In Review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

by Daniel Goodwin 7 April 2015

What with modern slasher films becoming increasingly more meta and self-referential, film-makers have reached the point where adopting this post ironic stance, by reminding audiences of the clichés that defined the sub-genre, is also becoming a cliché. Technically, The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) is not a remake but an incongruous hybrid sequel that uses the original […]

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In Review: It Follows

by Daniel Goodwin 2 March 2015

Generating fresh methods to scare audiences is a tough task for any new horror director, yet has proved achievable by the likes of Jennifer Kent (The Babadook (2014), Adam Wingard (You’re Next (2011), The Guest (2014) and Ti West (House of the Devil (2009), The Sacrament (2013). With It Follows, writer-director David Robert Mitchell (The Myth […]

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In Review: The Comedy of Terrors (1963) on Blu-ray

by Maryann O'Connor 19 February 2015

The Comedy of Terrors (1963) stars the king of sardonically delivered horror ham Vincent Price and his esteemed cohorts Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff as hunter and the hunted; Waldo Trumbull (Price) is running a failing funeral directors and John Black (Rathbone) is the creditor about to repossess his assets. Price decides to kill […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Eyes Without a Face (1960)

by Maryann O'Connor 14 November 2014

Mark Searby takes a look at the 1960 Italian-French horror Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face). More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs 

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

by Maryann O'Connor 30 October 2014

Give in to your paranoia. Mark Searby dissects the fear quotient of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) ahead of its theatrical re-release.  

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In Review: The Babadook

by Daniel Goodwin 24 October 2014

In a genre constantly capitalising on unimaginative, cheap thrills to scare audiences, The Babadook arrives like an invigorating breath of fresh air. First time writer/ director Jennifer Kent builds terror through vexing drama and deeply unnerving sound. Seven years after the death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davies) and her son Samuel (born on the […]

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In Review: Annabelle

by Daniel Goodwin 8 October 2014

The scary doll subgenre has certainly evolved since the Ealing horror Dead Of Night (1945). Several Child’s Play sequels later and it’s become a familiar source of cinematic fear; Chucky sitting straight-backed alongside the likes of Magic (1978), Dead Silence (2007) and the outright preposterous Trilogy of Terror (1975), Demonic Toys (1992) and Dolly Dearest […]

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In Review: Deliver Us From Evil

by Daniel Goodwin 20 August 2014

After stirring up scares with the half decent Sinister (2012), director Scott Derrickson stumbles massively with this cop horror follow up. Deliver Us From Evil is a hackneyed hybrid of Se7en (1995) and The Last Exorcism (2010), merging genre chestnuts with riffs from Fincher’s oft-mimicked classic, including dark, dilapidated crime scenes with creepy interiors lit […]

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EIFF 2014: The Green Inferno

by Lauren Harrison 10 July 2014

Right from the opening sequence, the tone is set for Eli Roth’s latest gorefest: Cannibals, voodoo, a remote island and an overwhelming sense of “what the frick is going to happen?”. The Green Inferno follows the formulaic patter of Cabin Fever and the Hostel series in that a group of teens find themselves in hostility, within an otherwise idyllic location. […]

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In Review: The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

by Josh Slater-Williams 10 April 2014

Before even watching a frame of the work in question, genre-savvy film enthusiasts will likely gather from its title that The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is a tribute to giallo cinema, a form of Italian thriller fuelled with fantastical horror and eroticism that was host to striking film names such as Your Vice […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Andy Nyman and Ghost Stories

by Maryann O'Connor 6 February 2014

Andy Nyman talks to Mark Searby about the joint interests in horror which led him and co-writer Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) to create a scream-worthy stage show. More New Empress Mag Video Blogs here

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