Last Straw

Last Straw (2023)

Last Straw had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2024. Last Straw opens near its end, with an aftermath: a tableau in montage showing the interiors of a classic old (faded, even) diner, like a blast from the past of lost Americana. This is also, clearly, the scene of a recent massacre, with blood…

Abruptio

Abruptio (2023)

Abruptio screens at Panic Fest 2023 “Everyone hears voices, right, in your head?” asks Lester Hackel (James Marsters) near the beginning of writer/director/editor/cinematographer Evan Marlowe’s animated film Abruptio. “When you fall down the voices laugh at you. When you succeed they tell you what a hero you are, or more likely that you just got…

Pizzagate Massacre

The Pizzagate Massacre (aka Duncan) (2020)

The Pizzagate Massacre (aka Duncan) had its international première at Grimmfest 2021 In the opening sequence of writer/director/editor/producer/composer John Valley’s feature, a reporter (Derek Babb) addresses the camera about recent incidents of mass murder in Texas linked to a debunked conspiracy theory, and about footage shot by an eyewitness which would “introduce the world to…

Snowdevil

Snowdevil (2021)

“I called because I wanted to tell you that I’m going to kill them. Every last one of them.” Chilean director Patricio Valladares’ short film Snowdevil presents itself as a dialogue – or several, in fact. We hear a phone conversation between caller Alan Massy and the increasingly alarmed emergency services operator (voiced by Jeannine…

Extracurricular

Extracurricular (2018)

Extracurricular first published by SciFiNow Extracurricular opens with Ray (Jean Paul Najm) and his newly pregnant girlfriend Gina (Madeleine Claude), arriving for a weekend break at that seminal locus of genre cinema, a cabin in the woods. At this point, there are all manner of horror directions in which the film could go. Ray casually…

Guide

A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life (2019)

A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life first published by SciFiNow “Be me, then be yourself”, advises self-help guru Chuck Knoah (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) in the motivational video that opens A Serial Killer’s Guide To Life. “You can be like me, but you can’t be me,” he adds, sounding like an unhinged – and somewhat confused –…

Game

Game of Death (2017)

Game of Death first published by SciFiNow Seven teenagers are partying at a house, and pushing boundaries: drink, drugs, sex (incest, even), casually flippant talk of ‘murder’ and a ‘kill list‘. As Beth (Victoria Diamond), in a game of spin the bottle, chooses to do a crotch-grabbing lap dance for her asthmatic brother Tom (Sam Earle)…