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…

Lowlife

Lowlife Love (2016)

Lowlife Love first published by Little White Lies, as part 20 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Tetsuo (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) wakes up beside a would-be starlet, vainly attempts to have sex with her again, and then, after she leaves, proceeds to masturbate to the CV that she has left with him. In Lowlife Love (Gesu no ai, 2016),…

Wailing

The Wailing (2016)

The Wailing first published by Little White Lies Though called The Wailing in English, Na Hong-jin’s third feature (after 2008’s The Chaser and 2010’s The Yellow Sea) was released in its native South Korea under the title Goksung, which is also the name of the village where its mysteries unfold. Small-town values propel events here. Amidst…

Lederhosen

Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2016)

Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies first published by VODzilla.co There are some genre films whose title is also their best, even their only, asset. Think SyFy’s Sharktopus (2010) or The Asylum’s Sharknado (2013) – titles which immediately nail their films’ particular subgenre (shark film!), and which also take that subgenre for an unexpected spin (a…

LFO

LFO (2013)

LFO first published by VODzilla.co “Do you want to change the world?” So asks Robert (Patrik Karlson), giving expression to the grandiose scope of his own personal ambitions – but bear in mind that Robert is a bespectacled, middle-aged homebody, in his basement chatting online with like-minded geeks (each hiding behind geeky pseudonyms) about DIY research…

Ghost

A Ghost Story (2017)

The horror genre, to which ghost stories conventionally belong, is all about particulars. This is why the titles of so many horror films begin with the definite article. After all, a thing is not menacing until it becomes The Thing, and where an article-free Shining might sound like an uplifting comedy of the everyday, The…

Thirst

Thirst (2009)

Thirst review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) directs, produces and co-writes this melodramatic horror oddity. Review: The heart of Thirst may be a vampire film but its soul is a morality play, while its flesh is a sensuous playground of desire. Like his previous film I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK (2006), Park Chan-Wook’s film…

Mal

Buster’s Mal Heart (2016)

In the middle of a calm ocean, shot wide, there is a tiny rowboat, with two figures sat aboard facing one another. As Tom Waits’ Starving in the Belly of A Whale fills the soundtrack, we see the pair’s images flicker, judder and fragment, before vanishing entirely, as though they were a momentary digital glitch in…

Clanker

Clanker Man (2017)

“I’m not a miracle worker,” declares Terry (Eli Silverman) at the start of Clanker Man, a mockumentary short (which Silverman co-wrote) from Ben Steiner (The Stomach). Maybe not quite as good at his job as he imagines himself to be, but making up in dedication for what he lacks in competence, this urban field worker…