DVD Review: The Innkeepers (2011)


The Innkeepers DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Ti West

Starring: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, Jake Ryan, George Riddle

For fans of what one may call ‘proper’ horror movies, director Ti West’s 2009 retro-shocker The House of the Devil was something of a revelation. A slow-burner in the proper sense of the word, the film took inspiration from the best of classic Hammer by way of Rosemary’s Baby, The Amityville Horror and The Exorcist and proved that gratuitous CGI gore, cheap jump scares and a faceless cast are no match for pacing, escalation, a knack for storytelling and stylistic flair. The Innkeepers is West’s follow-up and sees the Continue reading


DVD Review: V/H/S (2012)


V/H/S DVD CoverDistributor: Momentum Pictures

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, Adam Wingard

Starring: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, Frank Stack, Jas Sams, Simon Barrett, Joe Swanberg

V/H/S is an anthology film made up of five found footage shorts plus a wraparound story. Having had a life on the film festival circuit in 2012 – including a showing at Film4 FrightFest in London in the summer of that year – the film managed to create something of a buzz amongst horror fans at the time, and given the involvement of a couple of key names and the nature of some of the content it is easy to see why.

Much has been made of the tone of V/H/S and its gratuitous use of nudity, and that is fair comment as there is plenty of flesh to see here (and not all of it Continue reading

Digial Review: You’re Next (2011)


your next dvd 1Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

MPAA Certification: R

Director: Adam Wingard

Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Ti West

Out of the gate the gore starts flying, young girl killed, ‘You’re Next’ painted on the wall for the guy she was with first to see, and who subsequently becomes victim to the masked killers. The rest of the plot follows a family reunion in the countryside. This family can’t seem to agree on anything, even when the crossbow bolts start flying. I have to leave the plot there, as to go into it in any more details would spoil the entire movie. Let’s just say writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard have crafted and presented a believable plot with no real imagination stretches required. Well, except for Continue reading

DVD Review: The House of the Devil (2009)


The House of the Devil DVD CoverDistributor: Metrodome Distribution

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Ti West

Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace, Brenda Cooney, Greta Gerwig

The House of the Devil could quite possibly be the movie that really shows those pesky youngsters how to make an effective horror movie. Harking back to an era when these types of movies were dubbed ‘chillers’, The House of the Devil takes the slow build-up and tense atmospheres of movies such as The Amityville Horror and Rosemary’s Baby and then climaxes in a crescendo of Hammer-style violence that is reminiscent of when movies were designed to scare and shock without the excessive use of CGI melty faces and the overuse of jump scares. Continue reading