Disturbia

Disturbia (2007)

Disturbia first published by Film4 Summary: D.J. Caruso makes neurotic voyeurs of us all in this upgrade of Rear Window for the internet generation. Review: “Can he see us?”, asks teenager Kale (Shia LaBeouf) “No, he can’t see us,” replies his father Daniel (Matt Craven), “but he can feel us watching.” Despite having a title that suggests…

This Way Out

This Way Out (2013)

This Way Out (2013) The feature debut of Staten Cousins Roe, A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life (2019) took full advantage of the incredible chemistry between its two leads, Katie Brayben and Roe’s wife (and fellow producer) Poppy Roe. The contrasts in these players’ performances – Brayben bringing the ditzy vulnerability, Roe the determined self-assurance…

Guide

A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life (2019)

A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life first published by SciFiNow “Be me, then be yourself”, advises self-help guru Chuck Knoah (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) in the motivational video that opens A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life. “You can be like me, but you can’t be me,” he adds, sounding like an unhinged – and somewhat confused –…

Tengoku

High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) (1963)

High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku) first published by Movie Gazette in 2005 While involved in a high-stakes bid to take over the shoe company for which he has worked since he was sixteen years old, Kingo Gondo (Toshiro Mifune) receives a phone call informing him that his son has been kidnapped, and will be…

Ikimono

I Live In Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (1955)

I Live In Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) first published by Movie Gazette in 2005 In the Fifties, Japan seemed a dangerous place to live. Leaving aside its geographical susceptibility to earthquakes, just a decade earlier, with the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it had become the only country ever to have been subjected to nuclear…

Kay

The Horror At Gallery Kay (2018)

The Horror at Gallery Kay begins in a waiting room, with a slow zoom onto a seated Olive (Rosebud), as the sounds of drilling, screams and children singing Ring a Ring ‘o Roses, fill the soundtrack – or at least the soundtrack in Olive’s mind. Olive is waiting for a Couples Counseling session which her…

Hungry

Hungry Joe (2020)

Hungry Joe opens with a montage: snatches of home video from 1998 and 1999, in which happy couple Laura (Laura Bayston) and Craig (Joe Sims) learn of Laura’s pregnancy and move into a new home, intercut with footage of a fire blazing intensely. These are something like ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots, leaving the sense that…

Jesus

Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway (2019)

At the beginning of writer/director Miguel Llansó’s Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway, the title is presented as the colourful title screen for an Eighties computer game, complete with garishly coloured 8-bit graphics displaying the film’s main characters, all to the accompaniment of old-school electronic squelches on the soundtrack. It is an apt…

Freddy/Eddy

Freddy/Eddy (2016)

Freddy/Eddy first published by SciFiNow “Who is Eddy now? Is he at your home? Is he sleeping in your bed? Or is he just deep inside you?” Dr Weiss (Burghart Klaußner) is talking to his patient Freddy Jelik (Felix Schäfer), an artist who, after having been charged with aggravated assault against his own (now estranged)…

Origins

Memory: The Origins Of Alien (2019)

Memory: The Origins of Alien first published by Little White Lies Not every documentary on a sci-fi horror hybrid made in 1979 opens with a modern staging of Aeschylus’ play The Eumenides on the numinous open-air ‘theatre’ of ancient Delphi, but then Alexandre O. Philippe’s Memory: The Origins Of Alien is engaged, as its very…

Daddy

Come To Daddy (2019)

Come To Daddy first published by VODzilla.co The word ‘UFO’ appears twice in Come To Daddy. When, in response to an unexpected letter, 35-year-old Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood, Maniac, 2012) comes visiting the father who walked out on him when he was five, and claps eyes on the remote cliffside home – all rough timbers…