The Slice at FrightFest 2020

The spooky season is upon us. FrightFest 2020 has promised us a fine and frightening selection of features from across the world, each with their intriguing tale to entwine and trap us within, like a spider to a fly. I got the chance to cover the festival for the first time, which has always been a dream of mine – and I wasn’t disappointed with … Continue reading The Slice at FrightFest 2020

FrightFest 2020 – ‘Alien on Stage’: A Chestburstingly Heartwarming Journey

Many of you may have heard of the high school in America that performed Alien as its own stage play, garnering a global media buzz that led to universal praise for the cast and crew. However, this was not the first endeavor into transforming Alien from terrifying sci-fi horror to the stage; that honor goes to a group of bus drivers in Dorset, and their … Continue reading FrightFest 2020 – ‘Alien on Stage’: A Chestburstingly Heartwarming Journey

Review – ‘Nocturne’: Sydney Sweeney’s Sinister Symphony

Welcome to the Blumhouse has produced their first quadtych of features for us to consume and enjoy this Halloween season, with an interesting mixture of stories and actors. Personally, I found Nocturne to be the most appealing and interesting of them all – seeing Sydney Sweeney venture into Horror ensured a curiosity, and the idea of sacrificial art always hints at a great avenue for … Continue reading Review – ‘Nocturne’: Sydney Sweeney’s Sinister Symphony

Review – ‘Herself’ Showcases the Emotional Resilience of Motherhood

The beauty of film comes in its ability to translate the untranslatable – emotion can be such a fickle and loose thing, where we know exactly how we’re feeling but simply cannot find the words. There’s a raw power to emotion that can overwhelm us at the best of times, making it impossible to present what you’re feeling in a concise and clear way whilst … Continue reading Review – ‘Herself’ Showcases the Emotional Resilience of Motherhood

Review – ‘Saint Maud’: Penance Has Never Been So Pleasing

Idolatry is a very dangerous thing – we see it constantly within the modern day, through influencer cult-like adoration, ‘stan accounts’ for celebrities; it has seeped into the DNA of entertainment. What becomes difficult when dissecting this modern-day idolatry is the intentions behind such reverence – why exactly do these people feel as though the individuals they look up to are worthy of such praise … Continue reading Review – ‘Saint Maud’: Penance Has Never Been So Pleasing

Discussing The Attention Economy and ‘Logan Paul Moments’ with ‘Spree’ Director and Co-Writer Eugene Kotlyarenko

Earlier in August, I got the chance to watch Spree, an incredibly dark and inventive satire on the infectious desire for social fame, and I expressed how amazing I thought it was here. I reached out to Eugene over Twitter, and he was very graceful to let me interview him in the midst of handling Spree’s marketing and promotion. Sab Astley: Firstly, how’re you? Eugene … Continue reading Discussing The Attention Economy and ‘Logan Paul Moments’ with ‘Spree’ Director and Co-Writer Eugene Kotlyarenko

China, or How They Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Hollywood

Over the past 100 years, the global landscapes of power and influence have become more fluid than ever; with globalisation comes the opportunity of global dominance, and it’s evident that many countries have strived toward this goal. To achieve this goal, there is no greater tool than that of the media – we live in a world dominated by the image, consciously and unconsciously indoctrinated … Continue reading China, or How They Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Hollywood

Eyes Without a Face: A Masterclass in Poetic Horror

I first came across Eyes Without a Face when I was reading Edgar Wright’s top 10, where he labelled it as one of the best films he’s ever seen, and his father one of the scariest. It sat at the perfect cross-road of interesting horror and highly-praised, so I placed it on a list and eventually found it second-hand in my local CEX (a very … Continue reading Eyes Without a Face: A Masterclass in Poetic Horror