Torn Hearts

Torn Hearts (2022)

Torn Hearts first published by SciFiNow “We’re like sisters,” says Leigh Blackhouse (Alexxis Lemire) about herself and her best friend/bandmate Jordan Wilder (Abby Quinn). Their country band Torn Hearts is starting to gain traction in Nashville’s bar circuit, but not nearly fast enough to match their aspirations. Jordan has the talent, Leigh has the star…

Night Sky

Night Sky (2022)

Night Sky first published by SciFiNow. Near the end of Night Sky, someone will menacingly promise protagonist Oren (AJ Bowen) “a long excruciating couple of agonisingly painful hours while you – you helplessly wait to bleed out,” adding, “a sensation with which I think you’re pretty familiar.” Indeed, when we first meet Oren in the…

Stylist

The Stylist (2020)

The Stylist first published by VODzilla.co “I guess we all want what we don’t have,” says Claire (Najarra Townsend), admiring her hair in the mirror near the beginning of The Stylist. Except that it is not really her hair, and these are not even her words. For so damaged, so empty, is Claire”s sense of…

Shift

12 Hour Shift (2020)

12 Hour Shift first published by VODzilla.co As its title suggests, 12 Hour Shift follows its protagonist through a single average working night. Except that Mandy (Angela Bettis, May), looking in the film’s opening scene as though she has already been through her shift before it even starts, is an exhausted, put-upon, ‘grumpy-assed’, drug-addicted health…

After Midnight

After Midnight (aka Something Else) (2019)

After Midnight  (aka Something Else) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 105 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column A wide shot shows a grassy grove with leafless trees on either side, as the soundtrack plays discordant synth tones and the sounds of a detuned radio. A woman in a dress, Abby (Brea Grant), staggers…

Lucky

Lucky (2020)

“Who is that man?”, asks May Ryer, played by Brea Grant, who is also the writer of Natasha Kermani’s Lucky. May is herself a writer, penning how-to and self-help manuals for women in business, and is constantly having to hustle not just to create her work, but to promote it, to get it reprinted, to…

Dead Night

Dead Night (2017)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: Dead Night (2017) Most of the action of Brad Baruh’s Dead Night takes place over one long dark night on the 21st March, 2015 – Spring Break, technically, but still snowy in the Oregon hinterlands. Yet the film opens in the same place on 12 June, 1961, as a couple canoodling…

Apples

Bad Apples (2017)

Bad Apples first published by SciFiNow One Halloween night, a heavily pregnant woman is found dead after being repeatedly stabbed by her ex, the two babies apparently still alive in the blood pooling between their mother’s legs. This forms both the prologue to Bad Apples, and its primal scene, setting all the pieces in place for…