Hypochondriac

Hypochondriac (2022)

Hypochrondriac had its world première at SXSW 2022 As its very title implies, Hypochondriac is concerned with symptomatology and its absence, and with pathologies both real and imagined. This preoccupation with therapy is hammered home by a series of sequences involving medical consultations, where a parade of different doctors keeps repeating to protagonist Will (Zach…

Our First Priority

Our First Priority (2022)

The title derives from a glib corporate medical slogan (“Where your care is our first priority”) which we see being used as a screen saver on a doctor’s computer at the beginning of Ariel Baska’s short film. What follows will interrogate and undermine that message, as ten-year-old Hannah (Violet Gotcher) visits the hospital for a…

Z

Z (2019)

Z first published by VODzilla.co You wait for one ‘imaginary friend’ narrative with an intense mother/son relationship at its heart, and two come along. In Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Daniel Isn’t Real (2019), a young student must contend with the possibility that he has inherited his mother’s mental illness, even as Daniel, the destructive imaginary friend…

Unseeing

Unseeing Evil (2020)

“I’d be invisible,” whispers Jacob (Chanel Williams), when asked by young Tommy (Kal-el Tuck) what superpowers he would like to have. In a sense Jacob is the classic invisible friend – a confidante and playmate to a lonely boy in an otherwise empty bedroom. Yet Tommy is blind, so that only we can see what…

Final

Final Girl (2015)

Final Girl first published by TheHorrorShow It was Carol J. Clover who first coined the term ‘final girl’ in her influential book Men, Women and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (1992). The phrase is used to refer to the young woman who, through resourcefulness and moral purity, alone emerges triumphant – or at least alive – from someone…