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A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life

Director: Staten Cousins-Roe

Writer: Staten Cousins-Roe

Cast: Katie Brayben, Poppy Roe, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Sinead Matthews, Sarah Ball, Tomiwa Edun

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 81mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Lonely, bullied wallflower Lou (Brayben) goes on a soul-searching road trip with life-coach Val, who also happens to be a serial killer.

What’s the verdict: Go Nuts in May would be another title for Staten Cousins-Roe’s feature debut.

The director’s primary target is the army of self-help gurus, pushing mishmash philosophies and empty platitude on the lonely...

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Beast (2017)

Director: Michael Pearce

Writer: Michael Pearce

Cast: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle, Shannon Tarbet

Cert: 15

Running Time: 107 minutes

Year 2018



What’s the story: On a remote island, twenty-something Moll Huntford (Buckley) is haunted by a past random act of violence that puts her at odds with her family. The answer to Moll’s woes may be sun-bleached handyman and part-time poacher Pascal (Flynn). The only snag is, he may be responsible for a spate of sex murders in their isolated community.

What’s the verdict: It’s D.H Lawrence with serial killers as Moll, the ingénue with more than a touch of the vapours, is seduced by bohemian bit-of-rough Pascal...

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My Friend Dahmer

Director: Marc Meyers

Writer: Marc Meyers

Cast: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 107mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: Ohio, 1978. High school student Jeffrey Dahmer is approaching graduation. But, impulses that would later cause him to kill begin to control his life.

What’s the verdict: Most of us will never know what it was like going to school with a serial killer. Not so Derf Backderf. He attended school in Bath, Ohio in the late 70s, and graduated in the same class as Jeffery Dahmer, who would later go on to murder seventeen men.

Based on Backderf’s graphic novel of the same name, My Friend Dahmer recounts the killer’s late adolescence...

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2017’s London Film Festival Walks On The Wild Side

For movie lovers, October is London Film Festival time. Specifically, Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th October this year.

Now in its 61st year, organisers have ditched including the number in the name, favouring the trendier sounding BFI London Film Festival 2017.

Whatever the moniker, the festival is guaranteed to deliver first rate films over 12 celluloid (and digital format) stuffed days.

While there are big hitters amongst the 242 films screening from a whopping 67 different countries, this year we’re most excited by the darker end of the festival.

Still present are the typical galas and strands. Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe, is the Opening Night Gala...

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Hounds of Love

Director: Ben Young

Writer: Ben Young

Cast: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry

Cert: 18

Running time: 108mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Perth, 1987. Teenage school girl Vickie (Cummings) is abducted by serial killer couple John and Evelyn (Curry and Booth). Held hostage by them, she attempts to influence the tremulous, though dangerous Evelyn.

What’s the verdict: Hounds of Love is the type of film that generates buzz on the horror film festival circuit, but has a short lifespan in the real world.

Borrowing heavily from the superior Snowtown, debut writer/director Young shoots with the same muted aesthetic, locating the film’s horrors in a forgotten working class neighbourhood, with serial killers who force their victims to pen diversionary notes to family members.

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Child 44

Child-44---posterDirector: Daniel Espinosa

Writers: Richard Price (screenplay), Tom Rob Smith (novel)

Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassell

Cert: 15

Running Time: 137 mins

Year: 2015

 

The Lowdown: A slap happy Daniel Espinosa directs Tom Hardy at his bruising best, hunting a serial killer in Stalin’s Russia; while a supporting cast including Vincent Cassell and a criminally sidelined Gary Oldman bark ineffectually in distracting accents. State oppression and child slaughter aren’t designed to illicit titters but this is breathtakingly bleak and gulag grim.

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The full verdict: Inspired by real life serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, this gloomy adaptation of the first novel in Tom Rob Smith’s Agent Leo Demidov trilogy, should be a taut, compelling cat-and-mouse thril...

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

A Walk Among The Tombstones - Liam Neeson, posterDirector: Scott Frank

Writer: Scott Frank, Lawrence Block (novel)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Brian “Astro” Bradley

Cert: 15

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Liam Neeson heads up one of the year’s best thrillers as retired cop turned private investigator Matthew Scudder. His latest case puts him on the trail of two serial killers who have murdered a drug dealer’s wife, despite the ransom being paid. But, it won’t be an afternoon stroll as the investigation takes Scudder into a world of insanity and murder. Get Shorty and Out Of Sight screenwriter Scott Frank shows a firm directorial hand while adding another fine adaptation to his crime CV with this grimly classy thriller.A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONESA Walk Among the Tombstones - Liam Neeson

The full verdict: At the beginning of A Walk Among the Tombstones a viol...

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