Brotherhood of the Wolf

Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le pacte des loups) (2001)

Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le pacte des loups) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 175 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Christophe Gans’ Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le pacte des loups) is a fantasy adventure set in a history within a history. The framing narrative that bookends its actions (and occasionally interrupts them with…

Tremors

Tremors (1990)

Tremors first published by Little White Lies, as entry 157 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Ron Underwood’s Tremors opens with Valentine McKee (Kevin Bacon) standing on the edge of a rocky cliff, and urinating onto the ground far below. He is first shown from the front in an extra wide shot too distant to allow…

All You Can Eat (2022)

Kieran Reed’s All You Can Eat opens with the image of a three-eyed alien in a flying saucer, toothy mouth wide open to receive the severed human limb that it holds in one of its tentacles. What we are seeing will quickly turn out to be the neon-lit logo above roadside food outlet Planet Burrito (the text…

Cyst

Cyst (2020)

Patricia (Eva Habermann) is a nurse spending her last day working at a clinic. Capable and assured, she could do anything – but for now, she is still stuck assisting her boss Dr Guy (George Hardy), an older, altogether less competent practitioner whose very name plainly genders his many flaws. Played as a southern-fried blend…

Critters

Critters Attack! (2019)

Critters Attack! published by SciFiNow “What is this, 1986?”, teenager Trissy asks Drea (Tashiana Washington). College-age Drea is babysititng Trissy and her younger brother Jake (Jack Fulton), with Drea’s own younger brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel) in tow – and these words were Trissy’s horrified response to Drea’s proposal that they while away their time together…

Sand

The Sand (2015)

The Sand first published by TwitchFilm The morning after a night of hardy partying on a secluded beach, several co-eds awaken not just to the usual hangovers, erotic regrets, post-prank headaches and relationship recriminations, but also to the realisation that all their other friends have mysteriously vanished, and that, beneath the sand that surrounds them,…

Pod

Pod (2015)

Pod first published by Little White Lies Featuring, like Ted Geoghegan’s We Are Still Here, a basement and Larry Fessenden is Pod, written and directed by Mickey Keating (Ultra Violence, Ritual). While lacking anything like the budget or scale of The Cabin In The Woods, it is mostly set in one, and similarly challenges viewers to a knowing…