The Missing

The Missing (Iti mapukpukaw) (2023)

The Missing (Iti mapukpukaw) screens at HÕFF – Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival  Young adult Eric (Carlo Aquino) is woken one morning by a call from his mother Rosalinda (Dolly de Leon). She is checking in on Eric and wants to make sure he gets to work on time, but she is also worried…

Cold

Cold (Kuldi) (2023)

Cold (Kuldi) has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024   Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Cold (Kuldi) has, appropriately enough, a cold open. For as it begins, we see Lára (Álfrún Örnólfdóttir) head out in a dressing gown to the balcony of her high-rise apartment and, with a dazed look on her face, lean forwards,…

Dreamland

Dreamland (2019)

Dreamland first published by Little White Lies, as entry 101 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “We’re in a different world,” says a grizzled hitman (Stephen McHattie) of his surroundings near the end of Dreamland. He is not wrong, and the clue is in the title. For Bruce McDonald’s film falls into a body of works…

Chubby

Chubby (2019)

After meeting at the 2015 TIFF Talent Lab, filmmakers Dusty Mancinelli and Madeleine Sims-Fewer have become regular collaborators, writing, directing and producing three short films and a feature together. They are also both survivors of abuse, and have recently begun to explore this subject through their film work. Their debut feature Violation (2020) is a…

Tokoloshe

The Tokoloshe (2018)

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018: The Tokoloshe (2018) At the beginning of Jerome Pikwane’s feature debut The Tokoloshe, a young woman runs, terrified, through a field of tall grass, pursued and eventually snatched away by something that is glimpsed only as a rapid blur. This is the tokoloshe of Zulu mythology, a malevolent creature which, as…

My Amityville

My Amityville Horror (2012)

My Amityville Horror first published by EyeforFilm At the end of 1975, Kathleen and George Lutz and their three children moved into a large house on Ocean Drive, in Amityville, Rhode Island, where the previous occupants had been viciously murdered by their own patriarch. 28 days later, the Lutzes fled the house, never to go back…

Being Good (2015)

First published for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 “Everyone is so uptight about small stuff!” Tasuku Okano (Kengo Kora) exclaims to his girlfriend, not even noticing that his immature self-absorption is driving her away. In a hilly coastal town, Tasuku is struggling through his first year as a fourth-grade teacher at the local…

Touch

Dark Touch (2013)

Dark Touch first published by Grolsch FilmWorks A dark and stormy night. A big old classically furnished house in the middle of nowhere. A shelf collapses, a baby cries, shadows move within, and a scream is heard. Right from its opening scene, Dark Touch uses the trappings of pure gothic (including elements of the supernatural) to…

Daylight

Daylight (2013)

Daylight first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “The first tape left a lot of questions unanswered,” says Officer Rick Boyd (Bill Tush) in the prologue to Daylight (named for the small Indiana town on whose outskirts the film’s different elements converge), “and unfortunately even after three years, the second one just raises more.” This comes as a…

Jennifer Lynch

The genuinely lovely Jennifer Lynch sets the story straight on her filmic interest in child abuse and her various troubled productions in this interview for Little White Lies. Be warned that towards the end there is something of a spoiler about her new film CHAINED, out on limited theatrical release from 1 February, and on…