Michelle Monaghan

Hollywood can be a killer in first trailer for Ti West’s MaXXXine

The world will know her name. After his homage to the psycho-biddy subgenre of horror with the critically acclaimed X and its follow-up Pearl, a demented Disney-like prequel, across 2022, Ti West is closing out his unexpected slasher trilogy with the release of MaXXXine. Once again headlined by Mia Goth, MaXXXine follows her titular character,…

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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

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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Film Review: Blood is a dark, metaphorical look at addiction, wrapped up in the guise of a vampire-themed horror film

Vampirism has often been utilised in genre features as a metaphor for an addiction of sorts.  In Brad Anderson‘s Blood, screenwriter Will Honley (Escape Room: Tournament of Champions) furthers not only the addiction thematic, but blends it with the notion of chronic illness, what that can do to the afflicted’s caretaker, and a mother’s instinct…

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Film Review: Nanny is a haunting human drama bathed in a supernatural temperament

The term “elevated horror” gets thrown around a lot nowadays.  And as much as supposed film purists like to rib on such a phrase, it’s undeniably becoming a subgenre of the horror space, allowing dark, heavy topics and deep exploration of characters to exist within the structure of a scary story. Such is the mentality…

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Film Review: Every Breath You Take delights in its trashy 1990’s thriller mentality

The spirit of the 1990’s thriller is alive and well within Every Breath You Take.  The upper-middle class family having their perfectly manicured lives upended by the arrival of a mysterious figure – this one British and in the form of the disarmingly handsome Sam Claflin – is a road travelled many times before; hell,…

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Film Review: The Craft: Legacy respects its source material whilst placing its own individual stamp on the familiar narrative

Written and directed by an openly gay man and fronted by a quartet of women – one of whom a woman of colour – 1996’s supernatural teen horror film The Craft was, in retrospect, ahead of its time.  2 years before witchcraft would become weekly viewing on the television series Charmed, and over a decade…

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Film Review: Pixels (PG, USA, 2015)

Pixels is not your usual alien invasion fare type film. It’s also not your usual Adam Sandler type film. And it’s also not your usual family type film either. You would think that being unusual would work in its favour but sadly it doesn’t. What this film does have is some funny moments, some really…

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