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Escape Room (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Escape Room (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

The formulaic frightener ‘Escape Room’ is certainly not worth entering for its cheap, collapsed creepiness. This half-baked horror sideshow will make its audience feel trapped inside this low-budget toothless thriller that is about as riveting as its generic movie title.  This is a by-the-numbers banal boofest that is short on imagination but long on cutthroat contrivances. Whatever […]

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The Final Wish (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

January 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Final Wish (2019) (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

‘The Final Wish’ is strangely contemplative in its attempt to shine an eerie light on the mysteries of death and estrangement. Director Timothy Woodward Jr. (‘Silencer’, ‘Hickok’) delivers a familiar frightfest theme but oddly its presentation is ambitious enough to overlook the occasional stand-by terror-ridden tropes. Indeed, Woodward’s gory gem is more of the psychological […]

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Stupefying Stories # 22 (emag review)

January 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Stupefying Stories # 22   (emag review)

There seem to be quite a lot of small press fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror (FSFH) magazines on the market these days. I should know, I co-edit one. I have to confess that I wasn’t aware of the existence of this particular example until author Ian Whates informed me that he had a story in the latest issue […]

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The Golem (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Golem (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Golem’ is one of the rare horror films built around that folkloric creature, the golem. As with most golem tales, the golem is an animated statue used for defence. But in this film the golem plot is upstaged by the view of life in 1673 in an Eastern European shtetl (ie a small Jewish […]

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Covadonga (2017) (horror movie review).

January 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
Covadonga (2017) (horror movie review).

I both love and hate films like this. There is so much to like about ‘Covadonga’ that normally I would be raving about it but there’s just one little thorn that’s pricked me. Before delving deeper let’s set the context. ‘Covadonga’ is billed as ‘an Irish Gothic folk horror freakout’ according to the material accompanying […]

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Zombie Apocalypse: Endgame by Stephen Jones (book review).

January 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
Zombie Apocalypse: Endgame by Stephen Jones (book review).

‘Zombie Apocalypse! Endgame’ is the final volume in a trilogy of ‘mosaic’ novels put together by acclaimed horror editor Stephen Jones between 2010 and 2014, using contributions from some of the genre’s best-known names including Ramsey Campbell, Lisa Morton, Peter Crowther, Jo Fletcher and Michael Marshall Smith, along with other writers not normally associated with […]

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Immortal Nights: Unchained :An Argeneau Vampire novel by Lynsay Sands (book review).

January 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Immortal Nights: Unchained :An Argeneau Vampire novel by Lynsay Sands (book review).

With the plethora of dark fantasy novels that have vampires in the mix, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be original. This is why some authors, such as Seanan McGuire and Keri Arthur, have shied away from making the vampire the focus of the novel, preferring to concentrate on exploring the habits of other supernaturals. […]

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Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix horror movie trailer).

January 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix horror movie trailer).

Velvet Buzzsaw is a new horror movie set in the contemporary U.S. art world of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors struggle … and have to pay a high price when they start selling a dead mad-man’s paintings that turn out to be possessed by demonic forces. Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni […]

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Occult Detective Quarterly Presents edited by John Linwood Grant & Dave Brzeski (book review).

January 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Occult Detective Quarterly Presents edited by John Linwood Grant & Dave Brzeski (book review).

Writing even a contemporary detective story at short length is difficult. It is not the setting of the scene that causes the problem but being able to show how the mind of the detective or, in some cases, the villain works. If there is insufficient space the detective has to either be regarded as an […]

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Monster Cinema: Quick Takes: Movies & Popular Cinema by Barry Keith Grant (book review).

December 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Monster Cinema: Quick Takes: Movies & Popular Cinema by Barry Keith Grant (book review).

Now here we are with another ‘Quick Takes’ book, small enough to slip into your pocket for a read on your travels. This time, Barry Keith Grant is into ‘Monster Cinema’. Oddly, this doesn’t just cover your normal SF and horror creatures, but some of the more general genre ones like Norman Bates and Hannibal […]

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