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Film Review: Second Spring

★★★★☆ Degenerating health and the nearing horizon of mortality are handled sensitively in director Andy Kelleher’s lyrical debut fiction feature. Second Spring is a film about endurance and acceptance, tackling its subject matter with quiet poise where a lesser film might […]

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FrightFest 2021: The Sadness review

★★★☆☆ The Sadness is a nasty and thoroughly unpleasant survival horror film set in Taiwan, though directed by Canadian first-timer, Rob Jabazz. Trigger warning: this movie is not for the faint-hearted and requires a strong tolerance for depictions of sexual violence on screen.  Jim and […]

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FrightFest 2021: Evie review

★★☆☆☆ Emmerdale actor Dominic Brunt moonlights as a horror filmmaker. Evie, his fourth time on bullhorn duties, co-directed with Jamie Lundy, is based on the Celtic and Norse myth of the selkie, a derivative of the better-known mermaid.   For Brunt, Evie is both a step up and […]

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FrightFest 2021: The Retaliators review

★★★★☆ The Retaliators is a rock ‘n’ roll ride into the freaky side of vengeance. Bridget Smith and Samuel Gonzalez Jr’s bloody thriller transgressively argues for violence as a rejuvenating force, a great problem-solver, and eye-for-an-eye revenge being a righteous act. Written by first-time screenwriters […]

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FrightFest 2021: No Man of God review

★★★★☆ Amber Sealey’s chamber piece dramatises a series of 1980s prison interviews undertaken by pioneer FBI profiler, Bill Hagmaier, with Ted Bundy. The resulting film shines a light, as best it can, into the darkest place known to humankind: the mind of a serial killer.     When […]

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FrightFest 2021: Post Mortem review

★★★★☆ Hungary, in the aftermath of the First World War. Travelling photographer Tomas (Victor Klem), is drawn into a frightening supernatural mystery, occurring in a remote peasant village. Armed with his trusty camera and primitive recording equipment, the former soldier goes hunting for ghosts.   […]

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FrightFest 2021: Prisoners of the Ghostland review

★★★☆☆ Sion Sono’s debut film in the English language is an East-meets-West genre medley centred on the hero monomyth, and crucially the samurai movie’s influence on both the modern western and post-apocalyptic actioner. Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage gets to do his thing, and that’s always […]

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Frightfest 2021: Offseason review

★★★★☆ Mickey Keating’s Offseason (2021) is an atmospheric, supremely confident horror show. The director conjures an oppressive air of creeping fear and dreamlike dread, that’s as much an ode to Southern Gothic melodrama as it is the traditions of folk horror.  There’s the sense watching Keating’s […]

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