‘The Perfection’ rewrites the book on plot twists | Netflix | Review

Psychological thrillers are few and far between, and then most of them tend to become either too abstruse to absorb or they suffer from a laggardly plot that doesn’t hold up the performances that come with it. Richard Shepard’s Netflix original feature The Perfection, however, is not one of them. Even with the plethora of content that…

Chernobyl: The horror of Nuclear Radiation and a Failed State | Review

On December 2nd 1942, Enrico Fermi, a Nobel Prize winning American-Italian physicist, announced the world’s first man-made self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction in a makeshift Nuclear Reactor called the Chicago Pile – 1 (CP-1). Getting its name from Fermi’s amusing description of it as – “a crude pile of black bricks and wooden timbers”, CP-1 was…

The legend of La Llorona and why it’s worth a watch | Review

Motherhood is a beautiful thing, and yet, painful when exposed to the persecution of life. One of my favourite horror films in recent time on this very theme is Andrés Muschietti’s Mama where two toddlers survive a car-crash and are taken care of by the spirit of a mother who had lost her children many…

Pet Sematary is great if you haven’t seen the original | Review

Mary Lambert’s 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary is wrong on many levels even today when you watch it with your seemingly mature 21st-century sensibilities. King unabashedly carves storylines and events that even the biggest horror fan would cringe at. There are certain things that you just do not accept as a human…

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ is too convenient of a story | Opinion

After the unprecedented success of Get Out where Peele went on to win his first ever Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, a palpable dent had been made in the horror universe. Get Out was no ordinary film. With its ingenious premise (spoiler alert) of a white family stealing bodies of black people in order to…

Velvet Buzzsaw is a buzzkill | Netflix

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out became the breakout film of 2018 through its piercing, literal commentary of the unconscious racism that still pervades the predominantly white America. On the outset, Get Out uses all the tropes of a neoclassic horror thriller in its premise where Daniel Kaluuya, who plays Chris, goes out to meet…

Is The Haunting of Hill House the best-written horror series yet ?

It would be an understatement on my part to say that I love horror. I am an incorrigible horror-junkie who thrives on the rush that a fleshed-out story infuses into your brain blanking out the mundane. Your senses are heightened and you go into a fugue as if reality had released its grasp off you….

Indian Horror is coming of age and Tumbbad shows how

Netflix’s Ghoul introduced us to a kind of horror that was very uncharacteristic for what we have been used to in Bollywood. There were none of the distracting tropes that acted merely as fillers until the next jump-scare. Ghoul’s unremitting personality pulled us into its dystopian gloom through its atmosphere that was layered deliciously over…

The Nun | Review

When it comes to milking a franchise till posterity, The Conjuring universe has become a cow that keeps on giving.  After the phenomenal reception that the first two films received from the audience, James Wan set a template for horror film-makers proving time and again that horror can be a money-making genre right up there…

Stree | Review

When the Ramsay brothers directed their first horror film in 1972, little did they know that it would spawn a stream of parallel cinema which would never become a part of mainstream Bollywood, but would rather create its own cult following. This cult following which may have started out by ardent horror enthusiasts doesn’t stand…

Ghoul | Review | Netflix

Atmospherics play an indispensable part in creating the eerie feeling which makes the audience uncomfortable whilst creating a sense of inevitability to the narrative. Take movies from every era, be it The Birds, The Shining or the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane, the claustrophobia, dark alleys and surrealistic musical cues create the necessary setting where the…

Hereditary | Review

Despite the gory allure that comes with classic horror films, there is a living, breathing by-lane that has become the favorite haunt for horror purists. This is the place where stories are a lot more subtle than the smack-and-jab terror that we are so used to, resulting in a form of film-making where ghosts and…