Horror

Scooby Doo with better CGI: Doctor Sleep reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Wheeeere’s Johnny? Nearly 40 years ago Jack Nicholson went berserk in a snowbound Rockies hotel, smashing an axe through a…

A good horror film for those who don't like horror films: Midsommar reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Midsommar is the latest horror film from Ari Aster, who made Hereditary, which starred Toni Collette and was a sensation.…

A gratifying evocation of 1960s sweets – but I wanted more: Toast reviewed

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Nigel Slater is popular because he’s an exceptionally meek cook. Not for him the sprawling restaurant empire or the transatlantic…

Not quite scary or clever enough for legendary status: Resident Evil 2 reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B Resident Evil 2 takes the original zombie shooter, which has become a cult classic and, to many, the…

Wilde at heart: Colin Morgan as Bosie and Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince is a ravishingly sad film

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Hereditary is the horror film that has been described as a ‘ride of pure terror’ and likened to The Exorcist…

Rarely has the West End seen such a draining and nasty experience: The Exorcist reviewed

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Exorcist opened in 1973 accompanied by much hoo-ha in the press. Scenes of panic, nausea and fainting were recorded…

Hideously watchable: Nicole Kidman as ophthalmologist Anna and Colin Farrell as surgeon Steven

Hideously watchable: Killing of a Sacred Deer reviewed

4 November 2017 9:00 am

You know where you aren’t with director Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek allegorist creates parallel worlds which superficially resemble our own.…

Tears of a clown: ‘Clowns hate Stephen King. They blame him for the “creepy clown” epidemic, which has led to multiple clown arrests’

The genius of Stephen King

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The genius of Stephen King, by his number one fan Tanya Gold

Mad house: Jennifer Lawrence as Mother

Is Darren Aronofsky taking the piss? Mother! reviewed

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The film-maker Darren Aronofsky says he wrote Mother! in five days as if in a ‘fever dream’ and, as a…

If you go down to the woods: Kelvin Harrison Jnr as Travis in It Comes at Night

How can anyone can say It Comes at Night isn’t full of the usual horror clichés

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It Comes at Night is a horror film and I can’t say horror is my favourite genre. In fact, as…

Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream is unforgettable

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In Delmore Schwartz’s story ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’, a young man dreams he is watching his father and mother’s engagement…

Press regulation will be a boon to anti-journalists like Katie Hopkins

7 January 2017 9:00 am

More press regulation will give us more idiotic anti-journalists of the Katie Hopkins variety

The full horror of the siege of Leningrad is finally revealed

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Stand aside, Homer. I doubt whether even the author of the Iliad could have matched Alexis Peri’s account of the…

The worst of all possible worlds — one run by women

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Teenage girls all over the world have suddenly developed electro-magnetic powers that can be unleashed on anybody who bugs them.…

Le Clézio’s The Prospector: from tropical beaches to the trenches of the Somme

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is not easy to avoid clichés when writing about J.M.G. Le Clézio. Born in Nice in 1940, the recipient…

A bleak future — without cabbages or kings

7 May 2016 9:00 am

One happy aspect of Lionel Shriver’s peek into the near future (the novel opens in 2029) is the number of…

Illustration by Sean Murray from The Trollhunters

Where the wild things are: in the woods and (worse) in the plumbing, according to the latest best children’s books

12 September 2015 9:00 am

In the Californian town of San Bernadino, children are going missing; smiling faces grace a gallery of milk cartons. One…

The most expensive typing error ever?

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The world’s most expensive typing errors, and how they were made

Cronenberg attempts a teleportation from cinema to fiction. Cover your eyes…

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Following his beginnings as a science-fiction horror director, David Cronenberg has spent the past decades transforming himself into one of…

Stephen King – return of the great storyteller

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Stephen King’s latest novel, Mr Mercedes, is dedicated to James M. Cain and described as ‘a riveting suspense thriller’ —…

Who’s the real monster?

31 December 2011 10:00 am

‘The first monster that an audience has to be scared of is the film-maker. They have to feel in the…

BOOKENDS: Flesh and blood

13 November 2010 10:00 am

Flesh. Lots of flesh. That was the simple promise of a Hammer horror film. In this collection of classic Hammer…

Education in horror

30 October 2010 12:00 am

When my brother and I were teenagers growing up in the arse end of nowheresville — Bromsgrove to its friend — we were mainly looked after by Nanny VHS.

The child is not there

11 September 2010 12:00 am

The ghost story is a literary form that favours brevity.

Cast a long shadow

24 February 2010 12:00 am

Many years ago I invited a young student of mine to see Psycho, a film of which she had never heard, made by a director (Hitchcock) with whose name she was unfamiliar and shot in a format (black-and-white) whose apparent old-fashionedness so mystifed her she wondered aloud why no one thought to complain to the projectionist.