BLAIR WITCH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adam Wingard Stars: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scot, Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods. In 1999 the independent film The Blair Witch Project was shot on a micro budget and changed the face of horror films forever. It popularised the found footage genre, with its DIY aesthetic - the frantic editing and its jerky, nausea inducing hand held camera work and multiple point of view perspectives - which has influenced films like Chronicle, Cloverfield, Continue reading

THE VISIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: M Night Shyamalan Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie, Deanna Dunagan, Kathryn Hahn. M Night Shyamalan subverts the usual expectations of the fairy tale visit with kindly old grandmother with this mix of horror and uncomfortable black comedy. The subdued horror film The Visit marks a return to form of sorts for the Sixth Sense filmmaker, whose last couple of films were the awful The Last Airbender and After Earth, both of which were massive box office flops. Part of the problem with Shyamalan's films is that, ever since Continue reading

THE GALLOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing Stars: Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Cassidy Gifford, Jesse Cross, Melissa Bratton. The Blair Witch Project has a lot to answer for! That low budget horror film started the found footage genre of horror films. Shot on a microbudget with no-name actors and minimal production values, the film was enormously profitable and sparked a whole slew of found footage films like the increasingly insipid Paranormal Activity franchise. The latest film in the genre is The Gallows, which is the brainchild of Continue reading

PROJECT ALMANAC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dean Israelite Stars: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black d'Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner, Amy Landecker, Gary Weeks, Gary Grubbs. This sci-fi teen drama involving time travel is like Back To The Future for the Twitter generation. David Raskin (Jonny Weston) is something of a science geek who has inherited his late father's passion for creating and building gadgets and experimenting. In order to win a scholarship to MIT he has to create something spectacular. While rummaging through his father's belongings stored in the Continue reading