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Review: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan. To say I was not looking forward to this movie was a huge understatement. This is a horror franchise which went totally off the rails with the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie being excellent…

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Celluloid Screams 2015 Film Ratings

Yet again, and this time in greater numbers Real Reel Scares descended on the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield for the Celluloid Screams Festival 2015. Over 3 days with flat caps and whippets in hand, Faye, John, Mike, Mark and Sarah watched loads of shorts, features and drank the festival beer. The event culminated in a live…

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Review: Howl

When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning. The second film from ex special effects Maestro Paul Hyett, Howl comes on the back of a very strong debut in The Seasoning House. Hyett goes for a completely different style and genre with his…

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Review: Hellions

A teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door. Visuals come before all else in Hellions, a stylish but lightweight effort that owes large debts of influence to films like Inside, The Strangers and Eden Lake, but never threatens to come within shouting distance of matching any…

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Review: Stung

A fancy garden party turns into upper class prey when a colony of killer wasps mutates into seven foot tall predators. A decent level of chemistry between two convincing leads can’t save Stung, a limp horror-comedy creature-feature that shoots for Zombeavers-esque midnight-movie fun, but lands disappointingly wide of the mark with an end result that’s…

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Review: Crimson Peak

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. The horror film that’s not a horror film, how exactly does…

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Review: We Are Still Here

In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice. This year’s Frightfest guest of honour was the terrific Barbara Crampton. Making a comeback to both the big screen and the horror genre she appeared in no less than four films across the…

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Review: Cooties

A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives. Cooties is the US version of The Lurgy and when you think how fantastic the idea of making this imaginary disease…

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Review: Turbo Kid

The future. The year: 1997. In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a comic book fan dons the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord. Let’s get this out of the way upfront: Turbo Kid is an utter triumph. Bursting with heart, brimming with nostalgia and laced with occasionally jarring…