Hammer

Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years (2018)

Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years first publshed by SciFiNow Founded in 1934 and responsible for films in many genres, Hammer Film Productions is best known for its horror output, starting with the adapted-from-television SF of The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and then overarched by a run of titles, rooted in Victorian Gothic, that often star…

Bluebird

A Bluebird In My Heart (Tu ne tueras point) (2018)

A Bluebird in My Heart first published by SciFiNow The feature debut of writer/director Jérémie Guez (who also co-wrote Dominique Rocher’s The Night Eats The World, 2018), A Bluebird In My Heart (Tu ne tueras point) is adapted from ex-con Dannie M. Martin’s hard-boiled novel The Dishwasher (1995). Its English title, however, is a refrain…

God

Killing God (Matar a Dios) (2017)

Killing God (Matar a Dios) first published by SciFiNow “It’s me or the omelette,” says middle-aged Carlos (Eduardo Antuña), about twenty minutes into Caye Casas and Alberto Pintó’s Killing God (Matar a Dios). Carlos’ wife Ana (Itziar Castro) is insisting that his father Eduardo (Francesc Orella) eat the last slice of Spanish omelette that she…

F.U.B.A.R.

F.U.B.A.R. (aka Killer Weekend) (2018)

F.U.B.A.R. (aka Killer Weekend) first published by SciFiNow “What a bloody hoo-ha. Makes a lot of sense if you’ve got none. Here’s a giggle, just a little bit of fun.” The lyrics to the song (by Sacha Puttnam and Gian Morrocco) that closes F.U.B.A.R. (aka Killer Weekend) lay out the film’s aims and intentions. Director/co-writer Ben Kent’s feature debut…

Our House

Our House (2018)

Our House first published by SciFiNow “I came here to have a serious discussion with you, not to be psychoanalysed,” complains Ethan Lightman (Thomas Mann) to his semi-estranged girlfriend Hannah (Nicola Peltz), about halfway through Anthony Scott Burns’ Our House.  The line marks an important transition. For up until this point, Our House has followed young…

Sitter

The Night Sitter (2018)

The Night Sitter first published by SciFiNow The Night Sitter opens with the sound of strange humming – and then we see young ‘Amber’ (Elyse Dufour) driving to a house in a suburban cul de sac for a child-minding job. As Amber carefully discards her cigarette, applies drops to her eyes, and practises introducing herself by…

Perfect

Perfect Skin (2018)

Perfect Skin first published by SciFiNow Anyone who has seen Rob Zombie’s 31 (2016) will know that the very best thing about it was actor Richard Brake. As ‘Doom-Head’, an incarnation of violent, painful death, Brake’s intense, haunted eyes, gaunt, cavernous cheeks and drawn, craggy skin were an integral part of his authenticity as a performer….

Ranger

The Ranger (2018)

The Ranger first published by SciFiNow ‘First-time feature director’ can be a loaded term. It often implies inexperience – yet Jenn Wexler has not only written, directed and produced two short films (Slumber Party, 2012 and Halloween Bash, 2013), but also produced several stylistically and thematically arresting indie titles by other directors, like Mickey Keating’s Darling…

Site

Black Site (2018)

Black Site first published by SciFiNow “You know my girlfriend left me last week because she said I was too safe. Now look at me: I’m running around an underground facility, fighting wannabe ninjas, with a cracked rib, so as I could deport a god.” The speaker is Sam Levi (Mike Buckingham), delivering one of…

Potential

A Young Man With High Potential (2018)

A Young Man With High Potential first published by SciFiNow Piet Carnell (Adam Ild Rohweder) is the promising young man of the title. A ‘brilliant’ student of computer science at Bauer University, he has co-written a paper entitled ‘Invisible Traces’ with a colleague Klara Koslowski (Pauline Galazka). Klara too has become invisible, disappearing for a…

Upgrade

Upgrade (2018)

Upgrade first published by Little White Lies The second film (after 2015’s Insidious: Chapter 3) to be written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Upgrade opens with a contradiction. After the names of the film’s various production companies, and even its title, are read out in a Siri-like voice to the accompaniment of CG imagery, we…