WARNING: This Article May Contain Spoilers
I’m sure we all know that the English are famous for their horror films – as Hammer Horror started in London. Now I could write a whole article just on that, but I won’t (or will I?) Instead I want to talk about other home grown films, some that might even have flown under the radar – and others that definitely didn’t…
This film ends up as such an anti-climax! It’s so subtle for so long with the things that happen and not seeing the cause for it all until about 30 minutes from the end but then I feel like we see it a little too much.
The one thing I will say is this – I didn’t trust Elizabeth from the beginning, there was something really off about her. I don’t like that the director had to throw in the typical thing of ‘for those of you who weren’t paying attention…this is the woman from the beginning’ flashback moment. Also, can someone please explain to me how James could suddenly see the demon as well?
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – I love films with small casts! We Brits do it so well as well. However, I do and don’t understand this film. I love the way that instead of being in your face with the jump scares and horror, it works more on heightened fear. The couple are pushed to the point of no return by constantly being put in a situation that is beyond their control. They even have an argument that is believable for any couple that has been lost and cannot find the resolution (been there, done that, got the t-shirt). However, what I don’t get is why Max is doing it all. Is he the guy that Tom walks into in the pub, spilling the pint? Or is he the bar tender that hits on, and is turned down by, Lucy? Seeing as she seems to be his main target throughout most of the film, the latter seems to be more likely. The one thing I will say, is that the way Max takes out Tom is just downright dark.
I guess you can class this as a horror film, if you can consider Sweeney Todd as such. Instead of the demon barber of Fleet Street, K-Shop brings you the demon kebab man of Portsmouth. At first, I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but it ended up being such a dark film. What I love is how simple it was, but that’s the great thing about English horror films, great things can be done on a small budget.
Shaun of the Dead
I have a little confession to make. One of the first times I watched this film, I actually got a little scared. Now, I know what you’re thinking, it’s a comedy horror but it definitely has it’s moments and it wasn’t helped by your best friend’s brother rattling the door handle. Anyway, enough of the trip down memory lane. In my opinion, this was the start of Pegg and Frost’s genius (yes, I know they had Spaced first before the pedants decide to rise up but I’m talking film-wise). This film makes a point that in a way, the human race can be a little like zombies in their own way. Of course, there is the added gore and humour along the way but the point is still valid. It’s clever in its own little way – something they were able to emulate with Hot Fuzz but not so much with The World’s End.
Side note: expect to see a lot of familiar faces throughout the film.
I feel like someone watched Dog Soldiers and decided it was great idea to make a vampire version, so made this film. Typical of English horror, it’s pretty cheesy but that’s not exactly a criticism. Some of the humour was dry but then it had its moments when it was genuinely laugh out loud funny. I thought I had decided what my favourite moment was when Chen kicks some military arse in the barn but then Annette Crosbie kind of stole the show with her sweet old lady act (don’t be fooled people, do not be fooled!) along with Dexter Fletcher playing an absolutely psychotic killer.
28 Days Later
Rewatching this film, two things crossed my mind. One, that this film was completely forgotten about when everyone was going crazy about the zombies in World War Z. Yeah, they may be clever but they aren’t the first to move fast. Two, that The Walking Dead opening has something to thank this film for – just they didn’t go as far as Andrew Lincoln waking up completely naked. Yeah, be prepared to see more of Cillian Murphy than maybe you would want to. What I enjoy about this film, is that even though it is a horror film with a pretty intense opening – zombies aren’t the main focus. Instead it is the relationships between our four main characters. Be prepared for some heartbreak and to shed a little tear.