The Caiman (Il Caimano) (2006)

The Caiman first published by Film4 Summary: In his first film since 2001’s The Son’s Room, Nanni Moretti snaps his satirical teeth at film, politics, family – and Silvio Berlusconi. Review: Bruno Bonomo (Silvio Orlando), a neurotic producer with a string of schlocky ‘fascist’ films from the Seventies to his name, is now struggling to stay afloat….


Thriller (2018)

Thriller first published by Little White Lies You can tell from early on that Thriller is a knowing throwback to the sensibilities of the classic Eighties slasher, simply because a black character – 13-year-old Amani (Bria Singleton) – is quite literally ‘the first to die’, conforming to an old trope, well explored in Xavier Burgin’s…


Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm first published by The paradox of death is that it is both inevitable and arbitrary. We know that it is coming, just not when or how, and this mystery of mortality is one of the more haunting parts of the human condition. 13-year-old Mike Pearson (A. Michael Baldwin) has had to learn these…


Hellboy (2019)

Hellboy first published by Little White Lies “Why did you bring me back anyway?”, Hellboy (David Harbour) asks his adoptive father Professor Trevor ‘Broom’ Bruttenholm (Ian McShane), who runs the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. “Don’t tell me it’s ’cause you missed me.”  The truth is, it has always been Hellboy’s destiny to come…


The White Reindeer (Valkoinen peura) (1952)

The White Reindeer (Valkoinen peura) first published by Little White Lies, as the 79th instalment in my Cinema Psychotrunicum column. “A lot goes on here that southerners don’t understand,” a local informs an outsider who fancies that the single white reindeer currently plaguing the village’s male populace can be stopped simply with a modern rifle….


His Master’s Voice (Az Úr hangja) (2018)

His Master’s Voice (Az Úr hangja) first published by Sight & Sound “It is in the quest for such knowledge that science is bringing us closer to an understanding of who and where we are,” says the host of a Sixties television programme about space exploration. “You were born into chaos. Those first days were…


Trauma (2017)

Trauma first published by SciFiNow ‘Too Much Films’ is the first production company listed at the beginning of Lucio A. Rojas’ Trauma – and this promised excess comes front-loaded. For the opening sequence shows a bound, bloody woman in a compound for the torture and execution of political prisoners. Her teenaged son Juan is brought…


The Deserted (2017)

The Deserted first published by Little White Lies, following a VR screening at the Taiwan Film Festival, 2019 You sit in a swivel chair in a basement room, surrounded by up to 15 other people each with their own swivel chairs. There is no common big screen. Rather, individual computers feed the images direct to…


Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror first published by “We’ve always loved horror,” states a female voice at the beginning of Xavier Burgin’s documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, as the camera pans over empty cinema seats. “It’s just that horror, unfortunately, hasn’t always loved us.” There follows a montage of…


Under The Silver Lake (2018)

Under The Silver Lake first published (in slightly shorter form) by There is a whole subgenre of films set in Los Angeles – including Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. (1950), Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential (1997), Tony Scott’s Domino (2005), Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales (2006), Allen Coulter’s Hollywoodland (2006), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (2014), and…


Next Of Kin (1982)

Next of Kin first published by Little White Lies, as the 78th instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) did not just usher in, along with Ted Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright (1971), an ambitiously artful, thematically resonant strand of Australian horror – it also gave, right from its geographically…