Paranormal

Paranormal Activity (2007)

Synopsis: Oren Peli’s low-budget debut Paranormal Activity is a terrifying ménage-à-trois involving a young couple, a demonic presence, and the camera that mediates between them. Review: The opening text of Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity informs us that Paramount would like to thank the families of Micah and Katie, as well as the San Diego Police Department, for their…

Get

Get Out (2017)

Get Out first published by Little White Lies A beleaguered protagonist struggles to determine whether he is just being paranoid, or there truly is a grand conspiracy – with him as its malevolent focus. While one way to approach this sort of material is through the filter of horror, another would be just to make a…

Levelling

The Levelling (2017)

The Levelling first published by Sight & Sound, June 2017 Review: “I’m not feeling guilt. I wasn’t even here.” So says Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick, Meera Reed from Game of Thrones) to the local vicar in a rural community as arrangements are made for the funeral of Clover’s younger brother Harry (played, in flashback, by Joe…

The Crazies (1973)

The Crazies first published by VODzilla.co The first sound heard in George A. Romero’s The Crazies is a cuckoo clock. It is nighttime, and in the interior shadows of the Mitchell house, a giggling boy is playfully trying to frighten his even younger sister. It is a little like the opening to Romero’s earlier, ultra-influential Night…

Martin

Martin (1978)

Martin first published by Movie Gazette Boarding a train, a young man (John Amplas) notices a woman travelling alone overnight to New York. Later, after he has secretly prepared a syringe in the bathroom, he sneaks into the woman’s sleeper compartment, injects her with sedatives while politely informing her ‘I just want you to sleep, please’,…

Glasgow 2017 Day 2

FrightFest Glasgow 2017 Day 2

FrightFest Glasgow 2017 Day 2 first published by SciFiNow Saturday 24 February Today boasted the strongest line-up in a strong weekend, despite a shaky(cam) beginning, an over-elongated end, and a middle that got somewhat lost in Albania. Detour‘s writer/director Chris Smith regaled FrightFesters with tales of drinking with Dolph Lundgren and falling in love with Bel…

Glasgow 2017 Day 1

FrightFest Glasgow 2017 Day 1

FrightFest Glasgow 2017 Day 1 first published by SciFiNow Thursday 23 & Friday 24 February, 2017 Two events cast different kinds of shadow over this year’s Glasgow FrightFest. The first was the announcement, one day before the Thursday evening opening, that the next instalment of FrightFest’s main August Bank Holiday weekend event would be taking…

Bluebeard

Bluebeard (Haebing) (2017)

Transcript of my introduction to the teaser screening of Bluebeard for the Korean Film Festival, 10 July, 2017 Lee Soo-yoon’s Bluebeard takes its place amongst a recent spate of Korean serial killer films, including Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (2004), Na Hong-jin’s The Chaser (2008) and Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw The Devil (2010). Nearly fifteen years after the…

Poetry

Endless Poetry (2016)

Endless Poetry first published by Little White Lies “I thought you had changed, but you’re still the same man,” complains Sara (Pamela Flores), near the beginning of Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s Endless Poetry (Poesía sin fin), to her unloving, bullying husband Jaime (Brontis Jodorowsky). On one level Sara’s words serve as a reflexive joke. For, like every single…

Bitching

Witching and Bitching (2013)

Witching and Bitching first published by VODzilla.co “His name’s José. José Fernández Costa. He’s divorced. He wants joint custody, but Mum refused, because she says he’s irresponsible.” This is how 10-year-old Sergio (Gabriel Delgado) introduces his father (Hugo Silva) to the other men in the taxi – driver Manuel (Jaime Ordóñez), partner-in-crime Tony (Mario Casas), and…