Category: Thriller

Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965)

Directed by: Joseph Cates Cast: Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse, Jan Murray, Elaine Stritch, Daniel J. Travanti Written by Tom Sheffield Who Killed Teddy Bear is a psychological crime thriller that was released in 1965 but was refused certification on its original theatrical release due to its “sleazy, taboo-breaking nature“. The film has […]

JUMPSCARECUT: Mandy (2018)

Year: 2018 Directed by: Panos Cosmatos Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough Written by Abbie Eales Set deep in the backwoods of  the northwest of USA in 1983, Panos Cosmatos phantasmagorical horror sees Nicolas Cage’s stoic lumberjack, Red Miller, seeking vengeance against a variety of ghoulish figures following the […]

The Secret of Marrowbone

Year: 2018 Directed by: Sergio G. Sánchez Cast: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Kyle Soller, Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg Written by Tom Sheffield The Secret of Marrowbone was released in UK cinemas earlier this month and if I’m being honest, I haven’t really heard much about it anywhere. I went into […]

Calibre

Year: 2018 Directed by: Matt Palmer Cast: Jack Lowden, Martin McCann, Olivia Morgan, Tony Curran, Kate Bracken Written by Hunter Williams In the ‘Making of Shadow of a Doubt’ (1943), one of Hitchcock’s colleagues discussed Hitch’s fascination with bringing a sense of menace to a small, everyday American town.  The wholesomeness […]

The First Purge

Year: 2018 Directed by: Gerard McMurray Starring: Lex Scott Davies, Y’lan Noel, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Marisa Tomei WRITTEN BY COREY HUGHES The ‘Purge’ franchise is one that has attracted somewhat of a cult following since the first instalment was released in 2013, with the horror films (‘horror’ being […]

First Reformed

Year: 2018 Directed by: Paul Schrader Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston Written by Jessica Peña In Paul Schrader’s ‘First Reformed,’ we are greeted with a heavy despair and loss of faith through another venture in character study as told through the general perspective of Reverend Ernst […]

Dark River

Year: 2018 Directed by: Clio Barnard Cast: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean, Dean Andrews Written by Hunter Williams Following this year’s ‘Lean On Pete‘, ‘God’s Own Country‘ and ‘The Levelling‘, the withering farmlands are a dramatic staple of 2018’s arthouse cinema. Clio Bernard’s ‘Dark River’ is a standout among […]

Beast

Year: 2018 Director: Michael Pearce Cast: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle Written by Elena Morgan Written and directed by Michael Pearce, Beast is an eerie and captivating debut feature film about isolation and secrets. Moll (Jessie Buckley) is a troubled young woman, stifled by her […]

Mom and Dad

Year: 2018 Directed by: Brian Taylor Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur WRITTEN BY JESSICA PEÑA As parents, you’re supposed to protect and care for your children, right? Sign their permission slips, feed them, make sure they make curfew, and one day kill them. No? […]