Elemental Horror

[Warning: this review contains some plot detail, though it doesn’t give away much more than the trailer] While devotees of Sam Raimi’s 1982 classic might question the need for a remake (in much the way I do with Brian de Palma’s Carrie) there is plenty to admire in Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead (2013), an homage […]

Zombies and Dinosaurs

A memorable Halloween to all! More by chance than by design (as we’d initially planned to go last week) I found myself attending the Halloween version of Jurassic Lounge, a sort of cabaret nightclub event held at the Australian Museum in Sydney.  For someone who loves both horror and natural history institutions, it doesn’t get […]

Riding the Ghost Train Again

The ghost train as an idea tends to come up repeatedly on this blog and in horror discussions generally.  I can’t think of a more apt metaphor for The Cabin in the Woods (2011), though there’s more to Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s film than mere thrills and spills.  Spectacular, clever and very funny, Cabin […]

The Lure of the Ghost Train: Lucio Fulci’s Zombie

For many, a large part of the fun of the fair is to be had in Sideshow Alley, in and around that zone of lurid nightmare known as the ghost train.  With its kitsch aesthetic, the ghost train aims to flood the senses by employing as many horrific elements as possible, however incongruously these might […]

“This is the one night where the dead and all sorts of other things roam free…”

A couple of weeks ago I had an evocative but disturbing dream about a Satanic funeral taking place across the road from where I grew up in Mosman.  As those in Sydney know, some rather inexplicable crime has taken place in this affluent suburb, the most recent instance being the collar bomb hoax.  It seems […]

Japanese Zombie Mayhem!

Yoshihiro Nishimura’s Helldriver  is no ordinary zombie film.  Set in a futuristic Japan where a wall divides the living from the undead, it moves at breakneck speed through a series of increasingly hallucinogenic fight scenes.  When it comes to the imaginative use of zombie body parts, Helldriver really is in a class of its own.  Picture an epic battle […]

The Lucid Zombie

Given the legions of zombies shambling through popular culture who follow Romero’s brain-dead, flesh-hungry prototype to the letter, a lucid zombie—one who is self-aware and able to articulate her predicament—might seem a contradiction in terms.  There are a few examples, however, which buck the trend, introducing depth and pathos to the stereotypical moaning ghoul.  Tim […]