Death Note

Death Note (2017)

Death Note first published by SciFiNow The pen, it is often said, is mightier than the sword – but imagine if you could kill someone remotely merely by writing their name (while picturing their face) in a special book, and perhaps adding a few words about the details of their demise. If this sounds like…

V/H/S/2

V/H/S/2 (2013)

V/H/S/2 first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Most of his collection I would say was snuff and CP, but he had at least one that was the real thing. I don’t even think he knew what it was.”  So says missing student Kyle (L.C. Holt) in a webcam recording that a pair of camera-toting private investigators…

Wingard

Adam Wingard talks Death Note and moving from “mumblegore” to Netflix

Adam Wingard interview first published by VODzilla.co Director Adam Wingard debuted with the ultra-low-budget, Bill Moseley-starring Homesick (shot in 2003 but not premiering till 2007) and ‘acid horror’ Pop Skull (2007). Both were collaborations with E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), but his next films – A Horrible Way To Die (2010), You’re Next (2011), The Guest (2014),…

Note

Death Note (2017)

Death Note first published by VODzilla.co Death comes to us all in the end, but the wait for the American version of Death Note has been particularly long and twisted. It started as a manga series, Desu Noto (2003-6), written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Yakeshi Obata. This was followed by an anime for television…

Blair

Blair Witch (2016)

First published by Little White Lies It has been a long time since Heather Donahue and her two-man crew ventured into the woods of Burkittsville to become a part of the local legend that they were there to document. Back in 1999, Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s ultra-low-budget The Blair Witch Project would revolutionise genre…

V/H/S

V/H/S (2012)

First published by Little White Lies If the title of V/H/S evokes a video format prevalent in the 1980s, then its extraneous ‘slashes’ point in two opposite directions, suggesting both the horror subgenre most closely associated with the Reagan era, and the conventional punctuation of a URL. The film itself, an  anthology of short pieces…

Guest

The Guest (2014)

The Guest first published by Film4 Descriptive synopsis: In this darkly funny psychothriller, a returned soldier runs amok through the problems of a smalltown American family. Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next) directs. Review: “I guess we don’t need a living, breathing reminder of him,” says 20-year-old Anna Peterson (Maika Monroe). Her brother…

Next

You’re Next (2011)

Review first appeared in Sight & Sound, September 2013 Review: “It should be interesting,” says Crispian Davison (A.J. Bowen) to his younger girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson) about the first gathering in years of the entire Davison clan. “You’ll see.” Sure enough, tensions abound as underachieving academic Crispian and the other three adult Davison siblings –…

You're Next (2011)

Review first published by movieScope When affluent, retirement-age Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) and their mostly feckless adult scions all converge on their fixer-upper country estate for the first dynastic reunion in years, petty familial frictions soon erupt into something more murderous with the arrival of three masked intruders. What follows is…

The ABCs of Death

The ABCs of Death (2012)

The ABCs of Death first published in Sight & Sound, May 2013 Synopsis: An anthology  of 26 short films, each named for a different letter of the alphabet, each directed by different genre filmmakers, and each focused upon death. Review: “I’m sorry, it was going to be better – but we didn’t have time.” The…