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, …

The Confusion of Indie Sci Fi Flicks – A Discussion of Jonathan

So, while browsing through Netflix the other day, I came across Jonathan (Oliver, 2018). Jonathan's plot revolves around Jonathan, a young man who shares his body in shifts with his brother John. They live a life with a strict routine and film messages to each other, however, when John starts breaking their set rules, their …

Are The Zombies In 28 Days Later Actually Zombies?

For April I am doing the A to Z April Blogging Challenge. For Z I am focusing on zombies and whether or not the zombies in 28 Days Later are actually zombies. The Cambridge Dictionary defines a zombie as "a frightening creature that is a dead person who has been brought back to life, but …

Historical Inaccuracies in The Young Victoria

This April I'm doing the A to Z April Blogging Challenge. For Y I am looking at historical inaccuracy in The Young Victoria (Jean-Marc Vallee, 2009). The Young Victoria is a 2009 British-American film about the early years of Queen Victoria's reign and her courtship and eventual marriage to Prince Albert.  In any report about …

Does The Woman In Black Have A Happy Ending?

This April I am doing the A to Z April Blogging Challenge! For W I have decided to look at The Woman In Black (James Watkins, 2012) and whether it's ending is more happy or sad. The Woman in Black is the story of Arthur Kipps, a recently widowed lawyer who has the travel to …

Unstoppable as a Representation of the Action Genre

This April I am doing the A to Z April Blogging Challenge and for U I am exploring how Unstoppable is a good example of the action genre. The action genre is an incredibly formulaic genre. Usually there is a male lead who is struggling against the clock in life threatening conditions that he has …

Travel in Film as a Transformative Experience

This April I am doing the A to Z April Blogging Challenge. For T I am looking at travel in film as a transformative experience through the film Eat, Pray, Love (Ryan Murphy, 2010). Eat, Pray Love is the story of Liz Gilbert who, after divorcing her husband, spends a year in Italy, India and …