Noire

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror first published by VODzilla.co “We’ve always loved horror,” states a female voice at the beginning of Xavier Burgin’s documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, as the camera pans over empty cinema seats. “It’s just that horror, unfortunately, hasn’t always loved us.” There follows a montage of…

Headless

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza) (2008)

The Headless Woman (La mujer sin cabeza) first published by EyeforFilm “Don’t worry. Nothing happened.”  So says Juan Manuel (Daniel Genoud) after his cousin Véronica (María Onetto) has declared her conviction that she has struck and possibly killed a boy while out driving by a canal. By this point, about halfway through The Headless Woman…

Calls

When A Stranger Calls (1979)

When A Stranger Calls first published Little White Lies, as the 72nd entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column It is for a single (lengthy) sequence, perhaps even for a single line, that Fred Walton’s feature debut When A Stranger Calls has taken up residence in the collective unconscious. The film’s opening section was adapted from…

Stroszek (1977)

First published by Movie Gazette Director Werner Herzog is renowned for introducing unconventional elements to his films which, far from being merely contrived gimmicks, coax out unexpected truths from his fiction. In Even Dwarves Started Small (1971), an all-dwarf cast underscores the childish behaviour of his adult characters. In Heart of Glass, the entire cast…

Selfish

The Selfish Giant (2013)

The Selfish Giant first published by EyeforFilm. Oscar Wilde’s 1888 Christian short story for children The Selfish Giant may have ‘inspired’ Clio Barnard’s feature of the same name, but the relationship between the two is hardly obvious. For a start, it is not clear who the Giant is. It could be Swifty (Shaun Thomas), the…