Heartless

Heartless (2009)

Heartless first published by Film4 Summary: Philip Ridley’s third feature is a horror-inflected mind-melt set on the mean streets of East London.  Review: Anyone who has seen Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up (1966), the Pang Brothers’ Ab-Normal Beauty (2004) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train (2008) will know that films with photographers for protagonists…

Brooks

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Mr. Brooks first published by Film4 Summary: Kevin Costner and William Hurt star as different aspects of a conflicted character in Bruce A. Evans’ multi-faceted psycho thriller. Review: Cleancut, earnest, and just a little bland, Kevin Costner has constructed a highly successful career playing the gentle pioneer, the homespun baseball enthusiast, the unassuming hero and the dishy…

Darlin'

Darlin’ (2019)

Pollyanna McIntosh has been playing ‘The Woman’ – a feral cannibal with a vicious streak to match her strong mothering instinct – for a decade now. In 2009, she starred in Andrew van den Houten’s Offspring, and in Lucky McKee’s The Woman (2011) she was the lone survivor of her tribe and, in her encounters…

Floor

Girl On The Third Floor (2019)

Girl On The Third Floor first published by SciFiNow “This house is a bitch,” pastor Ellie Mueller (Karen Woditsch) tells Don Koch (WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) of the Victorian mansion opposite her church that he is fixing up so that he and his pregnant wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) can start a family…

Automata

Automata (aka The Devil’s Machine) (2019)

Automata (aka The Devil’s Machine) first published by SciFiNow “She wants to be let out,” says a soldier, drawn, as if by a whispering siren call, to the wooden chest that his troop is transporting across the border to destroy. They are intercepted by another squadron, and the bloody skirmish that ensues – in which…

Freaks

Freaks (2018)

Freaks first published by SciFiNow Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein’s film opens to the distorted strains of ice cream truck music, as seven-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) peeks out at Mr Snowcone’s blue-and-pink vehicle parked in the suburban street below. Ice cream is such a simple, tantalising pleasure, yet Chloe’s dad Henry (Emile Hirsch) pulls…

Comes

Here Comes Hell (2019)

Here Comes Hell first published by SciFiNow “This motion picture contains elements of horror, terror and demonic possession,” warns the on-stage tuxedo’d host (Jasper Britton) in literal black and white at the beginning of Here Comes Hell, as he presents ‘our feature presentation’ in terms reminiscent of the prologue to James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931). The…

preview

Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 preview

It was 20 years ago today… past, present and future in Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 Hindsight is 20/20. Nobody could have known, way back when Audition was programmed as part of the inaugural edition of FrightFest in the year 2000, how forward-looking a selection this would prove to be. For, apart from being a film…

Fantasia

Reorienting genre: Fantasia International Film Festival 2019

Fantasia International Film Festival 2019 takes place 11 July – 1 August 2019 This year’s Fantasia opens with the latest Ring-sequel Sadako, returning Hideo Nakata to the series that he started back in 1998, and closes with Kazuki Nakashima’s combustible pop-art anime Promare. Both these films encapsulate and conjoin Fantasia’s twin commitments – suggested by…

Kindred

Kindred Spirits (2019)

Kindred Spirits has its world première on Sunday 16 June at Cinepocalypse 2019 The filmmaking careers of both Lucky McKee (May, 2002; The Woman, 2011) and Chris Sivertson (The Lost, 2006;  I Know Who Killed Me, 2007) both began in 2001 when they co-directed and co-wrote the shot-on-video All Cheerleaders Die – which they remade…

Cheerleaders

All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

All Cheerleaders Die first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Before Chris Sivertson and Lucky McKee became, separately, the best big-screen adaptors of Jack Ketchum’s writings – the former with The Lost (2006), the latter with Red (2008) and The Woman (2011) – the two writer/directors debuted together with a little-seen, shot-on-video feature All Cheerleaders Die (2001),…