Category: Horror

Apostle [Fantastic Fest 2018]

Gareth Evans’ Apostle was, after Halloween, probably the movie I was most looking forward to at Fantastic Fest. Evans first got attention for his Indonesian martial arts movies, Merantau and The Raid, in which he coincidentally debuted an Indonesian martial artist named Iko Uwais, now enjoying his own very well-deserved fame. But it was when ...

Piercing [Fantastic Fest 2018]

Jeeeeeesus. Nicolas Pesce’s new film Piercing accomplishes that rare feat of being a movie I both enjoyed and simultaneously never want to see again. The film is tight, both in terms of runtime and tension, and Pesce steers us through a dreamlike world of New York highrises, hotel rooms and hallucinations towards a finale that ...

Level 16 [Fantastic Fest 2018]

Danishka Esterhazy’s Level 16  is a fascinating movie. It operates simultaneously as a legitimately affecting thriller that carries a heavy payload of dread, and as a powerful manifesto for society’s simultaneous worship, objectification and destruction of young women. The director came at this with intent, and her intent shows. This is a feminist horror story, ...

Bloodline [Fantastic Fest 2018]

The way Fantastic Fest was set up, there would be four or five movies screening at a time in time slots throughout the day, and we would submit ranked preferences for each time slot, which would determine for what films we would tickets. This led to much consternation for me, as a couple of time ...

Fantastic Fest, Take Me Now

I emerge from my cool, damp cave into the blinding light of day, snarling at the burning day-star above. I take in the world of the living to which I have returned, and let loose a great cry: "FANTASTIC FEEEEEEEEEEST!" Oh, hi! Didn't see you there. After a month(!) hiatus, I have found my way ...

Castle Rock is Off to a Great Start

Stephen King has achieved that almighty high that I think a lot of writers (myself definitely included) dream of; his world-building has grown so rich, so densely populated and fully conceived, that the world itself can stand as a complex, compelling character all its own - in this case, the haunted (and haunting) town of ...

A Still from Ghost Stories (2017)

Review: Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories 2017 Dir. Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman   Ugh. I am really conflicted about this movie. Ghost Stories does a lot of little things right, and does one very big thing wrong, and that makes it tricky to review. I’m honestly still not sure if I liked it or not. I don’t actually know ...