Stanleyville

Stanleyville (2021)

While working in a high-rise office, Maria Barbizan (Susanne Wuest) happens to glance out the window, and sees a hawk circling in the sky beyond, only for it to swoop headfirst into the glass before her, and to plummet out of sight. It is a spectacle, not to mention a loud thudding sound, which, mysteriously,…

Killing The Shepherd

Killing The Shepherd (2021)

At the heart of the documentary Killing The Shepherd – Thomas ‘Ta’ Opre’s feature debut as writer, director, producer, editor and cinematographer – paradoxes abound. Ever since, in the Eighties, hunting was banned by the Ministry of Tourism in Shikabeta, a small forest kingdom in the remote lower Luano Valley area of Zambia, the numbers…

The Game

The Game (1997)

The Game first published by Little White Lies, as entry 108 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Coming hard upon the huge success of Se7en (1995), although in fact conceived before it, David Fincher’s The Game presents itself as a mystery to be solved. We know this because the opening credits sequence shows a grid of…

Furies

The Furies (2019)

The Furies first published by SciFiNow A terrified woman runs through Australian bushland, pursued by a grotesquely masked man with a scythe who, when about to kill her, is himself attacked – and eviscerated – by another masked man who then carries the woman off. We do not yet know what exactly is going on…

Fiction

True Fiction (2019)

True Fiction first published by SciFiNow Writer/director Braden Croft’s True Fiction starts with a flashforward to a snowbound cabin. Hearing through an old audio monitor the muted sounds of a woman in heightened distress being verbally goaded by a man, a figure in a mask grabs a machete, pumps himself up, and heads out the…

Last

To Your Last Death (2019)

At the beginning of To Your Last Death, Miriam DeKalb (voiced by Dani Lennon) bursts out of a building clutching an axe and covered in blood, as two mysterious figures look on (one instructing the other to “lock the bets”). Exclaiming “He killed them! He killed my family! He killed them all!”, Miriam is arrested…

TAG (2015)

TAG first published by Little White Lies, as entry 46 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Why did we have to run?” asks a schoolgirl, breathlessly, after she and three friends have just ditched class and raced full pelt all the way to a nearby river. It is a good question. For while this particular act of…

Offer

The Offer (2017)

So far, Cult Screenings UK Ltd have specialised in genre film documentaries. K. John McDonagh’s Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (2015), Chris Griffiths’ The First Lecktor: An Interview With Brian Cox (2016), You’re So Cool, Brewster! the Story of Fright Night (2016) and RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop (2017) are all…