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Army of Thieves review – fun Netflix prequel swaps horror for more heists

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There was a surprising amount of fun to be had in this summer’s gory zombie romp Army of the Dead, a film that turned the not-hugely-enticing prospect of Zack Snyder working with Netflix into something strangely hard-...

Blade review – Wesley Snipes is back in excitingly macabre vampire horror

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The first film in the Blade trilogy, made in 1998, is getting a re-release: Wesley Snipes is the implacable and massively ripped daywalker marching around in his shades and leatherised protective armour, slaying the v...

Night Teeth review – stylish Netflix vampire horror needs more bite

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There’s a frustrating dissonance to the pre-Halloween Netflix horror Night Teeth, slick packaging belying rotten innards. While the director, Adam Randall, finds inventive ways to break out of the drab Netflix visual ...

Shock, horror and the usual hairy suspects: everyone’s included at Sitges film festival

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“I don’t know about you, but I’ve been cooped up for two years and it’s so fucking sweet to be here right now,” said Ana Lily Amirpour, on stage with a small dog called Benny, to introduce her film Mona Lisa and the B...

Imperial War Museum Holocaust Galleries review – history’s greatest horror

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How many words, how many pictures, how many objects, does it take to tell the story of both the defining event of the 20th century and that bloody century’s greatest crime? How many square metres would all that fill u...

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow review – butchered plotting, bloodless horror

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Outside Sleepy Hollow, a sign implores visitors: “Don’t pass by. Stay forever.” In Tilted Wig’s new version of the popular gothic story, it’s not somewhere you want to linger. The show, loosely adapted from Washington...

Squid Game: the smash-hit South Korean horror is a perfect fit for our dystopian mood

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If you are one of the many millions of people around the world living in a city taking tentative steps out of lockdown, you may be like me in that among my jumble of feelings – excitement, relief, joy – is also a surp...

No One Gets Out Alive – a stylish Netflix immigration horror

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Buried in the middle of a drab and unremarkable glut of factory-made Netflix genre product, gothic chiller No One Gets Out Alive elevates itself from the pack almost immediately. It’s a film made with a lick of style ...

Sarah Everard’s family ‘haunted by the horror’ of her murder

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The family of Sarah Everard have said they are haunted by thoughts of her suffering in the final hours of her life when she was raped and murdered by a police officer, in emotional victim impact statements read in cou...

Bad Candy review – sickly Halloween horror anthology

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This unapologetically juvenile, but not unentertaining, anthology film parcels together a bunch of vaguely intersecting horror stories, presented as if they were being told by a small town DJ (66.6 on the dial) named ...

Seance review – mean girls meet mean spirits in high-school horror

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At Edelvine, an exclusive boarding school for wealthy, willowy young ladies who all look 10 years too old to be in school, a clique of students gather in a dorm bathroom to summon the fabled Edelvine ghost. The exerci...

Labour conference rivals Matt Hancock’s meet-and-greet video for pure viral horror

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On Sunday, I watched a video of Matt Hancock doing a constituency walkabout, which our former Covid overlord posted and then deleted from his own Twitter account. It’s unclear how many hours or even days of footage th...

Vigil finale review – an anxiety-inducing horror spectacular

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Vigil (BBC One) concluded in nightmarishly claustrophobic style. Not content with sticking half of the cast on a large metal tube under water, it trapped noted hater-of-small-spaces DCI Amy Silva in a tiny metal tube ...

Midnight Mass review: blood-soaked horror loses the faith – and the plot

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No one wants to hear this when Netflix drops a seven-hour miniseries, but Midnight Mass only really gets going in episode three. And, when it finally sets off, it doesn’t seem to know where it is heading. Directed and...

Horror at the Faroes dolphin slaughter is only human – but it risks hypocrisy

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Witnessing the mass movement of wild animals can seem to be a rebuttal of the disastrous news we hear, daily, of our natural environment. We know they are threatened, in their very choreography, but in the sight of th...

Climate science teaches us to love insects. Horror films tell us to hate them. Who will win?

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In Quentin Dupieux’s Mandibles, a pair of chuckleheads called Manu and Jean-Gab (think Dumb and Dumber, but French) steal a Mercedes and find, in the boot, a housefly the size of a pitbull. They name it Dominique and ...

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