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Second Sight


Thomasin and her younger brother

The idea of a witch, or similar, has been present in folklore from around the world for hundreds and even thousands of years. While the familiar figure of the old crone wearing a tall pointy hate and riding a broomstick can probably be traced back to medieval and early modern Europe, it’s derived from multiple …

The Driver

Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the most fascinating of modern auteurs. There are few directors working in cinema over the past thirty years who have such a recognisable and distinctive style. The Danish filmmaker first came to prominence with his Pusher trilogy before going on to work in Hollywood. Making some of the most …

When people discuss their favourite or the ‘best’ horror films it’s normally the same usual suspects that come to the fore. However, as those who delve a little deeper will know, there are so many great movies which have flown under the radar over the years. For obvious reasons, they tend to emanate from outside …

David is not what he seems

Dan Stevens has had one of the more unusual career trajectories as an actor. Like many, the British actor started out on the stage before making the jump to TV with roles in various BBC adaptations. However, his big break came playing Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, becoming a familiar face to UK audiences. After …

Katie and Micah filming themselves as they sleep

One of the most contentious and derided areas of horror cinema is the sub-genre of found footage films. It’s a conceit that was occasionally used in the past but first came to prominence with the release of The Blair Witch Project in 1999. It has been used badly so many times since, but had a …

what's under the bed?

If all you had to go on were the countless upbeat social media posts and photo galleries we see every day, parenting might seem like a walk in the park chock full of magic moments. That every day will bring a new and amazing revelation about your beautiful, bright and creative little genius. Spoiler alert: …

The Palmer family

Whilst found footage was an intriguing concept at first, most genre film fans soon became weary of its lazy application. Indeed, whilst the likes of Rob Savage’s Host demonstrates that it still has a place in a modern online world, it’s perhaps the sub-genre of fake documentary horror which remains the more fascinating. Admittedly, there’s …

Justine

The French seem to have a fairly unique attitude when it comes to genre cinema. It’s difficult to pin down but there’s often something a little bit edgy and breathlessly experimental about their best horror films. They’re often shockingly brutal as well. The likes of Martyr, Inside, Frontier(s) and Haute tension demonstrate just how successful …

Today, zombies are prevalent in just about every aspect of popular culture. However, whilst shows such as The Walking Dead cemented their place in the mainstream, this hasn’t always been the case. Indeed, whilst they’ve been a feature of genre cinema since Victor Halperin’s White Zombie in 1932, it was George A. Romero’s original trilogy …

Psychological horror continues to be the scariest and most compelling sub-genre because human imaginations can conjure up all manner of terrors. People have been labelled ‘insane’ for many reasons over the centuries with often little or nothing to do with their mental health. When there’s no logical explanation for something we naturally look for an …