Welcome to Projected Figures

If you have come to Projected Figures expecting accountancy, you are in the right place. Accountancy is what film writers do: counting minutes, counting words, reducing all cinema’s abstract expressions to calibrations,  evaluations and calculated formulae on a simplified, and simplifying, worksheet. Critics, you see, operate a kind of reverse-alchemy, transforming vibrant sights and sounds into bland verbiage and, if you’re…

Nights

The Nights Before Christmas (2020)

Paul Tanter’s The Night Before Christmas comes with a slightly confusing timeline. It begins in Woodridge, Upstate New York, with a scene ‘four years ago’, as Michelle Weaver (Sayla de Goede) and her bruised and bloodied partner Nick Conway (Simon Phillips) viciously murder 30 orderlies and doctors in the asylum where they are patients. It…

Lucky

Lucky (2020)

“Who is that man?”, asks May Ryer, played by Brea Grant, who is also the writer of Natasha Kermani’s Lucky. May writes how-to and self-help manuals for women in business, and is constantly having to hustle not just to create her work, but to promote it, to get it reprinted, to get her next commission….

Scavenger

Scavenger (Carroña) (2020)

  Luciana Garraza and Eric Fleitas’ Scavenger opens with the scene that will come to define most of its characters. A family’s staticky home video shows little Laura (Laura Villafañe) and her older sister (Moira Lis Segura) playing together on Laura’s birthday as their mother (Vanessa Alba) carves open a chicken for their dinner, and…

Julie

Let’s Scare Julie (2020)

To the accompaniment of fey flutework from composer Katisse Buckingham, the opening credits of writer/director Jud Cremata’s feature debut Let’s Scare Julie offer elegant animated design in the style of Saul Bass. Here the name of each cast member appears, only to be erased by a red bar, until it becomes clear that these bars…

Embryo

Embryo (Embrión) (2020)

An embryo is the collection of cells making up an organism before it is ready to be born or hatched – and the term is sometimes used, by a metaphorical extension, to refer to a rudimentary or beginning stage. So while the title of Patricio Valladares’ low-budget sci-fi horror might be taken to refer to…

Broil

Broil (2020)

The word ‘broil’ has two senses: on the one hand, it refers, whether as verb or noun, to a violent argument or brawl; and on the other, it is a verb that denotes roasting, and a noun for roasted meat. All these associations will eventually be brought into play in Edward Drake’s Broil, although the…

Cyst

Cyst (2020)

Patricia (Eva Habermann) is a nurse spending her last day working at a clinic. Capable and assured, she could do anything – but for now, she is still stuck assisting her boss Dr Guy (George Hardy), an older, altogether less competent practitioner whose very name plainly genders his many flaws. Played as a southern-fried blend…

Stage

Alien On Stage (2020)

Art is a collision of ambition, actuality and audience.  Every year, an amateur dramatics group comprising employees of the Wiltshire and Dorset Bus Company stages a Christmas show for charity – but one year, their young writer Luc Hayward decided that he wanted to move on from their usual pantomime scenarios to a far more…

Heckle

Heckle (2020)

The twin goals of live comedy are to slay the audience, and not to die on stage yourself – which is to say that there is considerable overlap between the worlds of stand-up and horror. Perhaps most famously explored in Martin Scorsese’s The King Of Comedy (1982) and Todd Phillips’ Joker (2019), this slippery space…

Knew

The World We Knew (2020)

In the opening scene of WW Jones and Luke Skinner’s The World We Knew, Smith (Mat Harvey), young Eddie (Alexander Wells) and Stoker (played by Jones’ co-writer Kirk Lake) are waiting in the back of a van. The door opens, a male voice says, “It’s time,” and we see the gun in Eddie’s hand as…

Spare

Spare Parts (2020)

An all-woman four-piece rock band is playing a raucous gig in a biker bar when a big guy invades their performance space and starts groping the lead singer Amy (Michelle Argyris). True to their stage name the Ms. 45s (from Abel Ferrara’s notorious 1981 rape-revenge film), this quartet – including Amy’s sister Emma (Emily Alatalo)…