Falling

Falling (2020)

Falling first published by Movies on Weekends Falling begins with young Willis Peterson (Sverrir Gudnason) bringing his wife Gwen (Hannah Gross) and newborn John home to his farm near the small town of Boonville in upstate New York. In a private moment, as he looks down at Gwen asleep in the car and John gurgling…

Carmen Farias

The Exorcism of Carmen Farias (2021)

The Exorcism of Carmen Farias (El Exorcismo de Carmen Farías) has its international première at FrightFest 2021 When Rocio (Patricia Martínez) dies at the beginning of The Exorcism of Carmen Farias (El Exorcismo de Carmen Farías), in her will she leaves to her adult daughter Carmen (Camila Sodi) the rural home of her own mother…

Z

Z (2019)

Z first published by VODzilla.co You wait for one ‘imaginary friend’ narrative with an intense mother/son relationship at its heart, and two come along. In Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Daniel Isn’t Real (2019), a young student must contend with the possibility that he has inherited his mother’s mental illness, even as Daniel, the destructive imaginary friend…

Daddy

Come To Daddy (2019)

Come To Daddy first published by VODzilla.co The word ‘UFO’ appears twice in Come To Daddy. When, in response to an unexpected letter, 35-year-old Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood, Maniac, 2012) comes visiting the father who walked out on him when he was five, and claps eyes on the remote cliffside home – all rough timbers…

Changeling

The Changeling (1980)

The Changeling first published by VODzilla.co The Changeling is a ghost story, and with its cast of middle-aged characters, a rather classical one at that – but as its very title implies, it is also concerned with substitutions. For a start there is its director, Peter Medak (The Ruling Class; A Day in the Death…

Trauma

Trauma (2017)

Trauma first published by SciFiNow ‘Too Much Films’ is the first production company listed at the beginning of Lucio A. Rojas’ Trauma – and this promised excess comes front-loaded. For the opening sequence shows a bound, bloody woman in a compound for the torture and execution of political prisoners. Her teenaged son Juan is brought…

Daddy's

Daddy’s Girl (2018)

An isolated house in the country. Chains hanging over a wall’s blood-spattered tiles. Glass jars full of guts, sinews and body tissue. An upset young woman sat at a table, loading a gun. And a female voiceover intoning: “When I was a girl, my mother took a hairpin and pricked the end of my finger….

The Forgotten (2014)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks The Forgotten opens not with an image, but a sound. The screen is blank, but we hear a woman’s terrified call to the emergency services from Flat 23, Drayton House, on the Farlow Estate: her drunk husband is trying to get in, may even already be inside, and he…