• The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★★★

    Fantastic. A truly unsettling relative of The Descent and The Blair Witch Project, likely to be a favorite of 2018.

  • The Dark Tower

    The Dark Tower

    ★★★

    Compelled to write on this because the reviews I've seen thus far are pretty negative and I didn't dislike this film at all. I was never bored or annoyed watching it and while that's an admittedly low bar to set, I'm used to big-budget Hollywood genre adaptations leaving me cold. I wasn't familiar with the source material but I got a strong sense of SK's usual tropes in spite of it not being horror content at all. Is a vast mythology watered down to cram into 95mins? Probably - but a sprawling, dragged-out 3-hour epic is no good alternative.

  • Logan

    Logan

    A lot of buzz surrounded Logan, mostly with regard to its promise to realize the fantasy of many an X-men fan: Wolverine busting heads in full, gory, R-rated glory. Logan delivers in this respect, and Jackman and Stewart deserve the accolades for their heartfelt performances, but the film slumps when it turns its gaze on the dramatic aspects of the story. Fans of the franchise will find it a fulfilling bookend to Wolverine's saga but overall, I didn't find much meat on these adamantium bones.

  • The Void

    The Void

    Points for inventiveness and special effects (I expect nothing less in this department from Kostanski) but mired by a convoluted story.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    The hype is real - this is a watershed film. See it this weekend and check out my full review in the May/June issue of Rue Morgue!

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    Nice to see such brainy fare coming out of Hollywood! I was slightly irked by some ethnocentricity (of course the US cracks the alien language first and it's up to good old uncle Sam to save the world from the trigger-happy Japanese) but I still enjoyed it.

  • The Descent

    The Descent

    Perfection. Some of the green screen effects don't hold up but it's still hard to believe the film came out over ten years ago. It's better every time I see it. Tune in to The Faculty of Horror's February episode for the deep dive.

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    I'll say this for The Wailing: it's beautifully filmed and kept my interest for the whopping 2.5 hour runtime, mostly due to the bizarre mishmash of horror tropes. The smattering of zombies, ghosts and voodoo were entertaining but the shifts between slapstick comedy and melodrama took me out of the story, and I found the ending unfulfilling.

  • Split

    Split

    ★★½

    Brilliant portfolio piece for McAvoy, but not much else.