The Samurai (2014)

As one of the more recent horrors to come out of Germany, The Samurai was one of Frightfest's standout films for many reasons, whether it be its metaphorical exploration of sexual lycanthropy, its surreal dance with structure of the…

Housebound (2014)

As a marvelously entertaining combination of murder mystery, black comedy and domestic drama, Housebound marks an impressive feature debut by director / writer Gerard Johnstone. Unlike many horror comedies it has complete confidence in its…

Nymph (2014)

For every horror masterpiece at Frightfest there will always be the odd stinker loitering in the main screen biding its time and waiting. This year’s bonafide shitstorm was Nymph (Mamula), or “Killer Mermaid” as its better known in the…

The Mirror (2014)

From Ealing’s Dead of Night (1945) to the recent Oculus (2013), haunted mirrors are nothing new in horror and when another one adorned the Frightfest programme I was a little skeptical to say the least, especially as Ed Boase's feature…

Open Windows (2014)

As one of three movies that director Nacho Vigalondo had at Frightfest this year, Open Windows was his first English language feature film debut, obviously looking for international success by recruiting an ex – pornstar (Sasha Grey) and an…

Show Pieces (2014)

Alongside Robert Englund the other huge guest at Frightfest 2014 was the legendary comic book legend and famed adaptation hater Alan Moore, teaming up with renowned photographer Mitch Jenkins to produce the surreal and darkly comic horror…

VHS: Viral (2014)

Since Creepshow (1982), Tales from the Crypt (1972) and the childhood terrors of Goosebumps horror anthologies have always shared a special place in my heart. Although certain modern attempts at the genre such as ABCs of Death crumpled…

The Signal (2014)

As a combination of tremendous special effects and Laurence ‘Morpheus’ Fishburne doing what he does best, director William Eubank’s Sundance hit The Signal does have a lot of pulling power as a sci – fi movie that manages to be both sparse…

Alleluia (2014)

As the second installment in his proposed Ardennes trilogy (following 2004 debut Calvaire), Belgian director Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia bases his latest madness on the true account of serial killing couple Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez,…

Stage Fright (2014)

If you ever imagined the cast of Glee massacred in a style similar to Friday the 13th then Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright is probably the film for you, combining musical theatre and horror with occasionally effective results. While the sharp…