Radius

Radius (2017)

Radius first published by SciFiNow Partners in both marriage and filmmaking, Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard (Sans dessein, 2009) have co-written and co-directed a work about a strange kind of tie that binds, as two (maybe) strangers, both suffering amnesia after a car accident and unable to remember who they are and how they came to…

Offer

The Offer (2017)

So far, Cult Screenings UK Ltd have specialised in genre film documentaries. K. John McDonagh’s Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (2015), Chris Griffiths’ The First Lecktor: An Interview With Brian Cox (2016), You’re So Cool, Brewster! the Story of Fright Night (2016) and RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop (2017) are all…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #4

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #4 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Summer Camp, The Lazarus Effect, Banjo, Hostile, Awaiting, Goddess of Love, Suspension, Bite Summer Camp (world première) There must be something in the Andalusian water to explain the ability of Spanish filmmakers to create so much genre cinema of the very highest order….

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #3

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #3 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Frankenstein, Another Me, Inner Demon, Road Games, Farhope Tower, Scherzo Diabolico, These Final Hours Four days in, and FrightFest has entered that bleary-eyed state of exhaustion where everything, on or off screen, seems hallucinatory, and conversations outside the cinema take on a rambling, incoherent…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #2

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #2 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Bait, Some Kind of Hate, Deathgasm, Future Shock!The Story of 2000AD, Night of the Living Deb, Contracted: Phase II FrightFest has finally achieved the greatest accolade that can ever be conferred on a genre festival: it was picketed by politely determined Christian fundamentalists,…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch 1

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #1

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #1 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) (titles featured: Cherry Tree, Stung, The Unfolding, Never Let Go, Jeruzalem, Bloodsucking Bastards, The Entity, The Sand, Zombie Fight Club) So here we go again. 76 features (and sundry shorts and special events) spread over six screens in four and a half days. The very best – and some of the…

Snapshot

Snapshot (1979)

Snapshot first published by VODzilla.co “I want Angela!”, declares free-spirited, successful model Madeline (Chantal Contouri) as she strides into the hair salon where the 20-year-old ingenue (played by Sigrid Thornton) works. This scene follows immediately upon the prologue to Simon Wincer’s Snapshot, in which Madeline arrived at a building at night, screaming desperately for Angela, while…

Vault

The Vault (2017)

The Vault first published by Sight & Sound, October 2017 Review: The Vault opens with the sound of a distorted male voice reporting a robbery in progress and a hostage situation. The credits then play over a beautifully edited montage of overlapping images: headlines about the Centurion Trust Bank siege, blueprints (2D and 3D) of the…

Tramontane

Tramontane (2016)

Tramontane first published by Sight & Sound, October 2017 Review: “Send me an answer… and relieve me. Even if you wish to accuse me, don’t spare me. Send me an answer.” In the opening scene of Tramontane, a 24-year-old musician (Barakat Jabbar) sings this traditional song – whose lyrics are a plea for truth, however painful –…

Pet

Pet (2016)

Pet first published by VODzilla.co Pet opens with a bobbing shot of a tropical island and with the sound of seagulls, only for those squawks to resolve into the persistent beeping of an alarm clock, and for the image to reveal itself as a large wall poster placed over the sleeping – and now waking –…

Feast

Blood Feast (1963)

Blood Feast first published by VODzilla.co “Well, Frank,” says Detective Pete Thornton, in Blood Feast, of their latest, impossible case, “this looks like one of those long hard ones.” “I know what you mean,” replies Pete’s captain (Scott H. Hall), as though registering, with a nod and a wink, the same sexual innuendo as the hepper…