31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 31: Halloween [2018]

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Last movie of 2018’s challenge! This took me a little longer to post, and this month’s punctuality has been patchy, but that’s down to a small cluster of health problems that have been vacuuming my time over the past year.

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 30: Ghost Stories [2017]

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I have mixed feelings about Ghost Stories. On the whole, it’s a genuine throwback to the creeptastic anthology fun of horror days of yore. But if you’re a nitpicker who just has to (accidentally) find some reason to almost dislike a film, then it’s a package of tales that wouldn’t look out of place in a 2 am TV also-ran slot.

(SEMI-SPOILERS AWAIT)

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 25: Annihilation [2018]

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edit: After reading some more analysis and feeling like a dolt for missing so much relevant subtext, I decided to revise my review score from 4 to 5.

One of Netflix’s earlier 2018 offerings, Annihilation has rich pedigree in front of and behind the camera. Directed and adapted by Alex Garland, this disquieting horror sci-fi has assembled the likes of Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and even Benedict Wong. Based on the best-selling book by Jeff VanderMeer, the story follows a group of five scientists who are dispatched to a area of mysterious origin that has claimed anyone and anything that has tried to investigate it. All previous groups were male.

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31 Days of Horror 2018, Day 22: La Nuit a Dévoré le Monde [The Night Eats the World] [2018]

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A French horror that generates positive buzz rarely plays by the rules, and La Nuit a Dévoré le Monde [The Night Eats the World] is no exception. A post-apocalyptic tale in which a man wakes up the morning after a party only to find he is alone with the undead roaming the streets of Paris, this zom-drama is a portrait of loneliness, taking cues more from Cast Away than 28 Days Later or I Am Legend.

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31 Days of Hallowe’en 2018, Day 20: Apostle [2018]

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“Listen to his words!” screams a young woman in Apostle, while men who are blinded by their faith ignore her and inflict their brand of shame via torture. Those looking for modern social commentary might find something lurking here, but this is best suited to gorehounds.

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