Kryptic

Kryptic (2024)

Kryptic had its World Première at the SXSW 2024 “It means the study of the hidden,” says tour guide Cooper (Ryan Beil) near the beginning of Kourtney Roy’s feature debut Kryptic, written by Paul Bromley. Cooper is explaining to his group – the Cedar Springs Women’s Walking Club – what cryptozoology is, as he tells…

Greywood's Plot

Greywood’s Plot (2019)

Greywood’s Plot begins with two videos. In the first, an old VHS camcorder films a horrific, if impressionistic, act of surgery being performed in a shed, and ending with a flatline. The second opens with the line “This is where my existence ends,” as Dom Stafler (played by the similarly named Josh Stifter, who is…

Fever

Sea Fever (2019)

Sea Fever first published by SciFiNow Sea Fever opens with a spectacular shot under the ocean’s surface, sunlight radiating through the wash above, before something plunges into the water: a fully dressed woman who opens her mouth to gasp for breath before there is a cutaway to the title, and then to a huge drifting…

Boggy

The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)

The Legend of Boggy Creek first published by VODzilla.co “This is a true story. Some of the people in this motion picture portray themselves – in many cases on actual locations.” So declares text at the beginning of this directorial debut from Charles B. Pierce, introducing its essential paradox. For much as it is set, and…

Mamula

Nymph (Mamula) (Killer Mermaid) (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks In making his second feature Nymph (aka Mamula, aka Killer Mermaid), director Milan Todorovic (Zone of the Dead) was granted access to a fortified islet located at the entrance to Montenegro’s Boka Kotorska bay. Built by an Austro-Hungarian general in the middle of the nineteenth century, the fort of Mamula (which…

The Expedition (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Over the passing decade or so, ‘found footage’ has, much like the post-Romero, post-9/11 zombie, earned itself something of a bad rep amongst horror fans just through sheer bloody overexposure. Unlike the zombie, however, it is less a subject than a medium for horror – a useful, highly flexible…

X Moor (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “It’s a half-puma half-leopard cross-breed,” says big cat hunter Fox (Mark Bonner) when asked what a ‘pumapard’ is. Fox is guiding American amateur cryptozoologist Georgia (Melia Kreiling) and her boyfriend Matt (Nick Blood) across Exmoor in North Devon, where they hope to capture on film (for a £25,000 prize)…