Author Archives: Lizzie Duncan

Film Review: Borderland (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A weekend getaway turns into a hellish encounter for three college buddies in this unnerving shocker based on a true story. Setting off to chase skirts and get soused, Phil (Rider Strong), Ed (Brian Presley) and Henry (Jake Muxworthy) head south of the border, where Phil soon finds himself held captive by Satanic drug smugglers looking for a human sacrifice. Sean Astin delivers a disturbingly sadistic performance in a career-altering turn. REVIEW: I feel … Continue reading

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Film Review: Black Water (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia REVIEW: Ever since Wolf Creek was released in 2005, the Australian outback has gained a sinister element to it which is incomparable to most horror movies set in urban areas – and Black Water has undeniably followed in its footsteps on this front. Just imagine a tranquil river surrounded by wilderness, nature thriving without the destruction of human intervention…just remember that this … Continue reading

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Film Review: Arachnophobia (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: South American killer spider hitches a lift to the US in a coffin and starts to breed and kill. REVIEW: Whilst this can hardly be defined as a horror film (it actually ended up being marketed as a ‘thrill-omedy’), there were still several moments which genuinely made my skin crawl. There’s just something about spiders which are inherently scary for many people, and so Arachnophobia did not have to try too hard to unsettle … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cabin Fever (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. REVIEW: Recommended by Peter Jackson (most known for directing epic films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and, most recently, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Quentin Tarantino (most known for directing actions movies like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gothika (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: Ghost story in which a repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the very asylum where she worked with no memory of why she is there and what she has done. REVIEW: All of the right ingredients are present in the movie Gothika, making it a treat for any lover of thrillers or horrors. We’ve got a sinister mental institution. We’ve got perpetually gloomy weather. We’ve got plenty of super hot crazy … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Cat With Hands (short film) (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: The dark, surreal story of a cat who wants to be human REVIEW: With an unusual mixture of animation and live-action, The Cat With Hands managed to win a whole bunch of awards around the world for its bizarre yet compelling story – from London to Los Angeles to Australia! These days it is especially rare to see puppetry in a horror movie and I thought that this was done very well. There was … Continue reading

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Film Review: Verrucose (short film) (2011)

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REVIEW: Now this has to be the very definition of an experimental ‘art’ movie, with its trance-like, optical illusions and interspersed flashing images. Whilst watching, I was convinced that there must be some sort of subliminal messaging taking place here and it was for this reason that I was rather uneasy watching it. I actually took the liberty of looking up the definition of ‘Verrucose’ and discovered that it means ‘covered with warts or wart-like … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Descent (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. REVIEW: Who couldn’t love a horror movie involving six beautiful women battling against angry mutant creatures (known simply as ‘crawlers’) in a fight for their lives? This film was a delight to watch from beginning to end, there was the perfect balance between the chaotic fight scenes and the tense discussions between the group, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Captivity (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Top cover girl and fashion model, Jennifer Tree has it all – beauty, fame, money and power. Her face appears on covers of hundreds of magazines. At the top of her game, Jennifer is America’s sweetheart. She is loved and adored and sought after. Everyone wants her. But someone out there has been watching and waiting. Someone wants her in the worst way. Out alone at a charity event in Soho, Jennifer is drugged … Continue reading

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Film Review: My Monster (short film) (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: What happens if you get strong feelings for someone you just tortured and killed? REVIEW: If I had to describe this film in one word, I’m afraid that it would be – amateur. And that’s the nicest way of putting it. It puts me in mind of a high school college project, with every possible kind of effect on Final Cut Pro just thrown in because they can (and they’ve only just learnt how … Continue reading

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Film Review: Death Scenes (Bloody Cuts) (short film) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: D.I. Collins has a suspected serial killer in custody. But there may be more to his crimes than the Detective imagines… ‘Death Scenes’ is the 7th slice in Bloody Cuts’ anthology of short horror films, made by a young team of UK film-makers on low budgets. Written and directed by Joel Morgan it stars Robin Berry and Ayden Callaghan alongside Charlie Bond, Paul Jibson and Carol Storey. REVIEW: All is not as it appears … Continue reading

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Film Review: Velvet Road (short film) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Velvet Road takes place in a time when segregation in the south plagues the souls of men. The color of a man’s skin becomes a symbol for the dead. Hatred is passed through men like a disease. Little is known about what is causing the infection. Ignorance fuels the misconceptions and bigotry. A truck races down the road of a small backwoods town. Bobby squeezes the wheel as he tries to save the infected … Continue reading

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Film Review: Darklands (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: A reporter investigates ritual profanations and finds himself involved with a Druidic cult. REVIEW: I think the best way to describe this film is to say that it is The Wicker Man meets Rosemary’s Baby (and I’m aware that I’m not the first person to say this). However, it would be an insult to these two movies to place Darklands even in the same league as them. Whereas The Wicker Man was at least … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven. REVIEW: Film fans from all around the world are now familiar with the term ‘Twilight’ and it always manages to spark a heated debate, both for and against it. It has often been dubbed a ‘marmite’ franchise – either you love it or you hate it. Say what … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hellgate (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A western businessman (Cary Elwes), his Thai wife and son experience a horrible accident while visiting Bangkok. In the aftermath, they find there is a shadow world between life and death where endless darkness lies. REVIEW: This film is also known in some places as Shadows, which did at first cause some confusion, but I personally think that Shadows was in fact a better suited name for the movie. Although ‘Hellgate’ is still slightly … Continue reading

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