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EIFF 2019: The Wind (2018) directed by Emma Tammi

This horror-western is impressively potent from a visual standpoint but its non-linear narrative conceals a shortage of both storyline and interesting characterisations. It stars Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman and Dylan McTee.

Caitlin Jenkins in The Wind

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EIFF 2019: Ever After (2018) dir: Carolina Hellsgård

Despite having its share of gruesome moments, this German take on the zombie apocalypse subgenre comes closer in tone to Andrei Tarkovsky than to George Romero. It's a beautiful, haunting and poetic examination of guilt and the inherent value of human life.

Gro Swantje Kohlhof in Ever After

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EIFF 2019: I See You (2019) starring Helen Hunt and Jon Tenney

This non-linear horror thriller is well worth a watch if you like your films to be ingeniously constructed and truly surprising. Judah Lewis and Owen Teague stand out from the cast as two adolescent guys who become delinquent for entirely different reasons.

Helen Hunt in I See You

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EIFF 2019: The Furies (2019) writer and director: Tony D'Aquino

This Australian horror flick is extremely gory but also stamps its own distinct angle on the Backwoods Brutality sub-genre by working in a voyeuristic aspect. It stars Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo, Taylor Ferguson and Ebony Vagulans.

The Furies (2019)

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Us (2019) written and directed by Jordan Peele

In this much-anticipated follow-up to Get Out, a family quite literally gets to know themselves... and they ain't pretty. Part social breakdown nightmare, part video nasty and part fairy tale, it's a highly effective horror film rich in both symbolism and clever references.

Us directed by Jordan Peele

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Alien - 40th Anniversary (1979) dir: Ridley Scott

This rerelease of Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror confirms that it holds up remarkably well after four decades. It's a hyperreal exercise in tension with some surprising subtexts. Starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm & Yaphet Kotto.

Harry Dean Stanton in Alien (1979)

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Mandy (2018) starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough

Panos Cosmatos' bad acid infused magnum opus melds its huge range of influences into a truly singular cinematic experience. In this context, Nicolas Cage's usual shit fits are subsumed into the artful, transcendent extremity of the whole.

Linus Roache as a creepy cult leader in Mandy

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Venom (2018) starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams

This non-MCU Marvel adaptation has plenty wrong with it but, once you set aside the disjointed narrative and inconsistent tone, the Brock vs. Venom dynamic is quite funny. Tom Hardy is great - but Riz Ahmed is far less so as the main villain.

Venom (2018)

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The Predator (2018) directed and co-written by Shane Black

Unfortunately, this fourth entry in the Predator film series squanders some entertaining character interplay via confused plotting, inscrutable action sequences and throwaway splatter comedy deaths. Quite possibly the most annoying film of the year.

Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook in The Predator

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EIFF 2018: Calibre (2018) starring Jack Lowden and Martin McCann

This Scottish Highlands-set backwoods thriller sustains the slow-burning suspense throughout its 110 minutes and provides plenty of twists on its own well-worn cinematic niche. A very promising feature-length debut from writer-director Matt Palmer.

Calibre, the feature-length debut of writer-director Matt Palmer

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