Await Further Instructions: An Uninspired Twilight Zone Episode

British science fiction-horror hybrid Await Further Instructions has finally arrived on Netflix. To date, I’ve seen no marketing materials outside of a handful of trailers. Nonetheless, the British sci-fi thriller promises to mix Black Mirror ideas with the familiar narrative of a handful of survivors trapped and pitted against one another in a confined space. […]

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Doom Room: ‘Doomed’ By Familiarity

Among a small handful of new indie horror hitting streaming platforms this week, Doom Room arguably boasts the most intriguing premise. Writer and director Jon Keeyes sets his provocative thriller in what’s largely a single room. Doom Room also stars fan favourite ‘Scream Queen’ Debbie Rochon. Alternately titled Nightmare Box, it looks like this is […]

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Spinning Man Engages, But Never Quite Thrills

Netflix’s latest psychological thriller, Spinning Man, boasts some pedigree. The strong cast includes Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Alexandra Shipp, and Clark Gregg. An unrecognizable Jamie Kennedy even turns up in a small role. Less a ‘whodunnit’ and more of a dive into the fragility of memory and truth, Spinning Man clearly was shooting […]

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Diane Mixes Crime and Horror Genres to Haunting Effect

Writer and director Michael Mognillo’s latest film, Diane, is a daring mix of genres. It’s part horror film, part psychological thriller, and part crime genre. Diane is an example of ambitious storytelling on a shoestring budget. Though it had a limited released in 2017, Diane is just turning up on VOD-streaming platforms. Synopsis Disabled war […]

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Summer of 84 Takes Horror Fans Back to the ’80’s

Few indie horror films can lay claim to the buzz that has surrounded the release of Summer of 84. From the same Canadian trio that brought us the delightfully strange Turbo Kid, Summer of 84 has built up a tidal wave of goodwill among horror circles prior to its release on VOD platforms this week. […]

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Mommy Issues: Kaleidoscope Twists A Strange Mother-Son Tale

In the nearly 60 years since Psycho was released, it has influenced countless thrillers and horror films. In particular, the horror and thriller genres, like Hitchcock himself, have always be enamoured with concepts from Freudian psychology. Last week Netflix debuted the small thriller, Kaleidoscope, starring Toby Jones. Directed by his brother, Rupert Jones, Kaleidoscope promises […]

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The Endless: An Engaging Fusion of Horror, Mystery, and Science Fiction

In 2012, a science-fiction–horror hybrid called Resolution hit VOD services. Directed by the duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Resolution followed two old friends holed up in a run-down house out in the desert and stalked by an unseen entity. It boasted an intriguing premise that was masterfully executed with the kind of growing tension that […]

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They Remain (2018): …Audiences May Not

This week delivers another independent horror/thriller film available on several streaming platforms – They Remain. Based on a short story by horror author Laird Barron entitled “-30-“, They Remain’s trailers promises quiet chills, atmosphere, and Lovecraftian themes for patient horror fans. Philip Gelatt, whose only other previous directing credit was a 2011 film called The Bleeding House, […]

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Happy Death Day: A Horror Film You’ll Want to Watch Over and Over Again

Last fall, amidst the hype surrounding It and Halloween production news, Blumhouse delivered a pleasant surprise to horror fans. Released last October, Happy Death Day took its Groundhog Day-infused premise and scared up just shy of $56 million. Consistent with Blumhouse’s horror formula, Happy Death Day was made for a paltry $4.8 million dollars. Critics […]

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Habit (2017) Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

Based on a novel by Stephen McGeagh, Habit is a new British horror film set in the neon-drenched streets of Manchester. An interesting blend of neo noir and horror, Habit is the rare horror film that does not show its entire hand in its promotional materials. The film’s synopsis is vague and its trailer really […]

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