Site

Black Site (2018)

Black Site first published by SciFiNow “You know my girlfriend left me last week because she said I was too safe. Now look at me: I’m running around an underground facility, fighting wannabe ninjas, with a cracked rib, so as I could deport a god.” The speaker is Sam Levi (Mike Buckingham), delivering one of…

Piercing

Piercing (2018)

Piercing first published by Sight & Sound, April 2019 Review: Takashi Miike’s astonishing Audition (1999), adapted from the 1997 novel of Ryu Murakami, helped introduce Western audiences to both J-horror and ‘torture porn’, without ever really sitting easily in either of those categories. Now Piercing, adapted from the homonymous 1994 novel by Murakami, similarly gouges…

Brøken

The Brøken (2008)

The Brøken first published by Fim4 Film summary: A London radiologist confronts her dark side in Sean Ellis’ psychological horror.  Review: Pedro Almodóvar may have come up with the phrase in his breakout 1988 comedy, but really it is horror and thriller movies that have the best track record for treating women on the verge of…

Hole

The Hole In The Ground (2019)

The Hole In The Ground first published by Sight & Sound, April 2019 Review: At the beginning of The Hole In The Ground, an upset-looking Sarah O’Neill (Seána Kerslake) is in a fun park hall of mirrors with her young son Chris (James Quinn Markey), his face grotesquely distorted in the glass. This encapsulates the…

Aftermath

The Aftermath (2019)

The Aftermath first published by Sight & Sound, April 2019 Review: James Kent’s The Aftermath occupies a real time and place, while annexing them for more metaphorical purposes. For it is set in a snowy Hamburg, five months after the Allied Victory in 1945, yet when Rachael (Keira Knightley) comes there from England to join…

God

God Man Dog (Liu Lang Shen Gou Ren) (2007)

God Man Dog first published by Little White Lies “Even a rich man can’t tell the future,” says homeless, appetitive boy (Jonathan Chang) to devout trucker Yellow Bull (Jack Kao), who spends his time feeding stray dogs, mending abandoned Buddhist artefacts, and playing a costumed god on the festival circuit to raise money for a…

Potential

A Young Man With High Potential (2018)

A Young Man With High Potential first published by SciFiNow Piet Carnell (Adam Ild Rohweder) is the promising young man of the title. A ‘brilliant’ student of computer science at Bauer University, he has co-written a paper entitled ‘Invisible Traces’ with a colleague Klara Koslowski (Pauline Galazka). Klara too has become invisible, disappearing for a…

Extremity

Extremity (2018)

Extremity first published by SciFiNow In his Poetics, Aristotle argued that tragedy provided viewers with a catharsis, or ‘cleansing’, of their fear and pity. Ask people today why they watch horror films, and you will typically get a similar response: horror enables us to work through our unresolved emotions and dark drives (chiefly, although not…

Apostle

Apostle (2018)

Apostle first published by VODzilla.co Welsh writer/director Gareth Evans found improbable success with his Indonesia-set film Merantau (2009), which drew international attention to local martial art pencak silat, and introduced the world to its extraordinary exponent Iko Uwais. Uwais would go on to star in Edwards’ two best known titles, the intense Indonesian action thrillers…

Shines

Monkey Shines (1988)

Monkey Shines first published by Little White Lies, as the 67th instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column By the mid Eighties, George A. Romero was at the very top of the genre game. His ‘Holy Trinity’ of Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985) had…