The Round-up: nasty chills

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW -

The VIDEO Nasty era re­mains a touch­stone for con­tem­po­rary in­die hor­ror film­mak­ers, com­bin­ing nostal­gia with grim so­cial com­ment. Brad Wat­son’s Hal­lows

Eve is a ‘bro­ken Bri­tain’ take on the clas­sic slasher model, pit­ting hooded stalk­ers against hoodie gang-bangers on the run-down hal­lows es­tate. Tyler mac­in­tyre’s Patch­work evokes Re-an­i­ma­tor and

Franken­hooker as mur­dered women (Tory stolper, Tracey Fair­away, maria Bla­succi) are sewn to­gether into one schiz­o­phrenic cre­ation and set out to achieve sep­a­rate re­venges. It’s a neat premise.

mitch Wil­son’s Knuck­le­bones is a stab at cre­at­ing a 1980s-style fran­chise fiend as 2,000-year-old bone dice rolled on a pen­ta­gram in an aban­doned fac­tory raise a de­mon which mas­sacres teenagers.

om­nibus hor­ror sto­ries are also hav­ing a small boom. michael mc­quown’s

The Dark Tapes, like the V/H/S films, is a col­lec­tion of found-footage tales, fea­tur­ing para­nor­mal ac­tiv­ity, alien ab­duc­tion, de­mon-sum­mon­ing and skype sirens.

XX, the first an­thol­ogy hor­ror di­rected only by women, ranges from Twi­light

Zone eeri­ness through grue­some farce to de­monic weird­ness — and is rec­om­mended for view­ers of all chro­mo­somes.

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