The Escapist

The Escapist (2008)

The Escapist first published, in slightly different form, by musicOMH, 11 April 2008 Frank Perry (Brian Cox) is a man looking to escape. As an aging lifer, he has long accepted the criminality, corruption and constant danger of his prison surroundings as his permanent lot, and has kept his head down – but now all…

The Minus Man

The Minus Man (1999)

The Minus Man first published by Film4, here slightly altered Summary: Hampton Fancher’s directorial debut draws sensitive drama, intelligent social comment and chilling performances from the serial killer genre. Review: “I like the details of a thing, especially if it’s got a purpose.” So says Vann Siegert (Owen Wilson) as he examines a sand-speckled pebble that he…

Olympics

The Year of the Sex Olympics (1968)

“Sooner than you think…” reads the text that opens Michael Elliott’s telemovie The Year of the Sex Olympics, filmed as part of BBC2’s Theatre 625. It is a promise of prescience in this science fiction from 1968 – and viewed now, it is all too easy to discern something of our own present being extrapolated…

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick ‘r Treat first published by Little White Lies With its omnibus approach to storylines, its EC-style brand of twisted morality and its opening credits styled to mimic a comic book’s flicking pages, Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat instantly evokes the anthology format (re)popularised in the Eighties by Creepshow (1982), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983),…