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…

Eastern

Eastern Boys (2012)

Eastern Boys first published by Sight & Sound, January 2015 Review: There is a scene near the end of Eastern Boys in which Chelsea (Edéa Darcque), concierge at the out-of-town Halt Hotel catering mostly to illegal immigrants, asks long-term guest Boss (Danil Vorobyev) about his relationship with the 14-year-old boy (Beka Markozashvili) who is the youngest…

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks In 1984, independent production house Cannon Film Group released Breakin’ (1984), a ramshackle buddy comedy which identified and helped define the breakdancing movement just as it was first beginning to cross over into popular culture. The acting was terrible, the dialogue misjudged, the plot formulaic and the direction rough-and-ready,…

Rough Cut (2013)

Review first published by LWLies. Rough Cut opens with a trailer for Jesus Rinzoli’s Hiker Meat (1982), built from instantly recognisable elements of slasher, smalltown conspiracy and creature feature, and authenticated by distressed ‘celluloid’ and dodgy post-synchronisation. Indeed so familiar is everything here, and so predictable the narrative trajectory, that the film itself hardly need…

Fresh Meat (2012)

Review first published at Cinetalk. It may open in the respectable-sounding St Agnes School for Young Maori Ladies, but less than a minute of Danny Mulheron’s Fresh Meat has elapsed before there has been a slo-mo schoolgirl lesbian shower scene. Rina Crane (Hanna Tevita) may have been sent to St Agnes by her overprotective father…

The Devil’s Sisters (1966)

DVD review first published on Cinetalk. “I had never seen anything like it, except in the movies of course. I was already beginning to feel like a movie star.” So says Teresa, a virginal Mexican girl from the country, as she undresses in her new en suite bathroom, the luxurious likes of which she has…