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Terrified (2017)

Director: Demián Rugna

Writer: Demián Rugna

Cast: Maximiliano Ghione, George L. Lewis, Elvira Onetto

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 87mins

Year: 2018


 


What’s the story: When supernatural occurrences on a quiet suburban street lead to death, a police detective enlists the help of parapsychologists.

What’s the verdict: Reportedly Argentina’s first foray into paranormal horror, Demián Rugna’s Terrified lives up to its mission-statement title. Exploring territory previously charted by Ju-on, Insidious, Paranormal Activity and dozens of other supernatural shockers, writer/director Rugna nevertheless mines fresh jumps and jolts out of his fiendish little tale.

On a suburban street in a nondescript town something odd is happening...

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Eureka Blu-Ray Review: The Entity

Director: Sidney J. Furie

Writer: Frank De Felitta

Cast: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, Alex Rocco

Cert: 18

Running time: 125 mins

Year: 1982


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Extras: N/A


What’s the story: A young, single mother begins suffering sexual attacks from a malevolent unseen force. How can she convince others she is telling the truth?

What’s the verdict: Easy to see why The Entity has avoided remake treatment, despite its name-recognition title. The premise, a working class single mother is repeatedly raped by an invisible spirit, requires characters to question her story. Putting any remake in the difficult position of not believing a rape victim.

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The Wailing

the-wailing-posterDirector: Na Hong-jin

Writer: Na Hong-jin

Cast: Kwak Do-won, Jun Kunimura, Chun Woo-hee, Hwang Jung-min

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 156mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: In a rural South Korean village the locals begin to act psychotically deranged, murdering loved ones. The villagers believe a Japanese stranger is to blame and a slow-witted police sergeant must solve the mystery before it comes close to home.

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What’s the verdict: Six long years have passed since writer/director Na Hong-jin’s blistering action thriller The Yellow Sea. Unfortunately, when watching The Wailing you are left wishing he had spent a year or so more fine tuning this horror epic.

Overlong but underdeveloped and often incoherent, The Wailing boasts a number of stand-out moments but collapses under its own...

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Must-See Films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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When writing preview features for the London Film Festival it’s difficult to resist the numbers. Those big numbers representing how many films will show over the 12 day festival, how many countries are featured, how many cinemas films are hosting films. And crucially, which numbers in the calendar you should be blocking out.

That last one’s easy – Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th October.

But, there is one figure this year of paramount importance. 60.

In 2016 the BFI London Film Festival marks its 60th anniversary. Maintaining the original brief of being a “festival of festivals” the LFF continues to bring to the UK movies which have wowed audiences at other festivals that year.

The opening film way back in 1957 was Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Throne of Blood...

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Stranger Things

Stranger-Things---Kyle-Lambert-posterDirectors: The Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy

Writers: The Duffer Brothers, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Justin Doble, Paul Dichter, Jessica Mecklenburg, Alison Tatlock

Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, Joe Kerry, Ross Partridge

Cert: 12

Running time: 395mins (8 episodes)

Year: 2016




What’s the story: The town of Hawkins, 1983. Joyce Byers (Ryder) is convinced something supernatural has taken her son Will, and she and her son Jonathan (Heaton) enlist troubled sheriff Jim Hopper (Harbour) to help rescue him...

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When Marnie Was There

When-Marnie-Was-There-posterDirector: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Writer: Keiko Niwa, Masashi Ando, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Joan G. Robinson (book)

Cast: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima (Japanese version) / Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Geena Davis, John C. Reilly (American version)

Cert: PG

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2014




The lowdown: Studio Ghibli’s final film before their “indefinite hiatus” is a warm coming of age movie with a gentle supernatural wrapping. Troubled 12-year-old Anna spends a summer recovering from an asthma attack with her aunt and uncle in their coastal town. Withdrawn, she nonetheless befriends Marnie, a mysterious girl living in a peculiar mansion...

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R.I.P.D

RIPD - banner posterDirector: Robert Schwentke

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon

Cert: 12A

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Ryan Reynolds is recently deceased cop Nick Walker, recruited into the R.I.P.D (Rest In Peace Department), an undead police force who guard the mortal world against Deados – criminal souls that refuse to cross over and hide out among the living. Nick is partnered with Jeff Bridges’ 19th century U.S Marshall Roy Pulsipher and together they uncover a diabolical scheme with world-ending implications. Despite the presence of Kevin Bacon on villain duty and Mary Louise Parker R.I.P.D can’t be resuscitated...

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