Candyman (1992)

1992 Director: Bernard Rose Starring: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams, DeJuan Guy, Marianna Elliott, Ted Raimi, Ria Pavia Words – Oliver Innocent Touted as the heir to the throne of Stephen King, Liverpool-born horror novelist Clive Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with his short story collections, Books of…

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

1989 Director: Shinya Tsukamoto Starring: Tomoro Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shinya Tsukamoto, Naomasa Musaka Words – Christian Abbott “Your future is metal!” This line hits two-thirds into the film, and after a series of deliriously disturbing sequences, you believe it. It’s hard to grasp Tetsuo, it is as timeless as it is grotesque, and…

Reel Steel Cult Weekender 2020 Film Festival

The Reel Steel Cult Weekender is a celebration of films which hold a ‘cult’ or ‘classic’ status in cinema – older titles shown again on the big screen, so that today’s audiences can experience important, overlooked or influential titles in their genre. Hosted at Sheffield’s historic Abbeydale Picture House – a Grade II listed 1920’s…

The Evil Dead (1981)

1981 Director: Sam Raimi Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly Words – Oliver Innocent One of horror cinema’s most iconic titles, The Evil Dead succinctly sums up the genre’s key themes; a preoccupation with darkness and death. It’s short, snappy and memorable. With a title like The Evil Dead you…

Friday The 13th (1980)

1980 Director: Sean S. Cunningham Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson Words – Oliver Innocent Comprising of eight films between 1980 and 1989 (and a further four entries in the decades that followed), Friday the 13th is one of the defining franchises of the…

The Lighthouse

  Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe Words – Joe H. Arriving to begin their month-long term as lighthouse keeper and secondary, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) quickly finds his time ahead will be tending to the more demeaning and punishing tasks of the building under seasoned keeper Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe). The jagged…

Dead Dicks

2019 Directors: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer Starring: Jillian Harris, Heston Horwin, Matt Keyes Words – Nathan Scatcherd A sci-fi gallows comedy dealing with family trauma and co-dependence – with a Cronenbergian twist – Dead Dicks is a sharp and moving feature. When down-on-her-luck Becca receives some distressing messages from Richie, her mentally ill brother,…

Come To Daddy

2019 Director: Ant Timpson Starring: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan Words – Nathan Scatcherd Come to Daddy is a nasty little film. A grimy, bloody, off-kilter thriller with moments of pitch black comedy, anchored by a central performance from Elijah Wood as a man who goes to a mysterious secluded…

Leeds International Film Festival 2019

The Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK’s premiere platforms for new and world cinema. Taking place every November at venues around the city, see our look at some of the films featured at the 2019 festival – click on the film title to see our review.   The Lighthouse A visceral, hypnotic…

Nosferatu (1922)

1922 Director: F. W. Murnau Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroeder, Alexander Granach Words – Eleanor Smith Nosferatu (1922), by German director F.W. Murnau, is a textbook example of the haunting beauty and mystery seen in classic, silent horror films. This exceptional film has stood the test of time and as a result…