Mystery Spot

Mystery Spot (2020)

Mystery Spot first published by VODzilla.co There is a motel in the middle of nowhere. It once boasted the ‘Mystery Spot’, drawing visitors from all around with its array of optical illusions and “funhouse tricks to lighten people’s wallets”, but ever since a fire left this roadside attraction in disrepair, the guests have stopped coming,…

Bliss

Bliss (2019)

Bliss introduces us to the crumbling world and fragmenting headspace of Dezzy Donohue (Dora Madison). A Californian artist who has run out of creative juice, Dezzy has twice asked for extensions on her latest commission, and is getting nowhere with it. David (Chris McKenna), her agent of long standing, can see the writing (if not…

Dementia

Dementia Part II (2018)

Dementia Part II first published by SciFiNow If Mike Testin’s Dementia (2015) was a serious, slow-burning domestic thriller in which an ageing, demented Vietnam War hero is revisited by his questionable past in the form of a vindictive bunny-boiling home carer, then Dementia Part II – co-directed by Testin and its star Matt Mercer – is…

Apples

Bad Apples (2017)

Bad Apples first published by SciFiNow One Halloween night, a heavily pregnant woman is found dead after being repeatedly stabbed by her ex, the two babies apparently still alive in the blood pooling between their mother’s legs. This forms both the prologue to Bad Apples, and its primal scene, setting all the pieces in place for…

Sequence

Sequence Break (2017)

Sequence Break first published by SciFiNow Graham Skipper will be best know to Fantasia audiences as the star of Joe Begos’ Almost Human (2013) and The Mind’s Eye (2015) and Jackson Stewart’s Beyond The Gates (2016) – all grimily nostalgic films steeped in the appearance and ethos of Eighties direct-to-video genre fare. It is a retro…

Gates

Beyond The Gates (2016)

Beyond The Gates begins with a mother, father and their two young boys at the grand opening of their new video store. It is a moment tinged with hope for the future, but also, from our hindsight perspective, with tragedy – as is hinted by the grave look on the father’s face at the end…

The Mind’s Eye (2015)

First published by EyeforFilm Filmmakers love to look back to the movies that were the bread and butter of their formative years, helping make them who they are today – and so inevitably, much as the spirit of the Seventies (along with that period’s electoral scandal, oil crises, Middle eastern terrorism, protracted wars broad) returned…