There

He’s Out There (2018)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: He’s Out There (2018) He’s Out There begins with the voice of little Kayla (Anna Pniowsky) reading from a children’s book, while the camera circles the outside of a lakeside house where there are signs of a horrific event: a crashed car atilt, a rope, a second car with a tool’s…

Tokoloshe

The Tokoloshe (2018)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: The Tokoloshe (2018) At the beginning of Jerome Pikwane’s feature debut The Tokoloshe, a young woman runs, terrified, through a field of tall grass, pursued and eventually snatched away by something that is glimpsed only as a rapid blur. This is the tokoloshe of Zulu mythology, a malevolent creature which, as…

Dead Night

Dead Night (2017)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Dead Night (2017) Most of the action of Brad Baruh’s Dead Night takes place over one long dark night on the 21st March, 2015 – Spring Break, technically, but still snowy in the Oregon hinterlands. Yet the film opens in the same place on 12 June, 1961, as a couple canoodling…

Braid

Braid (2018)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Braid (2018) Braid opens with a tracking shot past an open-doored car on the grass to three women – Petula (Imogen Waterhouse), Tilda (Sarah Hay) and Daphne (Madeline Brewer) – digging a hole, and unceremoniously pushing in what appear to be body bags. It is a scene that lends Braid the tension…

Threads

Threads (1984)

Threads first published by Little White Lies, as entry 55 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Threads first dropped on BBC2 on the 23 September 1984, and had much the same – albeit vicarious – impact of instant and lasting trauma on its millions of viewers (6.9 million, to be precise) as a megatonne bomb hitting a…

Wildling

Wildling (2018)

Wildling first published by SciFiNow “Do you want to hear a story? Do you want me to tell you about the Wildling?” Fritz Böhm’s feature debut Wildling opens with a story of monsters and bestiality told by a Daddy (Brad Dourif) to a little girl (Arlo Mertz) at bedtime. Yet the place where Anna hears this…

Quiet

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place first published by Little White Lies In Guy Maddin’s 1992 retro-surrealist Alpine melodrama Careful, the expression of any emotion risks bringing an avalanche down on the mountain town of Tolzbad, and so all the locals must repress their desires or face the deadly consequences. John Krasinksi’s A Quiet Place might seem a million…

Arachnid

Arachnid (2001)

Arachnid first published by VODzilla.co “I basically did it for the money and it was a stupid script … I got to live in Barcelona for six months and, you know, they paid me well. Everything was good except I had to go to work everyday and shoot a dumb script.”  In 2012, this is what…

Dellamorte

Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) (1994)

Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man) first published by Little White Lies “The most beautiful living woman I have ever seen,” declares Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett), guardian of the Buffalore cemetery, when he first sets eyes on an unnamed, recently widowed young lady (Anna Falchi) placing flowers on a tomb. “Will I ever see her again?” Our lovesick…

Ruin

Ruin Me (2017)

Ruin Me first published by SciFiNow Six horror fans head into the wilds for Slasher Sleepout, a camping event of orienteering, puzzle-solving and woodland terror billed as “the ultimate horror movie experience.” Well, really that is five horror fans and Alex (Marcienne Dwyer), gamely coming along with her boyfriend of 13 months Nathan (Matt Dellapina) after…

Wither

Wither (Vittra) (2012)

Wither (Vittra) first published by Grolsch FilmWorks A cabin in the woods. A toolshed. A cellar complete with trapdoor. Supernaturally suppurating co-eds requiring dismemberment. And a final boy (Patrik Almkvist) forced to confront his loved one (Lisa Henni) in the most horrific of circumstances. Yep, ‘wither’ must be Swedish for ‘the evil dead’, as this Nordic…