Inside

Inside (2016)

Inside first published by SciFiNow In the opening scene of Inside, pregnant Sarah (Rachel Nichols) is driving in the rain, and chatting with her husband Matt about the name they should give to the child she is carrying in her belly, when the car collides head-on with another, flips spectacularly over, and suddenly Sarah is…

Red Snow

Red Snow (2021)

Red Snow first published by VODzilla.co “I write about vampires, and I read about them, a lot, and I’ve seen a lot of vampire movies,” declares Olivia Romo (Dennice Cisneros), some way into writer/director Sean Nichols Lynch’s Red Snow. “But I never actually met one in the flesh, I didn’t even know they were real…

Hosts

Hosts (2020)

Hosts first published by VODzilla.co The opening credits of Adam Leader & Richard Oakes’ Hosts are accompanied by a spiralling shot through a narrow rocky tunnel towards the mouth above and the clouds beyond. That image will recur at several points in the film, but will remain something of a mystery. Not long afterwards we…

Night Drive

Night Drive (2021)

Time ticks inexorably for forty-something Russell (AJ Bowen). He was once married, but is now divorced. Years ago he developed an app that became a huge financial success, but he made the mistake of allowing himself to be bought out before it went public, missing out on the big profit. He now uses the car…

Blowing

Cold Wind Blowing (2020)

Nomi (Angela Way) has some dark feelings, even if she may be concealing them on her holiday in an isolated family property with friends. She still feels devastatingly sad about her mum and dad’s recent divorce, feels guilty that she is spending Christmas away from them, and feels bitter that she has had to pick…

Nights

The Nights Before Christmas (2020)

Paul Tanter’s The Night Before Christmas comes with a slightly confusing timeline. It begins in Woodridge, Upstate New York, with a scene ‘four years ago’, as Michelle Weaver (Sayla de Goede) and her bruised and bloodied partner Nick Conway (Simon Phillips) viciously murder 30 orderlies and doctors in the asylum where they are patients. It…

Sitter

The Night Sitter (2018)

The Night Sitter first published by SciFiNow The Night Sitter opens with the sound of strange humming – and then we see young ‘Amber’ (Elyse Dufour) driving to a house in a suburban cul de sac for a child-minding job. As Amber carefully discards her cigarette, applies drops to her eyes, and practises introducing herself by…

Trapped

I Trapped The Devil (2019)

“Faith makes people dangerous,” says Karen (Susan Burke) to her husband Matt (AJ Bowen) in writer/director Josh Lobo’s feature debut I Trapped The Devil. The couple has paid a surprise visit to Matt’s brother Steve (Scott Poythress) at Christmas – that time in the calendar when issues of faith and family converge, and are often tested….

Instructions

Await Further Instructions (2018)

Await Further Instructions first published by SciFiNow After debuting with sink-estate gothic The Disappeared (2008), British director Johnny Kevorkian seemed to vanish himself – but now he has reappeared with a new foray into paranoia and unease, this time set firmly in middle-class suburbia. Await Further Instructions starts off like an English Guess Who’s Coming to…

The Children

The Children (2008)

The Children first published by EyeforFilm Kids, eh? Half the time you love ’em, the other half you just want to kill ’em. Elaine (Eva Birthistle) and Jonah (Stephen Campbell Moore) are heading to the vast country estate of Elaine’s sister Chloe (Rachel Shelley) and brother-in-law Robbie (Jeremy Sheffield) to celebrate New Year – and if…

Body

Body (2015)

“It’s the big house on… oh my god, there’s blood everywhere… he can’t be dead… please, please.” Body opens with audio only: a very distressed call to the emergency services from one or several female voices. Bad things – even what cinema likes to call Very Bad Things (1998) – are evidently in the works,…