Sometimes I write stuff, and this is that.

American Mary (2012) Body horror.
Another Earth (2011) Indie sci-fi drama.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012) Psychological thriller.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Horror/comedy.
Danger 5 (2012) TV comedy/parody.
Dredd (2012) Sci-fi action.
Excision (2012) Psychological horror.
God Bless America (2011) Black comedy.
House at the End of the Street (2012) Thriller.
Killer Joe (2011) Black comedy/thriller.
The Moth Diaries (2011) Vampire horror.
Piranha 3DD (2012) “Comedy” horror.
Pretty Persuasion (2005) Black comedy.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Fantasy.
The Thing (2011 Prequel) Horror.
The Ward (2010) Psychological horror.
We Are the Night (2010) Vampire horror.

 

Retro

The Big Deal (1992) Kung-fu action comedy.
Thriller – A Cruel Picture (1974) Revenge thriller.

 

Features

Horror: 5 Great Genre Oddities Underrated classics you might have missed.

 

Selection & Scoring

 

Currently, films are reviewed as I encounter them, and as you can imagine there’s quite a backlog to catch up on. The focus at the moment tends towards fairly recent Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi with a focus on slightly lesser-known stuff. Nothing terribly obscure to genre fans, but ones that I feel stand out in some way. I’m not making any huge effort to be objective, and your opinion on some of the reviews will no doubt vary. It’s partly a writing exercise, and partly a method of processing my thoughts into something that might be some use in future projects of my own. I tend to only write on what really grabs my attention (for good or bad), so most of the work here comes implicitly recommended.

Everything’s scored on a strict 5-point scale. I find half-marks too wishy-washy and if I did that, it’d make more sense to just score out of ten. Note that a 5 isn’t necessarily perfect, think of it as more of a “9-10″. Here’s a rough idea of the criteria for scoring, minus the inevitable reviewer’s tilt:

 

1 Star - Terrible

Either completely uninspired and ill-conceived or flawed beyond hope. Approach at your own risk.

 

2 Stars - Passable

Either an unremarkable effort or one where the flaws outweigh the better stuff. Fans of the genre might still find some enjoyment here.

 

3 Stars - Watchable

A solid title worth looking into, a passable one with moments of greatness, or an otherwise great one that shoots itself in the foot in some way.

 

4 Stars - Excellent.

An excellent title that comes highly recommended. It might just be missing that extra spark, or be an otherwise fantastic work with some notable caveats.

 

5 Stars - Essential

An all-round masterful piece of work or a defining example of its genre.