Ritual

The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual first published by Sight & Sound, November 2017 Review: Regardless of where it ends, the starting point of David Bruckner’s The Ritual is a tangled forest of grief, loss and guilt from which its characters will struggle to emerge. As five one-time English university friends, now approaching middle age, discuss where they will spend…

Southbound

Southbound (2015)

First published by Little White Lies as Part 15 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Anthology horror films come in many forms. At their simplest, they just place their different episodes one after the other (Kwaidan, 1964; Three, 2002; Little Deaths, 2011), perhaps with a wraparound story (Creepshow, 1982; Tales From The Darkside: The Movie, 1990; V/H/S,…

V/H/S

V/H/S (2012)

First published by Little White Lies If the title of V/H/S evokes a video format prevalent in the 1980s, then its extraneous ‘slashes’ point in two opposite directions, suggesting both the horror subgenre most closely associated with the Reagan era, and the conventional punctuation of a URL. The film itself, an  anthology of short pieces…