Let Me In

Let Me In (2010)

Let Me In first published (in slightly different form) by EyeforFilm in Oct 2010 The year was 2008 and the world of horror was changing. Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In (Låt Den Rätte Komma In) came out, based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Delicate, melancholic, oblique and cool in…

Ikimono

I Live In Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (1955)

I Live In Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) first published by Movie Gazette in 2005 In the Fifties, Japan seemed a dangerous place to live. Leaving aside its geographical susceptibility to earthquakes, just a decade earlier, with the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it had become the only country ever to have been subjected to nuclear…

Kursk

Kursk: The Last Mission (2018)

Kursk: The Last Mission first published by Little White Lies As the opening credits – white on a blank black background – roll, we hear watery sounds, and a gasping inhalation. Young Misha (Artemiy Spiridonov) appears in medium close-up, completely underwater, and the arm of Mikhail Averin (Matthias Schoenaerts) moves in front of his face…

The Atticus Institute (2015)

Review first published by TwitchFilm Straddling the grey area between found footage and faux documentary, The Atticus Institute purports to investigate the events leading to the sudden closure of an underfunded centre for parapsychological research in 1976, and the disappearance, maybe even demise, of its founder Dr Henry West (William Mapother). Present-day interviews with West’s former colleagues…

Bunker 6 (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks What with Xavier Gens’ painstakingly nihilistic The Divide (2011) and now Greg Jackson’s feature debut Bunker 6, Canada is fast establishing itself as cinema’s ground zero for tense post-apocalyptic bunker-set psychodramas – wherein, no matter how fatally toxic the wastelands outside may be, the real hell is figured as a…

Possession

Possession (1981)

Possession first published by LWLies. If Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession was to prefigure Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire by six years in its use of a divided Berlin to symbolize all manner of dualities, then it would also find itself occupying a strange borderland between the arthouse and the grindhouse. On the one hand it is…

Terracotta Film Festival 2013

Festival preview first published by Film4. The fifth Terracotta Film Festival brings London viewers a Leslie Cheung/Anita Mui retrospective (Days of Being Wild, Happy Together, Rouge), a spotlight on Indonesia, the Terror Cotta horror all-nighter, and the usual selection of the very best new films from the Far East. But first the thrillers. Whether it…