Reckoning

The Reckoning (2020)

The Reckoning first published by VODzilla.co The text with which Neil Marshall’s The Reckoning opens reveals that it is “England 1665, Year of the Great Plague”, adding that it is “the time of the witch finders.” Coming out in another year of plague in England, the film certainly re-echoes down the ages to the present…

Slumber Party Massacre

Slumber Party Massacre (2021)

Back in the early Eighties heyday of the slasher, the genre was dominated by male writers and directors, but there were notable exceptions. One of these was The Slumber Party Massacre, released in 1982. This was originally written by feminist activist Rita Mae Brown as a horror parody (under the working title Sleepless Nights), and…

Alice

Alice (2019)

Alice first published by VODzilla.co “You know how to do this. You have been doing it your whole life. You have been trained to scan people’s emotions. To know what to say, how to behave, how to please everyone. Take control, Sophia.” So says Lisa (Chloé Boreham), a Francophone New Zealander living in Paris and…

Lucky

Lucky (2020)

“Who is that man?”, asks May Ryer, played by Brea Grant, who is also the writer of Natasha Kermani’s Lucky. May is herself a writer, penning how-to and self-help manuals for women in business, and is constantly having to hustle not just to create her work, but to promote it, to get it reprinted, to…

Blame

I Blame Society (2020)

I Blame Society enjoyed its World Première Tues 28 January 2020 at the Rotterdam Film Festival Meet Gillian – an unfulfilled amateur filmmaker in LA. She has an MA but is unemployed, and the slew of ‘disturbing’ short films to her name have so far not helped her move on to anything bigger. When her…

Bombshell

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story first published by VODzilla.co  Near the beginning of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, it is casually stated that the Austrian actress inspired the iconography of both Disney’s Snow White and the comicbook Catwoman. While the latter claim is debatable – Catwoman creator Bob Kane has said that Jean Harlow was more…

Enclosure

Enclosure (aka Arbor Demon) (2016)

After a prologue in which a heavily pregnant woman is pursued by something in the woods, Enclosure [now retitled Arbor Demon] introduces us to photographer Dana (Fiona Durif) and musician Charles (Kevin Ryan) in the well-appointed suburban home that they have made together. They are very much in love – yet there are tensions in the relationship…

Shadow

Through The Shadow (Através da Sombra) (2016)

After a black-and-white still of a plantation house, Walter Lima Jr’s Through the Shadow (Através da Sombra) begins with intimate close-up images of Laura (Virginia Cavendish) carefully buttoning up her clothing over the skin on her chest. This sets the tone for a film that will come to be preoccupied with sexual repression and denial…

Night

We Are The Night (2010)

First published by Little White Lies Released (at least in its native Germany) just two years after Let The Right One In (2008), Dennis Gansel’s We Are The Night (Wir sind die Nacht) is another attempt to reinscribe the vampire mythos upon modern Europe. After a montage of images (from colour and then black-and-white photographic…

The Witch Who Came From The Sea

The Witch Who Came From The Sea (1976)

The Witch Who Came From The Sea first published by TheHorrorShow “Who is she?” asks Molly (Millie Perkins) of the female figure on the painting before her. “She’s a witch come out of the sea,” responds Billy Batt (Rick Jason), the ageing movie star who is hosting a party at his groovy Malibu pad, and who…

Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman

In Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four (2015), when Reed (Miles Teller) and Victor (Toby Kebbell) go on their unauthorised drunken joyride in their big Tele-whatsit toy to Planet Zero, they do not once think to invite their colleague and intellectual peer Sue Storm (Kate Mara) along, instead finding room for their welder Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) and uninvolved…