Casshern

Casshern (2004)

Casshern first published by Movie Gazette In 1973, Tatsunoko Productions created an animated series for Japanese television called Shinzo Ningen Casshan, about a heroic superfighter named Casshan who defended the human race against wicked androids accidentally unleashed by his father’s experiments. It was pretty much your standard good-versus-evil anime, daft enough to find room even…

Army

Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

Frankenstein’s Army first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Everybody’s sick. The Nazis! The Communists! Capitalists! Everyone. The sickness cannot be cured, so it must be cut out.” The speaker is Dr Viktor Frankenstein (Karel Roden), explaining his solo surgical strike against all sides in the Second World War. A German who was interned in the concentration…

Depraved

Depraved (2019)

Depraved had its world première at on 20th March, 2019 at What the Fest!? “You’re so pale. What are you, like a vampire or something?” This is what, a good way into Depraved, Shelley (Addison Timlin) asks the taciturn, heavily scarred stranger (Adam Breaux) with whom she has started drinking in a South Brooklyn bar. Shelley…

Chimera

Chimera (2018)

Chimera first published by SciFiNow “I’m running out of time. I need to freeze time.” So says scientist Quint (Henry Ian Cusick) in writer/director/producer Maurice Haeems‘ feature debut Chimera, as he races against fate to save his young children from the same hereditary disease that took his wife Jessie (Karishma Ahluwalia). Given Quint’s pioneering work…

Creature

Frankenstein’s Creature (2018)

[note that this review of Frankenstein’s Creature was based on a test preview] “My story lies in pieces, but I’ll offer it to them in pieces, and extend to them the chance to piece it back together.” So says the Creature (James Swanton), unravelling the sorry tale of his brief but extraordinary life of constant rejection and…

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #3

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch #3 first published by Twitch (now ScreenAnarchy) Titles featured: Frankenstein, Another Me, Inner Demon, Road Games, Farhope Tower, Scherzo Diabolico, These Final Hours Four days in, and FrightFest has entered that bleary-eyed state of exhaustion where everything, on or off screen, seems hallucinatory, and conversations outside the cinema take on a rambling, incoherent…

Bad Blood: The Movie (2016)

In depicting the collapse of homespun American patriarchy before a resurgent nature that can never be completely denied or repressed, George McCowan’s Frogs (1972) is what ecological horror might have been like if tackled by Tennessee Williams, and easily earns its place as one of the very finest nature’s revenge films of all time –…

Patchwork

Patchwork (2015)

Patchwork first published by EyeforFilm One day – Friday the 13th, if you listen carefully – three complete strangers all spend an evening in the same bar, without actually running into each other. Not long after, lonely corporate Jennifer (Tory Stolper), airheaded ‘bar star’ Ellie (Tracey Fairaway) and quiet Madeleine (Maria Blasucci) wake up on a slab…

Re-Animator

Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator first published by FilmLand Empire “I’m dead,” declares medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), lying beside his girlfriend Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) in a state of post-coital exhaustion. When Megan questions his compliments of her physical beauty as “coming from somebody who spends most of his time with cadavers”, Dan insists, “Cadavers aren’t beautiful…