Raw (2016) is a Radical Coming of Age Horror Film That Gives Women Power Over Their Desires

Julia Ducournau’s French cannibalistic coming of age film Raw depicts feminine pleasure and power through body horror. The film played at festivals and in France, with a limited US release. Viewers had visceral reactions to the screenings, with some even walking out or passing out due to the graphic cannibalism. Even so, Ducournau’s film can be incredibly relatable and empowering for young women.

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REVIEW: 'American Psycho (2000)' is More Than Just An American Horror Story

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Mary Harron’s American Psycho. Since its $34 million theatrical release, the film has gained a serious social media cult following full of Patrick Bateman profile pictures and shared images. However, this film has more to offer than really good memes. In American Psycho, writers Harron and Guinevere Turner take a story about a corporate sadist and turn it into a horrifying and comedically gory deconstruction of toxic masculinity.

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REVIEW: 'Black Christmas' Reworks a Classic For the 21st Century

Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (1974) was a game-changer for the horror genre. It’s often cited as one of the first-ever slasher films and was a major inspiration for John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). It also originated the frequently quoted line, appearing in spoofs and countless other films: “The call is coming from inside the house!” Needless to say, when remaking the film for a 2019 audience, Sophia Takal (director and writer) and April Wolfe (writer) had big shoes to fill. And, a young horror fan, I think they did a fantastic job. 

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Fractured Visions 2019

Last year Cardiff got a new genre festival to add to its growing collection of annual film gatherings. 2018’s Fractured Visions was a small, scrappy affair, built on a glut of great programming that rewarded audiences who love their gore and horror. Returning this year in 2019, the festival takes a step up in ambition,…

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REVIEW: Housing Erotic Horror, ‘Girl on the Third Floor’ is a Haunting Wet Dream

“DIY Grand Designs turns into the Haunting of Hump House.” Giving into temptation is a dangerous thing to do, especially when you live within a vengeful house adept in bringing out the worst in people. Girl on the Third Floor is the first feature for director, Travis Stevens, who seemed perfectly at home in this…

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REVIEW: ‘Red Letter Day’ Delivers Paranoia and Gore But the Rest Gets Lost in the Mail

As it was, Red Letter Day was fine.

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REVIEW: ‘Harpoon’ Hits the Mark with Razor Sharp Wit and Bloody Horror

When Harpoon wants to hit hard, it strikes with perfect accuracy.

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BHFF REVIEW: ‘Porno’ Presents Seductive Premise with a Lacklustre Climax

The horrifying reality of teen hormones and sexual desire is the impending threat in this raunchy 90’s-based comedy-horror. Think American Pie, but with a murderous sex demon.

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BHFF REVIEW: ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ is Psychologically Torturous Yet Wonderfully Twisted

This Argentinian horror-thriller is a menacing and uncomfortable portrait of human capabilities when their familiarity is threatened, and territory trespassed.

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