Creepy Countdown: Sigourney Weaver turns 68 today

Silver-screen veteran Sigourney Weaver turns 68 today, most notably famous for her role as Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise.

Blazing her way through alien nests, battling xenomorphs in power loaders, and taking no shit as she does so, Weaver’s Ripley has been an icon in the horror universe since her debut in 1979. Whether it be for the feminist lens she’s cast upon the horror industry or her weapon-wielding badassery, Weaver made her mark on the world of film as soon as she donned her Nostromo jumpsuit.

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Creepy Countdown: This October’s horror releases

It’s that time of year again – October, AKA approximately one month of Halloween celebrations before the big day itself. It’s kind of like Christmas, isn’t it?

Or at least, we’re treating it as such. For the next 25 days, The National Student will be hosting a Halloween advent calendar, with one article a day acting as your chocolatey surprise. To kick everything off and get you really in the mood for the season of the spook, we’re starting with this month’s horror releases hitting cinemas throughout the countdown – and there’s some real crackers.

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Film Review: TAG

★★★★☆ – A bloody mess of a film with a message written in the entrails it leaves behind.

Described upon its initial release in 2015 as ‘arthouse meets grindhouse’, ‘Alice in Wonderland meets Tokyo Gore Police’, and probably most accurately: ‘flash-trash exploitation gorefest and punchy pro-feminist action-fantasy’, TAG is clearly a film of two worlds. Though getting technical, that would be wrong – it’s a film of three.

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Film Review: Granny of the Dead

★☆☆☆☆ – Deeper problems of a lack of character development, some truly dire acting, and a haphazard approach to stylistic content override most of the good the film does.

There’s a certain breed of films, and horror films in particular, where being absolutely atrocious works directly in their favour. There to offer nothing more than an entertaining poke at the film industry, their self-aware terribleness can be taken in good humour, transcending from awful to amazing.

Granny of the Dead is not one of those films.

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Film Review: Chicken

★★★★☆ – A truly touching portrayal of family and friendship.

Chicken is one of those films that I thought I had all figured out before I had even started watching. I believed I’d be faced with a cookie-cutter drama propped up by melodramatic plot points, working in as much emotional trauma as possible to get a reaction out of its audience. But that isn’t what I got.

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Film Review: Voice from the Stone @ FrightFest 2017

★★★★☆ – Game of Thrones’s Daenerys Targaryen, aka Emilia Clarke, stars in the brooding period horror from Eric D. Howell. 

Bringing back some classic spooks in a castle on the hill, Voice from the Stone tells the tale of young nurse Verena (Clarke) moving to Tuscany to help a young boy overcome his muteness. Since the death of his mother Malvina from a mysterious disease, Jakob (Edward Dring) hasn’t spoken a word – and a long succession of nurses have not been able to change that. His father Klaus (Marton Csokas) is at the end of his tether and a host of bizarre house helpers serve as the family’s only company, that is, if you discount the ominous voice of Malvina that speaks through the stone walls to her son.

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Film Review: It

★★★★☆ – Pennywise has awoken from his slumber once more, returning 27 years after It’s original TV-release movies.

Functioning as an adaptation of Stephen King’s cult-favourite novel from 1986, Andrés Muschietti has taken all things scary and dropped them in the middle of Derry, Maine. Staying remarkably faithful but adding in his own twisted ideas, the film reads as a modern take on the classic horror, with truly terrifying moments stipulated from beginning to end.

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