Interior

The Interior (2015)

The Interior first published by VODzilla.co James (Patrick McFadden) sits in a daze in a doctor’s office. The loud hip hop playing in his head stops as soon as the doctor (Delphine Roussel) walks in. As James lists an array of symptoms – digital pins and needles, headaches, ‘brainfog’, ‘double vision’  – it is clear…

Prey

Cold Prey 2: Resurrection (Fritt Vilt II, 2008)

Cold Prey 2: Resurrection (Fritt Vilt II) first published by VODzilla.co First things first: in its native Norway, Cold Prey 2: Resurrection sold 101,564 tickets for its opening weekend – substantially more than than any other domestic film in the country’s history. Even when one accounts for the film’s massive marketing campaign, this is extraordinary,…

Vigilante

A Vigilante (2018)

A Vigilante first published by Sight & Sound, June 2018 Review: “We get scared, start to feel like there’s no escape,” says Miss Beverley (Tonye Patano), a counsellor at a support group for abused women. “You’re confused, and don’t know what’s real and what’s not real.” Beverley is describing the state of disorientation in gaslit,…

Destination

Destination Wedding (2018)

Destination Wedding first published by Sight & Sound, June 2019 Review: Though all very different kinds of films, Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly (2006), Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) are arbitrarily unified through the shared casting of Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. The same…

Scanner

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

A Scanner Darkly first published by Film4 Film summary: Friends tune in and turn on themselves in this rotoscoped adaptation of the Philip K. Dick cult novel, directed by Richard Linklater. Review: It is seven years from now, in Anaheim, California, and Charles Freck (Rory Cochrane) has a bug problem. They are everywhere – in his apartment,…

Ones

The Loved Ones (2009)

The Loved Ones first published by EyeforFilm “Have you heard about the lonesome loser Beaten by the queen of hearts every time? Have you heard about the lonesome loser? He’s a loser but he keeps on trying.” Sean Byrne’s feature debut The Loved Ones opens with these lyrics from Little River Band’s Lonesome Loser, playing…

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick ‘r Treat first published by Little White Lies With its omnibus approach to storylines, its EC-style brand of twisted morality and its opening credits styled to mimic a comic book’s flicking pages, Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat instantly evokes the anthology format (re)popularised in the Eighties by Creepshow (1982), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983),…

Ronde

La Ronde (1950) & Caught (1949): The Max Ophüls Collection

La Ronde (1950) & Caught (1949) – released as part of Second Sight’s The Max Ophüls Collection (2006) – first published by Little White Lies. In the sequence that opens La Ronde (1950), a dapper gentleman (Anton Walbrook) walks through a dark, mist-shrouded urban centre and introduces himself to camera as the film’s all-seeing narrator….

Level

Level 16 (2018)

Level 16 first published by SciFiNow Prepubescent Vivien (Sarah DaSilva) and Sophia (Lori Phun) reside on Level 10 of an authoritarian boarding school for girls, and dream of being chosen for adoption by a good family and seeing the sky for their first time. While helping Sophia pick up the jar of facial cream that she has dropped, Vivien commits…

Rondo

Rondo (2018)

Rondo begins with the sound of five loud shots, and Paul (Luke Sorge) waking in sweaty shock on the couch in the home of his younger sister Jill (Brenna Otts). “Paul came home from the war with a fire in his head and a dishonourable discharge under his belt,” states the narrator (voiced by Steve…