Curtain (Aka The Gateway) (2015)
Very often, there's a move comes onto your radar thanks in no small part to its central premise. And, with a trailer that looked nothing shy of bonkers, Curtain was just that – a horror movie all about a shower curtain. And it was obvious this was nor ridiculous B-movie in the vein of The Refrigerator – Curtain looked extremely promising, and I couldn't wait to get stuck into what I hoped would be a bizarre horror gem. So, come and peer behind the curtain with us....
As much as I watch a lot of horror movies, I probably sit and watch an awful lot more horror trailers. I have a couple of Youtube subscriptions set aside for that and that alone, and the problem I often find is that I watch the trailers and rather forget about them. Not that many of them don't look promising, or result in very fine films, but probably more because of the simple quantity I ingest. So when a trailer sticks with me and gets me excited, I know it's probably doing something very right. And this was the case for Anguish, which is a movie I have been looking forward to for months and, when I was fortunate enough to get an invite for an advance screening of this one, I simply couldn't resist the opportunity to head along. Yes it was four trains and rather a late night, but having been so excited for this one I thought it was well worth the journey.
an effective low budget, independent horror film with an interesting central premise
Over the last almost eighteen months, Film Gutter has been something of an international quest to try and find the most twisted cinema out there. But it only occurs to me in writing this review that this might well be the first I've looked at from my home nation, right here in the UK. It feels good to be reviewing something home-grown here – certainly not because I'm the wildest of patriots, but as a British-based column on a British-based website it'd be nice to give a bit of a plug to something from these shores. And now the opportunity has come with The Lesson, not long released having recently been screened at venues including Frightfest and Glasgow Film Festival.
IT MAKES YOU WONDER IF EMELIE WAS SENT AS SOME SORT OF ANTI MARY POPPINS TO RESCUE THE CHILDREN FROM A LIFETIME OF BANALITY.
Heaven knows it is hard enough getting a babysitter, let alone one that you can trust and god forbid a babysitter that won't torment, terrorise and taunt your terrible tots. Don't let Hollywood films like Adventures in Babysitting fool you into thinking that babysitters are all fun and your kids will have a great time with them. The majority of them are surly teenage girls who will raid the chocolate biscuits and crisps from your cupboard, some will be good babysitters, but God Forbid you get a babysitter like Emelie. If that happens you may as well kiss your happy family life goodbye.