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Censor Review | Sundance Film Festival

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Censor is one of those films that’s not for everyone and there will be quite a few people who don’t get on with it but I really liked it and think it will definitely be a cult classic in the years to come.

Niamh Algar gives a really good lead performance as Enid, a film censor in 1980s Britain who takes pride in protecting the public from horrible gory films full of decapitations and eye gougings. However, things begin to get dark when she’s assigned to watch a film that seems to echo her hazy memories of her sister’s disappearance from way back in her childhood.

Censor is a fairly meta film that tries to emulate the look and style of the video nasties of the 80s. As well as the gore and disturbing moments it also has some moments of dark humour creating what’s an all-round really interesting film. As Enid keeps watching these horrible films and she keeps getting haunted by her sister’s mysterious disappearance that everyone gave up on and declared a cold case long ago, tension begins to rise preparing the viewer for what’s to come.

The film does begin a little slow and it takes its time to get into it but even so, it sets the scene really well and has you intrigued to know where it’s heading. And when it eventually reaches its final destination in the last twenty-five minutes it really goes all out, and it has this really shocking and crazy finale that fans of the genre are going to absolutely love. It’s an ending that will definitely remain in your head for quite a while after watching it.

Prano Bailey-Bond’s feature debut Censor is a perverse love letter to video nasties of the 80s and it’s a real treat to watch and to just get taken in by the film. Algar’s lead performance is really good to watch and Michael Smiley looks like he’s having an absolute blast playing the producer of these nasties.

The film’s sound design is great too creating a really eerie atmosphere that just builds and builds until we reach the wicked finale. On top of this, the film looks great too with some really lovely colours that jump out at you completing the look that the film is going for.

Prano Bailey-Bond’s first feature film is a success and she looks set to have a bright future with this really innovative and shocking film that will go down as a cult classic.

★★★★☆

Censor premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section.      

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Halloween Ends | Official Trailer – Blumhouse

The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise.

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Horror, Thriller

Release Date:

October 14, 2022

Cast:

Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Kyle Richards

Plot Summary:

The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise

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Orphan: First Kill – UK Trailer | There’s Always been Something Wrong With Esther…

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SHE WILL KILL TO BE PART OF A FAMILY.

Esther’s terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror hit “Orphan.” Esther’s (Isabelle FuhrmanOrphan) secret may be out but this time around there’s more to this psychotic young girl than meets the eye. Escaping from the psychiatric facility that housed her, Esther hides in plain sight by assuming the identity of a missing American child whose mother (Julia StilesDexter) is matriarch to one of the wealthiest families in the United States.

Will Esther’s thirst for blood destroy the strong family ties or will she discover that even a mother will cross the line to protect her family?

Signature Entertainment is proud to present the debut UK trailer for Orphan: First Kill, coming exclusively to cinemas nationwide August 19. Watch Below:

Produced by eOne and Dark Castle Entertainment, the prequel stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Rossif Sutherland (Possessor) and Julia Stiles. Orphan: First Kill is directed by William Brent Bell (The Boy), screenplay by David Coggeshall (The Haunting in Connecticut), and story by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Aquaman, The Conjuring 2 & 3) and Alex Mace. The film is produced by Alex MaceHal SadoffEthan ErwinJames Tomlinson, and executive produced by Jen GortonJosie LiangVictor MoyersKyle IrvingDavid Leslie.

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The Invitation | Official Trailer | Sony Pictures

A young woman is courted and swept off her feet, only to realize a gothic conspiracy is afoot.

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Horror, Thriller

Release Date:

August 26, 2022

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Jessica M. Thompson

Cast:

Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, Hugh Skinner

Plot Summary:

A young woman is courted and swept off her feet, only to realize a gothic conspiracy is afoot.

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