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…

Some Like It Rare

Some Like It Rare (Barbaque) (2021)

Some Like It Rare (Barbaque) had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. Review first published by VODzilla.co Fabrice Eboué’s Some Like It Rare (originally called Barbaque) opens with meat – or more specifically a prime, marbled fillet of beef being lovingly sliced, hand-massaged and packaged by butcher Vincent Pascal (played by Eboué) while…

Frontier(s)

Frontier(s) (2007)

Frontier(s) (aka Frontière(s)) first published by Film4 Summary: Writer/director Xavier Gens’s feature debut transposes The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to the French borders, throwing some contemporary politics (along with its hapless principals) into the pot. Review: It is 2002. Unexpectedly defeating the Left’s main candidate in a first-round upset, leader of the extreme right National Front Jean-Marie…

Keeping Business

Keeping Company (2021)

A hoodied drug dealer is abducted from the street at night by bespectacled driver Lucas (Jacob Grodnik), who is fixated, Psycho-like, with his dead mother, and still living under the thumb of his domineering grandmother (Suzanne Savoy). A District Attorney (William Russ) campaigns for re-election under the motto ‘sweep the streets’ – and his name,…

Chop

Cut and Chop (2020)

Writer/director/producer Drew Hale’s feature debut Cut and Chop opens with Tom (played by Hale) sitting on the sofa reading Robert Lewis’ Method – or Madness? (1958), his girlfriend Esmerelda (Kari Alison Hodge) lying asleep beside him with her legs stretched over his lap. The title of this book, collecting Lewis’ famous series of lectures on…

Butchers

Butchers (2020)

The two Watson brothers, Owen (Simon Phillips) and Oswald (Michael Swatton), are out burying their recently deceased mother in the snowy ground, when they spot a car breaking down on the nearby road – and opportunity as well. Shortly afterwards the car’s driver Steven is dead, and his girlfriend Celeste is suspended by chains in…