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Last week I saw Ti West’s brand new film The Sacrament at TIFF 13. Here is my review for HorrorTalk.

Probably the only movie I’ve seen this year that has really made me smile and get excited about film again…in terms of what a film can provoke within us. 

Frances Ha is a charming coming of age tale about a 27 year-old dance student living in New York, trying to find her place in the world. What makes this common story stand out is its immeasurable charm and wit. It is really bloody funny, and sweet and completely believable. On top of this is great cinematography (every frame is stunning) which reminded me of Woody Allen’s Manhattan, and not just in the way it looks, also the way the characters interact is very reminiscent of Allen’s work.  All of this coupled with a soundtrack that will make you wanna dance in the aisle, David Bowie and Hot Chocolate are just a couple of the stand out tracks. 

What Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have created in Frances Ha is a relatable, loveable character. Try and see it if you can! 

At this year’s Festival of Fear there will be a screening of Phantasm II with director Don Coscarelli in attendance! Saturday August 24th, 9.30 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox- Be there!

I got my first name check on a poster today! The excellent film Antisocial which I reviewed for HorrorTalk. Click here to read my review.

The latest issue of Rue Morgue is on stands now and it’s as gorgeous as ever. Be sure to pick up a copy as this issue includes my Dreadlines piece on Alexandra Holzer on reviving her father’s Ghost Hunter legacy and my monthly Entrails. And the cover story is all about Maniac, which is currently my favourite horror film of the year!

Click on the picture below to read my HorrorTalk review of Lake Placid: The Final Crapter… I mean… Chapter….


If I made a fake ’80s movie, there is no doubt it would have the best soundtrack…here’s a taster of how it’d go down (of course this only works if you listen along to the music, play along!):

Miami Horror Holidays Starts the film, giving us the fun atmosphere of a California setting where we met the unloved underdog who longs for the girl of his dreams…

Twin Shadow 5 Seconds for the inevitable motorcycle chase of the underdog and the local bully through a desert…

Tennis Marathon Where we see, through a series of random events, the underdog and dream girl spend a day together in the summer sun where she realises he is not just the geek boy she always thought he was.

Kindness That’s Alright is the fierce track for the big dance off between the underdog and the bully midway through the movie, underdog reveals his mad skillz thus winning the girl of his dreams.

Blood Orange Bad Girls is the final dance at the prom where the underdog and girl of his dreams totally smooch up. 

Yesayer O.N.E Perfect for the closing credits, all is resolved and everyone is happy. 

You would pay money to see that, right?

Digital Spy just produced this feature: “20 Movies You Never Knew Existed”. A title like that will always intrigue a cinephile like myself, and normally I wouldn’t comment but this is potentially the most pointless feature I’ve ever seen. Apart from the fact that I have indeed heard of about half of them, none of them bar TRICK ‘R TREAT are worth seeing. Surely a better idea would be, “20 Movies You Never Knew Existed…BUT SHOULD!”?? To read the original feature click here.

Recently Rue Morgue did a Top 200 Alternative Horror List which had the right idea. I thought I’d do my own 20 films you maybe never knew existed…but should! And no, they’re not all horror. Also I’m not arrogant enough to think you won’t have EVER heard of all of these, but there may be a couple. 

Rubin and Ed

Crispin Glover’s best performance.


A headache of weird.


Proves new horror has still got lots to give.


Insanely cool, Irish flick.

Stuart A Life Backwards 

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbach- pure gold.

Nice Girls Don’t Explode

A girl sets things on fire when she gets amourous. 


Adorable and sweet.

All The Real Girls

A film to make your heart ache.

5150 Rue Des Ormes

A horrific thriller that is unrelenting. 

Harold’s Going Stiff

Putting new life in the Zombie genre.

Real Time

A gambler’s final hours.

The First Day of the Rest of your Life

A realistic look at a family going through changes. 

Sick Girl

Girls are Sick!

All ABout Evil


The Station Agent

I love films about unlikely friendships

Female Trouble

As wicked as Pink Flamingos, but easier on the eyes.

City of Lost Children

Jean Pierre Juenet has a magical mind.


Gorgeous and refreshing.


Everybody loves an underdog


2012’s most overlooked film.

Holy mother, that was hardcore, but in an incredibly subtle way that I wasn’t expecting. Except for those last ten minutes, they were hardly subtle. I watched the end with my hand over my mouth, I audibly gasped. That ending…I had a feeling it was going to happen the whole way through it but honestly didn’t think it would. Anyway, no spoilers…that was an excellent film.

What is it? Excision

A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother.

Sharp, funny, disgusting, intriguing and tender.

Great supporting cast includes John Waters, Malcolm McDowell and Matthew Gray Gubler, but the lead from AnnaLynne McCord was amazing. I’ve never seen her in anything else and when I heard she was in 90210 I couldn’t believe it! However, top performance has to go to Traci Lords, this woman is a damn fine actress and needs to be in more mainstream films she has the freaking talent.

Anyway great film, stunning visuals.