Gates

Beyond The Gates (2016)

Beyond The Gates begins with a mother, father and their two young boys at the grand opening of their new video store. It is a moment tinged with hope for the future, but also, from our hindsight perspective, with tragedy – as is hinted by the grave look on the father’s face at the end…

Games

Road Games (Fausse Route) (2015)

Road Games first published by Twitch (now Screen Anarchy) After a prologue shows a human corpse removed from a car boot to be sawn into pieces and buried in the woods, English tourist Jack (Andrew Simpson) appears trying – and failing – to hitch a ride home from the South of France, his fingernails bloodied and…

Sun Choke (2015)

Review first published (in a different form) by Sight and Sound The setting is a luxurious, sun-dappled, peaceful home and garden on the outskirts of Los Angeles, but with the strange, strained relationship between its two female residents gradually coming into focus, Sun Choke also proves to be, as its title implies, a suffocatingly claustrophobic…

Still

We Are Still Here (2015)

We Are Still Here first published by Little White Lies Like many a ghost story, Ted Geoghegan’s feature debut traffics in grief, loss and the persistence of the past. Anne and Paul Sarchetti (Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig) move away from the city to rural Aylesbury, New England, hoping to escape the painful memories of their adult…

Re-Animator

Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator first published by FilmLand Empire “I’m dead,” declares medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), lying beside his girlfriend Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) in a state of post-coital exhaustion. When Megan questions his compliments of her physical beauty as “coming from somebody who spends most of his time with cadavers”, Dan insists, “Cadavers aren’t beautiful…