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Interview: Russ Gomm, ‘The Woods is the world's first found footage documentary'

24 Mar 2015

The UK director discusses his documentary on the making of The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project changed the face of modern horror. It wasn't the first found footage film, but it ushered in a new wave of inferior imitators. What most people didn't appreciate was that directors Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick didn't just…

Interview: Eduardo Sanchez, ‘bigfoot is a found footage creature'

13 Mar 2015

Blair Witch Project director talks about found footage, Lovely Molly and his latest film Exists

It's now such a well-worn formula that it's hard to remember the impact The Blair Witch Project had on release back in 1999. Directors Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick fooled the world into thinking they had unearthed genuine material, opening with the…

Highlights of the BFI's Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder film and TV festival

24 Oct 2014

Inculding events at Bletchely Park, the Eden Project, Caerphilly Castle and Dungannon Film Club

The BFI’s new film and television festival Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder is taking place across the length and breadth of the UK at 124 locations, from the Isle of Skye to Falmouth. Until December, 576 screenings and events are set to take place…

Interview: Derek Mears (Dead Snow 2)

13 Jan 2015

Horror icon discusses his career playing monsters in Dead Snow 2, Friday the 13th, Predator and more

It's rare but every now and then a sequel comes along that blows the original out of the water. Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead is gorier, nastier and funnier than the first film in just about every way. This time Herzog (Ørjan Gamst) is leading his Nazi…

FrightFest Friday Report 2015

4 Mar 2015

News and reviews from the opening day of the horror film festival at this year’s GFF

There’s no better audience in the world to watch horror movies with than the FrightFest faithful. They know the genre inside and out with an encyclopaedic knowledge of film history. And with a banner proudly proclaiming ‘FrightFest the Dark Heart of…

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

29 Dec 20142 stars

Suspense-free sequel to the 2012 frightener starring Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox

When Hammer brought The Woman in Black back to life in 2012 (it was previously a TV movie directed by Herbert Wise, based of course on the hugely successful novella) the revival was an atmospheric effort aided by a confident screenplay from Jane…

The Pyramid

4 Dec 20142 stars

Uninspired, Egypt-set horror starring The Inbetweeners' James Buckley

James Buckley appears in his first horror film as a toned-down version of his character Jay from the popular TV series, and now film franchise, The Inbetweeners. His role as Fitzie the cameraman allows him to keep his cockney accent and dole out lines…

Interview: Maika Monroe on playing Jay in arresting horror film It Follows

17 Feb 2015

Maika Monroe talks about her role in the excellent new slasher

Maika Monroe’s first experience of the film industry came when she was plucked from her dance class at the age of 13 to appear in a horror film as an extra. The now 21-year-old actress managed to persuade Bad Blood’s director to give her one line after…

The best of FrightFest at Glasgow Film Festival 2015

16 Feb 2015

The scariest films from the horror celebration including The Clown, The Woods and Blood & Black Lace

Once again it's time to get your fright on as Glasgow Film Festival presents three days of terror with FrightFest. As per usual it's an essential snapshot of the genre with zombies, serial killers and Satanism.

Ouija

29 Oct 20142 stars

Imitative, far from terrifying horror from debut writer-director Stiles White

If you're tempted to peer through the planchette this Halloween, you will unfortunately see nothing more than a cavalcade of tired horror tropes: pretty young things in peril, an abundance of melodramatic exposition and an over-reliance on things that…

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As Above, So Below

27 Aug 20143 stars

Atmospheric but inconsistent horror set in the Paris Catacombs starring Perdita Weeks

Taking the bulk of its cues from The Descent, director John Erick Dowdle's found footage horror adds a dash of The Da Vinci Code and seasons with some supernatural goings-on. The result is a suitably tense chiller that delivers the requisite shocks and…

The Best Films of 2014

22 Dec 2014

As the year comes to a close here are our cinematic highlights

After much scratching of heads, pulling of hair and changing of minds, The List's film team have assembled our Christmas present to you. It’s our five favourite films of 2014. Drum roll please...

Multisensory cinema experience Watch and Wolf comes to Edinburgh

27 Nov 2014

Eat and drink along with characters as you watch films including Gremlins, Elf and The Wizard of Oz

Experience cinema like you’ve never tasted before with Jelly & Ginʼs Watch and Wolf. As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, the renowned food experimentalists are bringing a series of festive favourites to the big screen in a new multisensory event. A…

What We Do in the Shadows

17 Nov 20144 stars

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi helm a killer comedy about a vampire flat-share

'When you get three vampires in a flat obviously there’s going to be a lot of tension,' dryly observes 862-year-old Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), who shares a house with 18th Century dandy Viago (Taika Waititi) and self-proclaimed bad boy Deacon…

Ghostbusters

27 Oct 20145 stars

This 30th anniversary reissue of Ivan Reitman's 1984 classic is most welcome

For many of us, the fact that Ghostbusters is in a position to have a 30th anniversary re-release is one of those chilling little reminders of how shockingly old we seem to have inadvertently become. For others, it may be a chance to experience in…

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Interview: Jeff Baena discusses new film Life After Beth

19 Sep 2014

Director talks suburbia, working with his girlfriend and the psychology of smooth jazz

Life After Beth stars Dane DeHaan as Zach, an affluent suburbanite moper whose girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza), has recently died. Luckily for Zach, it turns out she’s not gone for good. We had a sit-down with director Jeff Baena (and, briefly, his star…

FrightFest 2014: White Settlers

28 Aug 20143 stars

Referendum-themed horror starring Pollyanna McIntosh offers entertainment but little depth

Simeon Halligan's second feature White Settlers takes the argument for Scottish independence to bloody extremes. Sarah (Pollyanna McIntosh) and Ed (Lee Williams) are a young couple from 'down south' taking advantage of the Scottish housing market to…

FrightFest 2014: Creep

20 Aug 20144 stars

Tense two-hander written by and starring Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice

Mark Duplass and debut writer-director Patrick Brice breathe new life into the found footage horror film with this incredibly tense two-hander which is hilarious and terrifying in equal parts. Duplass's indie beginnings (particularly Baghead, on which…

Annabelle

6 Oct 20143 stars

Hastily produced, sporadically scary spinoff of The Conjuring focussing on the film's devil doll

James Wan's name is synonymous with modern horror. He’s the man who directed Saw, Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2 and here he acts as producer on this spinoff of his other smash, 2013's The Conjuring, passing directorial duties to his cinematographer…

The Guest

1 Sep 20145 stars

Dan Stevens ditches his Downton image in Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett's superlative psychothriller

Taking gasoline and a match to his drippy Downton Abbey image, Dan Stevens reinvents himself in genuinely gobsmacking style. He's the titular houseguest: a soldier with a mysterious past, Terminator-like fighting skills and a knowing smirk. Directed and…

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FrightFest 2014: All Cheerleaders Die

28 Aug 20142 stars

Hypocritical horror remake from Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson

Gender politics has always been at the beating heart of horror. While it could be argued that cinema as a whole is preoccupied with the white male experience, no other genre gouges such an indelible gender divide. Scary movies usually embrace the tired…

FrightFest 2014: The Babadook

28 Aug 20144 stars

An emotionally impactful, sad and scary horror from debut director Jennifer Kent

Overwhelming grief and depression takes the form of a top hat wearing, slithering monster with knives for hands in debut director Jennifer Kent’s genuinely upsetting and at times terrifying modern day fable. It's been six years since Amelia (Essie…

FrightFest 2014: Alleluia

20 Aug 20144 stars

Volver's Lola Dueñas stars in a blood-splattered psychodrama outlining the perils of online dating

A directors' fortnight selection at Cannes 2014, this blood-splattered Belgian-French psychological horror is the fourth feature from writer-director Fabrice Du Welz. The subject is the dangers of online dating; Du Welz conjures up a small scale but…

FrightFest 2014: Faults

20 Aug 20144 stars

Riley Stearns' debut pitches a cult expert against a traumatised follower with interesting results

It’s not often you see a film where you have literally no idea what’s going to happen next. That’s one of the main reasons people seek out dark-side cinema, and it’s one of the appeals of American writer-director Riley Stearns’ intriguing feature debut.

FrightFest 2014: Housebound

20 Aug 20144 stars

Gerard Johnstone's riotous debut skilfully mixes horror and hilarity

Hollywood could learn a thing or two from Kiwi first-time writer-director Gerard Johnstone, who casts two exquisitely expressive ladies in his deliriously funny and downright scary haunted house horror. A combination of fantastic performances and a…