Is There Any (After)Life Left in the Zombie Comedy Movie?

There's a real irony to the fact we can't get rid of zombie comedies. No matter how many critical hatchet blows hack away at the limbs of the genre, it keeps shambling back, determined to consume the brains and the wallets of any movie fan unfortunate enough to be in its path. Little Monsters, in which Lupita Nyong'o plays the kind-hearted kindergarten teacher on a nightmare field trip, is on the verge of showing up in British cinemas after screening at the BFI London Film Festival, while the decade-later sequel Zombieland: Double Tap is still available in multiplexes all over the world. Read More >>

The Cult of Human Centipede: 10 Years of Tom Six’s Poop-Splattered Trilogy

If you were a teenager at the tail end of the noughties, you probably remember the first time you heard about The Human Centipede. For example, I recall the repulsion and dark intrigue of a friend describing the entire plot to me as we browsed the DVD section of our local branch of CEX. Within 24 hours, I had my laptop perched on my bedside table and entered the stomach-turning world of Tom Six's high-concept body-horror film. The slice of cinematic outrage bait is now 10 years old, having been unleashed upon the world at London's FrightFest horror festival in August 2009. Read More >>

Spider-Man Leaving The MCU Could Be A Good Thing

Spider-Man is the most famous superhero on the Marvel roster. Before the big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe made household names of heroes like Iron Man, Black Widow and even Ant-Man, the webslinger was definitely the marquee name from Stan Lee's back catalogue. DC Comics had the trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in their favour, but Marvel was the house of Spider-Man years before they put Robert Downey Jr. in a cave with a box of scraps. Read More >>

Do We Worry Too Much About Box Office?

This summer has largely been one of doom and gloom for Hollywood analysts. The black clouds of financial disappointment have been circling over the major studios, occasionally pouring icy downpours of failure over some of the projects for which those corporations had the highest hopes. Indeed, the foyers of multiplexes across the world are now a sort of elephant's graveyard, littered with discarded popcorn kernels and the skeletons of Godzilla, the Men in Black and all of the X-Men. Read More >>

The Impossible Problems and Endless Opportunities of Fan Theories

It's quite the moment for popular culture. The biggest movie franchise of all time is currently midway through a victory lap in the shape of Avengers: Endgame, while the biggest fantasy television show of all time – Game of Thrones – is halfway through its climactic season. Years of speculation is coming to fruition as some of the most intelligent creative minds in the entertainment business are attempting to wow and surprise audiences who know these stories like the back of their hands. Read More >>

Why are Horror Directors so Well Suited to Making Superhero Movies?

The link between superhero movies and horror directors goes all the way back to the start. Before he made Superman: The Movie and took comic books to the big screen, Richard Donner was behind the camera of The Omen – one of the scariest films ever made. While Donner would subsequently become known for comedies, action movies and family friendly adventures, his first major success was over on the dark side of cinema. More than four decades later, there has continued to be an unbreakable connection between horror and superheroes, and it's arguably stronger now than it has ever been before. Read More >>

Where’s the Rose-Tinted Nostalgia for the 90s in Film?

If you've consumed any amount of popular culture over the last few years, you're probably exhausted by the sheer quantity of warm nostalgia for the 1980s on show. From the Netflix behemoth Stranger Things to big screen outings like the new adaptation of Stephen King's It, Ready Player One and Bumblebee, as well as upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984, it seems as though a whole generation of filmmakers are in love with the 80s. That's not a coincidence, given the age of the people behind those projects. They're almost all children of that decade, growing up on a diet of Amblin movies and A-ha. Read More >>

What Does Netflix Have to do to Win the Oscar it so Desires?

The dust has just about settled on one of the most divisive awards seasons in years. The Oscars telecast was dominated by a pitched battle, with three main contenders gunning for the coveted ‘Best Picture’ award. In the red corner, Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody entered the contest with more than £640m of global box office in its pocket. In the blue corner was eventual winner Green Book – a traditional Hollywood take on the unlikely friendship between a brash white driver and the black pianist he worked for in 1960s America. As Simon Mayo has repeatedly said on his BBC Radio Five Live show, it's “Driving Miss Daisy, but this time the racist is in the front seat”. Read More >>

Tommy Wiseau’s Sharknado Rip-Off Shows That Even He’s Giving Up on Originality

If there's only one good thing to be said about Tommy Wiseau – and there might be – it's that he has a real eye for an admirably clear movie title. His magnum opus of cinematic failure, The Room, features events taking place almost entirely within, well, a room. If he had made Blade Runner, it would probably have been called The Cop Who May Or May Not Be a Robot and his version of Titanic would have gone by the more explicit title of The Big Boat That Sank. Read More >>