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WELP (aka CUB)

(2014) 1hr 24min Eager to please its 1980s forbears, Jonas Govaerts’ pre-teen backwoods slasher WELP (aka CUB) is a gleeful pick ‘n mix potpourri of THE BURNING (cue killer in the countryside) via THE GOONIES (cue nostalgia-tinged action adventure). Naturally enough, it struggles trying to juggle the two but has flashes of brilliance along the way. […]

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“DO IT ON THE RADIO”

Inspired by Jamie Lloyd’s production of KILLER at Shoreditch Town Hall, we thought we’d screen a brace of horror movies that – ahem – “do it on the radio”*. PONTYPOOL Not a zombie movie – (KNOW YOUR MONSTERS 101: marauding hordes don’t have to be the living dead to cause you considerable harm) – PONTYPOOL (2008) is something […]

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THE TINGLER

(1959) 1hr 22min We were inspired to screen William Castle’s 1959 cult horror after watching Charlie Lyne’s film essay FEAR ITSELF. Both are about the theory and feeling of fear in the cinema. In contrast to Lyne’s hypnotic clip-fest, Castle imagines fear as a centipede-like manifestation that has the power to crush your spine in a […]

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GODS OF EGYPT

(2016) 2hrs 6mins A Gerald Ratner fever-dream – complete with gaudy tat piled to the rafters, ambition far exceeding talent and a suicidal mea culpa – this miscast monstrosity could only have been stranger if Werner Herzog had turned up playing Ra (rather than Geoffrey bleeding Rush). Worth a watch when only batshit crazy will do.

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THE GREEN INFERNO

(2013) 1hr 40mins The inclusion of cast and crew Twitter handles in the closing credits of this contemporary cannibal horror show says much about its counterculture credentials. Palatable as a cartilage-crunching amuse-bouche for the transgressive Italian originals – handily referenced in the same scroll.

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

(2015) SEASON ONE, episodes 1-6 Like being sat with the “wrong” family on a Ryan Air flight to Corfu long after the pilot has requested seat belts be worn and electronic devices stowed due to unforeseen turbulence.

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BURIAL GROUND

(1981) 1hr 25mins Andrea Bianchi’s gut-munching Marxist manifesto for mansion tax takes a surreal spin through its stripped back storytelling, synth-heavy score and messy maternal melodrama. But best of all are Gino De Rossi and mask-maker Rosario Prestopino’s tooled-up proletariat zombies: the vengeful dead in glorious worm-wriggling closeup.

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HARD TO BE A GOD

(2013) 2hrs 57mins As if Andrei Tarkovsky’s gifted pet chimpanzee sculpted Pieter Bruegel’s DULLE GRIET in its own shit. Simply sensational science fiction filmmaking.

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SILVER BULLET

In the 1980s, Corey Haim was my main squeeze. Born in the same year as me, this vibrant, lispy, indelibly handsome star set the foundations of my (pre)teen American dream: picket fences, BMX bikes and slutty cheerleaders. Maybe it was his spikey hair? The way he spoke out of the side of his mouth? His […]

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INVADERS FROM MARS

Some films have the capacity to channel your childhood nightmares, reanimating the sweaty fever dream of a night spent under the duvet shivering with fright at the shadows outside your window. For me, Invaders from Mars is one such movie. In my head (says he preparing to get shouted at by cinephiles who will know […]

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