FrightFest 2009 Diary Day 4

FrightFest 2009 Diary: Day 4

FrightFest 2009 Diary: Day 4 first published by Little White Lies Day 4 – Sunday 30 Includes capsule reviews of: Dead Snow; The Human Centipede (First Sequence); Coffin Rock; Night of the Demons; Dread; Michael Jackson: Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller; Black Dead Snow (2009) Of all cinema’s monsters, zombies have so dominated the horror landscape…

Extremity

Extremity (2018)

Extremity first published by SciFiNow In his Poetics, Aristotle argued that tragedy provided viewers with a catharsis, or ‘cleansing’, of their fear and pity. Ask people today why they watch horror films, and you will typically get a similar response: horror enables us to work through our unresolved emotions and dark drives (chiefly, although not…

A Touch Of Zen (1971), Last Shift (2014)

A Touch of Zen/Last Shift first published by Little White Lies as the second part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column King Hu’s A Touch of Zen and Anthony DiBlasi’s Last Shift might seem literally worlds apart in terms of their provenance, period, duration and genre. After all, the former is an epic wuxia from Taiwan released in 1970…

Missionary (2013)

First published by Grolsch FilmWorks   With Big Love all over our TV screens, The Book of Mormon winning critical acclaim and awards on stage, and in 2012 the first ever Mormon candidate running for the US Presidency, the Church of Latter Day Saints – the most mainstream of America’s homegrown religions – has recently risen to…