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Frightfully Good!

It-Follows-posterLike many a horror anti-hero, the genre never truly dies. At times it may lay dormant in a graveyard of sub-standard fare, but it always rises to thrill once more. With common acceptance that the world is a scarier place than it’s ever been, horror currently reflects those fears as a vent to modern anxieties without becoming as depressing as the nightly news (although The Walking Dead sometimes wobbles).

As the 5 star It Follows hits UK cinemas, we look at reasons for fear fans to be happy with the healthy state of horror.


The-Babadook---pop-up-bookTWO MODERN CLASSICS IN 6 MONTHS

The Babadook was the hot ticket at FrightFest August 2014, drawing almost universal acclaim from festival-goers and subsequent five star reviews when released in October...

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The Best Films of 2014

Welcome to the second annual Electric Shadows Top 10.

2014 has been a great year for movies. Here are just a few films that didn’t make our top 10 – Boyhood, 22 Jump Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Under the Skin, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Okay, 2014 also witnessed the unnecessary continuation/reboot of the Transformers franchise with Age of Extinction. We would love to say it was unwanted, but with $1bn at the global box office ($33m of that coming from the UK), it’s clear a soulless, mean-spirited THREE HOUR advert for toys, cars and Chinese milk can still earn its place in the world. We’re doomed…

But, with the good outstripping the bad, we’ll claim 2014 as a vintage year...

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Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills - posterDirector: E.L. Katz

Writers: David Chirchillo, Trent Haaga

Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton

Cert: 18

Running time: 88mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: With thrills to die for, there’s nothing cheap about this viciously entertaining chiller. Debuting director E.L. Katz and writers Dave Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga have concocted a riveting endurance marathon which pits two old school friends against each in a gruelling game of cash prize one-upmanship.  Imagine I’m A Celebrity but with more dismemberment for a hint of what’s in store, and despite the presence of Anchorman’s Dave Koechner as the sadistic ringleader the laughs here are frequently replaced with gasps of shock. Funny Games for the recession generation.

Cheap Thrills - Pat HealyCheap Thrills - David Koechner, Ethan Embry, violence

The full verdict: Home invasion films are ...

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