The Conjuring // Film Review

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“We prefer to be known simply as Ed and Lorraine Warren”

Going into The Conjuring was a bit of an off-the-cuff decision, but one that really paid off. I’d seen the trailer for the creepy (what I thought was doll-based) movie a couple of times before other films but had never really had a real urge like I have with other horrors this year to go and see it. This decision paid off big-time and was quite possibly one of my favourite films, and certainly the best horror (I have seen) this year. A thrill ride from start to finish full with genuine frights and mystery to delight all film-goers.

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The Purge // Film Review

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“Decriminalised Murder. An outlet for American Rage.”

The Purge is a slasher/horror film I’d been looking forward to since reading about it a few weeks ago, the concept was new a fresh and the trailer made it seem exciting. Far off from being a ‘great’ horror/slasher film it is in a way iconic and starts to somewhat mark a shift perhaps towards a new direction of horror film that has been bulked up the last 5-6 years by ghosts opening doors slowly in Paranormal Activity and Demons running riot in possession-based films… Now I’m not slamming these by a long shot as when they are done well they are great to watch but on the whole the real mainstream francises that keep getting made are feeling less and less scary, unless you are 12 perhaps. I would put The Purge alongside Sinister as a bit of a game-changer but perhaps that is just because I really like it.

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Strange Tides // New Horror Web-Series

Friend and fellow writer/director Daniel Attrill finally unveiled his latest project last night on YouTube and it has to be described as one of the most intriguing and potential-filled amateur web-series I have watched. With its Blair Witch style and eerie haunting symbolism based around a mysterious bracelet the editing and build up has been timed to perfection to offers scares as well as a story that is designed to pull you in and ask many a question. I caught up with Dan to find out his inspirations and ideas he put into creating and writing his new web-series that has already gathered quite the following.

Where did the idea for Strange Tides come from?

Well for a long time i wanted to do a webseries and tell a bigger story than anything I’ve done before. A couple of months ago i came across a youtube channel called Marble Hornets. It’s a channel that has videos entitled “Entry…” and then the a number next to it. Throughout the entries it tells a story that involves The Slender Man. I loved the idea of this and the fact that its filmed in the found footage style. So one day a idea came to me and I could easily see it being filmed in that kind of style. But instead of one long video like Marble Hornets. Strange Tides will be like an episode you would see on TV with cuts to different times of the day and each episode is a part of a bigger story

Since your last productions, The Unkown and 2011’s Interrogation, what inspired you into creating a web-series?

Just the fact that you can tell a bigger story is what inspired me, also I like that people can try to guess what happens next after each episode.

Have you got a plan for the series or have you not decided upon Kevin’s outcome yet?

I know what the final scene is going to be so yes, I know Kevin’s fate. However, how we get there could be different to my original plan.

Who or what would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to film-making?

I would say people like John Carpenter are my biggest influences. Just think, Halloween, The Thing, they are great horror movies. Some would say these films have stood the test of time and for me Halloween definitively has. Also James Wan, the director of Saw and Insidious. I love his work and his stuff has really inspired me.

When we can we expect more from Strange Tides?

I’m hoping to release a episode every 3 weeks so hopefully in a couple weeks!

Go to the Official Strange Tides Youtube page to get the very latest on what I am sure is going to be one of the most exciting web-series I know of this year. Subscribe HERE!

Mama // Film Review

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“Who’s Mama, Victoria?”

The trailer for Mama has been giving audiences goosebumps for the last couple of months now and for good reason too! The horror genre, for me, is the hardest thing to get right and to be done respectably and no matter which route you take in the film’s final moments you will be treading on eggshells left right and centre with every audience. I don’t think there is one ending to a horror film that everyone in an audience will just accept without someone exiting the screen while filling their face with the remaining scraps of popcorn and muttering something like ‘what a load of shite’ to whoever they are with. This is why reviewing a horror film is very much an opinion based thing, the key aspect of a scary film is for it to be, well… scary, this should be at the forefront throughout, its main objective if you will should be to scare its audience and then from there on it is all about the end, how can we wrap this story up and please as many people as possible… the Paranormal Activity francise seem to go down the route of killing off any characters that messed with the unknown throughout the film whereas other films like there to be a story behind the scares, a reason for why it is happening, Mama is one of these films and ends up stepping into very risky territory when it really hits the fan and boils down to the story behind Mama. Continue reading

Black Mirror // White Bear

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“Why won’t any of you help me?”

It has come to be expected of Charlie Brooker’s work to be hard to watch at times but this week’s Black Mirror entitled White Bear is uniquely disturbing as once again we are transported to another scarily realistic alternate reality where we punish a criminal in maybe the sickest and most horrifying way he could think of and the important essence to this story was the order in what everything was shown so the entire time we were on Lenora Crichlow’s character Victoria’s side and did indeed feel for her rather than the twisted individuals taking part in ‘The White Bear Project’ in the end sequence.

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