N O WA Y O U T

Four more tightly-con­tained tales of ter­ror

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

NIGHT OF THE LIV­ING DEAD Set­ting a tem­plate copied by count­less zom­bie movies since, Ge­orge Romero’s 1968 clas­sic traps its char­ac­ters in a farm­house for most of the du­ra­tion, sur­rounded by flesheat­ing ghouls.

THE THING There’s no es­cape from the shapeshift­ing par­a­sitic alien that’s in­vaded an Antarc­tic sci­en­tific re­search sta­tion in John Car­pen­ter’s 1982 hor­ror – or, in­deed, from the blood- hun­gry “in­tel­lec­tual car­rot” in 1951 pre­de­ces­sor The Thing From An­other World.

THE MIST Based on Stephen King’s 2007 novel, Frank Darabont’s film sees a bunch of Maine folk bar­ri­cad­ing them­selves in­side a gro­cery store af­ter hor­rific gi­ant in­sects emerge from a door­way into an­other di­men­sion.

DEVIL You can’t get a much more claus­tro­pho­bic lo­ca­tion than the one in this 2010 film, based on a story by M Night Shya­malan. Five strangers are trapped in a lift, dy­ing one by one as the lights go out. One of them is the devil – but which?

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