he […]

2010 A DVD ODYSSEY: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY

November 10th, 2010

DETAILS Dir. Oren Peli Cast: Katie Featherstone, Micah Sloat Writer: Oren Peli PLOT Things go bump in the night… on tape. REVIEW Functions effectively as a scary film but is not a “Horror Movie” in the Hollywood sense. Does not attempt to provoke a reaction from the viewer, refusing to sign-post the scare. In using […]



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