Heart

Heart of a Dog (2015)

First published by VODzilla.co “This is my dream body,” declares a cartoon sketch of performance artist Laurie Anderson, before launching into an animated account of a dream that she had: as she lies in a hospital bed, a doctor presents her with her newborn baby, which is in fact her pet dog Lolabelle swaddled in…

Tulpa (2012)

First published by VODzilla.co Lisa Boeri (Claudia Gerini) leads a double life. Bilingual and bisexual, by day she is a highly efficient executive in the cutthroat world of energy commodities. By night she frequents a private members’ club (named Tulpa) where, under the influence of hallucinogens, she indulges her desires with a like-minded set of…

Tide

Hard Tide (2016)

First published by RealCrime Magazine “Based on real events”, states text at the beginning of Robert Osman and Nathanael Wiseman’s feature debut Hard Tide. This requires some unpacking. After Wiseman starred in Osman’s Met Film School graduation short My Hero (2014), the two decided to collaborate on an expanded version of this (entirely invented) story…

Trust

The Trust (2016)

First published by RealCrime Magazine Brothers Ben and Alex Bewer’s collaborative feature debut The Trust both opens and closes with the Knights’ 1968 instrumental track Tipping Strings – its brassy, bombastic funk setting an ironising tone for the moral descent that the rest of the film will track with escalating intensity. Initially and ultimately, The…

Trespass

Trespass Against Us (2016)

First published by RealCrime Magazine “That’s why I never sent Chad to school. We’ve got to stand up to these cunts, Tyson, so they don’t trespass against us.” The speaker is Colby Cutler (Brendan Gleeson), patriarch and godfather to a small community/gang of travellers who rob and ram-raid their way through whichever township is reluctantly…

IV

House IV (1992)

First published by Movie Gazette In House IV, William Katt reprises the rôle of Roger Cobb from the first film – although, this being a series obsessed with alternative universes and other worlds, here Roger Cobb has a wife called Kelly (Terri Treas) rather than Sandy (Kay Lenz from House), he has a daughter Laurel…

Show

House III: The Horror Show (1989)

First published by Movie Gazette Detective Lucas McCarthy (Lance Aliens Henriksen) has finally apprehended Max Jenke (Brion Bladerunner James), “the most feared mass murderer in this nation’s history”, and hopes that his own traumatic nightmares will come to an end once Max has been electrocuted. Max, however, has other plans, and returns from the grave to make Lucas’…

Story

House II: The Second Story (1987)

First published by Movie Gazette If you want to introduce young children to horror, you could always start them off in the deep end with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) or Audition (1999) and mess up their tiny minds forever – or you could ease them in nicely with the scare-lite comedy adventure House II: The Second Story. Putatively…

House

House (1986)

First published by Movie Gazette Horror writer Roger Cobb (William Katt) has problems. His young son Jimmy (Eric/Mark Silver) has disappeared, his wife Sandy (Kay Lenz) has left him, and he is haunted by his experiences in the Vietnam War with deranged fellow-soldier Big Ben (Richard Moll). So when batty Aunt Elizabeth (Susan French) hangs…

drink

Just One Drink (2015)

First published by EyeforFilm “The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not.” This quote from Plato, appearing in text form at the beginning of writer/director/producer Andrew de Burgh’s Just One Drink, also establishes the short film’s central theme: the ambiguous guises of righteousness that injustice can adopt. We also…