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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.


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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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Blu-Ray Review: It Follows

It-Follows---Blu-Ray-coverDirector: David Robert Mitchell

Writer: David Robert Mitchell

Cast: Maika Monroe, Kier Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary

Cert: 15

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2014

Blu-Ray Region: B

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The lowdown: Five-star horror from writer/director David Robert Mitchell, on only his second feature film outing. The Guest’s Maika Monroe delivers another attention grabbing performance as Jay, a high school girl informed by her new boyfriend she is cursed and must avoid the mysterious figures now tormenting her. Familiar horror trappings – death, sex, bogeymen – are given a fiendishly clever makeover in what could be 2015’s The Babadook.

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The full verdict: When done well, the curse is a fantastic horror device (see Night of the Demon, Ring and Drag Me to Hell).

It Follows adopts the cu...

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The Guest

THE GUESTDirector: Adam Wingard

Writer: Simon Barrett

Cast: Dan Stevens, Brendan Meyer, Maika Monroe, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser

Cert: 15

Running time: 99mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Dan Stevens sheds his posho Downton Abbey image for Adam Wingard’s explosive follow-up to You’re Next. Stevens is David, a soldier back from Afghanistan visiting the family of a dead brother-in-arms. But, as he ingratiates himself what secret is he hiding? Chills and thrills come with rapid fire regularity, all anchored in a revelatory performance from Stevens.

THE GUESTThe Guest - Dan Stevens, hiding, gun

The full verdict: If You’re Next was about the war between generations, The Guest targets the Middle Eastern conflict spilling across the front lawn of Middle America.

Lifting the basic plot of Pasolini’s Theroem, also seen in Brimstone and Treacle ...

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