• Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★½

    “What’s a conspiracy?”
    “Everything."

    Captures an intensely paranoid, sinister atmosphere from the get-go, where it feels like the entire world, including the people you trust most, could secretly be out to get you. Excellent performances and sharp direction help make the dread so much more palpable. I've seen that ending shot a million times, but finally seeing it context was surprisingly horrifying.

  • Braindead

    Braindead

    ★★★★½

    "Your mother ate my dog!"
    "Not all of it.”

    A god-tier splatter fest with some of the most relentlessly disgusting and hilariously inventive visual gags I've seen in horror. The final 30 minutes alone contains more blood and guts than all the Evil Dead films combined. Jackson and co. never run out of insane ways for the human body to be shredded and pulped. I can see this going to 5 stars on a rewatch, because honestly its pretty much the perfect horror comedy.

    "I kick ass for the Lord!"

  • Near Dark

    Near Dark

    ★★★★

    “We keep odd hours.”

    Tangerine Dream should have scored every film ever made.

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    The Slumber Party Massacre

    ★★★½

    Rita Mae Brown originally wrote The Slumber Party Massacre as a feminist parody of the common slasher film, but of course meddling producers came onboard wanting to make a "serious horror". As a result this is a weird mix of feminist and incredibly pervy. There's a lot of Brown's original humour still in here, some intentional, some not. The body in the fridge and eating the pizza off the corpse were standout gags for me.

    This is a well done…

  • The Omen

    The Omen

    ★★★½

    "Look at me, Damien! It's all for you."

    Richard Donner is an excellent director, but I think he spends too much of The Omen rushing between plot points to really let much of the horror sink in. At times I felt like I was watching a globe trotting adventure rather than a horror film. When the scares do hit though, they hit hard. All the deaths were suitably shocking, particularly the nanny which took me completely by surprise. Gregory Peck gives a great guilt-riddled performance.

  • Night of the Demons

    Night of the Demons

    ★★★★

    Absolute insanity. Contains some of the most absurd and hilarious dialogue I've come across. This is the perfect Halloween film - A cheesy, outrageous and creatively bloodthirsty slice of 80s horror heaven. Also contains a strangely breathtaking dance sequence set to Bauhaus and the old school gothy visual aesthetic of my dreams.

    "Eat a bowl of fuck! I am here to PARTY!"

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    ★★★★

    You were right.
    There is nothing.
    Nothing is after you.
    You're safe now.

    I love horror films that demonstrate a keen understanding of physical spaces and the way they can be weaponised to induce fear. Bruckner explores the disorienting, ever changing lake house as a gloomy reflection of Beth's mental unraveling and proximity to death. The house becomes a gateway between life and nothingness. As Beth sinks deeper into depression the more the void whispers her name.

    Rebecca Hall is…

  • The Witches of Eastwick

    The Witches of Eastwick

    ★★★

    Cher, Sarandon and Pfeiffer are gifts from the casting gods. This is definite campy fun, but tends to feel a bit weightless at times. Apparently the novel is a lot darker and i would have liked to have seen the film explore some more emotionally heavy ideas. The fact George Miller was able to make anything coherent out of such a mess of a production is a feat of filmmaking. I love this quote from the IMDB trivia page:

    "Producer…

  • Scary Movie

    Scary Movie

    ★★★½

    Gail swallows.

  • Philadelphia

    Philadelphia

    ★★★★½

    “Just call me a man.“

    It’s interesting to see what taking an Oscar-bait premise and handing it to one of the most skilled, humane directors of our time can do. 

    Boy-oh-boy I just cried and cried pretty much all the way through this. The brief moments I wasn’t in tears I was awestruck by the incredibly detailed, empathetic direction and career best performances from Hanks and Washington. The opera scene gave me chills. Some of this has aged a little poorly, but still exceptional filmmaking. Demme was a king.

  • Bad Trip

    Bad Trip

    ★★★

    I love the idea of letting a shitty studio romcom / buddy comedy play out and be shaped by the real world. It’s a great concept that mostly works, but isn’t taken quite far enough for me. There’s a heap of funny moments with unsuspecting onlookers, but it never leans into it as heavily as something like Borat or Jackass does. Considering the story within the story is mostly trash, these real-world interactions become the meat of the film. I…

  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    ★★★★½

    A creeping dread builds over a highly religious island community, culminating in a climax as horrifying as it is deeply human. Flanagan does an exceptional job navigating the weaponisation of Catholicism versus the true nature of kindness and embodiment of religious values.

    This hits all the classic Flanagan notes  - addiction, guilt, faith, forgiveness, family and everlasting love - but he somehow still finds ways to draw new material from these concepts in a way that always leaves me as…