Khalid Rafi

Khalid Rafi

The author enjoys writing and is passionate about Pakistan Cricket. He tweets @TheKhalidRafi (twitter.com/TheKhalidRafi)

When scary meets quality: The Haunting of Hill House is not your ordinary haunted house TV show

Over the years the horror genre has failed to establish itself on the small-screen, and with the exception of American Horror Story, there simply have not been any other quality horror shows. However, more recently, shows such as The Mist, The Terror and Castle Rock have changed that. And now, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House becomes the latest to join this small list. Loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s well-lauded 1959 novel of the same name, The Haunting of Hill House chronicles the life of a family, the Crains, spread over two distinct time periods which the show refers to as ‘then’ and ‘now’. The ‘then’ part, which is set in ...

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From zombies and ghosts to satan’s spawn and bone saws, these 10 cult classics will definitely spook you out this Halloween!

Halloween is a particularly spooky time of the year, and nothing gets you quite in the mood for the season like a scary movie. Now, the horror genre is an acquired taste, which is why this list features films with everything – from zombies, ghosts and werewolves to bone saws, the spawn of satan, and Jack Nicholson beating the door down with a hatchet. There’s trauma for those who truly seek it, but also something lighter in tone for those who prefer their horror mild. Without further ado, the following are 10 films to watch (or re-watch) this Halloween. 10. Sinister ...

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A faithful Stephen King adaptation, Pet Sematary is bringing scary back!

Stephen King adaptations never go out of style. However, the widespread success of 2017’s It has brought them even more into the limelight, with It: Chapter Two and Doctor Sleep already slated to release in late 2019 and early 2020 respectively. However, before both these films comes the adaptation of arguably one of the King’s scariest novels to date: Pet Sematary. The film follows the story of Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children as they relocate to rural Maine. Upon arriving, Louis discovers a mysterious cemetery located deep in the woods near his family’s new home. However, when ...

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Dark Phoenix: Is it time for the X-Men franchise to finally call it quits?

The X-Men franchise is perhaps one of the few and only movie franchises that has managed to stay fresh and relevant even after nearly 18 years since its first film hit cinema screens in 2000. However after Bryan Singer’s original trilogy culminated rather disappointingly with the much reviled X-Men 3: The Last Stand, the producers were under a lot of pressure to reinvent the franchise. They took the prequel route, brought on a new cast and with films like X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, managed to firmly re-establish the franchise. However, the messy X-Men: Apocalypse proved that the ...

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The House with a Clock in its Walls promises a magical experience for the whole family

Family-friendly horror movies can be good if done right. Just look at The Nightmare Before Christmas, Monster House or Spiderwick Chronicles. However, films like The Haunted Mansion and Dark Shadows have also served as examples when this formula has failed. The film The House with a Clock in its Walls aims to get it right. Based on the 1973 book by John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in its Walls looks to offer a modern retelling of Bellair’s renowned children’s novel.  The premise follows a 10-year-old boy named Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle (Jack Black) in a ...

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The Nun: More of the same, less of the expected

In recent years, The Conjuring series has become immensely successful both critically and commercially. In the wasteland of cheaply made and by-the-numbers horror flicks, The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 are undoubtedly one of the few exceptions of how to successfully execute the horror movie formula with a studio budget. However, this success has unfortunately led studio executives to milk the Conjuring cow for all it is worth, which has meant low-budget spin-offs that cash on their minute connections to the Conjuring movies but aren’t nearly as good as them. The Nun is the latest film to join the Conjuring universe. Unlike ...

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Ehsan Mani: For the first time in a very long time, PCB is in capable hands

They say there is no suspense in inevitability, and Najam Sethi may have sensed that his goose was cooked when Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister. As Sethi inevitably resigned, former International Cricket Council (ICC) President Ehsan Mani was named his successor. An appointment which was made official yesterday, after Mani was elected unopposed as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Mr. Ehsan Mani has been elected Chairman PCB by the Board of Governors (BoG.) Mr. Mani was elected unopposed in the BoG meeting convened at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore today for a period of ...

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While nothing beats the original, Suspiria’s remake promises a haunting and disturbing experience

Dario Argento’s Suspiria holds a special place in the annals of classic horror cinema. The 1977 surrealist cult-classic, which is reviled and praised in equal measure, particularly made an impression on director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) who has now chosen to remake it for 21st century audiences. The film follows the story of Susie, an American student played by Dakota Johnson, who moves to Berlin to join a prestigious dance academy, where she catches the eye of the academy’s artistic director, Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). However, following a series of mysterious disappearances, she begins to suspect something is ...

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Can its ‘silly’ story help Aquaman swim its way to the top?

With the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) still looking to hit its stride the same way Marvel has, their latest film Aquaman provides them with a welcome opportunity to do so by going the traditional origin-story route, with a character that isn’t that well-known to most mainstream comicbook fans. Now, the story of Aquaman is fairly silly when compared to other DC heroes, which poses a bigger challenge to properly bring it to the screen, especially with DC’s history of making movies that are overly self-serious. But judging by the trailer, DC seems to have adopted a far lighter tone with this film, while keeping the seriousness ...

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What has Mickey Arthur done for Pakistan cricket?

The sight could not have been more vivid. Pakistan were reeling at 162-7 in their do-or-die Champions Trophy clash against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. The camera panned on Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur, who was sitting on the balcony. Over the course of Pakistan’s run chase, he went from having a reasonably cheery smile on his face at 74-0, to gradually seeming worried, annoyed, disgusted, at times livid, and finally, sporting an expression of pure and utter disappointment on his face.   Overs later, when Pakistan had mounted an impressive comeback to win the game on the back of a ...

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