2020

2020: The year horror came home

2020: The year horror came home first published by VODzilla.co, 27 December, 2020 A website like VODzilla.co would not even exist were it not for the natural drift, in this digital age, of all films onto the internet. Even titles that start with a big traditional theatrical release eventually end up online for downloading or…

Dark Place

Dark Place (2019)

Dark Place first published by VODzilla.co While there are plenty of horror anthology films, far fewer are made by, and concerned with, indigenous Australians. Joining Tracey Moffat’s ghost story triptych BeDevil (1993) and Warwick Thornton’s The Darkside (2013), Dark Place is a collection of five tales by five different directors, all refracting Aboriginal experience through a genre prism. First…

Cohen

King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)

King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen first published by SciFiNow The documentary King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen comes with a certain anxiety about oblivion. First there is that title, modelled on the self-consciously lurid form of Mark Hartley’s Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold World of Ozploitation! (2008),…

Wick

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick: Chapter 2 first published by RealCrime Magazine If we have learnt anything from the likes of Sexy Beast, Jason Bourne, Red, and the sequels to The Fast and the Furious or The Mechanic, it is that in the artificial world of genre, there is no such thing as a reliable retirement plan. At the…

Jeremy Saulnier on GREEN ROOM

  After writing and directing the self-financed, darkly comic cult film Murder Party (2007) and the slow-simmering, lo-fi revenger Blue Ruin (2013) – the latter being selected for the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes where it won the FIPRESCI Prize – Jeremy Saulnier has now turned his craft to the genre-inflected siege thriller Green Room that…

Horror without Limits: The Film4 FrightFest 2015 Programme is Announced

With a staggering 76 features screening across the extended Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August (Thursday 27th-Monday 31st), the amorphous, omnivorous Film4 FrightFest is a Blob-like monster that just keeps growing and growing until no cinema can contain it. Its main programme is spread, like last year’s, over three screens at the VUE…

Mark Hartley on Ozploitation, genre and the Cannon canon

First published (in a shorter version) by Grolsch FilmWorks Mark Hartley is the Australian director behind rambunctious genre documentaries Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) and Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010) and a 2013 remake of classic 1978 Ozploitationer Patrick. Groslch FilmWorks caught up with him as he was promoting his latest…

Jason Blum interview

First published (in a slightly shorter version) by Grolsch FilmWorks The founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, in 2005 Jason Blum produced one of the most profitable films of all time, Paranormal Activity, and ever since his name has been synonymous with lucrative low-budget genre titles like Insidious (2010), Sinister (2012) and The Purge (2013),…