Review – Horror Fans Return Home to ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’

Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House (the first in The Haunting anthology series) arrived on Netflix in 2018 and, for many, it was a welcomed change of pace to the mainstream horror shows out there. Each episode was slow and considered — poetic even — the gloom creeping in on viewers like a mist. The Haunting of Bly Manor is the next instalment in our newest ghostly anthology, gracing screens last weekend. Like its predecessor, Bly Manor has its origins in the literary world, based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw.   If … Continue reading Review – Horror Fans Return Home to ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’

Review – ‘Ratched’ is Pretty but Poorly Paced

[Editors Note: this review contains minor spoilers for Ratched] Ryan Murphy, the creator of hit television shows like American Horror Story and Pose, certainly has a signature style. Glossy, expensive-looking sets; deliciously garish colour schemes; bold and surprising plotlines. Murphy’s latest television development, Ratched (released on Netflix September 18th), is no different. Despite all the visual splendour this psychological thriller has to offer, Season One isn’t completely dazzling.   Ratched, created by Evan Chomsky, centres the … Continue reading Review – ‘Ratched’ is Pretty but Poorly Paced

‘Fleabag’, Guilt, and Beautiful Grief

With the clatter of a donkey charging through a pit orchestra, Fleabag came crashing on our screens four years ago. In a show like this, jet black humour and sharp remarks concerning the very essence of womanhood (“Do I have a huge arsehole?”) run a mile a minute, so you’d think it would be easy to miss the deep moments. Where its star and creator, … Continue reading ‘Fleabag’, Guilt, and Beautiful Grief