Outside

They’re Outside (2020)

They’re Outside first published by VODzilla.co They’re Outside, the feature debut of Sam Casserly and Airell Anthony Hayles, layers its central narrative in a succession of frames. On the one hand, it is the latest (and last) video made by YouTube pop psychologist Max Spencer (Tom Wheatley) with his girlfriend Nicole (Nicole Miners), as he…

Heads

Two Heads Creek (2019)

Two Heads Creek first published by VODzilla.co “Horror movie right there on my TV”, run the lyrics to Australian rock band Skyhooks’ 1975 hit Horror Movie, heard three times (including a wildly choreographed karaoke version) over the course of Two Heads Creek. The truth is, much of the horror in Jesse O’Brien’s feature really is…

Skull

Skull: The Mask (Skull: A Máscara de Anhangá) (2020)

Skull: The Mask first published by VODzilla.co Skull: The Mask (Skull: A Máscara de Anhangá) begins with a portentous ancient prayer text about “the dirt in the world summoning Anhangá”.  The pejorative phrase ‘dirt in the world’ is used of those arrogant individuals who seek to have incarnated in themselves the power of the pre-Columbian…

Click

Don’t Click (2020)

Don’t Click first published by VODzilla.co Expanded by screenwriter Courtney Ellum from G-Hey Kim’s 2017 short of the same name, Kim’s feature debut Don’t Click begins where Oliver Assayas’ Demonlover (2002) ends – with a young man logging on to a secret site where, for masturbatory purposes, he can remotely view and even encourage (via…

Dark Place

Dark Place (2019)

Dark Place first published by VODzilla.co While there are plenty of horror anthology films, far fewer are made by, and concerned with, indigenous Australians. Joining Tracey Moffat’s ghost story triptych BeDevil (1993) and Warwick Thornton’s The Darkside (2013), Dark Place is a collection of five tales by five different directors, all refracting Aboriginal experience through a genre prism. First…

Blind

Blind (2019)

Blind first published by VODzilla.co In  the opening title sequence of Blind, we watch Faye (Sarah French) cutting a red rose in her garden and preparing it for display in a vase, while credits appear on screen first as grouped dots of Braille, before resolving into more conventional Roman script. Faye is indeed blind, her…

Playhouse

Playhouse (2020)

Playhouse first published by VODzilla.co Playhouse is quick to declare exactly what kind of film it is likely to be. For this feature debut from writing/directing brothers Fionn and Toby Watts opens with establishing shots of dark kelp-filled waters and, overlooking them, an isolated imposing castle and its outbuildings under grey stormy skies. We are…

Triggered

Triggered (2020)

Triggered first published by VODzilla.co “We all did fucked up shit in high school,” says Ezra (Steven John Ward) in Triggered, directed by Alastair Orr (From A House On Willow Street, 2016) . “No one here is innocent.”  Nine former school friends have an impromptu reunion, camping out for the weekend “literally in the middle…

Shift

12 Hour Shift (2020)

12 Hour Shift first published by VODzilla.co As its title suggests, 12 Hour Shift follows its protagonist through a single average working night. Except that Mandy (Angela Battis, May), looking in the film’s opening scene as though she has already been through her shift before it even starts, is an exhausted, put-upon, ‘grumpy-assed’, drug-addicted health…

Lisa

I Am Lisa (2020)

I Am Lisa first published by VODzilla.co I Am Lisa opens with two high-brow quotes on the subject of revenge (from Heinrich Heine and Francis Bacon respectively), before a prologue in which a young woman being hunted in the woods turns out to be a sharp-clawed monster, and is shot dead by Sheriff ‘Deb’ Huckins…

There's No Such Thing

There’s No Such Thing As Vampires (2020)

There’s No Such Thing As Vampires first published by Through the Trees  Sometimes titles are antiphrastic. Think Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End (2012), Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s This Is Not a Film (2011), or Ryuhei Kitamura’s No One Lives (2012), all promising one thing and delivering, well, not quite that thing. To…