Monthly Archives: September 2016

Film Review – The Girl with All the Gifts

Just when I thought there were no original ideas left in the zombie movie genre, The Girl with All the Gifts proves me wrong. Michael Carey’s screenplay (adapting his own novel, which I confess I haven’t read), opens with mysterious … Continue reading

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Horrify, Terrify or Repulse?

Stephen King famously once said there were three levels on which a horror story could work. The highest level is to horrify, the second highest to terrify and the third to repulse. He also said he wasn’t too proud to … Continue reading

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Film Review – Don’t Breathe

The spirit of 1967 nail-biter Wait Until Dark lingers in Don’t Breathe, one of the surprise horror hits of the year. To be honest it isn’t as amazing as some reviews have made out, but director Fede Alvarez nonetheless has … Continue reading

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The Woman in Black – book versus film

My oldest son has recently been studying gothic literature in school, so I decided to help him out a bit by reading him Susan Hill’s classic ghost story The Woman in Black, and also showing him the 2012 film. This … Continue reading

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Film Review – Anthropoid

Watching Anthropoid, I felt astonished this particular part of World War II had not been told on film before. Then I discovered it had, in a film I confess I have not seen (1975’s Operation Daybreak). Either way, this account … Continue reading

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Film Review – Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water is a terrific modern western from Starred Up and Hallam Foe director David Mackenzie. For my money it’s his best film to date. The deceptively straightforward plot concerns Toby Howard (Chris Pine), a divorced father, and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika Studios have been responsible for some of the more offbeat animated family movies of late, the high point thus far being Coraline. Kubo and the Two Strings continues that tradition in style with this superbly poignant fairy tale, my … Continue reading

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Film Review – Julieta

Pedro Almodovar is in a quieter, more serious mood with Julieta, a gripping and heartbreaking psychological drama, with first-rate performances from Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suarez as the eponymous Julieta in her younger and older incarnations. Told in flashback, the … Continue reading

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Reviews appeal

Hi Everyone – A quick word from me as I prepare to announce the release of my new novel The Thistlewood Curse… If you have read and enjoyed any of my novels (particularly those other than Children of the Folded … Continue reading

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