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Blair Witch

blair-witch-posterDirector: Adam Wingard

Writer: Simon Barrett

Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry

Cert: 15

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: A group of friends head into Maryland’s Black Hills Forest to investigate the mystery surrounding the disappearance of three young filmmakers two decades earlier. Many believe their vanishing was connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. As they venture deeper into the woods, the group soon discovers they’re not alone…

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What’s the verdict: If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a cosy surprise. Yep, Blair Witch goes The Force Awakens route, aping the original while providing fresh tweaks, and is proof positive dank chills can still provide a warm glow of nostalgia...

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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.

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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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