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Welcome to Projected Figures

If you have come to Projected Figures expecting accountancy, you are in the right place. Accountancy is what film writers do: counting minutes, counting words, reducing all cinema’s abstract expressions to calibrations,  evaluations and calculated formulae on a simplified, and simplifying, worksheet. Critics, you see, operate a kind of reverse-alchemy, transforming vibrant sights and sounds into bland verbiage and, if you’re…

Never

Never Let Go (2015)

First published by Twitch (now known as Screen Anarchy) Bereaved, pill-popping Lisa Brennan (Angela Dixon) is taking a much-needed holiday in an unnamed North African country when a gang of Eastern European men abducts her baby girl, not realising that the mother they have targeted comes with a special set of skills – and so…

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‘Not Really Horror’: Pushing genre’s boundaries at FrightFest 2016

First published by Sight & Sound While 2014’s Spring, It Follows and The Babadook had little in common apart from their well-earned success, they found themselves being dismissively labelled by some as ‘not really horror’ – an oft-heard expression used to describe (and degrade) the genre’s unruly outliers and inventive misfits. ‘Not really horror’ involves…

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Joseph Sims-Dennett: the therapy of Observance

In Joseph Sims-Dennett’s nightmarish Observance, grieving Parker (Lindsay Farris) moves into a dingy apartment to  surveil a woman, Tenneal (Stephanie King), who lives opposite, even as he begins to doubt both the motives of those who have hired him, and his own perceptions. The film is both occult ghost story and psychodrama, in which we’re never quite…

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Jeremy Saulnier: Green Room & following up an indie breakout

First published by Little White Lies Jeremy Saulnier‘s second feature, the self-financed, lo-fi revenger Blue Ruin (2013), won him the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes and a welter of critical plaudits. So when I met him during last year’s London Film Festival where he was promoting the ‘siegepunk’ thriller Green Room, I was curious to know…

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Hell Or High Water (2016)

First published by Real Crime Magazine “You act as though we’re going to get away with this,” says Toby (Chris Pine). “I’ve never met nobody got away with anything ever,” replies his older brother Tanner (Ben Foster). ‘This’ is a spate of bank robberies that they have been carrying out together across Texas. Nothing fancy,…

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SiREN (2016)

In the prologue to SiREN, the mysterious Mr Nyx (Justin Welborn) is called by the police to a church, where he finds the aftermath of a demonic conjuring gone horribly wrong, and a naked girl, her mouth covered in blood, who is evidently not of this world. Rather more knowledgeable about these sorts of phenomena…

Cell

Cell (2016)

First published by Sight & Sound, September 2016 Synopsis: At Boston airport, illustrator Clay calls his estranged wife Sharon and son Johnny, hoping to reconnect. After his phone battery runs out, a pulse transforms phone users into crazed killers. Together with fellow survivors Tom and teen Alice, Johnny sets out to Sharon’s New Hampshire home….

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Strangers on the Tube (2016)

“Now you’re making me self-conscious”, says Spanish photographer Leinad Zeugirdor, confronted by his unseen interviewer on the morality of his underground activities. For the last six years, Zeugirdor has been stealing clandestine shots of his fellow travellers on the London Tube, and in the short documentary Strangers on the Tube, he shares a small selection…

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Found Footage 3D (2016)

“It’s a little cliched, don’t you think?”, says director Andrew (Tom Saporito), after reading, along with us, the ominous text – about a couple’s disappearance while ‘vacatoining’ [sic] – with which the film begins. For us that film is Steven DeGennaro’s feature debut Found Footage 3D – but for Andrew, his co-director, writer and star Derek…

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The Evil In Us (2016)

The prologue to The Evil In Us reveals a modern apartment turned blood-soaked charnel house where police find two of the three room mates dead, and the third (Tatyana Forrest) alive but horrifically mutilated. There appears to have been no murder weapon. As, over the next 24 hours, Detective Jake Strudwick (John Gillich) races to…

Hunters

Blood Hunters (2016)

“Hello? What did you do to me? Why am I pregnant? I have a son. His name is Hunter. Is he here? Is he ok?” The speaker is single mother Ellie Barnes (Lara Gilchrist). In the opening scene of Blood Hunters (aka One Drop) we see her collapsing in the street outside her suburban home…