Forgiveness

Forgiveness (2021)

Forgiveness has its world première at FrightFest In the ‘prologue’ (formally labelled as such) to Forgiveness, written and directed by Alex Kahuam (So You Want To Be A Gangster?, 2018), three visibly upset women – Camila (Alejandra Toussaint), Magnea (Jessica Ortiz) and Aisha (Alejandra Zaid) – shoot a hog-tied and gagged man (Andres De La…

Phantasm

Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm first published by VODzilla.co The paradox of death is that it is both inevitable and arbitrary. We know that it is coming, just not when or how, and this mystery of mortality is one of the more haunting parts of the human condition. 13-year-old Mike Pearson (A. Michael Baldwin) has had to learn these…

Stendhal

The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) (1996)

The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) first published by VODzilla.co The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) was the second film by Dario Argento to star his daughter Asia. The title of the first, Trauma (1993), might equally have served here, given that The Stendhal Syndrome focuses less on its rapist/killer than on the…

Impossible

Impossible Crimes (Crímenes Imposibles) (2019)

Written by Nora Leticia Sarti, Hernán Findling’s Impossible Crimes (Crímenes Imposibles) is a film difficult to discuss because it is so easy to spoil – even though the broad shape of the Big Twist™, if perhaps not all its minor details, is so clearly broadcast that most genre fans will be way ahead of the…

Ghostland

Incident In A Ghostland (2018)

Incident In A Ghostland first published by VODzilla.co Lots of horror films open with portentous quotes from the writings of H. P. Lovecraft. Incident In A Ghostland appears, initially to embrace that same cliché, only to confound it. For it begins with a photographic image of the famous horror author, as well as his full…

Spider Forest

Spider Forest (2004)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Song Il-Gon weaves an inescapable trap for characters and viewers alike in this melancholic Korean mystery. Review: A scene in the middle of Spider Forest (Geomi sup) shows Kang Min (Kam Woo-sung), producer of television’s ‘Mystery Theatre’, frantically editing ‘on the fly’ the second half of an episode even as the first half is…