Unicorn Wars

Unicorn Wars (2022)

One of the ways that cinema can portray the end of innocence is to take things that would normally appeal to children and to infuse them with fear, distress or disgust. David Hand’s animated Bambi (1942) for Disney might have been very much aimed at children, but also traumatised many of its young viewers with…

Bring Out The Fear

Bring Out The Fear (2021)

Bring Out the Fear first published by VODzilla.co There is a careful ring-compositional rhyme between the first and last times we see recovering alcoholic Rosie (Ciara Bailey) in writer/director Richard Waters’ Bring Out The Fear. For in scenes that bookend the film, she is shown lying in a cosy-looking white-sheeted bed – and several scenes…

The Amusement Park

The Amusement Park (1973/2019)

The Amusement Park first published by Little White Lies Ushering in – along with Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby from the same year – a new Golden Age of horror that would last throughout the following decade, George A. Romero’s 1968 feature debut Night of the Living Dead shifted horror from the gothic castle to America’s…

King Car

King Car (Carro Rei) (2021)

Renata Pinheiro’s King Car (Carro Rei) opens with a montage of images: cows (with cowbells) walking among foliage; a tree half-hidden behind a plate-metal barrier; grass growing on an old car wreck; more cows, and more car wrecks. What all these images have in common is the clash of nature and technology that will come…

In The Shadows

In The Shadows (Gölgeler İçinde) (2020)

“Say something concrete!”, shouts Zait (Numan Acar), the protagonist of In The Shadows (Gölgeler İçinde). He is frustrated by the endless riddling abstractions that the Repairman (Vedat Erincin) keeps offering to explain what is going on – but in fact plenty is concrete in writer/director Erdem Tepegoz’s dystopia which – with its rocks, rubble and…

Fantastic Planet

Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage) (1973)

Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage) first published by EyeforFilm (13 Sept 2006) The best thing about Tarsem Singh’s The Cell (2000) was not its manic cut and dash, nor its psychological sadism – rather, it was a quiet, largely incidental scene in which Jennifer Lopez’s protagonist was shown lying back in her bed, smoking a joint and…

Pole

The Wild Fields (Dyke Pole) (2018)

The Wild Fields (Dyke Pole) first published by EyeforFilm “The road back home is a one-way trip,” 30-year-old Herman Korolyov (Oleg Moskalenko) is told as he returns from Karkhiv – where he works as an “independent expert” – to the rural part of Donbass where he grew up. Herman intends to stay only one night,…

Insect

Insect (Hmyz) (2018)

Insect (Hmyz) first published by EyeforFilm Entomology has long played a part in Bohemian allegorical art. In Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa famously wakes up to discover that he had been transformed into a monstrous insect, and then must vainly try to renegotiate his place in a household that now proves less…

Golem

The Golem (2018)

The Golem first published by SciFiNow With their previous film JeruZalem (2015), Israeli brothers Doron and Yoav Paz refreshed found footage with intradiegetic ‘Smart Glasses’, and reinvigorated the tropes of zombie apocalypse by staging them on their conflicted home territory of Jerusalem, and inflecting them with Dark Angels, Nephilim and other monsters from the Old…

Pig

Pig Hunt (2008)

Pig Hunt first published by Little White Lies John Hickman (Travis Aaron Wade) and a trio of his military-obsessed friends (dubbed ‘the morons’) are heading from San Francisco to the backwoods of North California for a weekend of male bonding and pig hunting – with John’s resourceful girlfriend Brooks (Tina Huang) tagging along to keep their…