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If like me you’re a total sucker for decent home invasion, Michael Peterson’s Knuckleball is a debut worth checking out. Home invasion is an old stalwart fixture of the horror genre and every decade has its hits, from Black Christmas in the 70’s to Funny Games in the 90’s, there’s been plenty to fear from […]
What We Become (also known as Sorgenfri) is the feature debut of Danish writer/director Bo Mikkelsen, a prolific maker of short films for nearly twenty years. The film is touted as the first post-apocalyptic Danish zombie flick and, perhaps surprisingly, the only zombie film on Dead by Dawn’s 2016 bill. Like last year’s Danish entry, […]
Danny Perez’s colourful stoner horror Antibirth is the kind of post 9/11 Rosemary’s Baby update a lot of people will really enjoy. With a cast of cult regulars like Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, Meg Tilly, and Marc Webber Antibirth is packed with charismatic, dedicated performances that charm from start to finish.
When it comes to ghost stories, a film can often lose its audience through repetition, showing us things we’ve already seen a hundred times, We Go On is not one of those films. Directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton have already made a name for themselves at Dead by Dawn with their intriguing woods-flick YellowBrickRoad […]
Nikias Chryssos’ Der Bunker is the kind of film Dead by Dawn is made for; a dysfunctional family drama whose more outré parts will make it a hard sell for mainstream audiences. Distributed by Artsploitation, the provocative company behind Bunny the Killer Thing, Der Samurai (also starring Pit Bukowski), and Cub, Der Bunker is as […]
The opening film at Edinburgh’s Dead by Dawn festival was Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, a Neo-Nazi punk horror thriller and welcome return to the screen after Saulnier’s 2013 thriller Blue Ruin.
Kristjan Thor’s Astraea is the kind of post-apocalyptic film that will find it hard to stick with an audience. Bravely, though not surprisingly, the film is entirely void of the usual suspects: there are no zombies, robots, critters, aliens, or nuclear freaks to populate the sparse world of Astraea, but that’s ok. In a world […]
Not for the light of heart, Hector Hernandez Vicens’ The Corpse of Anna Fritz was one fo the most uncomfortable horror experiences at Dead by Dawn 2016. Amidst the camp and crazy likes of Der Bunker and Antibirth, Vicens’ debut film proved a horrifying tone-changer on the Edinburgh horror festival line-up, but a bold and […]
Horror films, like most films, can really benefit from acidic social commentary and Dan Pringle’s K-Shop is one acidic film. The UK’s relationship with booze has always been a problematic one and Pringle turns on the debate with feverish zeal, presenting a bleak glimpse at one town’s struggle with a perilous drinking culture.
The exorcism sub-genre has successfully stood its ground time and time again in every mode of the horror genre, so it’s a tough place to make your voice heard. Even then, Jordan Galland’s Ava’s Possessions is an absolute treat, not least because there seems to be a lack of post-exorcism films.