Departing Seniors

Departing Seniors (2023)

Departing Seniors had its world première on Mon 28th Aug at FrightFest “You wish that all those fucking assholes would die horrifically gruesome deaths via telekinetic vengeance,” Bianca (Ireon Roach) tells her BFF Javier (Ignacio Diaz-Silveiro). “At least in Carrie all the high school assholes get what they deserve, right?”  Bianca’s words carefully situate Clare…

Piggy

Piggy (Cerdita) (2022)

Piggy (Cerdita) first published by SciFiNow   Pink is a colour associated with girlishness, and with pigs. The opening credits of writer/director Carlota Pereda’s feature debut Piggy (Cerdita) are pink, to match the colour of its teenaged (anti)heroine’s trainers – yet the film also begins with the image of a pig’s head being placed on…

Bitch Ass

Bitch Ass (2022)

Bitch Ass had its world première at SXSW 2022 Bill Posley’s Bitch Ass opens in Academy ratio, with the title Hood Horror Movie Nights written in a cheap-looking font, and with the show’s host tapping out minor-key notes on a piano surrounded by cobwebs and dusty VHS cassettes. Turning to camera, he says: “I’m sure…

Sissy

Sissy (2021)

Sissy had its world première at SXSW 2022 At the beginning of Sissy, from co-writing/co-directing team Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes (For Now, 2017), we see online influencer Cecilia (Aisha Dee) preaching the bland bromides of wellness. Yet the hyperventilation exercise that Cecilia has been demonstrating seems not a little unhinged, and as the recording…

New Kids

The New Kids (aka Striking Back) (1985)

The New Kids first published by Little White Lies, as entry 106 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “You’re gonna make it, kids. You’ve gotta be strong.” This is Colonel ‘Mac’ MacWilliams (Tom Atkins) in the opening sequence of The New Kids, giving his teenaged children Loren (Shannon Presby) and Abby (Lori Loughlin) a pep talk…

Mon

Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Guai guai guai guaiwu!) (2017)

Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Guai guai guai guaiwu!) first published by VODzilla.co As if the title were not signifier enough, Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Guai guai guai guaiwu!) announces itself as a creature feature right from its opening scene where a hobo, wandering into the basement of an old building for shelter, is attacked by…

Right

Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) (2008)

Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) first published by Film4 Summary:  Comedy director Tomas Alfredson turns his hand to a quiet horror story of pre-teen angst and vampiric longing in Cold War Stockholm.  Review: “Not too close, not too far. Keep distance.” The broken Swedish of gym teacher Mr Avila (Cayetano Ruiz)…

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…

Cushion

Pin Cushion (2017)

When we first meet Iona (Lily Newmark) and Lyn (Joanna Scanlan), they are in transition – literally moving into a new home in a new town, with their 17-year-old pet budgie and endless boxes of bric-a-brac. Hunchbacked Lyn and her flame-haired daughter are like figures from a fairytale – both a tight, loving mother-and-daughter pair,…

Evilspeak (1981)

First published, a long, long time ago, by Movie Gazette You might not know his name, but I guarantee that you will recognise Clint Howard’s face. With his indefinably odd looks, he is, like Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo and Tony Shalhoub, a memorable ‘character actor’ doomed forever to play sleazeball antagonist or goofy buddy to…

Hate

Some Kind Of Hate (2015)

Some Kind of Hate first published by TwitchFilm After finally standing up for himself against a vicious bully, troubled teen Lincoln (Ronen Rubinstein) is sent to a New Age reform school in the Californian desert, where he is quick to find himself the target of further bullying. In a moment of frustrated anger, he accidentally summons…