Extracurricular

Extracurricular (2018)

Extracurricular first published by SciFiNow Extracurricular opens with Ray (Jean Paul Najm) and his newly pregnant girlfriend Gina (Madeleine Claude), arriving for a weekend break at that seminal locus of genre cinema, a cabin in the woods. At this point, there are all manner of horror directions in which the film could go. Ray casually…

Party

Halloween Party (2018)

Halloween Party first published by SciFiNow Writer/director Jay Dahl’s Halloween Party begins in early October, and there is early mention of a frathouse party – but neither of these is entirely the reason for its title. And if you’re thinking of the slasher series begun by John Carpenter in 1978 (and still going strong today),…

Volition

Volition (2019)

Volition first published by SciFiNow “They say when you die, your whole life flashes before your eyes,” says James (Adrian Glynn McMorran) in voice-over at the beginning of Volition. “I wish it were that simple.” James is practically announcing that this film, directed by Tony Dean Smith and co-written with his brother Ryan Smith, is…

Vlogger

Death of a Vlogger (2019)

Death of a Vlogger first published by SciFiNow “I see it, like all of Graham’s videos, as an art piece. It’s challenging people about what they think is real, and what they think is not real.” This is how artist Erin (Annabel Logan) describes the online footage of her vlogger boyfriend Graham Hughes. Given that…

Sense

Dark Sense (2019)

Dark Sense first published by SciFiNow After having a vivid vision of the murder of Father Kavanaugh (Ian Hanmore), young Simon Eildon (Corin Edgar Robert) rushes to church to warn the priest, only for a raving, aggressive man (James Robinson) to burst in and kill Kavanaugh exactly as foreseen. Terrified, Simon flees to the vestry,…

Are We Dead Yet? (2019)

Are We Dead Yet? first published by SciFiNow Going back at least to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), and traceable through films as otherwise varied as Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Stevan Mena’s Malevolence (2004) and Dan Bush’s The Vault (2017), there is a strand of cinema that sets fugitive criminals on a collision…

Brains

Eat Brains Love (2019)

Eat Brains Love first published by SciFiNow Rodman Flender’s Eat Brains Love belongs to a subcategory of what has become known as the ‘rom zom com’. This subgenre term – if not quite the concept – originated from the marketing for Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004), even if the romance in that film’s…

Reeves

The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves (2019)

The Magnificent Obsession of Michael Reeves first published by SciFiNow British filmmaker Michael Reeves will always be associated with youth, not just because he had already directed three films – two of which were very good – by the time he was 24, but also because he died of an accidental overdose in 1969, aged…

Light

Dark Light (2019)

Dark Light first published by SciFiNow The oxymoronic title of Dark Light involves a paradox. Like a Buddhist koan, it announces the film as a contradictory challenge that the viewer, sitting in the dark cinema looking at the flickering light projected onto the screen, must try to resolve, even if resolution is ultimately impossible. This…

Master

Master of Dark Shadows (2019)

Master of Dark Shadows first published by SciFiNow As its title implies, Master of Dark Shadows, directed by David Gregory (Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr Moreau, 2014; Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson, 2019), has two focal points. The first is the romantic…

Sonata

The Sonata (2018)

The Sonata first published by SciFiNow Andrew Desmond’s feature debut The Sonata, co-written with Arthur Morin, opens with composer Richard Marlow (the late Rutger Hauer) putting the finishing touches on a musical score. He then walks downstairs, heads outside into the dark night with a petrol canister and candle in hand, douses his body in…