What Underwater (2020) lacks in depth it makes up for in pressure.

You know that scene in “Fast & Furious 8” when Dom, vacationing in Cuba, is forced into racing his nephew’s clapped out motor against the local street racing kingpin? Before the race, they strip that jalopy of every ounce of unnecessary weight, stripping it down to the bare essentials creating a lean, efficient racing machine….

Black Christmas (1975) is a seasonal slasher pioneer

Christmas has always been a time for scary stories and while there are the likes of “Gremlins” to choose from at the milder end of the spooky spectrum, there are also more than a few that register much, much higher on the festive fear scale. Chief amongst these is 1975’s “Black Christmas”, a film which…

Dakota Fanning brings the raw emotional terror of alien invasion to life in Steven Spielberg’s visually stunning but narratively stunted War Of The Worlds (2005)

I’ve always had a love for H G Wells’ “The War Of The Worlds”, borne out of many a childhood listen to Jeff Wayne’s musical version. While I enjoy the contemporary 1950s version and even the pre-MAGA patriotic fever dream of “Independence Day” (less so its dumber than dumb cousin “Battleship”), I’ve always kind of…

The Stuff (1985) is young, dumb and full of…disappointment

Larry Cohen’s heavy-handed consumer satire has long held a quasi-mythical place in my movie subconscious. Although I never got around to watching it in the late eighties/ early nineties when I was going through my horror movie phase, it achieved a kind of legendary status thanks to its ubiquity on the trailers which preceded both…