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Film review – The Ritual

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on the new horror film. Five blokes in their thirties – Luke (Rafe Spall), Robert (Paul Reid), Dom (Sam Troughton), Phil (Arsher Ali) and Hutch (Rob James-Collier) – meet in a pub to talk about an upcoming lads’ trip, with the outdoorsy Robert proposing a…

Trieste S+F review – Before We Vanish

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Sanpo suru shinryakusha (Before We Vanish) an intriguing mismatch between the mild visuals of Kyoshi Kurosawa’s film – which mostly involve casual, low-key characters ambling around a small Japanese town – and the full-blooded score by Yusuke Hayashi, which offers all the…

Film review – Cold Moon

My notes on the ghost story Cold Moon, due on UK DVD/digital download January 22.

Archive on 4: Frankenstein Lives!

I appear in this bicentenary Frankenstein radio documentary hosted by Christopher Frayling.  It aired on Radio 4 on Saturday January 13th at 20.00, and is now on the BBC i-player for a time.  Listen now.

FrightFest review – Devil’s Gate

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on Devil’s Gate. NB: mild spoilers. ? Here’s a film that sends out mixed signals … the poster describes it as ‘a sci-fi cop movie’ but the opening sequence, in which a hapless fellow sets foot on an isolated farm, gives out a rural horror vibe…

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