Beyond

The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà) (1981)

The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà) first published by Little White Lies as the 95th instalment in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Ever since, in the opening sequence of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s pioneering surrealist short Un chien andalou (1929), a man’s razor was shown slicing across a woman’s open, observing  eye, images…

Stendhal

The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) (1996)

The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) first published by VODzilla.co The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) was the second film by Dario Argento to star his daughter Asia. The title of the first, Trauma (1993), might equally have served here, given that The Stendhal Syndrome focuses less on its rapist/killer than on the scars, physical and psychological, that are left…

Hallow's

The Terror Of Hallow’s Eve (2017)

The Terror Of Hallow’s Eve first published by SciFiNow “Does this make you feel tough? Does this make you want to be a big bad monster?”  It is Halloween, 1981, and 15-year-old “mamma’s boy” Tim (Caleb Thomas) has just been caught with a horror magazine by local bullies Brian (JT Neal), Spaz (Mcabe Gregg) and…

Animals

American Animals (2018)

American Animals first published by RealCrime Magazine “This is not based on a true story,” reads text at the beginning of Bart Layton’s American Animals – only for the words ‘not based on’ to disappear. This latest from the director of documentary The Imposter (2012) reconstructs a very real library heist that was conducted at the…

Prisonnière

La Prisonnière (1968)

La Prisonnière first published by Little White Lies, as the 53rd instalment in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Josée (Elisabeth Wiener) and Gilbert (Bernard Fresson) live art – literally so, given that the Parisian apartment where they live their lives together also serves as the atelier where Gilbert produces his contemporary sculptures. It is not unusual for…

Plumage

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage first published by Little White Lies, as the 51st instalment in my Cinema Psychotronicum column There is a sequence in the middle of Dario Argento’s assured feature debut The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo) which sets out the film’s stall. The hero Sam Dalmas (Tony…

The Slayer (1982)

The Slayer first published by Little White Lies, as the 39th instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Although the hermetic, circular events of Alain Resnais’ Last Year In Marienbad (1961) took place in and around a baroque château lost in time, Adolfo Bioy Casares’ 1940 SF novel The Invention of Morel, which inspired Alain Robbe-Grillet’s screenplay…

Art

David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

David Lynch: The Art Life first published by Little White Lies “Every time you do something like painting – or whatever – you go with ideas, and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and colour them, even if they’re new ideas, the past colours them.” The speaker is David Lynch, and even though we can…

Benavidez

Benavidez’s Case (2016)

In the opening scene of Benavidez’s Case, in which a Board of art dealers discusses the current financial returns on the contemporary art scene, we learn that Pablo Benavidez (Guillermo Pfening) is both Argentina’s most in-demand artist, and dead. Everyone wants a piece of Benavidez for their own, but with no possibility of further production,…