Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Ever heard the proverb ‘silence is golden?’
This is certainly the case for horror fans in Hush.
Hush is essentially brilliantly executed suspense from start to finish. Similar to The Strangers , it’s a tale of home invasion featuring masked assailants lacking any real motive for the grizzly murders they’re intending to commit.
Maddie is a deaf author living in a desolate house in the woods. She’s experiencing writers block and is desperately trying to find the inspiration to finish her latest novel, whilst blocking out distractions; such as a troublesome ex. She has bigger problems ahead though, as she becomes prey for an opportunist killer with a huge arsenal of weapons and a lot of time on his hands.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
The Invitation is a skillfully executed slow-burn thriller/psychological horror, in an age full of banal ‘tick-box’ horrors.
Will and Eden were once an item. After a traumatic event, she disappeared leaving Will behind. Two years on she makes a return with a new husband, David. Unexpectedly, Will is invited to a gathering hosted by David and an eerily altered version of Eden.
Will arrives at the house that was once his own and is reunited with old friends. An excellent cast deftly underplays the eeriness, as decorum is priority for most; other than a suspicious Will. Whilst battling personal demons in his old house, Will begins to pick up on clues that suggest the guests may be in danger and that David and Eden have an unsettling agenda.
The Good Neighbour
The Good Neighbour is an intriguing and tense thriller with some dark themes.
James Caan lends big gravitas to this one…
high school students and life long friends Sean and Ethan create the ultimate hoax, or ‘social experiment’ as Sean keeps calling it. The subject? Grainey, an unpleasant and angry old man who neighbours Sean. The boys rig Grainey’s house with tech to emulate a poltergeist haunting and view the results via hidden cameras feeding to ‘HQ’ or Sean’s PC.
Grainey begins showing unusual behaviour, with little fear for someone being haunted by a poltergeist. He also keeps spending significant periods of time in his locked basement at all hours of the night. The one place the boys have no cameras. This eventually leads them to take the experiment a stage further, but have they gotten more than they bargained for?
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
What’s scarier than a true story?
If you are partial to a nice cold glass of kool aid, this one’s probably not for you.
Thick in atmosphere, this adaption of the Jonestown ‘mass genocide’ is both terrifying and upsetting. The choice to shoot The Sacrament as a found footage documentary truly assists in conjuring legitimate horror and suspense.
Two Vice media correspondents venture to Eden Parish; a secluded, self sustainable Utopia housing over 200 religious fanatics, in order to reunite with their friends sister. Once reunited with her, they begin researching and interviewing and discover that the socialist community is run by a mysterious leader, who everyone refers to as ‘Father.’
It quickly becomes apparent that this town is far from the ‘paradise’ that some of the residents are proclaiming it as.
What started as a documentary, descends into hell as the correspondents try to avoid the same fate of the residents of Jonestown.
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Two words for this one. Ultra violent.
The simple premise and lack of ‘big budget’ gimmicks are what make this one so endearing to fans of the genre.
Punk Rock band ‘The Not Rights’ are facing a cancellation on their tour, until they’re presented with the opportunity to play a ‘modest’ venue out in the wilderness in Oregon.
”Play your old stuff.”
Wise words from a local underground interviewer and fan. The gig goes down pretty well with the quite frankly terrifying metal fanatics and the band go to depart, in high spirits. One of the band members quickly goes backstage to grab a phone left on charge, only to witness a horrendous murder they weren’t supposed to see. The band are then locked away backstage whilst the bar owner – played by Patrick Stewart – hatches a plan to make sure it all stays under-wraps.
Another two words. Neo Nazis.