Splinter (2008)
Film / Horror

Splinter (2008)

The debut feature film from former visual effects artist Toby Wilkins is a surprisingly lean, no-frills affair that adds a few new wrinkles to the well-worn zombie film. Kai Barry and Ian Shorr’s screenplay doesn’t waste much time in setting up back stories or offering explanations and the film is all the better for that … Continue reading

Cannibal Holocaust (1979)
Film / Horror

Cannibal Holocaust (1979)

Ruggero Deodato’s largely misunderstood return to the territory he had tentatively mapped out in 1976’s inferior Ultimo mondo cannibale/Last Cannibal World/Jungle Holocaust was one of the first and most reviled of Britain’s “video nasties”. A clever, brutal movie, its in-your-face, pseudo-documentary approach gave it a fearsome reputation that still evokes disgust at the very mention … Continue reading

Apocalypse domani (1980)
Film / Horror

Apocalypse domani (1980)

Antonio Margheriti’s Apocalypse domani (aka Cannibal Apocalypse, Invasion of the Flesh Hunters and Cannibals in the Streets) is arguably the most fun of the European cannibal films that proliferated briefly in the late 70s and early 80s. An unholy assortment of various bits and pieces filched from David Cronenberg’s Rabid (1976), George A. Romero’s Dawn … Continue reading

Evilspeak (1981)
Film / Horror

Evilspeak (1981)

The success of Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie (1976) triggered a wave of film featuring tortured teens, mainly young women, possessed of or dabbling with supernatural forces, turning the tables on their oppressors. Eric Weston’s Evilspeak does a gender reversal, adds a dash of Damien: Omen II (1978) and throws in some … Continue reading