Everyone Will Burn

Everyone Will Burn (Y todos arderán) (2021)

Everyone Will Burn (Y todos arderán) had its UK première at FrightFest 2022 Like David Hebrero’s debut feature Dulcinea (2019), his follow-up Everyone Will Burn (Y todos arderán), co-written with Javier Kiran, concerns a would-be suicide, and uses genre to explore the ramifications of this damning desire. A brief text introduces us to the small…

Glorious

Glorious (2022) at Fantasia 2022

Glorious has its world première at Fantasia 2022, and is coming to Shudder later this year Rebekah McKendry’s Glorious begins with its protagonist Wes (Ryan Kwanten) in a dark place. It is not just that he has had a bad breakup with his girlfriend Brenda (Sylvia Grace Crim), but also that we first see him,…

Alone (Seuls)

Alone (Seuls) (2017)

Alone (Seuls) first published by SciFiNow The stylised font of the original French title for Alone, Seuls, raises the second upstroke of the ‘u’ higher than the first, so that it is possible to discern, encoded in the end of the word, the vestiges of Ils, the title of David Moreau’s feature debut (called Them…

Psycho Goreman

Psycho Goreman (2020)

Psycho Goreman first published by VODzilla.co The Canadian filmmaking collective known as Astron-6 has over the last decade made a specialty of lovingly resurrecting the sensibilities of different kinds of genre cinema from the Eighties, whether in wildly comic parodies (Manborg, 2011; Father’s Day, 2011; The Editor, 2014) or occasionally in a more serious mode…

The Turin Horse

The Turin Horse (A Turinói Ló) (2011)

The Turin Horse (A Turinói Ló) first published by movieScope The Turin Horse (A Turinói Ló) opens with an anecdote, narrated to a plain black screen, about an incident that took place on the streets of Turin in early 1889. Seeing a horse being whipped by its enraged owner, Friedrich Nietzsche intervened, tearfully embracing the…

The Crazies

The Crazies (2010)

The Crazies first published by EyeforFilm, 26 Feb 2010 In George A. Romero’s original The Crazies (1973), the insanity of post-Sixties America – where soldiers were firing live rounds at unarmed students and the spectacle of flaming corpses and chemical warfare in Vietnam was playing out nightly on the TV news – was contained within…

[Rec]2

[Rec]2 (aka Rec 2) (2009)

[Rec]2 first published by Film4 Summary: Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza return to direct this nerve-shredding sequel to Rec (and its quickie US remake Quarantine), further documenting the twists and turns of an unfolding demonic apocalypse.   Review: The original Rec (2007), with its terrifying tale of resident evil in a Barcelona apartment building, may have…

The Family

The Family (2021)

The Family has its European première at the Easter Grimmfest, 2022 “How could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?”, goes the text that opens The Family. It is a quote from the section in Plato’s Republic on the Allegory of the Cave, advertising that what follows…

Wyrmwood Apocalypse

Wyrmwood Apocalypse (2021)

Wyrmwood Apocalypse had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022 In 2014, director Kiah Roache-Turner and his co-writing/co-producing brother Tristan gave the world their feature debut Wyrmwood. It was a calling card for what has since – in their follow-up Nekrotronic (2018) and now their formal sequel Wyrmwood Apocalypse – become a signature style:…

The Pink Cloud

The Pink Cloud (A Nuvem Rosa) (2021)

“This film was written in 2017 and shot in 2019,” reads the pink-on-black Portuguese text that opens writer/director Iuli Gerbase’s feature debut The Pink Cloud (A Nuvem Rosa). “Any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidental.” No further elaboration is required to determine which actual events the film might be imagined to resemble – for…

Gaia

Gaia (2021)

Gaia had its UK première at FrightFest 2021 Sometimes you wait for one movie involving fungal fear and freakery to come along, and several arrive at once. The latest cycle probably started with Naughty Dog’s 2013 video game The Last Of Us, Corin Hardy’s The Hallow (2015), Colm McCarthy’s The Girl With All The Gifts…