The Beach House (2020) Quick Review

"Director Jeffrey A. Brown's The Beach House draws more than a little inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space, and gives it an ecological spin. At least this one doesn't have Nicholas Cage's overacting."

Drag Me to Hell (2009) Review

"Drag Me to Hell shares the Evil Dead series' affinity for farcical physically ruinous violence and psychological punishment. Over the course of the film Christine is scratched, strangled, gummed/licked, and has all manner of bodily fluids projected onto her."

The Sentinel (1977) Review

"Despite often being considered as something of a hack director, Winner does an admirable job of effectively building tension through scenery. As the story progresses, and the focus changes to the apartment building, Winner makes good use of ornate Gothic ornamentation and shadowy corridors to create dread."

Apostle (2018) Review

"Apostle is the honest sort of folk horror film. It understands that folk horror taps into the insecurities of the modern world and seeks comfort in the barbarism and ancient traditions of more brutal times and societies. There's no need for it to offer the carrot of paganism, only the stick."

Begotten (1990) Review

"What makes Begotten a truly unique film, is that for all its simplicity it achieves what most religious horror films fail in their overly ambitious approach. Faithful to the 'silent movie' there's no spoken dialogue, but there are no captions either (discounting a vaguely expository opening).

Regardless, Begotten is effective because it focuses on the non-human. God, Mother Earth and the Son of Earth are frightening spectres, but what happens to them is equally horrific."

Jigoku (1960) Review

Jigoku slowly builds this sombre atmosphere, made weird through discordant jazz music, giving the viewer the impression of chaos taking over as Shirō's life crumbles around him and he begins his spiritual descent into Hell.

But once the tension starts spilling over, the plot becomes a succession of violent trespass after violent trespass."

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