Wrong

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011)

First published by Little White Lies “He’s making the wrong turn,” complains Daniel (Dean Armstrong), “I knew it.” Even if his nine co-ed companions are devil-may-care fools, blithely happy to ride their snowmobiles into an oncoming blizzard with night falling, rule-bound, neurotic Daniel can read all the signs of trouble ahead – and his words…

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…

victim

The Victim (2011)

First published by Little White Lies A key image of Michael Biehn’s directorial debut The Victim shows a four-wheel-drive winding its way through the mountain roads of backwoods Arizona. It is an image that promises both the thrills of genre (the vehicle’s destination is no less than a proverbial ‘cabin in the woods’) and a…

Under

Under The Bed (2012)

First published by Little White Lies “Sometimes,” Freud once famously commented, “a cigar is just a cigar.” A similar principle comes to dominate Steven C. Miller’s Under the Bed, wherein a Freudian hothouse of family dysfunction and domestic repression gives way, in the third act, to an unexpected literalism, and that ravenous creature hidden beneath…

tulpa

Tulpa (2012)

First published by Little White Lies [note that this is a review of the version of the film which premièred at FrightFest 2012, for its first and only screening; since then, the film has been released in a very different cut] Remember Giallo, Dario Argento’s bumbling love letter to the genre that made his name?…

Block

Tower Block (2012)

Tower Block first published by Little White Lies “Built for affordable living after the Second World War” (as the text at the film’s beginning informs us), tower blocks were once “popular places to live” but, neglected, became “a breeding ground for crime and violence”, now targeted for redevelopment. Indeed, these urban islands might be regarded as…

Thompsons

The Thompsons (2012)

First published by Little White Lies We should probably start with a spoiler alert. It has been six years since Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores (known collectively as ‘the Butcher Brothers’) brought us The Hamiltons (2006), their  low-budget mash-up of tropes from the domestic psychothriller, ‘torture porn’ and, er,  one other subgenre, but if you…

Stitches

Stitches (2012)

First published by Little White Lies What better figure to straddle the genres of horror and comedy than the clown, that rictus-grinned merry-maker whose true feelings and intentions are always concealed behind an impenetrable mask? From Pennywise in Stephen King’s novel It to the Joker in the Batman comics, from Mr Jelly (and Mr Jolly)…

Remnants

Remnants (2012)

First published by Little White Lies “She was scared, ok – she was scared of blast burn and radiation poisoning, and she was dying,” Hunter (J.L. Thomason) reassures Jonathan (Ross Britz) after the latter has just been bitten on the hand by a crazed woman who burst into their bunker. “She’s a refugee of this…

Possession

The Possession (2012)

First published by Little White Lies Ole Bornedal’s The Possession opens with the words: “The following is based on a true story.” Now let’s be clear: there really was a wooden wine case (inscribed with Hebrew letters) which was brought to the US from Spain by a Polish Holocaust survivor; and after she died, decades…

Paura

Paura 3D (2012)

First published by Little White Lies As a storybook voiceover narrates how the Russian maid Elena, who had seen something “beyond the pale” in the house where she is employed, had one last thing to do before leaving for good, we watch Elena heading downstairs to the basement, where her bloody doom is shown from…