The G

The G (2023)

The G to have its UK première 29th February at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Things are headed to a bad place. We know this, because writer/director Karl R. Hearne’s The G opens in the middle of nowhere with someone being buried alive – already entirely effaced, but for the mouth, by a covering of…

King Kong 1976

King Kong (1976)

King Kong (1976) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 166 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Unleashed in 1933, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s King Kong was one of the first purely cinematic myths. Although it made glancing reference to Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’ 1740 fairytale Beauty and the Beast, the film…

Daughter

Daughter (2022)

Daughter first published by SciFiNow “I want you to understand something. I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want any harm to come to you at all – but if it comes to it, you will be harmed.” The speaker is Father (Casper Van Dien, in a career-best performance), and his immediate audience (Vivien…

The Feast

The Feast (Gwledd) (2021)

The Feast (Gwledd) first published by Sight & Sound, September 2022 Review: Over plain opening credits, birdsong and the bleating of sheep can be heard, sonically conjuring a rural idyll, before being interrupted first by the sound of a car arriving and then by the noise of a much louder motor. The source of that…

Death Proof

Death Proof – Director’s Standalone Cut (2007)

Death Proof first published by EyeforFilm, 5 September 2007 Comprising a double-feature of Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof and Robert Rodriguez‘s Planet Terror (as well as mock-up trailers during the intermission), Grindhouse was originally conceived as a grittily nostalgic revival of the whole ‘grindhouse’ experience – yet another groovy time-warp to add to the countless Noughties…

The Ape Woman

The Ape Woman (La Donna Scimmia) (1964)

The Ape Woman (La Donna Scimmia) first published (in a shorter version) by Little White Lies, as entry 137 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column As bare opening credits appear on screen at the beginning of Marco Ferreri‘s The Ape Woman (La Donna Scimmia), they are accompanied by the sound of a band playing jaunty circus…

Slaxx

Slaxx (2020)

Slaxx first published by VODzilla.co “They’re Fairtrade, sweatshop-free and 120% organic,” says Peyton Jules (Erica Anderson), model and spokeswoman for Canadian Cotton Clothiers (or CCC), a chain of clothing stores whose latest line of jeans, the Super Shapers, will go on the shelves at exactly 8 o’clock the following morning. In a branch of CCC,…

Concrete

Concrete Plans (2020)

Concrete Plans first published by VODzilla.co Right from the start, it is clear that Concrete Plans, the feature debut from writer/director Will Jewell, is going to end in violence. For in the opening sequence, under the flicker of a faulty fluorescent light, we are shown impressionistic glimpses of a body or two, a bloody screwdriver…

Mark Hartley on Ozploitation, genre and the Cannon canon

First published (in a shorter version) by Grolsch FilmWorks Mark Hartley is the Australian director behind rambunctious genre documentaries Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) and Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010) and a 2013 remake of classic 1978 Ozploitationer Patrick. Groslch FilmWorks caught up with him as he was promoting his latest…

Hooker

Dead Hooker In A Trunk (2009)

Dead Hooker In A Trunk first published by Little White Lies See a film with a title like Dead Hooker in a Trunk, and you know you are in for some wilfully sleazy exploitation – and in this respect at least, the feature debut from identical twins Jen and Sylvia Soska (who act, write, direct, produce, and…