BRITTANIA – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re still suffering Game of Thrones withdrawal, let me recommend this nine-part series. There’s war, family intrigue and witchcraft – aplenty. Writers Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth and James Richardson use the Druids’ murky, nature-worshipping, pagan history as a launching point for this fictional fantasy.

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LA LLORONA – Review by Maitland McDonagh

La LLorona strikes a delicate balance between the mundane–family secrets and lies, gracious interiors that begin to seem cramped — the threat of physical and emotional violence of things unsaid within and intrusions from beyond. It’s both intelligent and emotionally haunting, political and fantastical, a powerful combination in the right hands.

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Egor Abramenko chats SPUTNIK, Russian Horror and Scaring Folks – Jeanne Wolf interviews

Sputnik has been called “gripping” and it’s been called “gross” — that’s a compliment. An alien catches a ride to Earth inside the body of a returning cosmonaut. The slimy creature only comes out of the guy at night, and its favorite food is humans, A female doctor gets involved for lots of suspense ans creepy scenes. The director, Egor Abramenko loves horror movies. And, I told him how scared I was.

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SPUTNIK – Review by Leslie Combemale

There is a creepy pall over everything in Sputnik. It has an intentional sparseness and frigidity that might put off viewers were it not for the strong and complex female character at its center. She’s brainy, fearlessness, and compassionate. With Sputnik, you might come for the alien, but you’ll stay for the heroine.

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LA LLORONA (MIFF 2020) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

La Llorona is less a typical horror film than it is a powerful political drama that employs horror codes, conventions and iconography – and a specific folkloric figure – to speak to a historical atrocity so great in scale as to almost be otherwise incomprehensible. In the right hands, horror can be turned into something with almost indescribably enormous ideological potency.

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LAKE OF DEATH – Review by Liz Whittemore

Shadow play, things coming and going, visions, all make for an interesting build-up. Add in the guy who has a paranormal podcast, the clueless boyfriend, the dickhead jock, an ex-boyfriend, the girl just trying to help, and the girl who is literally haunted by the death of her twin brother and you’ve got yourself the makings of typical haunted cabin meets local legend scenario.

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SKIN WALKER – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Emotionally fragile Janine returns to her family’s vast country estate for her grandmother’s funeral and is sucked into a mire of family dysfunction in this arthouse horror movie that is neither as clever as it aspires to be nor as effective as similarly themed films. The screenplay isn’t sufficiently original to make the finished film stand out from many other psychological horror stories that unfold in apparently idyllic settings tainted by real-life sins and demons of the mind.

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