Vagina Minilogues

Vagina Minilogues: two anatomical short films at FrightFest 2017

Vagina Minilogues: two anatomical short films at FrightFest 2017 first published by SciFiNow strap: Shorts Flow and Smear put the vagina front and centre While there was a conspicuous dearth of female filmmakers represented in FrightFest’s feature programme (of the 65 films that screened, only Natasha Kermani’s Imitation Girl, Tini Tüllmann’s Freddy/Eddy and Caroline Labrèche…

Blood Shed

Blood Shed (2017)

Blood Shed first published by SciFiNow “THIS FILM HAS BEEN MODIFIED FROM ITS ORIGINAL VERSION. IT HAS BEEN FORMATTED TO FIT YOUR TV.” So reads text at the beginning of Blood Shed, in an affectionately nostalgic reconstruction of the experience of VHS home-viewing – an impression that is bolstered by the fact that the familiar…

Where The Skin Lies

Where The Skin Lies (2017)

Where The Skin Lies first published by SciFiNow Michaël Boucherie is a former dancer, a choreographer, and an award-winning maker of short films, but Where the Skin Lies is the first feature that he has directed and co-written. On the strength of it, however, it won’t be the last. With its focus on a small…

Veronica

Veronica (2017)

Veronica first published by SciFiNow Seated on the porch of her luxurious wooden cabin in remote mountainous forestland, a retired Psychologist (Arcelia Ramírez) answers a ringing telephone with conspicuous irritability, and expresses her reluctance to take on new patients – until she learns that the patient in question, Verónica de la Serna (Olga Segura), has…

Our Evil

Our Evil (Mal Nosso) (2017)

Our Evil (Mal Nosso) first published by SciFiNow The feature debut of writer/director/producer/editor Samuel Galli, Our Evil (Mal Nosso) is a film of two halves. In the first, hulking, bald, middle-aged Arthur (Ademir Esteves) wakes at 2.32am, searches the dark web, skimming over items like ‘credit card cloning’ ‘cannibalism’ and ‘necro’ to open a section…

Nightworld

Nightworld (2017)

Nightworld first published by SciFiNow Director Patricio Valladares is no stranger to FrightFest. His Hidden in the Woods (2012) – which he shot in his native Chile and then remade two years later in English – outraged some and delighted others with its shock tactics and constant lapses of taste, in a festival which many…

Meatball Machine Kodoku

Meatball Machine Kodoku (Kodoku: Mîtobôru mashin) (2017)

Meatball Machine Kodoku (Kodoku: Mîtobôru mashin) first published by SciFiNow In 2005, Yudai Yamaguchi and Junichi Yamamoto released Meatball Machine, a strange, superviolent romance in which a young man and woman fall in love, find themselves invaded and overtaken by parasite puppetmasters, and then duke it out (with an assortment of bizarre body-modified metal weapons) in…

Jackals

Jackals (2017)

Jackals first published by SciFiNow The Powells – father Andrew (Jonathan Schaech), his divorced wife Kathy (Deborah Kara Unger), their sons Justin (Ben Sullivan) and Campbell (Nick Roux), Justin’s former girlfriend Samantha (Chelsea Ricketts), and Justin and Samantha’s baby daughter Zoe – are having a reunion in their vacation cabin. This, however, is no ordinary…

Inside

Inside (2016)

Inside first published by SciFiNow In the opening scene of Inside, pregnant Sarah (Rachel Nichols) is driving in the rain, and chatting with her husband Matt about the name they should give to the child she is carrying in her belly, when the car collides head-on with another, flips spectacularly over, and suddenly Sarah is…

The Glass Coffin

The Glass Coffin (El ataúd de cristal) (2016)

The Glass Coffin (El ataúd de cristal) first published by SciFiNow Like a peculiar throwback to 2012, the year when both David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and Leos Carax’s Holy Motors came out, Haritz Zubillaga’s feature debut The Glass Coffin (El ataúd de cristal) is also almost entirely confined to the capacious rear end of a stretch…

Exhume

Exhume (2017)

Exhume first published by SciFiNow Exhumation is one of the key functions of the horror genre: digging up those dark, hidden parts of the unconscious and exposing them, in all their unsettling ugliness, to the light. it is a process which is literalised in Exhume, the feature debut, as writer/director, of Scott Poiley, who in…