You know the end is truly near when even little indie pics opt to remake rather than create anew. Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac is in fact a slightly artier version of William Lustig’s 1980 horror flick of the same name. The original was nominated for a Saturn Award and inspired Dennis Matkosky to compose the song “Maniac” of Flashdance fame. With the 2013 version we get essentially the same plot with only a slightly unusual choice in filming to make it stand apart.
It has taken Antique Bakery almost 5 years to make it to our lovely shores. Kind of surprising really since it is known to be one of South Korea’s most successful movies having raked in over a million movie goers within the first two weeks of its release. Time to see what all the fuss is about…
You don’t need an enormous budget to make a great horror film, as The Blair Witch Project proved spectacularly upon release. Unfortunately, no amount of money in the world could have made The Hounds anything more than the festering dog turd it is, steaming horribly on the doormat of this celebrated genre…
Do Elephants Pray? No. Or maybe yes. There aren’t actually any elephants praying in this film, but the question is debated. For a bit. In between a trippy journey of self-discovery and one man’s seemingly endless journey to bed a hot French chick. Seriously, there is something about the meaning of life explained somewhere in this movie; and if you can take your eyes off the stunning and enchanting leading lady Julie Dray for a couple of seconds; you’ll find it.
Crawl is guaranteed to put a smile on anybody’s face – which is extremely awkward, as it’s supposed to be a horror film. Illogical action sequences, unbelievable characters and enough violins to give Fantasia a run for its money, this movie just falls short of the “so bad, it’s good” category….
Acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook presents his American debut; a fairytale with a gothic twist. The story of a teenage girl’s sexual awakening could not be more beautifully shot or stylishly presented. Part horror, part psychological thriller and part coming-of-age drama, Stoker is full of surprises.
Guillermo del Toro, the creative genius who brought you Pan’s Labyrinth, presents Mama; a chilling horror centred on the abandonment of two young children and the haunting consequences of their years alone in the wild. In comparison to other child-horror films, Mama packs a compelling storyline that keeps the film from sinking into a terrible cliché, turning Mama from a classic ghost story into a bizarre (and suitably del Toro) concoction of manic special effects and gripping cinema.
Claustrofobia is a Dutch horror debut from director Bobby Boermans, starring Carolien Spoor as a veterinary student who finds herself chained to a bed in the basement of one of her neighbours with no idea how she got there. The film explores some aspects of the condition of its title, but not nearly as deeply or darkly as you’d expect.