Cold

Cold (Kuldi) (2023)

Cold (Kuldi) has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024   Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Cold (Kuldi) has, appropriately enough, a cold open. For as it begins, we see Lára (Álfrún Örnólfdóttir) head out in a dressing gown to the balcony of her high-rise apartment and, with a dazed look on her face, lean forwards,…

Winnie the Pooh Blood and Honey

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey first published by VODzilla.co, 11 March 2023 The words ‘blood and honey’ are metonyms of what a certain kind of film knows its audience wants. For sex and violence (not necessarily in that order) are the mainstays of B-horror, and Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey certainly delivers both, with some hilariously gratuitous…

Black Mold

Black Mold (2023)

Black Mold had its international première on Fri 25th Aug at FrightFest Black Mold opens with a long single shot. Cinematographer Robert Patrick Stern’s camera cranes down through a tree’s leaves to three kids cycling in the street, a man mowing his lawn, a woman getting letters from her mailbox, people walking and greeting each…

The Last Client

The Last Client (Klienten) (2022)

The Last Client (Klienten) had its UK première at FrightFest 2022 Written by Anders Rønnow Klarlund and Jacob Weinrich (who together pen crime novels under the collective pseudonym A.J. Kazinski), The Last Client (Klienten) is a psychological thriller, unfolding mostly within the confines of a consulting room, as a therapist finds her connections to her…

Don't Go

Go/Don’t Go (2020)

By its very nature, an apocalypse is an event on a large scale, taking out most if not all of the world’s population, and changing forever the lives of those left behind. Accordingly, films about the apocalypse are often spectacular disaster movies – think Roland Emmerich’s widescreen vistas of chaotic calamity in The Day After…

Turning

The Turning (2020)

The Turning first published (in a shorter version) by Little White Lies “This can’t be real,” exclaims Kate (Mackenzie Davis) as she enters the vast Fairchild estate (supposedly somewhere coastal in the US, but in fact Killruddery House in County Wicklow, Ireland) where she has been hired as live-in governess for young, orphaned Flora (Brooklynn…

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…

Phantasm

Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm first published by VODzilla.co 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…

Scar

Ghost Mask: Scar (2018)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Ghost Mask: Scar (2018) Ghost Mask: Scar opens with a childhood memory, narrated by its protagonist as an adult. A little girl rushes joyously to meet with her divorced dad, but joy turns to agonising grief as she realises that he and his new wife are taking home only her sister…

Knock

Don’t Knock Twice (2016)

First published by Sight & Sound, April 2017 Review: “How did it happen?” asks an anguished, uncomprehending Jess (Katee Sackhof). “How does something like that happen?” In Don’t Knock Twice, the third feature of Welsh director Caradog W. James (after race comedy Little White Lies, 2006 and cyber SF The Machine, 2013), Jess’s questions refer…