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M. Night Shyamalan’s SIGNS Still Shines 20 Years On

Released 20 years ago in 2002, M.Night Shyamalan‘s Signs is a masterful Hitchcockian thriller about a low-key alien invasion. Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds was clearly an inspiration for the writer-director. Dripping with fear of the [...]

August 3, 2022

Notebook Reviews: PSYCHO

Gus Van Sant – 1998. It’s obviously nowhere near as good as Alfred Hitchcock‘s original, but Gus Van Sant‘s updating of Psycho isn’t too bad. This shot-for-shot remake could have been a total disaster, but it manages to [...]

October 30, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: John Carpenter’s THE FOG

After taking a break from horror to make Elvis in 1979, John Carpenter returned to the genre with The Fog, an atmospheric ghost story set in the fictional Californian town of Antonio Bay.  When The Fog starts rolling-in, so does the crew of [...]

October 15, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN

From the panaglide-shot opening, John Carpenter‘s 1978 horror film, Halloween is all about atmosphere. Carpenter creates tension as we creep through a family home, seeing through the eyes of a young Michal Myers. It’s an iconic moment and [...]

October 14, 2021

Horror Movies To Watch This Halloween

October is when the nights get darker and more mysterious. It’s the month where people like to delve deep into the horror genre and watch a variety of scary movies as Halloween approaches.  Movies In Focus has put together a [...]

October 2, 2021

Brian De Palma – Master Of Suspense

The great Brian De Palma was born on 11 September 1940. He has always been a director that defies convention. He’s an outsider that managed to get into the Hollywood system and subvert it. In the early days his love of the thriller led to him [...]

September 11, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Sidney Gilliat’s ENDLESS NIGHT

Sidney Gilliat’s 1972 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1967 mystery novel, Endless Night is an intriguing film in how it unveils itself, but it’s not wholly successful in what it attempts to achieve. Almost Hitchockian in tone – in part [...]

September 7, 2021

Remembering The Great Sean Connery

Born Thomas Sean Connery on 25 August 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Connery was a bodybuilder before taking to a career in acting in the 1950s. He started on stage before early roles in films such as On The Fiddle and Darby O’Gill And [...]

August 25, 2021

Notebook Reviews: THE NINTH GATE

Roman Polanski – 1999 Roman Polanski‘s The Ninth Gate is an entertaining (if superficial) horror–thriller. The film sports a great turn from Johnny Depp as a rare book seller who goes in search of a devilish tome. It’s a good [...]

August 9, 2021

Notebook Reviews: A PERFECT MURDER

Andrew Davis – 1998 A Perfect Murder is an enjoyable updating of Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic thriller, Dial M For Murder. Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive), the film sees Michael Douglas in villain mode – and he’s [...]

July 13, 2021

Notebook Reviews: DIAL M FOR MURDER

Alfred Hitchcock – 1954 The great Alfred Hitchcock‘s Dial M For Murder is a superb thriller which features a fantastic role for Ray Milland (Grace Kelly is also wonderful). The whole thing is pure tension, with event after event piled on [...]

January 23, 2021

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