Stanleyville

Stanleyville (2021)

While working in a high-rise office, Maria Barbizan (Susanne Wuest) happens to glance out the window, and sees a hawk circling in the sky beyond, only for it to swoop headfirst into the glass before her, and to plummet out of sight. It is a spectacle, not to mention a loud thudding sound, which, mysteriously,…

Anything For Jackson

Anything For Jackson (2020)

Anything For Jackson first published by VODzilla.co Satanists come with their own stereotype. The picture that they present in the popular imagination usually goes something like this: young, male, long hair, black leather, listens to heavy metal, incel. What you probably do not picture – unless your internal iconography is dominated by Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s…

Hall

Hall (2020)

Hall first published by Through the Trees Hall opens with the camera tilting down from a hotel room door to Naomi (Yumiko Shaku) sat against it in the corridor, rasping and struggling to breathe. The camera then pans to follow her point of view onto others similarly collapsed over the carpet, even as we see…

Spare

Spare Parts (2020)

An all-woman four-piece rock band is playing a raucous gig in a biker bar when a big guy invades their performance space and starts groping the lead singer Amy (Michelle Argyris). True to their stage name the Ms. 45s (from Abel Ferrara’s notorious 1981 rape-revenge film), this quartet – including Amy’s sister Emma (Emily Alatalo)…

Septic Man (2013)

This was originally intended to appear in my new column on Psychotronic Cinema, but has now become a standalone piece… Emblematic of all things psychotronic is Jesse Thomas Cook’s Septic Man (2013). Quick to assert its rejection of good taste’s normative boundaries, it opens with a woman literally vomiting and shitting herself to death. For…