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What Makes a Halloween Film?

What is the true essence of a Halloween film? What makes a film so intrinsically linked to this time of year? Whilst Halloween is a season to bask in the joy of fear, the tingling anticipation that arises in the moments just as you know you are about to be scared, the most notable Halloween […]

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Culture Film Reviews

Review: Halloween Ends

When thinking about a reboot of an old franchise, the most important question to ask is “why?” What was the point in digging up the corpse of an old film, book, or any other media piece and reanimating it? On one level you can always answer that question with “profit”. In Hollywood, a film is […]

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Review: Interview With The Vampire (2022)

Just in time for the month of Halloween Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire has now been developed into a new TV series. The idea of a new adaptation of the hit novel shocked fans and critics alike. Rice was notoriously strict over the adaptations of her work and the creative styles that could be […]

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Stephen King’s IT: the page to screen legacy

Forgive me for choosing a very easy author to write on for the Halloween season, but there is a reason why Stephen King is so frequently discussed and widely read. It cannot be overrated, the author is a master of horror. King has churned out several books considered modern classics and his influence on cinema, […]

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The Horror Hypothesis: Why We Love Scary Stories

When I was 13, my friends and I would gather around a bench at lunchtime to tell each other horror stories.  And, I’ll be frank, I often didn’t know any, so I kept fairly quiet during these storytelling sessions. However, I had one friend who seemed to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of scary tales: an impressively […]

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Culture Edinburgh International Film Festival Film Reviews

EIFF 2022: Flux Gourmet Review

In the past decade, Peter Strickland has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting filmmaking voices. What makes his work so distinctive and so recognisable after only a handful of films is his fetishistic attention to sensory detail. Numerous critics have described his work as ‘cinema of the senses’, and it is true that by […]

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Culture Film

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 […]