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Room

Room-posterDirector: Lenny Abrahamson

Writer: Emma Donoghue (screenplay and novel)

Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2015


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What’s the story: Told through the eyes of 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) this is the story of his life and his mother (Brie Larson). Since birth a brutal captor has held them in a 10m by 10m room. Ma tries to create a typical childhood for her son, teaching him about life through television and limited supplies. Once she realises young Jack is physically ready to escape their prison a daring plan is hatched and the real world is in touch. However will Jack and his mother be able to adjust to freedom?

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What’s the verdict:

Inspired by the harrowing case of Joseph Fritzl, Emma Donoghue has adapted her multiple award winn...

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V/H/S/2

VHS2 posterDirectors: Jason Eisener, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto

Cast: Adam Wingard, Jay Sanders, Fachry Albar, Hannah Al Rashid, Zack Ford

Cert: 18

Running time: 96mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Follow-up to the hit anthology original that retains the same structure but loses some of the surprise and scares that made V/H/S a winner.  The Raid director Gareth Evans delivers the best episode, with other instalments coming from Jason (Hobo with a Shotgun) Eisener and Eduardo (The Blair Witch Project) Sanchez, plus You’re Next’s Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, who previously contributed to V/H/S.

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The full verdict: It is fitting Eduardo Sanchez contributes to V/H/S2 (aka S-VHS) as he practically invented the found footage genre as co-director of The Blai...

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Dark Skies

DARK-SKIES-Quad-Poster-535x401Director: Scott Stewart

Cast: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Dakota Goyo, Kaden Rockett

Cert: 15

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Another family-in-peril chiller from the producers of Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity, Dark Skies should disappear into the night as just one more also ran.  But, with Legion and Priest writer/director Scott Stewart punching above his normal weight class, the ambitious plot incorporates economic woes, parental anxiety, and a coming-of-age story into an effective alien abduction tale.  Low-key horror certainly, but one that spins familiar elements into something fresh.

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The full verdict: The producers of Dark Skies clearly abide by the Roger Corman school of filmmaking.  Namely, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it...

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The Tall Man

The-Tall-Man-2012-Movie-Title-BannerDirector: Pascal Laugier

Cast: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Samantha Ferris, Eve Harlow, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis

Cert: 15

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: Director Pascal Laugier follows his ferocious sophomore movie Martyrs with another first-class shocker.  Jessica Biel is a doctor in an economically depressed mining town whose children are vanishing at an alarming rate.  Locals believe “the Tall Man” is spiriting the kids away into the nearby woods and over one terrifying night the truth is uncovered, but this is just the beginning.  Shocking, unusual and with raw emotion and smarts to spare, this is one of the year’s biggest surprises.

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The full verdict: Martyrs was an extraordinary love-it-or-hate-it horror movie with plenty of plot twists among...

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