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Nightmare Alley Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ “Nightmare Alley” is a feast for the senses, a visually delectable film filled with some rather unsavoury content. In simple terms, it could be called a retelling of the story of Icarus, as the protagonist, Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), flies too close to the sun in his attempts to con dangerous people out […]

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Midnight Mass: Review

About one year ago, I wrote the review for Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to his incredibly successful horror series The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor. Bly Manor, like Hill House before it, was a visual essay on the ghosts that haunt us. Not the spirits necessarily, but the regrets, the fears, the […]

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Squid Game: Review

It’s 2021—that quirky fix of Menippean horror-thriller is long overdue. Thankfully, the wait is over. Squid Game, directed and written by Hwang Dong-Hyuk, crafts its characters artfully, slaughters them surgically, dunks you in despair, and makes you marinate in fear. Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae) is our goofy, Shaftesburian protagonist with a gambling addiction, a broken family, […]

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Culture Theatre

The Woman in Black – Review

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ A West-End classic with a beloved, gripping story, The Woman in Black is a fitting show to return to after 18 months out of the theatre. Adapted from the Susan Hill novel by Stephen Mallatratt, the play is something of a constant in the theatre world. Not only has it been running […]

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Culture Literature

The most influential horror writer you’ve never heard of: Introducing H.P. Lovecraft

CW: racism, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. H.P. Lovecraft In March 1937, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was nearing the end of his days. Solitary and impoverished, he subsisted on expired tins of food, having […]

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Book vs Film Film

Book vs Film: Carrie

Almost every one of Stephen King’s books has been put to film, with some standout hits (Misery, The Shawshank Redemption) and some embarrassing failures (The Dark Tower, Maximum Overdrive). But it all started with Carrie – King’s first major published novel and first film adaptation. It’s disappointing to see, then, that Brian De Palma’s Carrie […]

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Film

Cult Column: Blue Velvet

I have always adored Blue Velvet, as a fan of surreal story-telling, non-sequitur narratives, and, frankly, just the plain weird. A new found appreciation for David Lynch’s 1986 neo-noir thriller has awakened in me against the backdrop of global horror. Blue Velvet follows Jeffrey Beaumont, a college student who returns to his hometown and becomes […]

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Film

Cult Column: A Quiet Place

Given that a delayed sequel is set to be released in March of this year, there has never been a more apt time to talk about A Quiet Place, an innovative and important sci-fi scare-fest that gave hope to horror. A Quiet Place arrived at a pivotal moment in April of 2018. Whilst independent films […]