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TOP 5 HORROR FILMS ON NETFLIX | FEATURE

Pretty much everyone has Netflix nowadays. However, for us horror fans, it can get quite repetitive and boring. This is because the horror section doesn’t get updated as much as the other genres and because, well, there are some pretty awful horrors on there… Here are 5 horror films on UK Netflix that are actually worth watching.

Hush (Director: Mike Flanagan)

Hush is a slasher movie about a deaf women who moves to the woods and then has to deal with a masked man invading her home. She has to battle the invader in silence, making the film tense, suspenseful and original. A must-see for any slasher fan.

Evil Dead (Director: Fede Alvarez)

Although not the original, this remake is worth a watch. Evil Dead is the story, if you didn’t already know, of a group of friends who discover an evil book and accidentally… um… release a demon… and get possessed… and um, yeah… But seriously, the effects and gore in this movie is pretty great.

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Let Me In (Director: Matt Reeves)

Another remake, this time a weird, vampire-y thing… A boy befriends his neighbour, a sweet, innocent girl, who helps the boy defend himself against his bullies… However, she has a secret (she’s a vampire) and things get pretty grim. The film is dark, well-acted and well-written. A pretty good film all round.

Insidious (Director: James Wan)

Insidious is about a family who move house to escape being haunted… However, it wasn’t their house that was haunted. With lots of scares throughout and one of the most incredible endings of any film ever, if you haven’t seen it already, watch it now.

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Detention (Director: Joseph Kahn)

Detention is a horror-comedy about an ex-prom queen with homicide on her mind… With an all-star cast, including Josh Hutcherson, this film is as scary as it is funny. The gore is brilliantly done and the story, although tends to get a bit ridiculous towards the end, is pretty interesting and engaging.

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THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE | FILM REVIEW

I remember seeing the trailer for The Autopsy of Jane Doe sometime last year and being extremely excited for the release of the film. However that release didn’t ever come around. Well, for me it didn’t. I’m not sure whether I was just completely out of the loop or if, for some reason, this film was advertised for months and then just… didn’t go to cinemas? Who knows? Anyway, I finally ended up watching it tonight and, without giving any spoilers away, here’s what I thought.

Right from the word go, the obvious aim of the film was to make you question everything and want to find out more. As soon as you meet the main characters, you feel connected to them; something that usually lacks in horror films. You feel connected to Jane Doe and her story, too.

I was definitely a fan of the autopsy scenes; cleverly done, with realistic gore, when the father and son were working on the body, it never got boring. Considering them doing the autopsy is the main aspect of the film, it was done in such a way that felt almost as though you were in the room working with them, which I found extremely interesting.

There were a few scenes, actually, one scene, there was one scene, that I didn’t like in this film. If you watch the film after reading this, or have previously seen it, then you will know exactly what I am on about when I say “the cat scene.” I actually cried. Real tears. As a cat lover, I find scenes like that difficult, but bearable if necessary. However, this was not necessary! It didn’t fit in with the plot, in fact, they had to stretch the story-line to include this – not worth it, in my opinion.

This film didn’t really scare me. There were a few jump scares (which aren’t my favourite) but nothing about it was really “horror” to me. It was very suspenseful and at times, quite thrilling.

The story/plot did get a bit too overwhelming and confusing by the end, which I found disappointing. I had much higher hopes for the story as, when watching, it seemed very well-done. However, I did enjoy the film as a whole, but I would recommend it to thriller fans, rather than horror fans.

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THE VOID TRAILER | REACTION

UK horror fans; keep March 21st free of plans, US horror fans; April 7th: The Void is coming to movie theatres on those dates. The teaser trailer for this film was released a few weeks ago and now, an extended version. This is my reaction to the longer version of the trailer and my thoughts on it.

Before I react to the trailer, I researched a bit of a background on the film to understand what it is actually going to be about. Without giving anything away, The Void is based on officer Daniel Carter, who discovers something strange happening in a local hospital.

The trailer is absolutely incredible. I have never watched a trailer and wanted to see the film so badly. The voice-over suggests that the film delves into theories of the afterlife, hell and bringing the dead back to life. Instantly from the trailer you feel the suspense and dread that the film will eventually bring.

From the short trailer alone, you can already see the promise of a gory, horrifying, suspenseful, yet cleverly written film. All of the actors in the film seem very talented, which is always a good sign and it has already been compared to the legendary The Thing.

I have extremely high hopes for this film and it is definitely my most anticipated film of 2017 so far.

Watch the trailer for The Void here.

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TOP 5 HORROR FILMS OF ALL TIME | FEATURE

I have been contemplating whether or not to start a horror blog for a really long time now and so here I am… Horror has been something that I’ve been passionate about for most of my life and I love writing/talking about it so this will be my place to let it all out. It took me a while to decide on what my first post should be. Not wanting to jump straight into reviews or anything, but not wanting to write a formal ‘introduction’ to myself, I thought, well, what better way to introduce myself and this blog than by writing about the films that made me fall in love with horror? So here are my top 5 horror films of all time… An extremely tough decision, and a decision that changes very regularly, but I tried nonetheless.

5. You’re Next (Director: Adam Wingard)

Slasher films are probably the films that I enjoy the most. I find home invasions especially scary. Therefore You’re Next has to be on this list. Modern horror films can sometimes be rather unoriginal or so over the top that they lose a good story-line, however, this film is excellently done. The acting is incredible and the gore (another thing that I love) is very well portrayed. The masks used in the film add that extra creepiness to it, without taking it too far. If you love slasher films, then this film is for you, most definitely.

4. Saw (Director: James Wan)

I’m not going to lie to you, I love all of the Saw movies… The story-lines throughout the series, despite getting slightly confusing at times, is extremely interesting to me. The gore is obviously my favourite thing about these films and I don’t think that there will ever be a series like it ever again. Nothing will compare… I’m looking at you, Hostel films… Yes, you…

3. Scream (Director: Wes Craven)

Seriously? It’s a classic! A classic slasher movie! Why wouldn’t it be on my list?! Scream is the reason I love slasher films so much and although I have never been too fussed on older horror movies due to the effects/gore not being as realistic, this film is one that I can watch over and over without getting bored.

2. Misery (Director: Rob Reiner)

As a huge fan of Stephen King’s novels, I love all of the film adaptations that I have watched so far. Some of them have been better than others, however, and my favourite has got to be Misery. Although I am a firm believer of “read the book before watching the film,” and “the film will never be as good as the book,” this is a stunning movie that, in my opinion, does an incredible job of capturing the horror of true obsession. The film has beautiful cinematography throughout and the acting is out of this world. It is a truly disturbing, horrifying film, in the most classic, original way.

1. The Ring (Director: Gore Verbinski)

The Ring is on the top of my list because I adore everything about this film (I won’t talk about the sequels because I haven’t watched them yet… I will soon, don’t worry.) It’s weird because I’ve never really been quite as fussed on supernatural films as for some reason, they are less scary to me. The Ring, however, scared me. A lot. The character of Samara absolutely mesmerised me and the visual of her distorted body was incredible. The image of her stayed with me after watching the film and I found myself wanting to know more about her story. There’s something about this film that I love so much; whether it’s the story, the idea of it, the character – I have no idea, but I really love it.

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