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  • The Craft

    The Craft

    ★★★★

    [#38] 31 Days Of Horror 2018

    Andrew Fleming’s The Craft was part of a wave of horror movies in the latter half of the nineties that infused a self-aware referential core into the typical teen movie framework, revitalising the fortunes of the genre, alongside the likes of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s Scream. Four corners of a coven beset by personal trauma, Bonnie with her physical scars, Rochelle suffering at the hands of a racist bully, Nancy enduring a lecherous…

  • Terrifier

    Terrifier

    ★★

    [#37] 31 Days Of Horror 2018

    Damien Leone’s maniacal creation Art the clown is finally given his own feature length attraction after a stand-out segment in the anthology All Hallows’ Eve, and prior short also titled Terrifier. Art feels even more sinister here with a sunken, further accentuated, angular physiognomy. Effectively executed, adept at building dread, and utilising some great practical effects work, Terrifier excels at its titular intention. Unfortunately Art appears to know only the one trick, as unrelenting…

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  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★★

    [#31] (Not) Hoop-tober 2016

    I have a huge soft spot for mall-set horror movies, and Jim Wynorski’s Chopping Mall hits that sweet spot. The vapid, paper-thin premise of teenagers being locked overnight in a shopping mall that’s trialling a new security system is clearly an excuse to justify some awesome scenes of robots murdering teens. Chopping Mall is so typical of the period; it all goes downhill for the teens after a few saucy scenes, kitsch laser effects aplenty. With…

  • What Have You Done to Solange?

    What Have You Done to Solange?

    ★★★★

    [#09] (Not) Hoop-tober 2016

    Massimo Dallamano’s What Have You Done To Solange? is teeming with deception, and secrets. Fabio Testi plays Enrico, a teacher at a college who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after a string of his students are found butchered. There’s a grisly symbolism to the way the girls are murdered and the motive behind the killings. The mystery is complexly woven, engaging in the drip feed of information and events, so much so that we don’t…