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Review – You’re Next

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Review – Final Destination 

Director: James Wong

Writer(s): James Wong, Glen Morgan, Jeffrey Reddick

Rating: R

Release Date: March 17, 2000

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Review – Friday the 13th (2009)

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Today is Friday the 13th of October – I know this because when I was opening the kitchen blinds this morning, one of the fittings fell out of the wall, thus collapsing them onto my head along with a chunk of plaster roughly the size of a tennis ball. I don’t believe that this particular day of the calendar is cursed, obviously, as I’m a grown man, but I do believe in relentless, uncompromising bad luck, and if the Friday the 13th films have ever been about anything, they’ve been about that: Jason Voorhees, world’s unluckiest man.

Since the 1980 original, there have been another, what, ten of these things? And throughout them Jason has been drowned multiple times, sliced, clubbed, stabbed, cleaved, incinerated, struck by lightning (I think more than once), melted, shot, experimented on, cryogenically frozen, thawed, jettisoned into space and, as far as I can tell, has never gotten laid. There’s no wonder he’s irritated. Wouldn’t you be? The life of an outdoorsman is obviously fraught with peril.

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Opinion – Paranormal Activity Series

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I genuinely believe that you either love or hate The Paranormal Activity series. I hate it. I find it intensely offensive that they have made five features plus a spin-off. I remember clearly when Paranormal Activity was released. There was a genuine buzz amongst friends. A must-see, a masterpiece, even “great directorial vision” was stated in the media. I have to admit, I was thrown back by the concept. It proved that silence can equally be as powerful in the modern era than just loudness and memorable dialogue. It also proved how effective you can be by just being simple. I bought into the whole idea. It made the unrealistic feel real. They ruined it.

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Review – The Bye Bye Man

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Plenty of contemporary horror films are bad, but it’s rare you get to enjoy one like The Bye Bye Man; a film so bad, so ludicrous, so profoundly idiotic and nonsensical (and cheap!) that it morphs into its own charming teen-comedy. This is a slapdash, hallucinatory genre exercise that’ll only work out your sense of humour – and maybe your patience.

In rural Madison, three students at the University of Wisconsin – the tall, limp-haired nominal hero, Elliot (Douglas Smith), his oddly-voiced girlfriend, Sasha (Cressida Bonas), and his jock BFF, John (Lucien Laviscount) – arrange to room together off-campus in a big, spooky mansion in the middle of nowhere. Scarier even than Bonas’s performance – truly a horror – is the mansion’s huge, barn-sized rooms all full of leftover haunted furniture and the legacy of a menace known only as “The Bye Bye Man”. Don’t say his name! Don’t think his name! I’d tell you what happens if you do, but the film can’t really seem to make up its mind.

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