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Footage At The Borderlands: Horror Writer Adam Nevill's Cinematic Baker's Dozen
Sean Kitching , November 28th, 2015 07:33

With his new novel 'Lost Girl' out now, horror author Adam Nevill recommends his favourite recent horror films to Sean Kitching. You are going to want to work through this list.

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Sleep Tight (Jaume Balagueró, 2011)

A story Patricia Highsmith might have been pleased to have thought of. Directed by Jaume Balagueró, who has already made three of my favourite horror films - REC, REC 2 and The Nameless. This is a film that rubbed one of my raw nerves for about two-thirds of the 90 minute duration and made me squirm.

On a personal level this also rang my bell for another two reasons: it features some of my own literary preoccupations - exclusion, disappointment and obsession, and how they work in a character's mind. And it's also the story of a concierge in an apartment block. A job I held for close to 5 years in the West End of London. An occupation that is very authentically rendered in the film's Barcelona setting.

A quieter, lo-fi Snowtown in some respects, it also has one of those great scripts that makes me wish it was based on a novel that I could read.

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