Pulse

Pulse (2001)

Pulse first published by EyeForFilm (03/02/2006) “It all began one day, without warning, like this”. These are the opening words of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse (Kairo), delivered in voice-over by Michi (Kumiko Aso), as she stands alone on a ship’s deck with her back to the camera, staring out (much like the viewer) at the menacing clouds and…

choke

Sun Choke (2015)

Sun Choke first published by VODzilla.co “It’s not a punishment. The rules were put in place for your protection, little girl. Everything we do, we do for you to get better… and you’ll feel so much better after.” The speaker is Irma (Barbara Crampton, Re-Animator, We Are Still Here, Road Games), a neatly dressed woman who…

My Amityville

My Amityville Horror (2012)

My Amityville Horror first published by EyeforFilm At the end of 1975, Kathleen and George Lutz and their three children moved into a large house on Ocean Drive, in Amityville, Rhode Island, where the previous occupants had been viciously murdered by their own patriarch. 28 days later, the Lutzes fled the house, never to go back…

Peaks

“I understand”: Mirror Epistemologies in Twin Peaks S3

Welcome to Twin Peaks, a universe – small-town, but ever-expanding – comprising David Lynch‘s eight-part (including feature-length pilot) First Season (1990), followed by a 22-part Second Season (1990-1), Lynch’s spin-off prequel feature Fire Walk With Me (1992), as well as various diaries and other authorised paratexts. Now there is a Third Season (‘The Return’), as…

Million

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

One Million Years B.C. first published by Little White Lies, as the 24th instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “This is a story of long, long ago, when the world was just beginning,” states a voiceover at the start of One Million Years B.C.. The initial darkness of the screen is invaded by a series of…

Harmonium

Harmonium (2016)

Harmonium first published by Little White Lies Koji Fukuda’s Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) opens with sounds of the eponymous instrument being played out of tune. Recognising her own shortcomings, young Hotaru (Momone Shinakawa), who is practising for a concert, turns on a metronome to impose a semblance of order on all the false notes – in…

Antiviral

Antiviral (2012)

Anitiviral first published by Sight & Sound   Review: “She’s perfect somehow,” says Syd March (Caleb Landry Jones), selling a dream to his rapt customer – and like the best salesmen, Syd believes his own pitch, even if that modifier “somehow” allows for certain flaws. With his designer suit and scarf, his slicked back hair and…

Cat

Be My Cat: A Film For Anne (2015)

Be My Cat: A Film For Anne first published by Little White Lies, as the 23rd part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Hello, Anne. My name is Adrian, I am from Romania and I want to make a movie with you.” The protagonist of Be My Cat: A Film For Anne is played by his namesake…

Lisa

Lisa And The Devil (1971)

Lisa And The Devil first published by VODzilla.co “I find that invariably, Lisa, there’s a very simple explanation for almost everything. Don’t you agree?” The speaker is Leandro, played by Telly Savalas with a jovially eccentric manner and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Leandro is a mysterious jack of all trades – a wrangler of…

woods

LFF Cult 2016 Round-Up: woods, morgues and madness

LFF Cult 2016 Round-Up: woods morgues and madness first published by Sight & Sound See also In the Cu(l)t: More from LFF 2016’s Cult Programme  Those seeking to be awed, alarmed and unnerved at the 60th London Film Festival should convert to the Cult strand. This year’s selection is disparate, although sylvan settings and psychological…

Driller

The Driller Killer (1979)

The Driller Killer first published by Little White Lies, as part 22 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column The name alone of Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer was enough to get it on the Video Nasties list, at a time when VHS copies of Samuel Fuller’s WWII drama The Big Red One were briefly being seized by…