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  • Awakening of the Beast

    Awakening of the Beast

    ★★

    What a mess. I watched the first Coffin Joe movie at Halloween three years ago and was impressed with it enough that I decided to try and watch one every year to trace my way through a series I knew nothing about, I'm going to have to read a few reviews before I watch the next one.

    The first hour of the film is set up as a 'high-brow' TV show where a group of beardy intellectuals judge clips of…

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  • Dark Skies

    Dark Skies

    ★½

    How to make a modern horror film:

    1 - Start with the certificate: Under no circumstances should you consider an 18/R rating
    2 - Assemble your cast: Make sure they fit the white, American, middle-class, 2.4 children archetype
    3 - If you have given these cast members any positive traits, immediately remove these. The audience can NOT have any reason to bond with these people.
    4 - Place your horror elements sporadically throughout the film, allow plenty of time for…

  • Nobody Knows

    Nobody Knows

    ★★★★★

    To make something so beautiful, so tender out of something so tragic and heartbreaking takes a real skill. Hirokazu Koreeda has perfected it.

    Not since Elephant Man has a film had this much of an emotional effect on me, it actually made me feel quite sick in my stomach in the last half hour and in the last 15 minutes or so I realised I was holding my breath.

    The young actors have left me gobsmacked at how flawlessly they…