How I Would Fix: Rings (2017)

I recently rewatched Rings (F. Javier Gutierrez, USA, 2017) for the first time since 2017 and I was, naturally, disappointed. The film isn't that good, although not as bad as many say, but it is a very disappointing sequel to the excellent Ring series of the early 2000's. However, rewatching it, I was surprised at …

Was Body Cam Disrespectful? (Spoilers)

I recently found Body Cam (Malik Vitthal, USA, 2020) after it popped up on Sky Cinema, and it sounded interesting to me, so I decided to give it a watch. And it really left me with a weird feeling. There are spoilers in this post. The plot of Body Cam, as given on Sky Cinema, …

How I Would Fix: Black Water: Abyss

So, I recently saw Black Water: Abyss (Andrew Traucki, Australia/USA, 2020), and it really was not very good. It was formulaic and predictable to a fault, none of the characters were very well developed and the ending was very abrupt. It's such a shame because there was a lot of potential with this film, and …

Why I Hate The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, USA, 1985). Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. This film is seen by a classic teenage movie, and is revered as an important cultural monument. It's always recommended when someone is asking for recommendations of …

What Does The Ending Of The Housemaid MEAN? (Spoilers)

I recently watched The Housemaid (Sang-soo Im, South Korea, 2010), and I cannot get it out of my head. The plot revolves around Eun-yi, who is hired as a nanny for a rich family, but has an affair with the husband whose wife finds out. It's a tense, incredibly gripping film, and I thoroughly enjoyed …

The Problem With Child’s Play (2019)

So, I finally got around to watching Child's Play (Lars Klevberg,  2019) in lockdown and I ...didn't like it. It's not necessarily that there's anything wrong with it (apart from the fact that I was only 25 minutes in when I was sure I was at least halfway through...), but I just didn't enjoy it. …

How Does The Ghost Stories Film Build On The Play?

I was lucky enough to see the European premiere of Ghost Stories (Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, 2017) at the 2017 London Film Festival and it easily became one of my favourite horror films. It's a multilayered text which seems to effortlessly glide to it's conclusion. I was unaware until attending the premiere that there …

Is Hot Fuzz a Folk Horror?

While rewatching one of my favourite films, and having listened to a lot of The Evolution of Horror recently, it suddenly occurred to me that Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007) is basically a folk horror film, just with a comedic overlay. Folk horror is a dark genre, which usually derives it's horror from haunted forests, …

The Flaw With Zombi Child (Spoilers)

Living in London, I've been lucky enough to go to the London Film Festival every year since 2016. As expected with a film festival, while I've seen some fantastic films there, I've also seen some that I really struggled with. This year, the film I struggled with the most was Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello, France, …