Archive for the ‘horror’ Category

Tilda Swinton (Eva), Ezra Miller (Kevin), John C. Reilly (Franklin). Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay et al. Directed by Lynne Ramsay. Running time: 112 minutes. Good Lord. If you had plans to have kids soon, you might want to put them on hold if you’re really set on seeing this. If you already have one due, […]


Janet Leigh (Marion Crane), Anthony Perkins (Norman Baites). Screenplay by Joseph Stefano. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: 15. Running time: 109 minutes. I had always judged Rear Window to be Hitchcock’s magnum opus, but rewatching Psycho I realise it should be evident to everyone that not only is this his best, but that it’s up […]


Natalie Portman (Nina Sayers), Mila Kunis (Lily), Vincent Cassel (Thomas Leroy). Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Rating: 15. Running time: 108 minutes. Black Swan is without a doubt up there with The Social Network, Biutiful and Inception as a worthy contender for the title of being […]


Catherine Deneuve (Carole), Ian Hendry (Michael), John Fraser (Colin). Written by Gérard Brach and Roman Polanski. Directed by Roman Polanski. Rating: 18. Running time: 105 minutes. A shocking portrait of paranoia and androphobia, Repulsion lets us observe the mind and life of Carole, a Belgian manicurist living in Kensington with her sister. A quiet girl, […]


Jack Nicholson (Jack Torrance), Shelley Duvall (Wendy Torrance), Scatman Crothers (Dick Hallorann). Screenplay by Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Rating: 18. Running time: 142 minutes. There has never been a film that uses music and cinematography quite like The Shining. The pounding screeches that make you apprehensive of forthcoming horror when […]


Max Schreck (Graf Orlok), Gustav von Wangenheim (Hutter), Greta Schröder (Ellen), Alexander Granach (Knock). Directed by F. W. Murnau. Written by Henrik Galeen. Rating: PG. Running time: 88 minutes. I think it’s very hard to watch a film completely alien to you in its type, and still manage to write a review reflective of that […]


It is easy to be fooled into thinking Shutter Island isn’t a big release. For some cynical financial reasons, Paramount thought it would be best to focus on promoting Where the Wild Things Are, and consequently to push this film’s release date, and thus, in turn, to push Martin Scorsese (what on earth were they […]