Gruesome Reviews

“Ava’s Possessions” (2016): Too Many Ideas Dilute a Creative, Imaginative Spin on Possession

A well worn horror staple since 1973, demonic possession films need to forge  their own identity to stand out. Ava’s Possessions from writer-director Jordan Galland does so in a variety of ways from beginning its story just after the exorcism itself concludes and by taking a satirical look at the entire sub-genre entirely from the […]

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“A Haunting in Cawdor” (2015): An Interesting Concept and Solid Leads Give This Ghost Tale Its Edge

The last time I saw Cary Elwes in anything was Saw. Maybe he has been in other projects, but, at the moment, I can’t recall any. I guess after Cutthroat Island opportunities started drying up a bit. Anyway, in A Haunting in Cawdor, we see Elwes (lacking that authentic British accent by the way) portraying […]

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“The Narrative of Victor Karloch” (2012) and “The Mill at Calder’s End” (2015): Puppetry Brings Ghost Stories to Chilling Life in “The Spirit Cabinet” Short Films

Using bunraku puppets and in-camera effects, director Kevin McTurk has crafted two short supernatural horror films that are marvelously rendered and meticulously detailed. These first two installments in his The Spirit Cabinet series are imbued with a sense of old-school wonder, traditional special effects, and classic storytelling, and at the same time, they also feel […]