The Munsters

The Munsters (2022)

The Munsters first published by Little White Lies, as entry 169 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Rob Zombie’s The Munsters harks back to a period in American televisual history – the mid 1960s – when, to match countercultural attitudes that were emerging on America’s streets, there was an efflorescence of popular comic series that subverted…

Christmas Bloody Christmas

Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022)

Christmas Bloody Christmas first published by Little White Lies, as entry 167 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Christmas Bloody Christmas opens with a sequence of TV ads: a Yuletide malt beverage “for the entire family”; a slasher (Kill.Xmas: The Lester Lord Story) in which little Lester’s POV catches mummy blowing Santa; ‘Santa Live In Concert’,…

Ice Cream Truck

The Ice Cream Truck (2017)

“What is it about the suburbs?”, wonders Mary (Deanna Russo) aloud in The Ice Cream Truck, as the driver of an actual ice cream truck waves to her from the street. There is something hyperreal, dare one say it, ‘Lynchian’, about this scene – the perfect houses, the immaculate lawns, the sunny skies, and that…

31

31 (2016)

“Now, let’s get one thing straight between us,” declares the first character (Richard Brake) seen in Rob Zombie’s 31 – and the very last character that many of his fellow players will ever see. Made up in smudgy, blood-flecked grease paint, he has just walked in dragging an axe and introduced himself by his working name, ‘Doom-Head’, in…