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Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

Director: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund

Writer: S. Craig Zahler (script), Charles Band, Kenneth J. Hall (characters created by)

Cast: Thomas Lennon, Barbara Crampton, Michael Paré, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Udo Kier, Charlyne Yi, Skeeta Jenkins

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Edgar (Lennon) and friends travel to a small town to auction a puppet belonging to a serial killer murdered there decades before. But, in the hotel Edgar and other puppet bearing guests discover some toys bite back.

What’s the verdict: A bargain bin horror franchise since inception back in 1989, audiences are likely to be drawn to this soft Puppet Master reboot chiefly because it’s scripted by Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 creator S. Craig Zahler.

Yet, wherea...

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The Ranger

Director: Jenn Wexler

Writer: Giaco Furino, Jenn Wexler

Cast: Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, Granit Lahu, Amanda Grace Benitez

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 77mins

Year: 2018


 


What’s the story: A gang of punks flee to the woods in upstate New York after a violent run-in with law enforcement. But, Chelsea (Levine) has history with the park’s ranger (Holm), a man with a rigid attitude to enforcing the rules.

What’s the verdict: Jenn Wexler scores a horror home run with her confident directorial debut. Equal parts Green Room, Friday the 13th and The Blair Witch Project, The Ranger rises above empty pastiche due to Wexler’s deft shuffling of tones and Chloe Levine’s nuanced lead performance.

A disquieting pre-credits prologue opens in a vast national park...

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Must-See Movies at FrightFest 2018

The biggest monster in 2018 is my dear friend who has chosen to get married abroad this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Ahem, I jest. It is, of course, a privilege to be invited to his wedding. Plus, it means I shall spend the next 12 months catching up with the fantastic films listed below. An all-year-round FrightFest? There’s an idea…

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 sees the festival entering a remarkable 19th year, and showing no sign of easing up on the shocks, surprises, special guests and treats.

Located at Leicester Square’s Cineworld and Prince Charles Cinema, the celebration of shivers runs from Thursday 23rd to Monday 27th August.

Over these five days FrightFest will showcase a record breaking seventy movies from eighteen countries...

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Victor Crowley

Director: Adam Green

Writer: Adam Green

Cast: Parry Shen, Laura Ortiz, Kane Hodder, Dave Sheridan, Katie Booth, Felissa Rose, Krystal Joy Brown, Chase Williamson

Cert: 18 (tbc)

Running time: 87mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: The sole survivor of the Hatchet trilogy finds himself facing resurrected monster Victor Crowley, together with a film crew and student filmmakers.

What’s the verdict: Victor Crowley, Hatchet’s disfigured, ‘roided up bogeyman, was thoroughly dead by the end credits of instalment #3.

But, at the request of no less a personage than the late, esteemed George A. Romero, Adam Green has revived Victor for the fans.

All done in that Blair Witch surprise announcement way, with Green’s purported recut of 2006’s Hatchet actually being a brand new movie unveiled a...

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

The-Town-That-Dreaded-Sundown---posterDirector: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith (1976 version)

Cast: Addison Timlin, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Veronica Cartwright, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann

Cert: 15

Running time: 84mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: Slasher horror gets a bloody enjoyable makeover in American Horror Story co-creator Gomez-Rejon’s do-over of the 1976 original. Nicely balanced between black comedy suspense and guffaw gore, it also cannily blends the actual, unsolved 1940s murders that inspired the first film, that film itself and a modern day detective plot for fun thrills. There’s life in the unkillable slasher yet.

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The full verdict: If you want to remake a slasher movie, you’re always better off avoiding the household names...

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Among the Living (2014)

Among the Living - EC comics posterDirector: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo

Writer: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo

Cast: Francis Renaud, Anne Marivin, Theo Fernandez, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Damien Ferdel, Beatrice Dalle

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: The directing duo behind Inside and Livid deliver another slice of “all in the family” horror. Three boys bunking off school and playing in an abandoned movie studio discover a woman bound up in a car boot. Unfortunately, her kidnapper spots them and vows to keep his bizarre secret safe. 80s stalk n’ slash meets equally 80s family movies in a solid offering from the Gallic splatter merchants.

Among the Living - Theo Fernandez, Zacharie Chasseriaud, Damien FerdelAmong the Living - Anne Marivin

The full verdict: Maury and Bastillo debuted with Inside, a five star shriek of Grand Guignol that announced them as major new players on the horr...

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Stage Fright (2014)

Stage Fright - Allie MacDonald, Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, posterDirector: Jerome Sable

Writer: Jerome Sable

Cast: Allie MacDonald, Meat Loaf, Douglas Smith, Minnie Driver

Cert: 15

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: The stalk n’slash genre gets a Glee-ful makeover with this full-on murderous musical. A summer camp for performing arts becomes the setting for bloody mayhem, one of the chief victims being musical theatre. Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver offer spirited big name support in a film that won’t be getting a Rocky Horror or Phantom of the Paradise-like cult following, but has a cheeky lightweight charm.

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The full verdict: “I’m gay, I’m gay, but not in that way!” So sings a closeted hunk in one of the many full-blooded musical numbers that pepper Jerome Sable’s infectiously fun debut.

Clearly paying homage to the giallo an...

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No One Lives

No One Lives - quad poster, Luke Evans Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Cast: Luke Evans, Lee Tergesen, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Maygar, Laura Ramsey

Cert: 18

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: The Midnight Meat Train director Ryuhei Kitamura delivers a frenzied slice of red n’ raw horror with this psycho smackdown.  After Drive and How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Luke Evans is another character named Driver, receiving unwanted attention from a violent redneck gang. When they kidnap his girl, Driver unleashes merry Hell in a manner reminiscent of Rambo crossed with Saw’s Jigsaw. Throwaway for sure, but a tasty treat for those craving fast food carnage.

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The full verdict: Ryuhei Kitamura first came to international intention with feature debut Versus, a wild and wildly uneven “Gangsters vs...

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You’re Next

You're Next - UK Quad posterDirector: Adam Wingard

Cast: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Amy Siemetz, Lane Hughes

Cert: 18

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2011

The lowdown: After scoring recognition with 2010’s A Horrible Way to Die director and writer duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett here provide numerous horrible ways to die for a family who find themselves under siege from murderous assailants.  Tense, frightening, violent and blackly funny, it is bizarre this 2011 movie has taken so long to reach cinema screens.  No mind, it is one of 2013’s best horror releases – a slasher movie with brains and guts.

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The full verdict: Indie horror (or “mumblegore”) alumni band together for Adam Wingard’s irresistible horrorshow, reworking tired slasher clic...

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Hatchet III

Hatchet III - posterDirector: BJ McDonnell

Cast: Danielle Harris, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Kane Hodder

Cert: 18

Running time: 85mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Jason-Voorhees-like killer Victor Crowley rises again in this third instalment of the likeably scrappy, insanely gory horror franchise. Picking up moments after Hatchet II, Crowley is soon causing New Orleans swamp-based mayhem once more, while Danielle Harris and Zach (Gremlins) Galligan attempt to stop him. Plot and character are solid enough to keep momentum going, but fans are here for the red stuff and that runs in rivers.

Hatchet III - Crowley, Kane Hodder, Caroline WilliamsHATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell

The full verdict: Hatchet was the little slasher movie that could...

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