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Top 5 HEALTH AND SAFETY NIGHTMARES: Power Tool Abuse, Hollywood Style!

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By Gavin Baddeley

Horror films have long been criticised as immoral, inspiring all manner of antisocial behaviour in their impressionable audiences. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in particular was singled out as a bad influence: Banned by the British censors in the 70s, several of its sequels were caught up in the ‘video nasties’ panic of the subsequent decade. Yet surely this was unfair. For The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was actually a public information film in many respects; warning viewers of the hazards of picking up hitchhikers, while highlighting the issue of rural unemployment. In particular, the film led the way in stressing the perils of being careless with power tools.

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V/H/S 2 – Red Band Trailer

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Check out the awesome new trailer for V/H/S 2. If it is half as good as it looks, prepare for something special later this year.

V/H/S 2 will follow the found footage format used in the first V/H/S movie with several directors, including Jason Eisner (Hobo with a Shotgun), Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), producing different found footage segments of the film.

The overarching story features a search for a missing student led by two private investigators. They manage to break into a house a find a collection of VHS tapes. After each viewing of the horrific contents they soon realise that there may be darker motives behind the students disappearance.

Silent Movie Saturday: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919)

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If the title “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari” brings back memories of painful undergraduate film studies lectures where you just wanted to get on to discussing which was the best Lethal Weapon, then its safe to say we have different attitudes towards cinema. However, before you scroll onward, looking for some leaked teaser footage from the new Star Trek film, let me try and explain why Caligari is worth your time.

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The Conjuring : UK Trailer

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If you’re a massive wimp, like me you may not want to watch this, however if you’re a horror fan then take a look at this trailer for The Conjuring, a movie from the people who also brought us Saw and Insidious.

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V/H/S/2 – New Poster

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Here is the new poster for V/H/S/2. Looking to follow on from the success of last years V/H/S, this sequel will follow the same format with several directors, including Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), producing different found footage segments of the film.

The overarching story features a search for a missing student led by two private investigators. They manage to break into a house a find a collection of VHS tapes. After each viewing of the horrific contents they soon realise that there may be darker motives behind the students disappearance.

 

Retro Review: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

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In the Mouth of Madness is one of horror-maestro John Carpenter’s lesser known works: made during the mid 90’s after his golden age is arguably behind him, the film is a Lovecraft inspired exploration of the effect that horror has on those that consume it, whether through the written word or through cinematic images.

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Evil Dead – Review

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‘Evil Dead’ takes us back to the most iconic cabin in the woods for a modern remake for Sam Raimi’s 1981 original classic ‘The Evil Dead’. Five friends, Mia, David, Olivia, Eric and Natalie, head to a remote cabin in the woods to help Mia go cold turkey from her heroin addiction. In the basement they find a mysterious Book of the Dead. Upon reading it, they unwittingly summon up a demon living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

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Mama – Review

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Inspired by a brilliant three minute short film and produced by Guillermo del Toro, ‘Mama’ tells the story of Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who take on the responsibility for their two little nieces who have been missing for five years and left to survive on their own in a remote cabin in the woods. However, they soon discover that they were not completely on their own after all.

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The result is an atmospheric and stylish supernatural horror film. Unlike a number of modern horror films, it dies not rely on blood guts and gore to get its fear factor, but instead uses its atmosphere to generate the suspense and the shocks which is similar that of The Ring and other Japanese horror films. It uses tried and tested methods of flashing light, darkness and things that go bump in the night, which is much more effective than you might think.

There is a solid performance from Jessica Chastain but the real stars are the impressive and compelling youngsters who make the whole experience that much more believable and frightening. It plays out like a conventional old-fashioned ghost story that is fantastic when focusing in on the shadows but it is let down slightly by a CGI heavy ending that it doesn’t really deserve. Still, this is a very good stylish dark fairytale horror full of atmosphere and suspense that will have enough to please the majority of horror film fans.

“A Mother’s Love is Forever”

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