Ben Wheatley's Down Terrace was a quirky, mean, keenly observed look at family dynamics through the prism of a fading criminal empire. It was The Godfather by way of Andrea Dunbar. His follow-up, Kill List, is one of the most frightening and unsettling horror movies of recent times. All this time since my first viewing (which ended with a long, uncomfortable late-night drive through the countryside) and the movies vicious imagery and creeping tone still have an effect on me. Sightseers was a much-needed, but nonetheless violent and mean-spirited, palate cleanser after the all-consuming gloom of Kill List.
All of this is a roundabout way of establishing that Ben Wheatley is a singular vision in British film. Naturally, expectations for A Field In England are high.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, one of the most famous horror movies of all-time and an originator of the "slasher" genre, has spawned numerous prequels, sequels and remakes, but nothing has really come close to the original. We are reminded of this during the opening sequence, in which we experience a quick recap of the first movie, including meat hooks, dismembered bodies and of course, a chainsaw. Unfortunately, this is where the movie starts to go downhill.
Fans of V/H/S (if any) and horror anthologies (hopefully many), have we got a treat for you.
If you're wondering why it is that horror buffs fall over themselves to sing the praises of cult Italian director Mario Bava, then this collection of three tales is as good a place as any to satisfy your curiosity. It comes from Bava's halcyon days in the early '60s and shows him at his peak as a visual stylist; it's also full of morbid subtexts and flesh-creeping tension, proving he could be just as scary in colour as in black-and-white.
Hola, we have the Spanish and English version of the one-sheet teaser for Rec 4 – the final film of the Spanish zombie series.
Neil Jordon’s Byzantium is a return to the genre he has most certainly mastered – the vampire flick. You know when he's attached that you're going to get a beautiful looking film, with sensuous characters and buckets of blood - but in today’s climate of family friendly, shiny style vampire films how will it go down?
Given the recent horsemeat scandal, the timing of this release couldn't be better – but then, it's hard to imagine a bad time for welcoming back this prime cut of '80s cult horror. Kevin Connor's salty black comedy concerns Vincent (Rory Calhoun) and Ida (Nancy Parsons), twinkly proprietors of Motel Hello (the neon sign's final “O” is temperamental) and purveyors of Farmer Vincent's smoked meats, which have customers drooling with delight. Outwardly, their business has all the hallmarks of a wholesome Mom and Pop concern. Trouble is, they make use of a controversial secret ingredient – human flesh – and, as a result, their tasty wares have turned half the county into unwitting cannibals.
Due to hit cinemas this autumn is super scary British horror flick In Fear. Making its debut at the London Sundance Film Festival, the trailer shows a couple getting lost in some wild British country lanes.
War Horse star Jeremy Irvine and British actress Phoebe Fox (One Day and Black Mirror) have both been confirmed for the horror sequel The Woman in Black: Angel Of Death. The 2012 original, while being pretty scary, featured an even more scarily bad performance from Daniel Radcliffe.