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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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EIFF 2018: Blood Fest (2018) written and directed by Owen Egerton

Robbie Kay, Seychelle Gabriel and Jacob Batalon play wisecracking teen horror buffs who have to use their extensive knowledge of rules and tropes to survive a blood-drenched festival. Okay, so it's nothing particularly new, but it zips by entertainingly with an evident affection for the genre.

Blood Fest (2018) written and directed by Owen Egerton

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Hereditary (2018) written and directed by Ari Aster

This slow-burning horror chiller may reference other classic genre entries - from The Exorcist and Suspiria to Don't Look Now - but still manages to stand out due to its studied slice-of-life family drama mixed with effectively-deployed shocks.

Hereditary directed by Ari Aster

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Ghost Stories (2017) starring Andy Nyman and Martin Freeman

This adaptation of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's own portmanteau horror stage play feels more cinematic than you might expect, yielding some effective scares. However, it fails to fully satisfy in its payoff.

Martin Freeman in Ghost Stories

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A Quiet Place (2018) directed by and starring John Krasinski

This original and nerve-shredding piece of horror cinema is another impressive example of the genre's current renaissance. In lieu of spoken dialogue, some great use is made of visual storytelling and ambient sound design. It also stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) starring Colin Farrell

Yorgos Lanthimos' tense and uneasy Kubrick-style masterpiece, also starring Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and a song cameo by Ellie Goulding's Burn.

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Perfect Blue (1997) directed by Satoshi Kon - UK rerelease

A review of the classic anime which looks at the pressures of fame and the objectification of women. It is being rereleased in selected UK cinemas on 31st October 2017.

Perfect Blue explores the doppelgänger concept in the context of the pressures of fame

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The Snowman (2017) starring Michael Fassbender

Review and podcast of Tomas Alfredson's baffling and tensionless mess of an adaptation of Jo Nesbø's novel, featuring the novelty tune Popcorn by Hot Butter of all things.

Michael Fassbender in the Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman

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Mother! (2017) written and directed by Darren Aronofsky

This apocalyptic psychological and metaphorical horror seems to be a case of Emperor Aronofsky’s New Clothes.

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem


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It (2017) Stephen King adaptation directed by Andy Muschietti

Review and podcast of the Andy Muschietti-directed adaptation of Stephen King's novel starring Bill Skarsgård, which works better during the coming-of-age dramatic scenes than during those involving horror.

Pennywise played by Bill Skarsgård


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DVD/BLU RAY

The Changeling (1980) directed by Peter Medak

ARTICLES

Obey, written and directed by Jamie Jones

RETRO

Erik the Conqueror directed by Mario Bava

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