Film Review: The Retaliators is a bloody revenge flick that indulges in the gross physicality of violence

November 24, 2023

Aiming to exist on the same surface as Death Wish, with a little Robert Rodriguez-like gore on hand to really enhance its nasty spirit, The Retaliators is a bloody revenge flick that doesn’t quite land on even footing, but proves for fine genre escapism for those that have the stomach and appreciation. After a violent, […]

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Film Review: Thanksgiving; Eli Roth’s gory horror treat is for those that like their meals bloody

November 16, 2023

Similar to how Robert Rodriguez expanded his faux trailer Machete into a feature-length exploitation action movie following its positive reception ahead of his and Quentin Tarantino’s joint B-movie double feature Grindhouse (2007), Eli Roth has finally made good on his mock trailer and turned in Thanksgiving, a self-aware slasher that embraces its R-rated bad taste […]

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Win a double in-season pass to Eli Roth’s seasonal slasher Thanksgiving

November 7, 2023

Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see Eli Roth‘s seasonal slasher Thanksgiving, which is set to carve up Australian cinemas from November 16th, 2023. After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off […]

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Late Night With the Devil is a twisted take on the “found footage” horror film: Brisbane International Film Festival Review

October 31, 2023

“Before we continue I’d like to apologize to anyone who might be upset or offended by what you saw before the break. It’s not every day you see a demonic possession on live television.” Not the most typical sentence you’d expect to hear from a late night host, but such is the statement made by […]

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Film Review: Monolith is an intimate, isolated chiller that delights in its own ambiguity

October 24, 2023

As we have been told across filmic media for years, “The truth is out there”, and referencing the tagline for The X-Files feels more than appropriate when discussing Matt Vesely‘s science-fiction leaning chiller Monolith, an intimate, isolated feature that flirts with the notion of an alien invasion without complete penetration. Such a tease. An incredibly […]

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Interview: Lily Sullivan on filming the isolated horror of Monolith; “It was just a very bizarre, anxiety-induced form of meditation.”

October 24, 2023

It’s been a horrific year for Australian actress Lily Sullivan – and she wouldn’t want it any other way! After surviving the bloody carnage of Evil Dead Rise earlier in 2023, the Queensland-born starlet is capping off the year with another horror entrant, Monolith, but to say it’s far removed from the “groovy” gore of […]

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Nightmarish folk horror film Saint Drogo is brutal, bleak and erotic: Nightmares Film Festival Review

October 24, 2023

After announcing themselves as a queer filmmaking collective that weren’t afraid to take risks with both the horror genre they clearly adore and certain dynamics within their own community with their campy, giallo-inspired slasher Death Drop Gorgeous (now streaming on Shudder), Monster Makeup, LLC have more proven they aren’t a flash in the pan – […]

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Eli Roth leaves no leftovers in gory first trailer for Thanksgiving

October 5, 2023

After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. Will the town uncover the killer and survive the holidays…or […]

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Film Review: The Exorcist: Believer; Awaited sequel is best viewed as its own entity separate from the untouchable original

October 5, 2023

Given the big swings he took with his take on the Halloween series – the foul cries from fans were deafening at times – it stands to reason that writer/director David Gordon Green‘s tackling of such a classic genre piece as The Exorcist won’t be done by the books or to the liking of purists. […]

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Interview: The Exorcist: Believer director David Gordon Green; “I’m always going to be there to push buttons and challenge an audience.”

October 4, 2023

50 years ago this December, the most terrifying horror film in history landed on screens, shocking audiences around the world. Now, a new chapter begins. From Blumhouse and director David Gordon Green, who shattered the status quo with their resurrection of the Halloween franchise, comes The Exorcist: Believer. Ahead of the film’s much discussed release […]

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Film Review: Totally Killer; Time travel slasher puts some heart into its horror

October 3, 2023

Whilst it commits to the kill from an on-screen carnage perspective, Nahnatchka Kahn‘s Totally Killer has a bit more of a Disney Channel Original vibe going for it in terms of its heart and structure; and that’s in no way meant as a diss against what’s ultimately a very digestible, oft witty slasher. In 2023, […]

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Film Review: Saw X is a gory reminder of what this sick series is capable of

September 28, 2023

Despite the fact that 2010’s 7th Saw entry was subtitled The Final Chapter, the little horror series that could has continued to soldier on with an additional 3 sequels, proving that positive financial returns will always take priority over creativity. Now, that’s not to say that The Final Chapter itself wasn’t somewhat creative – its […]

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Film Review: Slotherhouse; Curiously titled “slasher” flick fails to execute its farcical potential

September 26, 2023

With its ludicrous potential built right into its title, Slotherhouse nabs your attention immediately with its narrative hook.  A mammal as notoriously slow as a sloth surely can’t be fast enough to kill predatorial animals, let alone a house full of sorority girls, right?  It’s just so bombastically ridiculous that it could absolutely work as […]

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Interview: Joe Lo Truglio on writing and directing Outpost; “I think a lot of people are not going to like this movie.  And that’s okay.”

September 11, 2023

Joe Lo Truglio has long made a name for himself within the comedy scene.  Whether it’s as Andy Samberg’s over-sharing right-hand in the acclaimed sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, his various roles in the absurdist Reno 911!, or as one of the many sex-starved “teens” in the cult hit Wet Hot American Summer, Lo Truglio has proven […]

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Film Review: That’s A Wrap; Gory, self-aware slasher commits to the kill, but succumbs to silliness

August 31, 2023

Leaning into a meta self-awareness that even the knowing winks of such slashers as Scream would deem a little too overt, Marcel Walz‘s That’s A Wrap perhaps works with a few too many layers of knowingness. It starts off with enough of a sense of humour though as a horror-inclined actress, lamenting to her manager […]

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Film Review: Talk To Me announces Australian directing duo Danny & Michael Philippou in a bold, gory fashion

July 26, 2023

Whilst it’s fair to be tired of the “elevated horror” tag that so many genre pieces aim for nowadays, and the attachment of the-little-studio-that-could A24 only fans the fire, one needn’t worry with Talk To Me, an Australian-made horror effort that was acquired by the aforementioned studio for US distribution following wild reactions out of […]

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Win a double in-season pass to see the acclaimed new Australian horror film Talk To Me

July 21, 2023

Thanks to Maslow Entertainment and Umbrella Entertainment we have 5 double digital in-season passes (Admit 2) to see the acclaimed new horror film Talk To Me, the directorial debut from Danny and Michael Philippou (aka RackaRacka) and from acclaimed Australian producers, Causeway Films (The Babadook).  After an international premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2023, the cinematic and authentic horror sparked […]

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Film Review: Eldritch, USA is a weird and wonderful genre piece that wears its make-shift mentality with a gleefulness

May 10, 2023

Eldritch, USA wears its miniscule budget and make-shift mentality with a gleeful pride over the course of its 108 minutes.  Its limitations are obvious, but there’s a certain scrappy charm to it all that you can’t help but be a little taken by its ambition and camp B-movie mindset; there’s a certain Little Shop of […]

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Interview: Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan on surviving the “best and worst” time filming Evil Dead Rise

April 17, 2023

For such a bloodied horror experience, the leading ladies of Evil Dead Rise are all smiles and levity as they discuss the “torturous” episode of filming, their own descent into “the abyss”, and how exactly Jim Carrey was used as a reference point. Ahead of the film’s global premiere earlier in the year (read our […]

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Film Review: Evil Dead Rise is a relentless and beautifully horrific addition to the long-running franchise

April 12, 2023

Enhancing the punishing and graphically gory nature of Fede Álvarez’s 2013 “reimagined” Evil Dead and the more comedic inclination of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 (1987), Lee Cronin‘s Evil Dead Rise is a manic, at-times disgusting horror treat that proves there’s still a whole lotta (after) life left in this franchise. Given that Cronin seems […]

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Film Review: Pearl; Mia Goth is the gift that keeps on giving in demented horror prequel

March 3, 2023

If X was Ti West‘s homage to classic 70’s horror effort The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then Pearl could almost be aligned with The Wizard of Oz, just with, you know, a lot more blood and dry-humping scarecrows. The fact that X was an initial singular success story was enough of a win for independent horror […]

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Film Review: Daughter navigates gender, authority and autonomy in an unnerving, claustrophobic setting

February 24, 2023

Informing us that the film is based on fact more than fiction, Daughter has a certain familiarity about it when it initially begins, horrifying us with the imagery of a woman being bludgeoned by an unknown assailant.  It’s a suitable start for Corey Deshon‘s horror-leaning effort that successfully navigates mostly a singular location, a small […]

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Interview: Skeet Ulrich on new horror film Blood, the everlasting fandom of Scream, and how being a father affects his choices

January 30, 2023

The horror genre and Skeet Ulrich go hand-in-hand.  Or do they? As Peter Gray spoke with the actor for his latest project Blood, a horror/thriller following Michelle Monaghan’s Jess, who moves her two children back to her childhood home where their lives quickly deteriorate into terror after the family dog bites her son, giving him […]

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Talk To Me shocks and lingers with dread as it submits to the cruel and comedic capabilities of the horror genre: Sundance Film Festival Review

January 28, 2023

Whilst it’s fair to be tired of the “elevated horror” tag that so many genre pieces aim for nowadays, and the attachment of the-little-studio-that-could A24 only fans the fire, one needn’t worry with Talk To Me, an Australian-made horror effort that’s been acquired by the aforementioned studio for US distribution following wild reactions out of […]

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Film Review: M3GAN; A.I. horror-lite comedy is a self-aware slice of glorious lunacy

January 12, 2023

Right from the opening of M3GAN it’s obvious what type of film Gerard Johnstone‘s A.I. horror-lite is going to be: one that doesn’t take itself remotely seriously, has its wink poised at the audience, and knows you can’t think it’s ridiculous any more than the creators already do. If its trailer didn’t already clue you […]

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Win a double in-season pass to meet M3GAN; She’s more than just a toy. She’s part of the family

January 3, 2023

Thanks to Universal Pictures we have 5 double in-season passes (Admit 2) to see M3GAN, a fresh new face in terror from the horror genre’s most prolific minds – James Wan, the filmmaker behind the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, and Blumhouse, the producer of the Halloween films, The Black Phone and The Invisible […]

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Interview: Christmas Bloody Christmas writer/director Joe Begos on seasonal horror, practical effects and shooting on film.

December 7, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms just wants to get drunk and party, until the robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire and makes her night more than a little complicated. Santa Claus begins a rampant killing spree through the neon drenched snowscape […]

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The Callisto Protocol Review: An Unsettling, Unforgettable Adventure

December 2, 2022

My immediate impressions of The Callisto Protocol were sceptical at best. From new developers Striking Distance Studios and video game director, designer and producer Glen Schofield, one of the minds behind the original Dead Space, I couldn’t help but feel his newest attempt at survival horror was clearly something left unfinished with his previous franchise. […]

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4K Ultra HD Review: The original Scream remains a horror classic as it upgrades its specs for killer home release

November 21, 2022

Releasing a horror movie only days out from Christmas doesn’t seem like the smartest marketing ploy.  Add to that a slasher example of the genre at a time when “horror” was a bad word – and so often relegated to the straight-to-video treatment – and you had, essentially, a film slashed dead on arrival.  Such […]

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Film Review: The Menu is an eat-the-rich black comedy that’s prepared and plated to near-perfection

November 18, 2022

A satire surrounding the wealthy, faux celebrities, foodies and their misplaced importance, or chefs with a God complex seems far too easy to execute for a mock artist.  For director Mark Mylod (What’s Your Number, TV’s Succession) and screenwriters Seth Reiss (TV’s Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Will Tracy (TV’s Succession) it’s low-hanging fruit […]

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