Masking Threshold

Masking Threshold (2021)

Masking Threshold UK première at Soho Horror Film Festival 2022 Johannes Grenzfurthner’s Masking Threshold, which he co-wrote with Samantha Lienhard, is named for an acoustic phenomenon: if two sounds are played concurrently but one is louder than the other, it can mask the softer sound from the human brain, reducing it to inaudibility. Likewise the…

Everybody Dies By The End

Everybody Dies By The End (2022)

Everybody Dies By The End had its world première at FrightFest 2022 Anyone who has seen Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End (2012) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s No One Lives (2012) will know that this kind of title can often come with irony and antiphrasis. So the title of Everybody Dies By The End, though…

LOLA

LOLA (2022)

LOLA had its UK première at the Edinburgh International Film Festival “In 2021 a cache of film reels was discovered in the cellar of a country house in Sussex, England,” reads text that opens LOLA. “The film appears to be a broadcast recorded in 1941.” This immediately situates the feature debut of Andrew Legge (co-written…

When The Screaming Starts

When The Screaming Starts (2021)

When The Screaming Starts first published by VODzilla.co “I’m Norman Graybridge. A two-time award-winning documentary filmmaker. I’ve achieved great success in unearthing groundbreaking stories in people living on the fringes of society. So when I stumbled upon Aidan Mendle in the darker recesses of the internet, and learned of his twisted dream, I knew I’d…

Boots On The Ground

Boots On The Ground (2017)

Boots On The Ground first published by SciFiNow In October 2014 – the eve of the British pull-out from conflict in Afghanistan – a unit of five squaddies is under fire in the Hindu Kush. Coming to a huge British-engineered fort (“Leftovers from the First Afghan War”, as one of them wryly observes), they see…

Rec

Rec (aka [Rec]) (2007)

Rec (aka [Rec]) first published by Little White Lies Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and The Blair Witch Project (1999) may have set the ball rolling, but it was the terrors of 11th September, 2001, recorded live by amateurs at the scene, that made reportage the vehicle of choice for today’s horror films, from Diary of the…

V/H/S/2

V/H/S/2 (2013)

V/H/S/2 first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Most of his collection I would say was snuff and CP, but he had at least one that was the real thing. I don’t even think he knew what it was.”  So says missing student Kyle (L.C. Holt) in a webcam recording that a pair of camera-toting private investigators…

The Found Footage Phenomenon

The Found Footage Phenomenon (2021)

The Found Footage Phenomenon had its world première at FrightFest 2021 “The following is based on real events,” reads the glitchy, juddery text that opens The Found Footage Phenomenon, as though we were watching a VHS of one of the very films this documentary celebrates. That, of course, is a crucial point established early here:…

As In Heaven

As In Heaven, So On Earth (2020)

As In Heaven, So On Earth had its UK première at FrighFest 2021 “It was a mess. We kept finding pieces of evidence, putting them together, but we couldn’t find the right order.” So says Leonardo Constantini (Paolo Ricci), chief inspector of the Viterbo Police Department, in a secretive interview that he is conducting on…

Every Single Someone

Every Single Someone (2021)

Samuel Marko’s Every Single Someone opens with a potential explanation of its title. As impressionistic handheld footage shows Denver sophomores Lee (Luke Krogmeier) and Arlis (Megan Elisabeth Kelly) enjoying a date out on the town together and sharing their first kiss, we are witnessing two single folk becoming a couple. Yet by the time, moments…

Assimilate

Assimilate (2019)

Assimilate first published as an audio contribution to The Grimm Exchange John Murlowski’s sci-fi horror Assimilate opens with a close-up of tiny ant-like creatures swarming on a large leaf. In a single fluid motion, the camera pans left to reveal a well-lit suburban middle-class home at night. We cut to inside, and a young, panicked…