Stopmotion

Stopmotion (2023)

Stopmotion opens with the image of an object floating in space. It is just like the beginning of Eraserhead (1977), which later included some of its own stopmotion sequences – and much as David Lynch superimposed the bobbing face of his protagonist Henry Spencer over the planet to suggest that what we are seeing is…

The Dead of Winter

The Dead of Winter (2023)

“It’s all contactless,” says Harry (Oliver Maltman) at the beginning of The Dead of Winter. Harry is apologising for having no change to the man (James Swanton) whom he has just encountered, indeed practically stepped on, in a dark alley outside the pub. That man was not just lying unnoticed, curled up in a thin…

To Fire You Come At Last

To Fire You Come At Last (2023)

To Fire You Come At Last had its European première on Sat 26th Aug at FrightFest In 17th-century England, a body must be carried along the lichway across the moor to a church yard for burial. Still grieving the death of his 21-year-old son Aldis (Stephen Smith), Squire Marlow (Mark Carlisle) has hired four men…

Walking Against The Rain

Walking Against The Rain (2022)

Walking Against The Rain first published by SciFiNow Scott Lyus’ Walking Against The Rain opens with text which sounds like a quote from the Biblical Book of Revelation (although it is in fact of the filmmaker’s invention), about the defiant ones knowing ‘great pain’, and beasts risen from the abyss to destroy men while leaving…

The Thing That Ate The Birds

The Thing That Ate The Birds (2021)

“You’re bloody neolithic!” Grace (Rebecca Palmer) shouts at her husband Abel (Eoin Slattery) in Dan Gitsham and Sophie Mair’s short film The Thing That Ate The Birds. Abel barely responds – and that is precisely the problem between this couple who are no longer even sharing a bed, and whose other communications are practically non-existent….

Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021)

Broadcast Signal Intrusion first published by Movies On Weekends Broadcast Signal Intrusion opens with a video recording that resolves into a dream. A woman runs happily through a field, and a man pursues her with a camera. Then she stops, swaying in the mist, her face turned away, and we get his, or at least…

Host

Host (2020)

The word ‘host’ can refer equally to anyone accommodating a houseguest, to the organiser of a group webchat, or to a person who has become possessed. All these meanings will come into play in Rob Savage’s Host, in which six friends, bored by the isolation of lockdown and eager for any kind of stimulation, agree…

Creature

Frankenstein’s Creature (2018)

[note that this review of Frankenstein’s Creature was based on a test preview] “My story lies in pieces, but I’ll offer it to them in pieces, and extend to them the chance to piece it back together.” So says the Creature (James Swanton), unravelling the sorry tale of his brief but extraordinary life of constant rejection and…