The Devil's Tongue

The Devil’s Tongue (2023)

“You already know why I’m here,” says a woman in a white wedding dress to an enthroned, horned Satan, in the opening scene of writer/director Julian Gowdy’s debut feature The Devil’s Tongue. “You held up your end of the deal, so now it’s my turn. My only hope is that you – fuck!” Here, before…

Home Owners

Home Owners (Para entrar a vivir) (2022)

Home Owners (Para entrar a vivir) screens at HÕFF – Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival  Home Owners (Para entrar a vivir) begins with a montage of Ana (Bárbara Goenaga) and Maxi (Gorka Otxoa) unpacking items from boxes in their new home – literal ‘moving’ images that serve as a programmatic statement of influence and…

The Summoned

The Summoned (2022)

The Summoned has two openings: a prologue in which a male figure is impressionistically shown out of focus burying a human body in a makeshift graveyard alongside other, similarly rough-hewn graves; and a summoning. The latter comes in the form of an official letter from Dr Justus Frost (Frederick Stuart) inviting Joplyn ‘Lyn’ Rose (Emma…

Heartless

Heartless (2009)

Heartless first published by Film4 Summary: Philip Ridley’s third feature is a horror-inflected mind-melt set on the mean streets of East London.  Review: Anyone who has seen Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up (1966), the Pang Brothers’ Ab-Normal Beauty (2004) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s Clive Barker adaptation The Midnight Meat Train (2008) will know that films with photographers for protagonists…