Creature

Frankenstein’s Creature (2018)

[note that this review of Frankenstein’s Creature was based on a test preview] “My story lies in pieces, but I’ll offer it to them in pieces, and extend to them the chance to piece it back together.” So says the Creature (James Swanton), unravelling the sorry tale of his brief but extraordinary life of constant rejection and…

Serial

I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)

I Am Not A Serial Killer first published by RealCrime Magazine “John, you have a lot of predictors for serial killer behaviour, but predictors are just that: they predict what might happen, not what will happen. You’re in control of your destiny. You’re a good person, John.” With these words, psychotherapist Dr Neblin (Karl Geary) tries…

Of

The Night Of (2016)

The Night Of first published by RealCrime Magazine When scuzzy, ambulance-chasing lawyer John Stone (the excellent John Turturro) – think Breaking Bad‘s Saul Goodman, only with a better moral compass – goes home at night to his apartment, he relaxes in front of the television to watch CSI-like forensic detective shows. In The Night Of, written by…

Father

Blood Father (2016)

Blood Father first published by RealCrime Magazine Director Jean-François Richet has past form with true crime, as he proved in his epic two-part film Mesrine (2008) on the exploits of real-life gangster Jacques Mesrine. Yet Richet is also at home to genre, having directed the 2005 reimagining of John Carpenter’s 1976 classic Assault on Precinct 13….

Bustillo

Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury talk Leatherface

“Doomed with an iconic boogeyman”: Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury on going back to Leatherface’s American pastoral roots, first published by SciFiNow Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury have been making films together since their breakout feature, the claustrophobic pregnancy panicfest Inside (2007). This was followed by home invasion fairytale Livid (2011), small-town kids-vs.-killers thriller Among the…

Leatherface

Leatherface (2017)

Leatherface first published by SciFiNow Perfection is a hard act to follow – which is why the three sequels to Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), not to mention Marcus Nispel’s 2003 reimagining and its two sequels, all came with diminishing returns. Leatherface is different. It is not just that it is a prequel…

Infiltrator

The Infiltrator (2016)

The Infiltrator first published by RealCrime Magazine The Infiltrator, directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner), dovetails into that peculiar borderland where crime’s realities and cinema’s clichés overlap.  When US Customs Service special agent Robert Mazur was working as an advisor on Miami Vice (2006), he suggested to director Michael Mann that his own…

Gangland

Gangland (2016)

Gangland first published by RealCrime Magazine Channel 5 hosts many series devoted to Britain’s crime and ‘hard men’- but what distinguishes Paul Blake’s two-part Gangland is its genesis, and its unusual method of production (note that we have seen only the first part, Turf Wars).  Alarmed by the statistics on knife and gun deaths amongst young…

Unseen

The Unseen (2017)

The Unseen first published by Little White Lies Writer/director Gary Sinyor is best known for making comedy features (Leon the Pig Farmer; United We Fall), occasionally with a bit of high-concept fantasy thrown in (Solitaire for 2; In Your Dreams) – but The Unseen is his first foray into gothic, as its story veers ambiguously between…

WolfCop

Another WolfCop (2017)

Another WolfCop first published by SciFiNow “You’re a loser – it’s just a fact,” states ‘visionary business maverick’ Sydney Swallows (Yannick Bisson), at the beginning of Another WolfCop, looking directly into the camera as he films an ad spot to promote new product “Chicken Milk Stout”. Hawking beer to the low-rent citizens of smalltown Woodhaven, who…

Carrie

Carrie (1976)

Carrie fist published by Little White Lies, as entry 48 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Red. I might have known it would be red.” So says Margaret White – note the colour-coded surname – a sexually repressed religious zealot (played by Piper Laurie) under whose rigidly controlling single parentage teenaged Carrie (Sissy Spacek) has been brought…