FILM: Rites of Spring (2011)

  Rites of Spring is a slasher movie cloaked in the guise of a crime film that would have been more enjoyable if it dropped the horror aspect. The movie, directed by Padraig Reynolds – who has done nothing of note – top bills A. J. Bowen, who delivers a fantastic performance. The first half…

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Life remains in history

All hundred of us – give or take – are packed together like sardines in the fort’s entrance when the gate behind us closes. Dressed in an 18th century artillery soldier’s outfit, our guide brandishes a lantern, making the shadows upon the wall dance in chaotic rhythm, and directs us from the front to follow…

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FILM: Hellions (2015)

Hellions is a Canadian horror film, by director Bruce McDonald (Pontypool), that contributes to the child horror-cycle as well as invoking the spirit of pregnancy horror like Rosemary’s Baby and Grace. Set on Halloween night, teenage Dora Vogel (Chloe Rose) finds out that she is four weeks pregnant. Left home alone on the night of…

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FILM: Borgman (2013)

Dutch director Alex Can Warmerdam’s Borgman is a twisted, dreamlike film in which “evil” comes to stay in a suburban home. Nominated for the Palme d’Or – the highest award – at Cannes Film Festival in 2013, Borgman is a beautiful film but one that leaves the audience with more questions than answers. The film…

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FILM: Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh Ich Seh) is an Austrian-German film by first time directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. The film adds to the recent horror-cycle of child-based films such as Belgium’s Cub (2014) and Australian-Canadian The Babadook (2014). The film centers on the twins Elias and Lukas (played by real life twins Ellias and…

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Film: Night of the Demons (1988)

Night of the Demons is the first in a trilogy – and one remake – of horror films set in the possessed Hull House, each one taking place on Halloween night. In each film, a group of party-goers decide that, despite the massacres that keep happening in Hull House, the location makes for a killer…

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Film: Black Mass (2015)

Black Mass stars an all-star cast – including Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Benedict Cumberbatch – and strives to tell the story of real-life gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. The film aims to tell the story of how Whitey (Johnny Depp) formed an alliance with FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) which allowed Whitey to rise…

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Of Mobsters and Men

On September 18, Johnny Depp portrays the Irish-American Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, the big budget film adaptation of the novel Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. In preparation for the explosive film, why not catch up with some other great gangster films…

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