Wake Up

Wake Up (2023)

Wake Up had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2024. The closing credits of Wake Up include the disclaimer, “Absolutely no animals were harmed during filming.” For a film in which only one animal – a rat – is actually seen on screen being caught and killed in an improvised hammer trap, that modifier…

Them (Ils)

Them (Ils) (2006)

Them (Ils) first published by Film4 Summary: David Moreau and Xavier Palud’s bare-bones feature debut makes the whole slash-and-dash genre look like child’s play. Review: After their car breaks down at night in the middle of nowhere, a bickering mother and daughter are picked off one after the other by unseen assailants. While Them (Ils) may open…

The Boy Behind The Door

The Boy Behind The Door (2020)

The Boy Behind The Door first published by VODzilla.co Near the beginning of The Boy Behind The Door, two boys are out messing around and practising baseball on an idyllic sunny afternoon, and talking about their future. “Can’t wait till we’re older,” says Kevin (Ezra Dewey), in the film’s first (audible) line, “We can leave…

Hunted

Hunted (2020)

Hunted begins with a campfire story. A mother, credited as ‘the huntress’ (Simone Milsoochter), tells her eight-year-old son Jeremy (Vladimir Ryelandt) of a time long ago when, in this very wood, giant wolves saved an innocent girl from being sacrificed and eaten by the priest Nicodemus and his starving army of peasant crusaders. This story’s…

Invisible Man

The Invisible Man (2020)

The Invisible Man first published by Dirty Movies Conventional stalk-and-slash thrillers make an ally of the darkness. After all, it is in the shadows that monsters hide, and that the imagination, starved of visual stimulus, fills the empty spaces with its own panicky projections. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 3, 2013; Upgrade,…

Dangerous

Dangerous To Know (2020)

After a brief, formally titled ‘prologue’ in which Tom Douglas (David Simpson, also the film’s writer, director editor and composer) and Dr Flannagan (Demelza Randall) discuss the borderline personal disorder of Tom’s estranged sister Bridget (Bridget Graham) and Bridget’s recent, risky withdrawal from treatment and medication, Dangerous To Know introduces us to Jordan (Andrew Robert…

Samaritan

Bad Samaritan (2018)

Bad Samaritan first published by RealCrime Magazine Bad Samaritan opens with a flashback: a young boy whips a horse as an unseen woman pleads with him to stop, and then he raises a pistol and shoots. This is a primal scene – a significant event from that past that represents the moment where a person’s formative pathology takes root. Cut to…