Excerpt: Ever watch a horror movie that felt like it just got that bit too close to the bone? Cheap scares are ten-a-penny; for horror to really have an impact, sometimes it has to come and get you where you live. It has to present a fantasy scenario that the audience can truly relate to, put its characters through circumstances that the viewer can easily imagine going through themselves.
Excerpt: Plenty of horror movies use supernatural creatures to represent actual social and political issues, but the Irish thriller Citadel takes genuine societal ills and turns them into supernatural creatures, neutralizing the potential power of its gritty real-world setting. The story starts out as a bleak urban drama, with young father-to-be Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) witnessing his pregnant wife being brutally attacked by a gang of young hoodlums.