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Now On Netflix Review- Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, 1971,

Available Now on Netflix UK

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John D. Hancock’s low budget horror is a journey into paranoia and atmosphere of the creepiest kind. Okay, so it takes a while for this movie to really kick in but we’re treated to some wonderful psychological scares and spine- tingling visuals from the very beginning as we’re not sure if what we’re seeing is a result of Jessica’s recent stay in a mental ward or something far more terrifying.

The film will drip feed you daringly obvious signs as to where this movie is going but don’t be put off by that because as this film comes to an end there is some truly terrifying scenes. Jessica, played by Zohra Lampert is doing her best to over act everything but it kind of works with the knowledge of her characters unstable backstory.

You’ll be drowning in the mood of this film and absolutely suffocating on the ambiance, in the best possible way. In fact it’s probably Hancock’s brilliant building of these elements that makes this low- budget film so successful.

If you’re a fan of horror be sure to catch this!
4/5

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Now On Netflix Review- Coherence, 2013

Now on Netflix UK

Coherence starts with friends at a dinner party on the same night a comet is supposed to pass. Of course when it does everything gets really really really crazy. Seriously, Coherence is the perfect name for this film- if you’re struggling to figure out what’s going on, don’t worry, you should be (everything is explained in- film though!).

Coherence is an experimental sci- fi film, with a crazy plot that’s still down- to- earth enough to make it work. James Ward Byrkit’s directorial debut is set almost completely in a small living room. Don’t worry though! It’s still exciting and unexpected- you’ll be as freaked out as the characters by the end of it. I had a headache only half way through, in a good way- I was just as disorientated as everyone else, and so pleased with the kind- of horror twist the film made in the last fifteen minutes or so.

There’s definitely enough twists, reveals and mysteries in this movie to span across a whole series of films, and yet somehow James Ward Byrkit (and Alex Manugian, co- writer) mange to pull it all together in convincing style. I was hooked.

It’s difficult to write this review without spoilers but I don’t want to reveal anything to you in case you decide to go and watch this (and I think you should!). Give the trailer a skip too, go in blind and have your mind blown. While the ending is a slight let down and parts do seem a little goofy this movie is a pretty fun, crazy, watch.

Coherence isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s exciting enough to be worth a watch. You have to pay attention too, you can’t idly sit- back, but if you do pay attention you’ll likely enjoy this film.

3.5/ 5

Now On Netflix Review- Frank, 2014

Now on Netflix uk

Bizarre and fun, Lenny Abrahamson’s movie is about a musician (Frank played by Michael Fassbender) who is shunned by society and ends up sucking aspiring musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) into a world that feels out of touch from reality. It’s a comedy but it’s also touching. Frank feels strikingly real and strangely sweet. Lenny Abrahamson makes this weird movie work with amazing flawlessness.

Frank wears a papier-mâché mask, no seriously. At first it’s disorientating but as the film progresses it just becomes fact and from fact it becomes almost normal. Of course this isn’t the only strange thing about this film- the whole concept is utterly unique, and the movie only seems to get weirder and weirder but somehow still stays strangely connected with reality. There’s just something about this film that makes it feel surreal and out of touch but by the end you, just like Jon, are completely sucked in.

Michael Fassbender deserves major recognition for this role, with his face completely obscured and his voice muffled by his mask he is left with the only option of acting from the neck down. Somehow this works and even adds to the charm of this film. We don’t need to see Frank’s face to identity with him, to connect with him or to find him funny. Of course it helps that the entire cast is strong and committed to making this movie work so the whole thing to comes together to create something enjoyable.

Frank is charming, funny, and weird- you will probably question what this movie is actually about several times- and yet when this film decides to smack you in the face with feelings you just can’t help but fall for it. If you’ve got the time watch this film, I highly recommend it.

4/ 5

Now On Netflix Review- The House of the Devil, 2009

Available now on Netflix UK

Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a homage to those old eighties horror films back when “satanic panic” was in it’s prime, and this movie really plays on the idea. It’s a slow burn but stylistically it’s great and when we take the real turn into horror this movie really pays off. I would recommend this film to anyone, but I’d call it a must watch if you’re a fan of older horror films.

The House of the Devil has one of the goofiest openings for a horror movie made in the 00’s but it’s just so great. In fact it’s probably worth watching for the first ten minutes or so, Ti West has some powerful font going through the opening credits and the whole thing screams 80’s teen comedy. The film starts with Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) who needs money to escape her terrible roommate. Luckily (or unluckily, as it turns out) there’s a babysitting job going.

It’s never a good sign when you might be baby sitting for possibly the shadiest/ vaguest person in existence (Tom Noonan, who is so creepy that it’s just awesome). His wife (Mary Woronov) is just as eerie, and together they help build such a sense of unease that you just can’t wait for it all to unravel. In fact this movie builds it’s mood so well that you just know it’s going to be good.

It all goes down when the eclipse starts and this is really when the movie comes into its own. It’s creepy and scary and just enjoyable to watch. The ending leaves you satisfied in the only way this film can, with a shock followed by some more great font.

5/5

Now On Netflix- Jesus Camp, 2006 (and other great docs)

Available now on Netflix UK

If you’re looking for a documentary with a story that will shock, showing you something that’s probably out of your comfort zone, then watch Jesus Camp. Of course Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s documentary shows nothing really new when it comes to the religious right, but some of it’s lively and it is an engaging watch. A well made documentary all round, with a great running time of 87 minutes it’s worth a watch.

Jesus Camp begins with a radio host absolutely disgusted with what is going on in one particular religious group and their “Kids on Fire School of Ministry” – we can only wonder why. Fortunately we don’t have to wonder for long as the films jumps right into thick of this Christian summer camp. It’s provocative, with scenes of children crying, having their mouths taped shut and speaking in tongues,  there’s also politics, and a whole lot of other material that makes your mind scream ‘what????’.

This documentary observes the community it’s following extremely well, with members of the “Kids on Fire School of Ministry” even stating that it’s an accurate portrayal, which is the craziest thing of all. Unfortunately there’s no twists, reveals or surprise endings, (see The Impostor and Tabloid if you’re looking for something truly mind- blowing) but Jesus Camp is shocking enough you keep you watching. It’s the kind of documentary you want to show people.

Jesus Camp is what it is, which is a documentary following a religious group whose thoughts and ideals go against the liberal norm. It’s in- your- face and it never turns away from what it’s showing you- a thought provoking documentary.

4/5