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Author: Chas Farrow

A man who likes films so much… He married one.

Deserted Island Movie Collection: Undoubtedly has to be the collected works of Arnold Grossman, in particular the 2015 film ‘The Boat Builder’ starring Christopher Lloyd.

Best Movie Snack: Roasted Coconut. Wait? Are we still on the deserted island?

‘Hereditary’ A Modern Psychological Horror Masterpiece – Review

I often try to imagine what it would’ve been like for the audience who first saw The Exorcist at the cinema in 1973. I wasn’t born then, but it is well documented that the film generated intense reactions, even mass hysteria. A palpable fear that resonated deeply with its audience and sent a gurgle through the collective unconscious of the age. Hereditary is probably the first horror movie I’ve seen at the cinema that has a comparable sense of dread. It’s certainly the most chilling and psychologically disturbing film I’ve seen in over a decade.

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Trailer for Freddie Mercury Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is Full of Innuendo

Dexter Fletcher took over from Bryan Singer to direct Bohemian Rhapsody, and whilst it remains to be seen whether the film will ‘rock you’ or ‘bite the dust’, it seems set to be filled with the kind of raunchy, unadulterated chicanery you’d expect from a Freddie Mercury biopic.

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‘The Thing’ (1982) – A Retrospective on the Weird Fiction Genre in Cinema

With the growing critical reception around Annihilation (2018), based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel, and other recent semi-surrealist triumphs like David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) and Del Toro’s The Shape of Water (2017) – a surge of interest in the weird fiction genre is happening, which some critics have even dubbed ‘A Weird Renaissance’.

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‘Unsane’ – Review

You know that feeling when you go to the cinema by yourself? There’s a group in the row behind gossiping mindlessly. You had arranged to meet someone, who cancelled, now you are alone. The empty seats beside you take on a further quality of distance and isolation. The whispering voices of others synchronise with your own subconscious fears. Then the film starts.

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‘Abracadabra’ – Review

Abracadabra is screening as part of the 21st Spanish Film Festival in Australia, which is looking to be a fantastic event, with a variety of interesting films to showcase, an opening night gala and afterparty with Torres wines, tapas and live entertainment, and closing with Oscar winner Guillermo Del Toro’s Spanish masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).

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Revisiting ‘Grabbers’ (2012) – Comedy and Horror in Good Proportions

In the junkyard of films you’ve already watched, and the backlog of recommendations one never seems to have time to sift through, some movies seem to rise from the wasteland with the more time that passes, and they cement themselves as monolithic precedents of the best of the genre – one such film is 2012’s horror-comedy, Grabbers.

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