Author: Chris Banks

XX (2016)
DVD Review

XX (2016)

The level of buzz surrounding XX has certainly outstripped anything greeting a portmanteau genre piece such as this for a while. Screened to much fanfare recently at London’s renowned Prince Charles Cinema, this all-girl horror anthology is riding a wave of goodwill as it spotlights female talent and gives voice […]

White Coffin (2016)
Film Review, Reviews

White Coffin (2016)

White Coffin is less a movie and more of a free run at a buffet. It’s like a plate overloaded with snacks and savoury treats. Little horror sausage rolls balanced precariously on top of tiny horror quiches and crisps. It’s a triple-decker trifle of a thing stuffed with layers borrowed […]

Cell (2016)
Film Review

Cell (2016)

The 2016 edition of the annual gore-fest or schlock-fest or scream-fest, FrightFest got under way last night at its new digs adjacent to a branch of JD Wetherspoon in London’s glittering Shepherd’s Bush. One of the movies chosen to proudly kick off this year’s festival was Cell, Tod Williams’ adaptation […]

Ghostbusters (2016)
Film Review

Ghostbusters (2016)

You get the feeling that poor old Paul Feig was likely to face a mountain of criticism whatever the outcome of his Ghostbusters reboot. The remake of the universally-loved 1984 classic has come in for some pretty extreme flak in the run-up to its release and has infamously become the […]

The Club (2015)
Film Review

The Club (2015)

Pablo Larrain’s desolate drama The Club takes a windblown hike over the hills and down into the dark night of the soul. Dealing with a group of disgraced priests packed off, out-of-sight and out-of-mind, to a seaside retreat; this is certainly a film that is critical of the institution of […]

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Film Review

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

It is becoming an increasingly rare treat for movies such as 10 Cloverfield Lane to fly under the radar and succeed in surprising an unexpected public. Producers J. J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber have succeeded in sneaking out a high profile ‘spiritual successor’ to the 2008 found-footage movie Cloverfield, creating […]

The Ones Below (2015)
Film Review

The Ones Below (2015)

David Farr is clearly looking to make his audience squirm with The Ones Below, an aloof and frosty psychological thriller that sees suburban bliss turn into a nightmare for a couple of affluent Londoners. Full of passive aggressive tension and more than a couple of verbal Mexican standoffs, this is […]

The Witch (2015)
Film Review

The Witch (2015)

Sparse, fantastically eerie and boasting a hellish sense of isolation, this understated horror from debutante Robert Eggers is hypnotically unpleasant and absolutely superb. There’s such a peculiar sense of otherworldliness at work here, that for a long while after watching I felt completely dumbstruck. Eggers has managed to create something […]

Creed (2016)
Film Review

Creed (2016)

There is an interview available to watch on YouTube in which Sylvester Stallone, promoting the vastly underrated Cop Land, discusses his growth as an actor and transition to more serious work. Stallone talks interestingly about how he essentially created a rod for his own back with his success on the […]

Eden (2014)
Film Review

Eden (2014)

Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden casts a trippy eye over the EDM and underground rave scenes in 90’s Paris. Ostensibly a movie about the booming French house music scene it’s less an account of musical history and more a yarn about misspent youth, thwarted ambition and bittersweet regret. Hansen-Love co-wrote the script […]