Something Ominous, Indeed: The Unfamiliar

By Ali Moosavi. Ever since the success and huge profit margin of films such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, etc., there has been a deluge of horror films, producing more franchises than McDonalds. They tend to follow one of a number of well-established templates; a mad, seemingly indestructible killer on […]

Airbnb Done Wrong: The Rental

By Elias Savada. It’s another hung-out-to-dry whodunit…in which you never really learn whodunit.” Will The Rental do more damage to the home sharing business than the Covid-19 virus already has? Probably not, but this cautionary tale – an adequate variant of the Cabin in the Woods horror sub-genre, might cause […]

Dark Smörgåsbord: Horror Anthologies and Scare Package (2019)

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. From Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998) to Julian Richards’s The Last Horror Movie (2003), there’s something about the very materiality of the video cassette that evokes horror. Is there something vaguely symbolic about those little black coffins of cinematic memory? Do we subconsciously read them as the perfect […]

Ghost Stories: Earnest and Campy

By Alex Brannan. To break it down into the simplest of taxonomies, there are two types of horror anthology film: those which present discrete short films preoccupied around a central theme, and those which situate their shorts within a frame narrative. Both types have had a long cinematic history – […]