Agatha

St Agatha (2018)

St Agatha first published by SciFiNow With Aislinn Clarke’s The Devil’s Doorway, Paul Hyett’s Heretiks and Corin Hardy’s The Nun all enjoying their premières in rapid succession, 2018 would appear to be the year that sees nunsploitation returning with a vengeance. Not that St Agatha, the latest from genre director Darren Lynn Bousman (Abattoir, 2016; Repo!…

Videoman

Videoman (Videomannen) (2018)

Videoman (Videomannen) first published by SciFiNow “I feel like King Kong in New York,” says Ennio Midena (Stefan Sauk) to Simone Karlsson (Lena Nilsson) in Kristian A. Söderström’s Videoman (Videomannen), “I should have been extinct a long time ago.” Ennio is a fish out of water in more ways than one. A ‘flat broke’ migrant who…

Dark

The Dark (2018)

The Dark first published by SciFiNow Out on the periphery of a rural community, in an area known ominously as Devil’s Den, there is a derelict house – long ago a family’s home – storied among locals as a place where curious trespassers end up “torn to pieces”. It even draws the odd ghoulish tourist from…

Darkly

Through a glass darkly: Cult Of Terror, Wolfman’s Got Nards, FrightFest: Beneath The Dark Heart of Cinema

Through a glass darkly: three documentaries about horror’s cult audience at Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Cult of Terror, Wolfman’s Got Nards, FrightFest: Beneath The Dark Heart of Cinema. Frist published by SciFiNow. This year’s FrightFest features three documentaries that hold up a mirror to the festival audience. For Cult of Horror, Wolfman’s Got Nards and…

Achieve

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through The Gateway Chosen By The Holy Storsh (2018)

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through The Gateway Chosen By The Holy Storsh first published by SciFiNow Insecure advertiser Claire (Kate Micucci) and her dim, feckless boyfriend Paul (Sam Huntington), both refugees from Ohio, cannot quite believe that the rent on their new LA digs is so low – until they realise that…

Dragged

Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

There is a sequence near the beginning of Dragged Across Concrete where ageing NYPD detective Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and his younger partner Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) are called into the office of their chief – and Brett’s former partner – Lt Calvert (Don Johnson) to be reprimanded for their conduct on a case. We…

Suspiria (2018)

Suspiria (2018)

Dance en abyme: Suspiria (2018) and reflections on rebirth Remakes always come with an in-built tension. Cleave too close to the original, and your film seems pointless. Cleave too far from it, and the film barely seems a remake. The ideal is to find a balance, somewhere between these two poles: a film that still…

Fabric

In Fabric (2018)

In Fabric opens with a montage. After a pair of scissors is seen cutting open a cardboard box to reveal a red dress within, a succession of disparate stills plays over the credits. Department store interiors. A rope-bound hand in a bed. A face at a window. Women carrying a coffin indoors. The imprint of…

Meg

The Meg (2018)

The Meg first published by Sight & Sound, October 2018 Review: Like the prehistoric shark(s) at its centre, The Meg has lain dormant for a long time. Steve Alten‘s 1997 book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror was optioned for cinematic adaptation in the year it was written, but has since languished in development hell. Finally,…

Island

Island (2017)

Island first published by Sight & Sound, October 2018 Review: Island begins with white light. This reveals itself to be a thick mist from which there faintly emerges a WightLink ferry (by coincidence named the ‘Wight Light’) arriving from Hampshire in southern England to the island which gives the film its title. Of course an…

Duplicate

Duplicate (aka Jonathan) (2018)

Jonathan (Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort), the protagonist of Duplicate (aka Jonathan), is a straight-laced, hard-working wannabe architect, held back from career success only by an idiosyncratic insistence upon leaving his firm early every day (supposedly to look after an ailing relative) and, after filming a video diary, going to bed – and straight to sleep –…