Hooptober 9.0 – V/H/S: Viral (2014)

Being Film #29 for Hooptober 2022 Look, there are all sorts of reasons why after speaking about my distaste for found footage films I am here again, squandering my final free-rein Hooptober entries with another found footage film. V/H/S: Viral is the third in the series of anthology films that tries to take the conceit... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 9.0 – Achoura (2018)

Being Film #18 for Hooptober 2022 Although it's impossible to separate Achoura, the second full length from Franco-Moroccan filmmaker Talal Selhami (and reportedly the first ever monster movie shot in Morocco) from another very popular horror movie about a bunch of kids who face a nightmarish demon only to have to come together again 25... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 9.0 – Saint Maud (2019)

Being Film #16 for Hooptober 2022 Sometimes true horror doesn't have to come from the situation; it's just as able to cast its baleful eye on you purely from the execution. David Lynch knows this, which is why he's able to evoke so much dread in a diner scene in Mulholland Drive. Rose Glass seems... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 2022 #7: Saint Maud (2019)

CW; self harm Religious horror in the horror in the 21st century seems almost nonexistent. As a lapsed Catholic, I’m constantly drawn to horror films involving religious imagery. It won’t surprise you, there’s a lot. Most of the time, I’m just disappointed. My disappointment is that they’re rarely religious. Most of these films generally just... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 8.0 – Shin Godzilla (2016)

Being Film #19 for Hooptober 2021 We're so busy with the spectacle of shared universes and CG indistinguishable from reality that we forget the lessons of our monsters. Japan hasn't, and Shin Godzilla is a reminder of the power the most famous kaiju in the world has in holding a mirror to the nightmares of... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 8.0 – Caveat (2020)

Being Film #10 for Hooptober 2021 Horror proves time and again to be a great testing ground for talent. The debut from writer/director/editor Damien Mc Carthy, Caveat is a tense and frightening low-budget film that may feel a little like a short film concept stretched to feature length, but there is more than enough meat... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 8.0 – Kandisha (2020)

Being Film #5 for Hooptober 2021 It feels like after the success of Inside, the debut and arguable pinnacle of the French New Wave of Horror (though I prefer Martyrs) the writing/directing team of Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have struggled to find another story where their particular sensibilities really pay off. Their latest, Kandisha,... Continue Reading →

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