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  • Annabelle 2014

    ★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    This is a movie that shows too much, explains too much and completely disassembles the creepy doll sub genre.

    Annabelle suffers from a great many "quiet... quiet... quiet... BANG" moments, a curse indicative of modern Horror cinema. This reliance on sucker-punch-jumps instead of building tension and atmospherics causes shocks and startles but it no way horrifies or frightens. The Conjuring, Sinister, Insidious and the Paranormal Inactivity franchises utterly fail to get under the skin of the audience. Annabelle is a perfect example of why these movies won't stand the test of time.

    And who the fuck is scared of dolls anyway?

  • Dracula Untold 2014

    ★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    It's utter bobbins. But it's watchable utter bobbins.
    A little like I Frankenstein, Underworld or any of that ilk. This lacks the bloated, swashbuckling fun of The Mummy or Van Helsing and tries to paint Vlad as a family man and a man of the people, which is a little disappointing to say the least.

    The plot tries its best to marry the Stoker Dracula as depicted in 100 years of cinema alongside his Vlad the Impaler persona. I say…

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  • Hellraiser 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Oct, 2014 2

    A low budget indie project, lovingly crafted by its written/ director that birthed some of the most iconic monsters in cinematic history. Hellraiser takes a sidestep from conventional 80s Horror tropes and plays out its nightmare with zero levity and uses its creatures sparingly, instead allowing human characters to flourish as the true antagonists.

    Enveloped in Christopher Young's lavish and densely rich score, the visual elements borrow from Italian influences with a great use of colour and lighting to accentuate…

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2012 13

    I have absolutely no idea of how to start this review.
    First off the bat, to the best of my knowledge there is nothing here that will shake the foundations and change the opinion of the Nolan haters.

    Set 8 years after The Dark Knight, this film takes a knackered and spiritually broken Bruce Wayne and places him in a situation where he must don the cape once more.
    Christian Bale has come a long way in 7 years. From…