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  • List: 10 Alternative Horror Movie Choices for Halloween
    film which almost made this list but more than a decade prior he directed this ingenious little sci fi mystery horror about a group of strangers who wake up in a seemingly endless maze of connected cube shaped rooms and they have to work together despite their clashing personalities to try and solve the giant puzzle As well as providing some nice conflicting character drama and truly gruesome moments it s also a lot of fun to be in the dark so to speak alongside the characters trying to work out just what the hell is going on and how they re going to get out of the situation It s not exactly a leave your brain at the door sort of fun horror but the fact you have to work your brain a little bit only adds to the experience Available on Netflix Canada Dead End 2003 The great Lin Shaye was back on our screens this year in James Wan s Insidious Chapter 2 but a decade ago she starred in this underrated horror mystery alongside the likes of Ray Wise who many will still remember as Laura Palmer s father in Twin Peaks and Alexandra Holden It follows a family who are driving along a quiet highway on their way to visit relatives for Christmas but the trouble is that the road never seems to end no matter how far or fast they travel The horror gradually escalates and despite a dodgy ending that doesn t quite hold water it has some genuinely creepy and surprising moments along the way Available on Netflix US Session 9 2001 You may be more familiar with director Brad Anderson s recent films like The Machinist and this year s The Call as well as some of his TV work on the likes of Fringe Boardwalk Empire and The Killing but this 2001 horror starring David Caruso and Peter Mullan is well worth watching Its set up might seem overly familiar a group of people working in an abandoned insane asylum start to experience spooky events but don t let that fool you this is a very effective chiller that utilises its naturally scary surroundings to brilliant effect Available on Netflix US and Canada Hausu 1977 Not to be confused with the 1986 film House this Japanese head scratcher is much like the aforementioned Happiness of the Katakuris in that it s a very hard film to fit into any one category It s as much a comedy as it is a horror and might just be one of the most brilliantly bizarre films ever made Look no further than the scenes of a woman s head floating around the screen terrorizing a young woman see above or a Japanese schoolgirl being eaten by a grand piano to name but a couple of examples for how crazy the film is Apparently much of the film s content came from ideas dreamt up by the director s daughter suddenly it all makes

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  • List: Top 10 Worst Films of 2012 | Thoughts On Film
    one of those low budget British horror comedies that fails to provide either the scares or the laughs to make it even a half way worthwhile experience Practically stealing its character types and laddish humour from The Inbetweeners but lacking all the wit and likeability this is most definitely one to skip FULL REVIEW HERE 5 Nativity 2 Danger in the Manger I never saw the first Nativity movie but apparently it was cute fun in its own right However the sequel was anything but Although generally good natured which is the only reason why it s not higher on the list this is a shockingly bad film that is essentially about a classroom assistant who kidnaps a bunch of young school kids and takes them on a trip through the Welsh countryside all in the name of making it in time for a Christmas singing competition I m sorry it doesn t get away with it all just because it s supposed to be for kids The little uns deserve better than this 4 The Watch What could have been a riotous laugh with a bunch of funny comedic actors at the top of their game was instead a mess of vulgar humour and lame sci fi We spend the runtime with Ben Stiller sleepwalking his way to a paycheck Vince Vaughn doing his usual loud mouth routine Jonah Hill looking like he belongs in a different movie and the usually brilliant Richard Ayoade completely wasted as a character whose only real purpose is to be the bumbling Brit who doesn t understand Americanisms The half hearted sci fi aspect only adds insult to injury FULL REVIEW HERE 3 The Fourth Dimension A little film that I caught at the Edinburgh Film Festival The Fourth Dimension is a bizarre pretentious self indulgent piece of nonsense made up of three different segments one of which features Val Kilmer as some sort of weird motivational speaker at a bowling alley each as pointless as the others FULL REVIEW HERE 2 The Devil Inside This disgrace to the horror genre utilized the now extremely overused found footage format in the worst possible way providing zero scares and consistently insulting the audience s intelligence It also ends not with a proper ending but rather instructions to visit a website Atrocious FULL REVIEW HERE 1 Project X More of a 90 minute long party that I would have no interest in ever attending than an actual film Project X has stuck with me as a lowlight of the past 12 months A film so hateful so mysoginistic so ridiculous so pointless and so terminally boring with some of the most irritating characters in ages that I have no choice but to name it my worst film of 2012 FULL REVIEW HERE Dis honourable mentions The Lorax This Means War Paranormal Activity 4 Taken 2 Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Piranha 3DD Mirror Mirror One for the Money The Darkest Hour Bel Ami That does it

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  • List: Top 20 Films of 2012 | Thoughts On Film
    UK screens with some finding it tasteless and even offensive However I was captivated and supremely moved by this cross era love story one between a mother and son in the 1960s and one between a man and woman in the present day The way it links those two timelines is completely fascinating punctuating its unpredictable plot with amazing performances and astonishing use of music any film that uses Sigur Ros in such a way gets my vote It also culminates in one of the boldest endings I ve seen in a long time 11 Skyfall After the disappointing Quantum of Solace Bond was back with a bang in Skyfall Sam Mendes at the helm to deliver arguably the most stylishly effective 007 film yet Expanding the role of Dame Judi Dench s M and adding the likes of Ben Wishaw as the new Q Naomie Harris and a fascinating villain in Javier Bardem s Silva Skyfall mixed the old and the new in the best way possible And Roger Deakins gorgeous cinematography resulted in what might be the most beautiful blockbuster in years READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 10 Holy Motors It s hard to even sum up my thoughts on Leos Carax s madcap film his first in more than a decade except to say that it s undoubtedly the strangest film of the year It is made up of a series of segments in which one man played by the incomparable Denis Lavant almost literally becomes via make up and prosthetics a variety of different characters ranging from the crazed homeless man seen in the above image who kidnaps Eva Mendes seriously to a caring father picking his daughter up from a party At once bizarre ludicrous fascinating and strangely compelling few other films this year packed so many opposing things into its narrative and made them work so exquisitely READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 9 Prometheus No other blockbuster film this year seemed to disappoint as many people as Ridley Scott s sort of Alien prequel Prometheus Many found it nonsensical ridiculous and generally an insult to the good Alien name However I am one of those people who found it a terrific watch filled with pleasingly moody atmosphere great performances particularly from Michael Fassbender as the life like android David and stunning production design amongst many other things It may have asked more questions than it answered akin to screenwriter Damon Lindelof s work on the TV show Lost but those questions were big and interesting enough that I found it satisfying on its own merits for what it was rather than constantly comparing it to Scott s first foray into the Alien universe READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 8 The Avengers Marvel pulled off what a few years ago seemed like an impossible task they brought together a bunch of the comic book world s biggest most outlandish superheroes and made a film that was not only fun and light hearted without being overly silly but one that was just damn good entertainment for pretty much all of its runtime no small feat when you consider it goes on for almost two and a half hours God of the Geeks Joss Whedon balanced the action and humour to amazing effect employing the likes of Thor Iron Man Captain America and particularly the Hulk in the best way possible by giving each of them a good amount of runtime and letting them do their own thing Hulk smash anyone while still making it feel like a team game It s hard to imagine Whedon will top this with the inevitable but still very welcome sequel READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 7 Headhunters Scandinavian crime tales are all the rage these days and Morten Tyldum s Headhunters continues to prove the excellence A stylishly told story based on the book by popular author Jo Nesbo about a company headhunter by day fine art thief by night who one day steals from a very different sort of headhunter was amongst the most unpredictable and thrilling films of the year The plot is filled with all manner of twists and turns and has several sequences that will have your heart racing and your breath held A cracking cat and mouse thriller indeed READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 6 Berberian Sound Studio Berberian Sound Studio is one of those films that survives on the strength of how it captures atmosphere Eerie powerful and transfixing all at once it s a film which celebrates the very nature of sound and how it relates to image how we as cinema goers experience film as a medium A love letter to a bygone era of analogue technology it is fronted by an absolutely fantastic performance by Brit actor Toby Jones and a brilliantly strange and ambiguous denouement which allows it to linger long in the mind READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE 5 Amour Critics favourite Michael Haneke won the Palme d Or at the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago for his austere black and white drama The White Ribbon He won the top prize again this year this time for Amour perhaps his most sentimental film to date though not the kind of sentiment we re used to seeing This devastating drama about an elderly man who has to look after his wife after she suffers a stroke contains arguably the two finest acting performances of the year from Jean Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva both of whom have won awards for the film Some found it simply wallowed in misery for two hours but I found it to be an achingly truthful supremely powerful drama 4 Looper Having already made a good name for himself with high school noir film Brick and quirky con caper The Brothers Bloom Rian Johnson finally burst into the big time with this genius mix of heady sci fi ideas and thrilling action Utilizing time travel in a fascinating and more importantly entertaining way

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  • List: 5 Other Annoying Things About Going to the Cinema | Thoughts On Film
    which you might want to go see in the future When you turn up for a movie which is supposed to start at 9pm and it doesn t actually start until 9 30pm something is very wrong It ain t over til it s over The fifth and final problem on this list is another audience problem It never used to happen as much or maybe I was too young to notice care but it s become annoyingly common You ve sat through almost the entire movie you paid to see and it s clear as is often the case that it s about to come to an end But since you paid your overpriced ticket you re going to stay until the credits start rolling Why wouldn t you But not everyone feels that way It doesn t usually happen en masse but at least one person usually someone with shopping bags for some reason will get up and start walking out before the credits Are they in that much of a hurry that they can t stick it out till the end Perhaps they are on occasion but it happens almost every single time I visit the cinema Often it s the damn person who irritatingly sat in front of me when there were plenty of other seats available in which case I get to enjoy a view of them stumbling their way out of the aisle as I try to catch the final line of movie dialogue Typical Do you ever find yourself falling victim to one of the above cinema going annoyances What other alternative issues have you experienced Let us know in the comments below cinema featured features lists About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet 9 Comments Jandy August 6 2012 at 3 22 pm Reply I ve only had the joint ticket concessions thing happen at very small independent theatres or extremely slow times of an off day like 1pm on a Thursday or something when they shunt the box office line into the concessions line because there s only like two customers there anyway For the most part theatres here have completely separate box office and concessions lines largely because the box office is almost always outside the theatre and the concessions are inside That arrangement could be a function of our weather but even when I lived in St Louis where it gets quite cold in winter the box office was always physically separated from the concessions

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  • LIST: 10 Great Horror Movie Posters | Thoughts On Film
    well worth seeking out please skip the terrible American remake entitled The Uninvited This poster is all sorts of awesome from the blood stained girls sitting complacent to the adults father and step mother standing behind them If you ve seen the film you can read into the poster in several different ways but even if you haven t it stands as a striking poster to truly grab and keep your attention Rosemary s Baby 1968 I couldn t compile a list of great horror posters without including this one for Roman Polanski s 1968 masterpiece Rosemary s Baby An amazing use of silhouette mixed with a oddly muted green colour and of course there s the expressionless face of Mia Farrow fading into the green A memorable poster for a classic horror movie Eyes Without A Face 1960 Released in the same year as Alfred Hitchcock s Psycho and Michael Powell s Peeping Tom this French language film about a father and plastic surgeon who kidnaps women and tries to transplant their faces onto his facially disfigured daughter serves as a great companion piece to those two movies This is fantastic poster for the film as it both shocks and intrigues in equal measure with its striking use of the colour red signifying blood of course and painted style Re Animator 1985 The poster for this classically ridiculous 80s horror is just wonderful with genuinely gorgeous artwork and creepy sense of the uncanny And of course we have a frickin head lying on the table Nuff said Alien 1979 What list like this would be complete without this classic poster for Ridley Scott s brilliant 1979 sci fi horror Alien Fantastic use of black to evoke the vastness and isolation of space so key to the film one sinister looking egg above what appears to be the place where many more should go and one of the greatest taglines in movie history Perfect Fright Night 1985 I ve saved my favourite of the bunch till last This campy 1980s horror might not hold up as well today though it s still fun in a way only 80s horrors can be but this poster sure does The creepy suburban house the lone figure standing ominously in the window and demonic faces that seem to have escaped from the house just to scare you for the time you re staring at the poster Wonderful So those are some of my favourite horror movies posters Which is your favourite And which ones not highlighted do you love Leave your thoughts below featured lists posters About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially

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  • DVD Review: The Returned (2004) | Thoughts On Film
    certainly has an eye for striking imagery and shot composition that lingers with you long after it has moved on to another scene Take the opening shot for example which without warning appears on screen showing a large group of people walking out of a cemetery The camera stays on them as they make their way to a road in the centre of the town shown above There s just something inherently unsettling about watching a large group of people walking or standing with seemingly no purpose and it s a motif the director utilizes with skill It starts off clear and concise in a way that sits opposite to how the TV show has handled the concept drumming up social commentary because of the way the government decides to deal with people that are evidently less suitable to being a part of society but becomes more and more vague as it goes on However it comes across a lot of the time as just being unclear for the sake of it rather than compellingly raising questions that it might answer down the line There s a fine line between being intriguingly ambiguous and just being frustratingly vague and unfortunately the film falls more into the latter category than it does the former It ends on a note that while consistent with its sense of eeriness is nonetheless unsatisfying If you were to recommend this film to someone you might be forced to describe it as some sort of modern take on the zombie genre but to call the returnees zombies would be to misrepresent both the concept and the intent of the film This is drama tinged with an eerie sense of dread than it is a horror fest of Romero flesh eating proportions It s just a shame that it never comes together as a dramatic whole too often leaving things open but without feeling like it s inviting interpretation I hate to say it but just watch the TV show if you want to see something that takes this brilliant concept and runs with it Special Features None The Returned is released on DVD on July 22nd dvd releases dvd reviews frederic pierrot geraldine pailhas jonathan zaccai robin campillo the returned they came back About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet One Comment Susu August 24 2014 at 4 38 pm Reply I have seen people say this movie is existentialistic and socio politic but in my opinion Les Revenants is mostly criticism

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  • DVD Reviews | Thoughts On Film | Movie News, Movie Reviews, Movie Trailers
    our review of the releases here May 07 2012 DVD and Blu ray DVD Reviews Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter TOF UK on Twitter Follow TOF UK 405 people follow TOF UK NadiaHon DocShort SmokeyB Emfounda CinemaCo Artsploi Beggar M greekman RonaWill gilliany Latest Reviews Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Despite the Falling Snow Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Eye in the Sky Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Amazon co uk Widgets ASSOCIATIONS Blogroll Cinema Blend Collider Coming Soon Empire Empty Screens HeyUGuys Popcorn Addiction Screen Rant The Hollywood Reporter The People s Movies Variety Recent Posts Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Our Tweets Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review https t co wDt10NmI58 Mar 15 The Ones Below Movie Review https t co oK9Jc1mwdB Mar 15 The Witch Movie Review https t co gssPMLtCyI Mar 15 Time Out of Mind Movie Review https t co gPNmm1CU5b Mar 15 Follow Us On Twitter Meta Log in Entries RSS Comments

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  • Brake DVD Review
    of one another as we find out more about who Dorff s character is and why he s been kidnapped And a two pronged ending doesn t resolve the political aspect as satisfactorily as it should given how hard it s worked to lay it all out However there s more than enough in there to make for an entertaining guessing game thanks to Torres handle on tension a tingling sense of curiosity and Dorff s skilled performance with a difficult role EXTRAS None It definitely would have been nice to see a Making Of given the complexity of the single location Technical Info Runtime 93 mins Age rating 15 Number of discs 1 Region 2 Studio High Fliers Films Release date October 29th 2012 brake dvd releases dvd reviews featured gabe torres stephen dorff timothy mannion About the Author I m a freelance film reviewer and blogger with over 7 years of experience writing for various different websites In addition to my running editing and writing for Thoughts On Film I am also the freelance Film TV editor for Scotland based student magazine website Scotcampus I have a passion for all types of cinema and have a particular love for foreign language film especially South Korean and Japanese cinema Favourite films include The Big Lebowski Pulp Fiction and 2001 A Space Odyssey Twitter Facebook Related Posts Tweet Leave A Response Click here to cancel reply Name required Email required Website Comment Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter TOF UK on Twitter Follow TOF UK 405 people follow TOF UK NadiaHon DocShort SmokeyB Emfounda CinemaCo Artsploi Beggar M greekman RonaWill gilliany Latest Reviews Hush Movie Review April 18 2016 0 The Jungle Book Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Criminal Movie Review April 18 2016 0 Despite the

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