Blunt Reviews Presents: The Visit (2015)

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M. Night Shyamalan returns as writer and director with this flimsy and annoying horror attempt that loses everything cinema audiences previously liked about Shyamalan. The man who was once the king of unforeseeable plot twists now presents minor plot developments that can be seen from the opening minutes of the film onwards. So sit tight and please welcome to the stage jump scares, overacting, uninteresting characters that you couldn’t possibly hope to sympathise with, and a general feel that someone has attempted to copy David Lynch’s style and mixed it with the bog standard recipe for a shit modern horror.

Blunt Reviews Presents: A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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Remakes are always troublesome, but why would you choose to remake such a fantastic film? If this is what modern cinema audiences want, a badly made horror film void of any substance, then this film is truly groundbreaking, for it is the defining evidence to support the prophecy of many film critics that cinema is slowly dying. Director Samuel Bayer takes Wes Craven’s genius, cuts out the innards, blowtorches the carcass and then pisses on the remains. Congratulations to producer Michael Bay for another critical attack on modern cinema, and the public execution of a masterpiece. Fucking Moron.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Mama (2013)

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Andrés Muschietti sits in the director’s chair while Guillermo Del Toro lends a hand as executive producer of Mama, one of the better horror films you will see from recent years. With an interesting premise, well developed characters and a finely tuned pace this film was something of a relief. I was worried it was going to fall too easily into the same mediocre nonsense as other modern horrors, but luckily it diverts away from this and manages to deliver a really well made horror film. It is by no means perfect, but it’s heart is in the right place.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Sinister (2012)

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Sinister is not a suitable title for this film. I’d say graphic is more appropriate. Or uncomfortable. It’s not particularly scary or important, it’s just some scenes of intense violence are not pleasant to witness. If it’s a good horror film you are looking for then I am afraid you have come to the wrong place. What you’ll find here is a splattering of modern horror cliches, complete with frustrating characters and a flimsy narrative. It relies on jump scares and graphic violence to produce tension but unfortunately it fails. Cheap tricks and bad writing are the true horror here.

Blunt Reviews Presents: World War Z (2013)

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If there was ever a film to receive such high attention and then turn out to be a major disappointment, it would be this. I was well informed that it was an intelligent zombie film that was interesting and had depth, but then upon watching it I found that this was untrue. After such strong films as 28 Days Later and indeed 28 Weeks Later, is this really the best they could do? It’s a film that isn’t particularly bad or good, but rather stays consistently flat. I wouldn’t rush to dismiss it, but equally I wouldn’t rush to praise it.

Blunt Reviews Presents: The Babadook (2014)

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Modern horror just found its masterpiece. Jennifer Kent’s first film is absolutely phenomenal and shows that she is a force to be reckoned with as a director and a writer. This isn’t the usual cliched splattering of jump scares and gore, it is a genuinely scary film that crawls under your skin and makes every hair stand on end. It goes back to basic visual effects and uses a fantastically written screenplay to develop characters and inject substance into the narrative. In the waves of useless horror projects this film stands out as one of the best of our time.