As the “hoodie horror” trend starts to run out of steam, it’s only natural that filmmakers are attempting to steer the uniquely European subgenre in new directions in order to account for the staleness that comes with familiarity. Much like writer/director Philip Ridley did in 2009’s Heartless
, first-time feature director Ciaran Foy introduces a supernatural element into the mix in Citadel
. But while the more horrific sequences in his debut feature display an impressive ability to maintain an effectively creepy atmosphere, it’s the less-competent human components that prevent Citadel
from achieving greatness despite the admittedly interesting ide...