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  • The Child

    The Child


    The Child is one of those old school drive-in gems I remember reading about, or seeing lurid posters of from back in the day, but somehow never got round to actually watching.
    Finally catching up with it, I can confirm it's a blast. Cheap and cheerful 70's regional horror with rustic charm, this throws everything into the mix - creepy kids, crusty zombies, spooky scarecrows and a dollop of splattery gore. Logic may not be its strong point, but this…

  • Raw



    Maybe not the masterpiece many genre critics have hailed it as, but Julia Ducournau's Raw is undeniably an impressive debut feature. A grisly mix of teenage angst and graphic body horror, it's a potent coming of age fable which employs cannibalism as a visual metaphor for primal urges and sexual awakening, in much the same way Ginger Snaps reworked werewolf folklore into a rites of passage narrative.

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  • RoboCop



    Browsing through my 2013 diary here on Letterboxd it became apparent the vast majority of films I watched last year were either current or recent releases. To remedy this I decided to expand my viewing habits a bit more in 2014 by catching up with a few more vintage offerings, whether they be first-time watches or long overdue rewatches.
    So, to this end I decided to set myself a mini movie season each and every month throughout this year in…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2


    2011's The Raid was lean, mean, lightning-paced, and carried absolutely zero baggage, it was a supercharged combination of visual flair and insane ultraviolence. So the decision to develop the story in this eagerly-awaited sequel to a far more expansive narrative based around an undercover infiltration of the underworld, and the duplicity and dealings of gangland politics and rivalry, was always going to deliver a different, far broader kind of film. As a result The Raid 2, weighing in at a…