Category Archive: Features

Top 20 films of 2018

The unlucky few which deserve a special mention: The bizarre headtrip Mandy, the muted excellence of Leave No Trace, Saulnier’s moody Hold the Dark, the pulpy brilliant first hour of Bad Times at the El Royale,… Continue reading

HMZ Film highlights of 2017

Here’s a round-up of the films that really resonated with me in 2017. The work below moved, thrilled, terrified and often sparked personal reflection.These are my personal highlights. I’d love to hear your… Continue reading

IT review special- Part 2: We all float down here

    Cary Fukunaga and what might have been After Cary Fukunaga stepped down from the project after four years citing creative differences, it was a worrying sign. He was set to bring… Continue reading

HMZ’s Top films of 2016

Here’s a round up of the films that really resonated with me in 2016. The work below moved, thrilled, terrified and often sparked personal reflection.This list is, of course, entirely subjective and are… Continue reading

The journey to self-publishing my debut short story: ‘The Adversary’

My first short story ‘The Adversary’ has now been self-published as an Ebook and is available to download for FREE on Smashwords and many other sites including Apple (operates iBooks stores in 51 countries),… Continue reading

The Voices: HMZ Film exclusively interviews screenwriter Michael Perry

The Voices is one of 2015’s stand out films (my full review here) and features in my top 20 of the year. I recently interviewed acclaimed producer and screenwriter of the film, Michael… Continue reading

HMZ Film’s Top Picks of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, here is a round up of all the films that struck a chord and continue to linger on the mind. There’s an eclectic blend of genres from… Continue reading

Lost River and Ryan Gosling Q+A (2015) Review

Huge anticipation has been simmering for Ryan Gosling’s feature debut, Lost River (formerly known as ‘How to Catch a Monster’) since it premiered at Cannes last year. The initial negativity from ‘critics’ felt… Continue reading

HMZ Film’s Top 20 of 2014

HMZ Film returns with a vengeance to look back at my cinematic highlights of 2014. Here are some honourable mentions which just missed out: Only Lovers Left Alive, The Canal, Cold in July, Coherence,… Continue reading

HMZ Film joins forces with HorrorTalk, quoted on The Babadook poster and Review round-up

Earlier this summer, I was delighted to take my ongoing relationship with HorrorTalk to the next level and become a fully fledged staff writer. It’s a privilege to represent the site at various film… Continue reading

HMZ Film screams into a magazine near you!

Earlier this year I was pleased to announce that I joined the Scream Magazine team! Four HMZ Film articles have been published in the latest issue of Scream Magazine (Issue 23) which is… Continue reading

Under The Skin Q+A and Review (2014)

On March 15th 2014, HMZ Film attended a special Q+A screening of Under The Skin at the illustrious Hackney Picturehouse in East London. The screening was followed by an extensive discussion with director… Continue reading

HMZ Film is published in UK’s number one horror entertainment magazine

  I am delighted to announce that I have been published in UK’s leading horror entertainment magazine, SCREAM. The bi-monthly publication is available now in UK HMV stores nationwide and is shipped internationally. To subscribe… Continue reading

HMZ Film’s Top 10 of 2013

2013 will be remembered as a golden cinematic year which has produced a dizzying array of memorable films, many of which will go on to become classics in their respective genres. Here is… Continue reading

HMZ Film attends Gravity masterclass at London Film Festival with Alfonso Cuarón and Tim Webber

On October 11th 2013, HMZ Film attended an exclusive Gravity master-class at London Film Festival with director Alfonso Cuarón and VFX supervisor Tim Webber which was hosted by critic Mark Salisbury. Coinciding with… Continue reading

HMZ Film attends Mayhem Film Festival: Reviews of The Borderlands, The Machine, Kiss of The Damned and The Demon’s Rook

On Saturday 2nd November, HMZ Film covered the Mayhem film festival in Nottingham’s Broadway cinema. An incredibly eclectic and diverse line up made for a rip-roaring descent into the shadowy realms of the… Continue reading

HMZ Film set to cover Nottingham’s Mayhem Film Festival (Preview)

On Saturday 2nd November 2013, HMZ Film will be attending the incredibly exciting Mayhem Festival at the Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.The festival is jam packed with director Q+As, exclusive previews and special guest… Continue reading

HMZ Film covers British Horror Film Festival

On 19th October 2013, HMZ Film attended the glitzy British Horror Festival at Empire cinemas in Leicester Square, London. The event has become a melting pot for showcasing and promoting independent genre cinema,… Continue reading

HMZ Film set to cover British Horror Film Festival 2013 (Preview)

  The British Horror Film Festival 2013 sponsored by Haunted: After Dark kicks off next Friday 18th October and runs through to Saturday 19th October in London’s iconic Empire cinema in Leicester Square.… Continue reading

HMZ Film review is published on leading horror website

    I recently joined up with Horrortalk as a guest contributor, the collaboration is an exciting development for HMZ Film and it represents a great opportunity to work with such a talented… Continue reading

HMZFilm attends world leading horror festival- Film 4 Frightfest 2013: Day 2

On Friday 23rd August, I was fortunate enough to attend Day 2 of Film 4 Frightfest at Empire cinema in Leicester Square, London. Frightfest has established itself as one of the world’s leading… Continue reading

HMZFilm attends A Field In England Q+A screening + Review (2013)

Director: Ben Wheatley Writer: Amy Jump Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 26 Mins Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope  Plot: During the English Civil War… Continue reading

HMZFilm meets World War Z author + World War Z film review (2013)

  On Tuesday 21st March 2013 I attended a special screening of landmark horror film Night of the Living Dead (1968) at Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square. The event was introduced… Continue reading

2 HMZFilm Reviews featured on the same BBC Radio 5 Live show on 26 April 2013!

   HMZFilm is becoming a regular fixture on the BBC! My extended review of ABCs of Death was featured on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wittertainment Film review show! Chief film critic Mark Kermode… Continue reading

HMZfilm attends ‘ABCs of Death’ exclusive multi-director Q+A screening + review

On 18th April 2013, I went to the exclusive premiere screening and Q+A session of ‘ABCs of Death’ at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square. 4 directors of the upcoming horror… Continue reading

HMZFilm’s Dark Skies Review featured on BBC Radio 5 Live

My review of Dark Skies has been featured on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Wittertainment Film review show! This is the second time in the past couple of months that the programme has endorsed… Continue reading

HMZFilm’s Mama Review featured on the BBC

In a huge couple of days for HMZFilm some more important news to share with you! My review of Mama has been featured in Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Review on  BBC… Continue reading