Deaths

Little Deaths (2011)

Review first published by CineTalk In the wake of the Credit Crunch when cash is in relatively short supply, if you are an independent genre filmmaker who hopes to advertise your wares to the market in the hope of attracting investment for your future full-length projects, one of the best approaches is to contribute a…

World

World War Z (2013)

Review first published by Cinetalk. Few will enter World War Z entirely unprepared. Some might have read Max (son of Mel) Brooks’ polydiegetic source novel. Many will have heard the stories of a plagued production, ever-changing personnel, multiple rewrites and even extensive reshoots, leading to a long-delayed release. And most will be aware of its…

Warm Bodies (2013)

Review first published by Cinetalk. If humans and zombies have always observed an uneasy apartheid, then it took Warm Bodies – both the 2010 novel by Isaac Marion and now the film adaptation by writer/director Jonathan Levine (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, 50/50) – to realise, in this yawning, yearning gulf between…

Curandero: Dawn of the Demon (2005)

Review first published by Cinetalk. “They drink blood, they yank out spinal cords, chop up bodies,” Federal Agent Magdalena (Gizeht Galatea) tells Carlos Gutiérrez (Carlos Gallardo) over dinner, as she describes the macabre modus operandi of the ‘Satanic drug-trafficking cult’ that they have teamed up to pursue. “Want dessert?” Humble, softly spoken Carlos is the…

The Hidden Face (La Cara Oculta) (2011)

Review first published by Cinetalk. “These cases are more common than you might think – even in this country.” So says the police officer (Julio Pachón) in charge of investigating the disappearance of Belén (Clara Lago). She is, or was, the girlfriend of Adrián (Quim Gutiérrez), and out of love had followed him from their…

Fresh Meat (2012)

Review first published at Cinetalk. It may open in the respectable-sounding St Agnes School for Young Maori Ladies, but less than a minute of Danny Mulheron’s Fresh Meat has elapsed before there has been a slo-mo schoolgirl lesbian shower scene. Rina Crane (Hanna Tevita) may have been sent to St Agnes by her overprotective father…

The Devil’s Sisters (1966)

DVD review first published on Cinetalk. “I had never seen anything like it, except in the movies of course. I was already beginning to feel like a movie star.” So says Teresa, a virginal Mexican girl from the country, as she undresses in her new en suite bathroom, the luxurious likes of which she has…