Enjoy your stay in... Eden Lodge

Eden Lodge

May 26, 2018 Matt Blake 0

First things first: this is not, repeat not, Eden Lake (whatever the packaging may very deliberately imply). That was a clever film that punched well above its weight and stands up as a classic of modern British horror.

Happy families in Estranged

Estranged

May 10, 2018 Matt Blake 0

Director: Adam Levins Writers: Simon Fantauzzo, William Borthwick Stars: Amy Manson, Craig Conway, James Cosmo There’s something of a history of British films about aristocratic […]

A bit of a puzzler: Cryptic, starring Ed Stoppard (centre) and Vas Blackwood (right)

Cryptic

December 28, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Taking two prominent strands of low budget British cinema – gangsters and vampires – and combining them seems like a logical enough step. After all, many would argue that crime is a kind of vampirism, that criminals and vampires share an innately parasitic nature…

Fascinating stuff in Silverhide

Silverhide

October 5, 2017 Matt Blake 0

There’s been a bit of a resurgence in British werewolf movies recently. Over the past year or two we’ve had the likes of Howl and Blood Moon, both of which were reasonably effective, and Silverhide, which quite frankly is not.

Boring boring, boring... The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

September 8, 2017 Matt Blake 0

OK boys and girls, time for another found footage horror movie. Hey ho, whoop di do and hip hip hoo-sodding-ray, just what the world needs, another found footage horror movie.

George Blagden and Shaun Dooley in Blood Moon

Blood Moon

June 29, 2017 Matt Blake 0

One of the most positive developments in the world of cinema over the past few years is the resurgence of the western genre. At one point last year cowboys seemed to be literally falling out of the sky: Slow West, Salvation, The Dark Valley, The Hateful Eight and so on.

Rupert Evans in The Canal

The Canal

June 1, 2017 Matt Blake 0

British ghost stories tend to break down into two basic types. On the one hand, you have your ‘gothic’ haunted house horrors, which are generally set in enormous country piles and often – although not always – in the past.