Tragedy

Tragedy Girls (2017)

Tragedy Girls first published by SciFiNow Parked on Sweetheart Bridge, on a misty night in the quiet midwestern town of Rosedale, teens Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and Craig (Austin Abrams) are making out in the back of a parked red convertible at night. This opening scene from Tyler (Patchwork) MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls is so archetypal that it…

Shack

Dead Shack (2017)

Dead Shack first published by SciFiNow “Adorable’s good, right?” So asks timid, tight-arsed 14-year-old Jason (Matthew Nelson-Mahood), desperate to find a positive after Summer (Lizzie Boys) – the older sister of his motormouth best friend Colin (Gabriel LaBelle) and the object of his own affections – has just called him “adorable but weird”. The three have…

Game

Game of Death (2017)

Game of Death first published by SciFiNow Seven teenagers are partying at a house, and pushing boundaries: drink, drugs, sex (incest, even), casually flippant talk of ‘murder’ and a ‘kill list‘. As Beth (Victoria Diamond), in a game of spin the bottle, chooses to do a crotch-grabbing lap dance for her asthmatic brother Tom (Sam Earle)…

Sequence

Sequence Break (2017)

Sequence Break first published by SciFiNow Graham Skipper will be best know to Fantasia audiences as the star of Joe Begos’ Almost Human (2013) and The Mind’s Eye (2015) and Jackson Stewart’s Beyond The Gates (2016) – all grimily nostalgic films steeped in the appearance and ethos of Eighties direct-to-video genre fare. It is a retro…

Brigsby

Brigsby Bear (2017)

Brigsby Bear first published by Sight & Sound, February 2018 Review: Meet Brigsby: an ursine inter-dimensional adventurer whose endless cosmic clashes with the villainous Sun Snatcher – and accompanying lessons in maths, hygiene and ethics – are the subject of the TV show that bears his name, and that James (writer Kyle Mooney) has been watching…

Strangled

Strangled (2016)

Strangled first published by RealCrime Magazine In the mid-Sixties in Martfü, a Hungarian town best known for its shoe factory, local women are being killed, or left for dead, by a sexual predator. Alcoholic detective Bóta (Zsolt Anger) and the new supervising prosecutor Zoltán Szirmai (Péter Bárnai) begin to wonder whether Ákos Réti (Gábor Jaszberényi), jailed…

Zodiac

Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac first published by musicOMH “Finish this”, Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal) is told by his wife Melanie (Chloë Sevigny) shortly after she has taken the kids and left him, fed up with his obsessive investigations into the Zodiac murders and the risks that it poses to their family. “Finish the book”, Detective Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo)…

Memories

Memories of Murder (2003)

Memories of Murder first published by Movie Gazette Between the years 1986 and 1991, in a small rural town in South Korea, ten women were raped and murdered. The perpetrator was never found, but the huge police manhunt exposed a system of detection which was woefully inadequate, governed less by scientific method than by incompetence, brutality…

Enfer

Inferno (L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot) (2009)

Inferno (L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot) first published by Film4 Synopsis: Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea’s film is all at once a partial reconstruction of Henri-George Clouzot’s unfinished masterpiece, and a documentary on its tragic unmaking. Review: It begins, as it ends, with a breakdown. In 2005, film restoration specialist Serge Bromberg happens to get stuck for two hours in…

Corbeau

Le Corbeau (1943)

Le Corbeau first published by Movie Gazette Rémy Germain (Pierre Fresnay) is a dour, insomniac doctor trying to hide from a troubled past in the provincial town of Saint Robin – but he finds himself at the centre of a poison-pen campaign, as anonymous letters circulate accusing him of everything from committing adultery with the married…

Misguided

The Misguided (2018)

From the jittery, juddery cuts and distorted sounds of its opening sequence, you can tell that in The Misguided, the feature debut of writer/director/producer/editor/DP Shannon Alexander, reality appears as something negotiable. It is night time in Perth, Australia, and feckless, sponging Levi (Caleb Galati) has arrived at the house of his older half-brother Wendel (Steven…