The Babadook is the best horror film you’ll see in 2014

5 Stars (5 / 5)

 

In a genre that too often inclined towards schlock, it’s rare to find a horror film that truly has something to say about the human condition.

The Babadook is just such a film.

A micro-budget Australian horror, The Babadook takes place in the home of the frazzled Amelia (Essie Davis) and her seven-year-old son Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who has “behavioral problems”.…

What Nightmares May Come – Thoughts on the Future of Horror

By Max Eshraghi

It has taken some time but the horror genre has achieved legitimacy. It is finally, in a word, prestigious.

What was once one of the most commonly derided and dismissed of genres has evolved. The ugly, putrid, caterpillar of horrors past has emerged from a chrysalis after 90-or-so years of metamorphosis and transformed into a multi-faceted butterfly: namely, a genre that can do it all.…

REVIEW: The Ritual

3 Stars (3 / 5)
Trauma has been at the root of some of the best horror in recent years: Gerald’s GameIt Follows, The Babadook. New British horror The Ritual brings this subtext up above ground while paying homage to a whole coven of folk horror classics.

The Visit makes for a sublime, ridiculous semi-return-to-form for M. Night Shyamalan

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

 

On a sliding cinematic scale from Christopher Nolan to Michael Bay, M. Night Shyamalan falls somewhere in the middle.

Equal parts auteur and hack, his output ranges from the sublime — The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable — to the ridiculous — The Happening, The Last Airbender.…