The Ruins (2008)
Film / Horror

The Ruins (2008)

That intermittent strand of horror films about killer plant life (see From Hell it Came (1957), The Day of the Triffids (1963), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), The Happening (2008)) headed south of the border in Carter Smith’s debut feature The Ruins. Adapted by Scott B. Smith (who wrote the novel that Sam Raimi turned … Continue reading

The Unknown (2005)
Film / Horror

The Unknown (2005)

The overwhelming sense one gets from watching Karl Kozak’s The Unknown is that no-one involved in making it had any clue what their target audience was. For the most part it plays like a rather anaemic family film version of a Bigfoot film, with the usual collection of teenage stereotypes (the moody loner, the pretty … Continue reading

Train (2008)
Film / Horror

Train (2008)

What started out as a remake of Terror Train (1980) transformed at some point into another vacuous exercise in “torture porn”, a sort of Hostel on a Train. It even copies the basic plot of Eli Roth’s film – young American’s abroad in Eastern Europe falling foul of sadistic locals and meeting extremely bloody ends. … Continue reading