Horror

Gripping high gothic psychological horror: Saint Maud reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Saint Maud is a first feature from writer-director Rose Glass and it’s being billed as a horror film. But it’s…

An extraordinary debut: Make Up reviewed

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Make Up is the first full-length film from writer–director Claire Oakley, set in an out-of-season holiday park on the Cornish…

Too edgy and clever to be wasted on kids: Netflix’s Locke & Key reviewed

7 March 2020 9:00 am

One of my perpetual gnawing terrors is that I’ll recommend a series that looks initially promising but turns out to…

Scooby Doo with better CGI: Doctor Sleep reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Wheeeere’s Johnny? Nearly 40 years ago Jack Nicholson went berserk in a snowbound Rockies hotel, smashing an axe through a…

A good horror film for those who don’t like horror films: Midsommar reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Midsommar is the latest horror film from Ari Aster, who made Hereditary, which starred Toni Collette and was a sensation.…

A gratifying evocation of 1960s sweets – but I wanted more: Toast reviewed

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Nigel Slater is popular because he’s an exceptionally meek cook. Not for him the sprawling restaurant empire or the transatlantic…

Not quite scary or clever enough for legendary status: Resident Evil 2 reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B Resident Evil 2 takes the original zombie shooter, which has become a cult classic and, to many, the…

Rarely has the West End seen such a draining and nasty experience: The Exorcist reviewed

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Exorcist opened in 1973 accompanied by much hoo-ha in the press. Scenes of panic, nausea and fainting were recorded…

Hideously watchable: Nicole Kidman as ophthalmologist Anna and Colin Farrell as surgeon Steven

Hideously watchable: Killing of a Sacred Deer reviewed

4 November 2017 9:00 am

You know where you aren’t with director Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek allegorist creates parallel worlds which superficially resemble our own.…

Mad house: Jennifer Lawrence as Mother

Nut job

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The film-maker Darren Aronofsky says he wrote Mother! in five days as if in a ‘fever dream’ and, as a…

Tears of a clown: ‘Clowns hate Stephen King. They blame him for the “creepy clown” epidemic, which has led to multiple clown arrests’

Art of darkness

14 September 2017 1:00 pm

Stephen King, 69, has sold more than 350 million books, and tries not to apologise for being working-class, or imaginative,…

If you go down to the woods: Kelvin Harrison Jnr as Travis in It Comes at Night

Do not be afraid

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It Comes at Night is a horror film and I can’t say horror is my favourite genre. In fact, as…

Le Clézio’s The Prospector: from tropical beaches to the trenches of the Somme

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is not easy to avoid clichés when writing about J.M.G. Le Clézio. Born in Nice in 1940, the recipient…

A bleak future — without cabbages or kings

7 May 2016 9:00 am

One happy aspect of Lionel Shriver’s peek into the near future (the novel opens in 2029) is the number of…

Illustration by Sean Murray from The Trollhunters

Where the wild things are: in the woods and (worse) in the plumbing, according to the latest best children’s books

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In the Californian town of San Bernadino, children are going missing; smiling faces grace a gallery of milk cartons. One…

The most expensive typing error ever?

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The world’s most expensive typing errors, and how they were made

Cronenberg attempts a teleportation from cinema to fiction. Cover your eyes…

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Following his beginnings as a science-fiction horror director, David Cronenberg has spent the past decades transforming himself into one of…

Stephen King – return of the great storyteller

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel, Mr Mercedes, is dedicated to James M. Cain and described as ‘a riveting suspense thriller’ —…