The Weird Kidz

The Weird Kidz (2022)

The Weird Kidz had its world première at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival In the centre of Black Bird – established only a decade ago in 1975 and, according to its sign, “A real nice place to raise your kids up” – are three 12-year-old friends who embody the community’s first generation of children. They…

Piaffe

Piaffe (2022)

Piaffe screened at the London Film Festival 2022 When her trans sibling Zara (Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau), a foley artist, is suddenly institutionalised, nervous, near mute film archivist Eva (Simone Bucio) takes over Zara’s commission reproducing equine sounds on an advertisement for a pharmaceutical ‘mood stabiliser’ punningly named Equilibri. Yet even as the ad’s director insists…

Vesper

Vesper (2022)

Vesper has its UK première at Grimmfest The sowing of seeds, whether literal or metaphorical, is not just an investment in the future, but a gendered activity, strongly associated with men. For in agriculture it has traditionally been men who till – and sometimes even own – the land, spreading seeds across it for their…

Moon Garden

Moon Garden (2022)

Moon Garden has its international première at Grimmfest  “Wake up,” are the opening words of Ryan Stevens Harris’ Moon Garden, as Sara (Augie Duke) quietly gets her five-year-old daughter Emma (a very impressive Haven Lee Harris) up and into the car so that the two of them can sneak away before dawn. “Where’s daddy?”, asks…

House of Darkness

House of Darkness (2022)

House of Darkness had its UK première at Grimmfest  Although, back in 1997, writer/director Neil LaBute’s provocative feature debut In The Company of Men made him an instant enfant terrible of the indie/arthouse circuit, it was also a horror film hiding in plain sight. For even if it did not come with any of the…

Megalomaniac

Megalomaniac (2022)

Megalomaniac has its UK première at Grimmfest  Writer/director Karim Ouelhaj’s Megalomaniac has two formal openings, introducing two separate if related themes that will come to dominate the rest of the film. The first is a brief history, presented in text, of the so-called Butcher of Mons, a notorious Belgian serial killer who, between 22 March…

Infernal Affairs

Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) (2002)

Infernal Affairs (Mou gaan dou) first published by Movie Gazette, 12 Nov, 2003 “I wish you guys every success in the police force – good luck, officers”, says Sam (Eric Tsang) to a line-up of young recruits. Except that Sam is a Triad boss, and the recruits are young criminals who have agreed to infiltrate…

37 Rebirth

8:37 Rebirth (2021)

8:37 Rebirth opens with a bang that will reverberate throughout the film. In a Turkish-owned corner store in the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, we see nine-year-old Sergei Radic (Benjamin Walker) staring in horror, and 18-year-old, bloody-faced Jared Peters (Kylar Johnson) holding a gun. At first the incident itself is not shown, just its immediate…

Soho Horror Film Festival 2022

Soho Horror Film Festival(s) 2022

Identity is everything. Amid the FrightFests and Grimmfests, the Mayhems and the Celluloid Screams, the Fractured Visions, Abertoirs and Cine-Excesses, it is hard for a new genre festival to carve out its own niche: to jump out when least expected and grab the attention.  The Soho Horror Film Festival is ‘amateur’ in the true sense…

To The Moon

To The Moon (2021)

“Tigers don’t change their stripes,” Dennis Lotz (Scott Friend) tells his wife Mia (Madeleine Morgenweck) of his estranged older brother Roger (Will Brill) in writer/director Friend’s feature debut To The Moon. Vacationing upstate for the weekend at a remote lakeside summer house built by Dennis’ late grandfather, the couple hopes for some time together to…

Sick of Myself

Sick of Myself (Syk pike) (2022)

“Narcissists are the ones who make it,” complains Signe (Kristine Kujath Thorp, Ninjababy, 2021) at a party near the beginning of Sick of Myself (Syk Pike), unable to recognise – as all her friends do – that, despite not making it, she is herself a narcissist. She lives with artist du jour Thomas (Erik Sæther),…