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."

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) Review

"By building on events from the first movie, Hellbound is able to expand the concept beyond the confines of the personal and into a deeper exploration of its vision of Hell. The Channard Institute, a psychiatric hospital, makes the perfect vehicle for expanding the concept. Before we even arrive at the inevitable splatterfest, there's a feeling of 'wrongness' pervading the hospital."

Dagon (2001) Review

"Gordon carries the film at a deliberate pace, piling on the unsettling imagery straight-away, from the shadowy façade over the gloomy town to the grey-faced inhabitants with bags under their eyes and webbed hands....this isn't somewhere that's going to throw out the welcome mat, or at least one that's not made of human skin. "

Splinter (2008) Review

"The Body horror genre capitalises on the innate revulsion of the often creepy, and occasionally mystifying, internal processes of the human body.

And it does so by taking this fear to the logical extremes. The degeneration and annihilation of the physical form is at its heart."

Annihilation (2018) Review

"What's unusual about a genre fair such Annihilation, is that the characters are intelligent, pragmatic individuals.

They're reminiscent of the sort of grounded, logical protagonists you'd find in a H.G.Wells novel; as opposed to the reactionary morons endemic in modern sci-fi who make every basic survival mistake and handle alien lifeforms with no precautions."

The Thing (1982) Review

"The idea of Antarctica defending itself is almost reflected in the creature itself. Each set piece with the creature is designed to show the Thing as this impossible, living organism desperately trying to survive.

Rob Bottin and his team clearly had a ball designing the monster's various forms."

The Void (2016) Review

"Playing out like a hybrid of Prince of Darkness and Assault on Precinct 13, The Void features a single location and large pool of expendable characters taken out one by one.  Feckless idiots getting picked off by nasties is, in a nutshell, The Void's plot.

But as it's ultimately more of a pure eighties horror beast than the marketing initially suggested, there's a lot of metaphysical elements thrown in."

Street Trash (1987) Review

"The plot (if one can call it that) concerns a batch of toxic, woefully old wine called Viper that is being sold cheaply to the homeless population of Manhattan. It produces all manner of bizarre effects in its drinkers.

People deliquesce, explode, break down, and fall apart; anything that can be done to transform the human body into a work of modern art."

Society (1989) Review

"It's only at Society's conclusion that we receive answers to our questions. And boy, are we made to regret our desire to understand.

Despite the opening three-quarters of the 100-minute runtime being little more than an ambiguously creepy melodrama, Society's final act serves up a crescendo of macabre sexuality and mind-warping body horror."

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