Film-maker Del Toro hails Hobbit director role as 'dream come true'

Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican film-maker with a cult following for his fantasy horror movies, is to direct the two prequel films to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Orphanage, 15

This Spanish horror is stewed so thick you expect lumps of chorizo and garlic to float to the surface. Not for the weak-stomached or faint-hearted

The Orphanage, (15)

Suffer little children

Cloverfield (15)

The latest blockbusting behemoth from the people behind Lost is an attempt to re-imagine the monster-movie genre, but it is something of a mixed bag in more ways than one. The film depicts the efforts of a group of New Yorkers to escape death at the hands of an initially unseen assailant, their struggle captured on a handheld video camera.

Mental breakdown caused father to kill his daughter

A City high-flyer killed his daughter after suffering a mental breakdown within days of watching the horror film Bug, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

Guns and leaflets, but still no sign of the enemy

The army guy was scattering handfuls of Osama bin Laden leaflets from his Humvee as the heavily-armed convoy bumped through a mudbrick village on the way to the Pakistan border, in the unlikely hope that somebody with information would find them.

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Black Christmas; zwarte piet

This is how Santa's little helpers dress in Holland. Anna Fox photographs a source of much liberal embarrassment

The Knack: How to censor a film

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