• The Hills Have Eyes

    The Hills Have Eyes

    ★★★

    The Hills Have Eyes may not exhibit sophistication in the production value and is also rough around the edges but this exploitation horror achieves everything it set out to do and does so in a way that adds to its raw & gritty appeal. Ranked amongst the most influential examples of its kind, the film still packs a shocking punch after all these years.

    Written, directed & edited by Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street & Scream), the film features a simple…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★½

    The direct sequel to Bernard Rose's 1992 cult classic of the same name attempts to carve its own identity in addition to serving as a follow-up chapter yet only manages to end up halfway on both fronts. As a sequel, it doesn't improve upon the original in any way, shape or form. And as its own thing, it's got several thoughts ongoing at once and needed to simmer down & spread them evenly to deliver the goods.

    Co-written & directed by Nia…

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    From the director of Saw, Insidious & The Conjuring comes a stylishly crafted, consistently thrilling & gleefully violent nightmare that's stained with blood, soaked in terror & smeared with body counts. Gripping from the get-go, keeping its viewers guessing for the most part and going absolutely bonkers in the end, Malignant feels fresh despite treading familiar grounds and is one of the goriest entries in mainstream horror.

    Directed by James Wan, his latest feature marks his return to his horror roots and serves…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★½

    Every Palme d'Or winner brings its own set of high expectations into play and earning this year's top prize at Cannes is a body horror that has already garnered notoriety and made headlines for making several viewers faint with its gruesome imagery & disturbing content. Bold, beautiful & bewildering, Titane is the latest offering from a singularly audacious new filmmaker and it is delightfully deranged.

    Written & directed by Julia Ducournau, her sophomore feature makes her directorial debut look tame in regards to…

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★½

    With a dreadful, disquieting atmosphere pervading its frames and a dark, disturbing mystery simmering beneath the surface, The Night House makes for a gripping, haunting & gradually escalating psychological horror with a plot that only gets more uneasy & uncomfortable as it progresses, and is powerfully anchored by Rebecca Hall's emotionally engrossing showcase.

    Directed by David Bruckner (The Ritual), the story explores loss, grief, depression, loneliness, death & longing through vehicles of horror and is able to keep us invested in the proceedings…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★½

    The latest madcap offering from the filmmaker who has made a career out of coming up with truly insane & ambitious ideas over the years (whether he is able to make them work or not in execution being a whole another debate), Old finds the (in)famous writer-director once again experimenting with a crazy concept but the end result is a mixed bag as the film fails to make the most of what was up for grabs.

    Written & directed by M. Night…

  • The Medium

    The Medium

    ★★★★

    The scariest film of the year so far and one of the creepiest entries in the world of horror in recent years, The Medium begins as a documentary about a shaman possessed by a local deity in North-east Thailand but it soon develops into a dreadful & diabolical nightmare that you can't escape from. Powerful, petrifying & perturbing in equal measure, this Thai-South Korean supernatural horror reeks of death & devilry.

    Co-written by Na Hong-jin (The Wailing) & directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun (Shutter), the…

  • Dumplings

    Dumplings

    ★★★½

    The feature-length version of the infamous short segment that appeared in the Asian horror omnibus package Three... Extremes, Dumplings takes the nauseating premise and expands upon it by adding new subplots & extensions to the narrative. But being familiar with the story & context beforehand doesn't make the ride any easier. Instead, it has the opposite effect.

    Directed by Fruit Chan, the story concerns a former actress who wishes to reclaim her youthful beauty and seeks out the help of a local…

  • Kisapmata

    Kisapmata

    ★★★★

    Led by a central performance so powerful, intimidating & domineering that the character's overbearing presence & oppressive aura looms over the story even when he isn't around in the room, Kisapmata is disconcerting from the first scene, gets more unnerving as it progresses and brims with a claustrophobic atmosphere that's absolutely smothering in its intensity.

    Co-written & directed by Mike de Leon, the story is inspired from a real-life event and brings its narrative to life in a very raw, lifelike manner. The…

  • One Missed Call

    One Missed Call

    ★★★½

    Steeped in dread, suffused with an unnerving aura and sustaining its creepy vibe throughout its runtime, One Missed Call may borrow elements from a superior J-horror entry but the film has its own assortment of thrills, scares & twists that work for the most part if not all the way. And what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in brooding tone & spine-tingling sound design.

    Directed by Takashi Miike (Audition & 13 Assassins), the ominous atmosphere the film is able to…

  • The Eye

    The Eye

    ★★

    A fascinating premise that begins on a promising note but gets bogged down by its tedious pace, uneven editing & inadequate character depth before delivering a shocking final jolt, The Eye gets a decent mileage out of its intriguing concept and also packs few effective scares but the narrative flow is inconsistent and is also missing the necessary immersive touch.

    Co-written & directed by Pang brothers, what benefits the story most is the protagonist who is likeable & sympathetic. And though the mystery…

  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★½

    Beautifully blending & balancing the elements of comedy, horror & whodunnit mystery into a howling gem, Werewolves Within is more amusing than scary yet manages to be captivating from start to finish. Packed with a colourful set of characters whose interplay injects a fresh quality to its witty & kinetic story, this indie comedy horror is one of the better delights of the year.

    Directed by Josh Ruben, the picture comes sprinkled with lycanthropic flavours but it is at its most interesting when…