Prospect

Prospect (2018)

A prospect is a possible future to which one is looking forward. There is not much likelihood of that for teenaged Cee (Sophie Thatcher, excellent) and her father Damon (Jay Duplass), ‘floaters’ hopping from one planet to another on a wing and a prayer. They are running on empty: trying to pay off an impossible…

Babysitter

The Babysitter (2017)

Black and white. It is evocative of a bygone era in cinema history. It suggests a binary simplicity to the world that is belied by the endlessly subtle shadings between light and darkness. And, in the right hands, it just looks great. Greg Klepper’s The Babysitter is presented in monochrome, and pitches itself as looking…

Laplace's

The Laplace’s Demon (2017)

The Laplace’s Demon first published by SciFiNow The Laplace’s Demon begins in a manner not unlike the Creation of the Universe according to Gnosticism and the Lurianic Kabbalah: with a breaking of the vessels. A group of seven scientists are developing a computer programme to predict precisely how many shards will be created when a drinking…

Chamber

White Chamber (2018)

White Chamber first published by SciFiNow Strap: Paul Raschid accommodates war’s horrific paradoxes in a plain white room. “The United Kingdom, Soon”, reads the text that opens White Chamber – and already the film’s ironies and contradictions are setting in. For in this near future, the Kingdom is the opposite of United. Civil war divides the…

CTRL

CTRL (2018)

CTRL fist published by SciFiNow At the beginning of CTRL, Christian Lex (Saabeah Theos) and her boyfriend Dru (Hainsley Lloyd Bennett) are heading to the luxurious fifth-storey apartment of Lex’s brother Leo (Julian Mack), a reclusive computer geek with a strong streak of misanthropy, to celebrate his birthday. As the couple ascends, floor by floor, we…

Go

We Go On (2016)

We Go On first published by VODzilla.co Miles Grissom (Clark Freeman) is a man full of fear. He is afraid of heights, of crowds, of rot and, above all, of cars. When we first meet him in the opening scene, he is behind the wheel of an accelerating vehicle with failing brakes, and unable to…

Ferox

Cannibal Ferox (1981)

Cannibal Ferox first published by Little White Lies, as the 63rd entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Once upon a time, in the Seventies and Eighties, there was a boom in cannibal films. These were mostly cheap Italian productions, although they sometimes boasted international casts, and were often shot in Asia or South America. Born…

Doom

Doom Asylum (1987)

Doom Asylum first published by Little White Lies, as the 62nd entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Picture the scene: it’s 1987, and the slasher – the subgenre that dominated the horror landscape for the first half of the Eighties – has also been steadily killing itself off, one film after another, until there are…

Deathdream

Deathdream (Dead Of Night) (1973)

Deathdream first published by VODzilla.co “Why is he so different? He won’t talk with us. He won’t eat with us. He sits out in the yard all day long, or up in his room. Why won’t he at least let us tell anyone that he’s home?” This is what Charles Brooks (John Marley) wonders about…