Barbarian

Barbarian (2022)

Barbarian first published by SciFiNow The title of writer/director Zach Cregger’s superlative thriller, Barbarian, is – at least at first – a bit of a puzzler, even though its associations and implications cast their shadow over the rest of the film. ‘Barbarian’ derives originally from an onomatopoeic word (βάρβαρος, barbaros) used by the Greeks for…

House of Darkness

House of Darkness (2022)

House of Darkness had its UK première at Grimmfest  Although, back in 1997, writer/director Neil LaBute’s provocative feature debut In The Company of Men made him an instant enfant terrible of the indie/arthouse circuit, it was also a horror film hiding in plain sight. For even if it did not come with any of the…

Drag

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Drag Me To Hell first published by Film4 Summary: Sam Raimi returns to his roots in this hyperbolic horror comedy where a banker for once gets just deserts. Review: With its resurrected corpses, revenant ghosts, skeletons in the closet, and endless remakes and sequels, horror is arguably the most nostalgic of genres,  always looking back even as…

4.0

Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free Or Die Hard) (2007)

Die Hard 4.0 (aka Live Free Or Die Hard) first published by musicOMH Back in 1988, a group of high-tech ‘terrorists’ held an entire skyscraper to ransom while in fact surreptitiously clearing out its vaults – and they would have got away with it, if disgruntled, wise-cracking police officer John McClane had not just happened…

Tusk (2014)

Like the creature it stitches together from monster movies and online inanity, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is very much a film of two halves. In its first section, as raconteur and adventurer Howard Howe (Michael Parks) carefully lays and baits a trap in darkest Manitoba for narcissistic, two-timing celebrity podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long), cruel humour and tension build…