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  • The Haunting

    The Haunting


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Based on Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and carrying with it her constant themes of isolation and fragility, The Haunting is a psychological horror film in the tradition of Val Lewton's uncanny tales for RKO a few decades earlier.

    After 11 years of near-total isolation looking after her ailing mother, desocialised and fragile Eleanor is contacted to take part in an experiment - to spend some time in a haunted house. Finding in this the impetus she needs…

  • Richard III

    Richard III


    As Henry and Ally from the League of Gentlemen would have us know, Richard aye-aye-aye did loads and loads of killings. More than Predator, even. And for the most part he seems to be having tremendous fun doing so, Ian McKellen's occasional asides to camera not so much monologue or the flash of a co-conspirator so much as a naughty child who has been caught doing something they shouldn't but is having far too much of a good time to…

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  • The Killers

    The Killers


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Killers is a classic film noir on its surface - there's a dame, a mug, and a sense of doom - but it upends the formula in having "Swede" (Burt Lancaster) killed without putting up a fight at the beginning, and spends the rest of the film piecing together why he was killed and why he offered no resistance. Through the eyes of intrepid insurance agent Reardon (it's noir, you can have intrepid insurance agents) plus cop and friend-of-the-deceased…

  • The Limehouse Golem

    The Limehouse Golem


    Peter Ackroyd's book, Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem, is a meandering story of the music hall era of the London stage, taking in notions of legacy, public face versus private stories (and self-delusion), and an early serial killer, in a series of non-linear segments that play with point of view and unreliable narration in a series of interesting ways.

    Retasking a minor character from the book in the stock detective role as a thread from which the other point…