Can Alien: Covenant Succeed as Horror?

“In space, no-one can hear you scream” So goes the famous tagline to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien. The combination of H.R. Giger’s grotesquely beautiful creature design and Scott’s brilliantly claustrophobic direction made for a uniquely terrifying experience, one which took the tropes of 20th century science fiction and twisted them into a […]

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Review: Inside No. 9

Linked only by their claustrophobic settings – a railway sleeper carriage, a bedroom wardrobe in a game of sardines, a trendy tapas restaurant after closing – the episodes of Inside No. 9 are an intense study in macabre comedy. Written, starring, and occasionally directed by the immense creative talents of League of Gentlemen stars Reece […]

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The Next Best Thing

Along with action blockbusters, the horror genre is probably the one which gets accused of stagnancy the most; the perception that films are only greenlit if they follow the money-making cinema trends is a popular one, and a largely correct one. Franchises like Paranormal Activity stretch on past their welcome, but still inexplicably turn profits. […]

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Not Quite Conjuring Up a Storm

You could be forgiven for thinking that Patrick Wilson enjoys being scared witless. After his turn in Insidious as a terrified father combating supernatural forces, and with that film’s sequel due out next month, Wilson is back in the meantime in The Conjuring, a horror film which plays it too safe, but doesn’t do all […]

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