Infested

Infested (Vermines) (2023)

Infested (Vermines) released on Shudder, 26 April, 2024 Sébastien Vanicek’s Infested (Vermines) opens with the image of a snake slithering over a rock, and a vehicle passing in the background. This is somewhere in North Africa, where bearded men wearing keffiyeh drive a pickup truck through the desert along what is less a road than…

The Angry Black Girl And Her Monster

The Angry Black Girl And Her Monster (2023)

The Angry Black Girl And Her Monster had its world première at SXSW 2023 “Death is a disease,” says Vicaria (Laya DeLeon Hayes) in voiceover at the beginning of The Angry Black Girl And Her Monster. Vicaria is a high-school teenager, in her prime and very much alive, making her experience of death, in keeping…

You Are Not My Mother

You Are Not My Mother (2021)

You Are Not My Mother had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. First published by Little White Lies. You Are Not My Mother opens with a cul de sac at night, and at the end of it, all alone in the middle of the road, a baby gurgling in a buggy under a…

Over The Edge

Over The Edge (1979)

Over The Edge first published by Little White Lies, as the 128th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Welcome to New Granada,” reads the roadside billboard which opens Jonathan Kaplan’s Over The Edge, with the subtitle “tomorrow’s city… today” – but behind it is only empty space. This planned community was meant to be a…

Gagarine

Gagarine (2020)

Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh’s feature debut opens with actual black-and-white newsreel footage of pioneering Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin arriving in Ivry-sur-Seine, a southeastern suburb of Paris, before a cheering crowd of Caucasian locals. There, in 1963, he ceremonially inaugurated a housing project that bore his name, the Cité Gagarine – a groundbreaking socialist hero…

Find

A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (2019)

A Good Woman Is Hard To Find cements director Abner Pastoll’s already secure reputation as a sure hand with character-driven genre cinema, following his Franco-English psychochiller Road Games (Fausse Route, 2014) and twisty chase short Getaway Driver (2017). This time around, working from a screenplay by Ronan Blaney, Pastoll merges the social realism of Ken…