Category: In Retrospect

Spirited Away

2001 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Asking someone to choose a favourite Studio Ghibli film is like asking someone what their favourite song is. It is an ultimately pointless question, as much like music, Ghibli’s filmography feels subjective to mood and emotion.… Continue Reading “Spirited Away”

Suspiria (1977)

1977 Director: Dario Argento Starring: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett, Flavio Bulci, Miguel Bosé, Udo Kier Words – Nathan Scatcherd It’s generally agreed that Suspiria is something of a touchstone in horror cinema. One of the better known giallo films (Italian… Continue Reading “Suspiria (1977)”

Halloween (1978)

1978 Director: John Carpenter Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, P.J. Soles, Tony Moran Words – Oliver Innocent John Carpenter’s Halloween proved to be a huge hit at the box-office, establishing its young filmmaker as one of the… Continue Reading “Halloween (1978)”

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000 Director: Ang Lee Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh Words – Daniel McMonagle It took a Taiwanese-born director who had previously helmed an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and the overlooked Civil War Western Ride with the Devil, to bring wuxia to… Continue Reading “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Back To The Future Trilogy

1985 – 1990 Director: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd Words – Christian Abbott There are few films to reach the ‘must-see’ status of the Hollywood canon, far fewer for an entire series – Back To The Future is one of those… Continue Reading “Back To The Future Trilogy”

My Neighbour Totoro

1988 – Japan Director – Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Some have called this the gateway film into the works of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, even Japanese animation itself, and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a film about, and a… Continue Reading “My Neighbour Totoro”

Predator

1987 Director: John McTiernan Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Richard Chaves, Sonny Landham, Shane Black, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall Words – Nathan Scatcherd “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” “I ain’t got time to bleed.” “GET TO THE… Continue Reading “Predator”

Dracula: Prince of Darkness

1966 Director: Terence Fisher Starring: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer Words: Oliver Innocent Hammer’s first sequel to their immensely popular take on Dracula took eight long years to materialise but, at first glance, it appeared not very much had… Continue Reading “Dracula: Prince of Darkness”

Hellraiser

1987 Director: Clive Barker Starring: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Andrew Robinson, Sean Chapman, Nicholas Vince Words – Oliver Innocent Following in Stephen King’s footsteps and quickly rising to prominence in the mid-1980s, Clive Barker went on to become one of the most… Continue Reading “Hellraiser”

The Thing and Big Trouble In Little China

1982 & 1986 Director: John Carpenter Starring: Kurt Russell Words: Oliver Innocent A veritable titan of horror, John Carpenter is perhaps the most revered of the filmmakers to emerge during that golden period of genre-defining horror films in the 1970s. Carpenter’s films are amongst… Continue Reading “The Thing and Big Trouble In Little China”