Bite

Bite (2022)

Bite had its world première at FrightFest 2022 [fix] “It spins us all, and around and around we go,” says head of the house Gerald (Stuart Sessions), some way into James Owen’s feature debut Bite, as he proffers his wisdoms – to a captive audience – on the karmic wheel of Eastern religion. “Fight it,…

Beasts

Some Beasts (Algunas Bestias) (2019)

Some Beasts (Algunas Bestias) first published by EyeforFilm at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 The ageing patriarch Antonio (Alfredo Castro, Tony Manero) and his wife Dolores (Paulina García, Gloria) travel with their adult daughter Ana (Millaray Lobos), son-in-law Alejandro (Gastón Salgado) and teenaged grandchildren Máximo (Andrew Bargsted) and Consuelo (Consuelo Carreño) to a small…

Scissors

Rock, Paper and Scissors (Piedra, papel y tijera) (2019)

As the title suggests, game playing is key to Macarena García Lenzi and Martín Blousson’s Rock, Paper and Scissors (Piedra, papel y tijera), from a screenplay by the directors and their co-writers Julieta García Lenzi and Valentín Javier Diment (The Rotten Link). In a multi-storey house in contemporary Argentina, María José (Valeria Giorcelli) and her…

Duplicate

Duplicate (aka Jonathan) (2018)

Jonathan (Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort), the protagonist of Duplicate (aka Jonathan), is a straight-laced, hard-working wannabe architect, held back from career success only by an idiosyncratic insistence upon leaving his firm early every day (supposedly to look after an ailing relative) and, after filming a video diary, going to bed – and straight to sleep –…

Window

The Witch In The Window (2018)

The Witch In The Window first published by SciFiNow “We’re the house doctors, you and me,” says Simon (Alex Draper) in The Witch in the Window. “Get in there where the bad parts are and make ’em good. Turn this into some place someone would want to live.” Simon is explaining to his 12-year-old son Finn…

Harmonium

Harmonium (2016)

Harmonium first published by Little White Lies Koji Fukuda’s Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) opens with sounds of the eponymous instrument being played out of tune. Recognising her own shortcomings, young Hotaru (Momone Shinakawa), who is practising for a concert, turns on a metronome to impose a semblance of order on all the false notes – in…

Q

Visitor Q (2001)

Visitor Q first published by Movie Gazette In 1968, Pier Paolo Pasolini made Teorema (or Theorem), in which, by depicting a middle-class family torn apart by the arrival of a mysterious stranger who seduces each of its members, the Marxist director launched an effectively shocking onslaught on the traditional values of the bourgeoisie. Teorema was…

Oculus (2014)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Mike Flanagan (Absentia) realises a long-gestating horror project in feature-length form, as a brother and sister face evil – and themselves – in an antique mirror. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) star. Review: In 2005, Mike Flanagan directed and co-wrote a 32-minute short about a…

Thursday Till Sunday (2012)

Review first published on EyeforFilm At the break of dawn, a family of four sets off north from their Santiago home for a long weekend camping trip – but before they have even started driving, the mother Ana (Paola Giannini) asks the unnamed father (Francisco Pérez-Bannen): “Are you sure you want me to go?” Not…