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The Lodge (2019)

Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Writers: Sergio Casci, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz

Cast: Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone

Producers: Aliza James, Simon Oakes, Aaron Ryder

Music: Danny Bensi, Saunders Jurriaans

Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis

Editors: Michael Palm

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: The teenage Aidan (Lieberher) and his younger sister Mia (McHugh) spend the run-up to Christmas in an isolated lodge with their dad’s new partner, Grace (Keough). Strange events soon begin to take a psychological toll.

What’s the verdict: Filmmaking duo Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s follow their 2014 cult hit Goodnight Mommy with anothe...

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Spiral (2019)

Director: Kurtis David Harder

Writers: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin

Cast: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte, Lochlyn Munro, Chandra West

Producers: Chris Ball, Kurtis David Harder, Colin Minihan, John Poliquin

Cinematography: Bradley Stuckel

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Same-sex couple Malik (Bowyer-Chapman) and Aaron (Cohen) move to a small town to raise their 16 year-old daughter Kayla (Laporte). But, is the supposed idyll hiding something ominous?

What’s the verdict: Spiral walks a narrowing line in hinting at the insidious attitudes that subsist in small town America, and as a character study of a man with more reason than most to fear them.

It’s 1995, and freelance ghost...

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The Wretched (2019)

Director: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

Writers: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

Cast: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Zarah Mahler, Azie Tesfai, Blane Cockarell

Producers: Ed Polgardy, Chang Tseng

Music: Devin Burrows

Cinematography: Conor Murphy

Editor: Terry Yates

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: A troubled teen (Howard) living with his dad believes a malevolent tree-demon has invaded his neighbours’ house and stolen their child.

What’s the verdict: The Pierce Brothers debuted in 2011 with zombie comedy Dead Heads. This spiritedly entertaining sophomore movie is polished and energetic enough to suggest film no.3 won’t be so long coming.

A slice of small-town American horror, ...

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Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary

Director: Fabrício Bittar

Writers: Fabrício Bittar, Danilo Gentili, Andre Catarinacho

Cast: Danilo Gentili, Léo Lins, Murilo Cuoto, Dani Calabresa

Producers: Fabrício Bittar, Danilo Gentili

Music: David Menezes

Cinematography: Marcos Ribas

Editors: Nicholas Fettback, Bruno Nunes

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: After a supposed possession in a local school, four online paranormal investigators are brought into perform a sham exorcism to dispel the spirit. But, Jack (Gentili), Fred (Lins), Tulio (Cuoto) and Caroline (Calabresa) are in for a night full of surprises.

What’s the verdict: If early career Peter Jackson made Ghostbusters, it might resemble this Brazilian blast of bad-taste horror...

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Spider-Man: Far From Home & Midsommar – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 66 of The Electric Shadows Podcast tackles two different films indeed.

First up we have Spider-Man: Far From Home. Can the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe swing as high as Spider-Man: Homecoming or Avengers: Endgame? Or Into the Spider-Verse for that matter? Robs Daniel and Wallis take a look and rank this latest instalment against the webslinger’s previous big screen adventures.

The episode then journeys into the rural horrors of Ari Aster’s Midsommar. The follow-up to Aster’s Hereditary, it’s folklore and cult horror in one. But, does Rob Daniel think it an improvement on Hereditary, that critical darling that left him cold? Rob Wallis was an Hereditary fan, so what does he make of this latest outing?

There is also time for a discussion on what is next ...

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Child’s Play (2019)

Director: Lars Klevberg

Writers: Tyler Burton Smith (screenplay), Don Mancini (original characters)

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry

Cert: 15

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Single-mum Karen (Plaza) gives 13-year-old son Andy (Bateman) a Buddi doll for his birthday. His initial bemusement turns to terror when it transpires this doll, which answers to Chucky, is murderously malfunctioning.

What’s the verdict: Above all other rules of the slasher film, no.1 is the killer never truly dies. That goes double for killer-doll Chucky, who due to the vagaries of Hollywood copyright laws, is owned by two different companies.

Universal currently has the rights to the original saga (at seven films, we’re calling it a saga)...

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Addendum of the Dead – The Electric Shadows Podcast


Episode 63 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a bonus instalment capping off our Night of the Living Dead trilogy.

Those three episodes looked at George A. Romero’s six Dead films, his other movies and the zombie explosion and totaled just under six hours of edited podcast time.

But, that final episode just grazed the cranium rather than putting one in the brain, so our Living Dead series is still biting. Which is a flowery way of saying there is always something else to talk about.

This episode came about after we had recorded those three Dead episodes. A Herculean effort that took eight hours, so thanks to Rob Wallis and Ian Bird for putting up with Rob Daniel’s request that we got it all done in one day.

Post-record, Ian was kicking himself for not discussing J...

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Romero’s Second Zombie Trilogy & The Zomplosion – The Electric Shadows Podcast


In episode 62 of The Electric Shadows Podcast we reach the final part of our Night of the Living Dead trilogy. Recorded six hours into an eight hour podcasting marathon, this episode sees our intrepid casters in pod Rob Daniel, Rob Wallis and Ian Bird ever-so slightly punchy.

But, despite the whiff of mania that had descended by that point, the daring trio managed to stay on point. Romero’s second zombie trilogy, Land of…, Diary of… and Survival of the Dead all get their day in court. Surprising to everyone is how much stronger trilogy number two now seems when compared to first release. Although Ian Bird has a dislike for Diary of the Dead he is not shy in sharing…

The discussion also covers Romero’s career between his two zombie trilogies, the now-classic Shaun of ...

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Hellboy (2019)

Director: Neil Marshall

Writers: Andrew Cosby (script), Mike Mignola (characters)

Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Stephen Graham, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim

Cert: 15

Running time: 120mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: In modern-day Britain, Hellboy (Harbour) battles wicked witch Nimue (Jovovich), who has returned to unleash pestilential havoc on the land. Hellboy is joined by his adoptive father and demon hunter Professor Broom (McShane), the magically gifted Alice (Lane) and gruff Special Forces agent Daimio (Dae Kim).

What’s the verdict: Hellboy 2019 arrives with a diabolical number of strikes against it.

Fan backlash that it’s not a Guillermo Del Toro/Ron Perlman reteaming to tie up story threads from 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army...

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Beneath Us

Director: Max Pachman

Writers: Max Pachman, Mark Mavrothalasitis

Cast: Lynn Collins, Rigo Sanchez, Josue Aguirre, Roberto Sanchez, Thomas Chavira, James Tupper

Cert: 15

Running time: 83mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Four undocumented Mexican workers take a job finishing construction work on the private land of a wealthy couple. But, they soon discover their hosts have plans for them beyond drywalling.

What’s the verdict: Director Max Pachman’s feature debut mixes social commentary and merciless suspense for a timely horror chiller.

Alejandro (Sanchez) ekes out a living day-labouring, scraping together money to bring his wife and young son to America. His brother Memo (Aguirre) arrives on his doorstep having hopped the border...

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