Eldritch USA

Eldritch, USA (2023)

Eldritch, USA had its international première on Sat 28th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest “Dude, this is not a horror film,” Geoff Brewer (Graham Weldin) insists some way into Eldritch, USA – yet his best friend Colin Fischer (Cameron Perry), a nerd who knows the tropes of horror films inside out, remains unconvinced, discerning, in…

How To Kill Monsters

How To Kill Monsters (2023)

How To Kill Monsters had its world première on Fri 25th Aug at FrightFest It begins with the end. Jamie Lancaster (Lyndsey Craine) emerges from a cabin in the woods, with her Little Red Riding Hood costume bathed in blood and a chainsaw purring in her hands. She is a classic final girl – the…

Here For Blood

Here For Blood (2022)

Here For Blood had its international première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2023. Here For Blood begins with young student Elise (Holly Jade Balmer) jogging to her suburban home, only to discover her girlfriend bleeding out in the shower, and a masked man waiting nearby who stabs her multiple times in the chest. This bloody prologue,…

Glorious

Glorious (2022) at Fantasia 2022

Glorious has its world première at Fantasia 2022, and is coming to Shudder later this year Rebekah McKendry’s Glorious begins with its protagonist Wes (Ryan Kwanten) in a dark place. It is not just that he has had a bad breakup with his girlfriend Brenda (Sylvia Grace Crim), but also that we first see him,…

OffSeason

OffSeason (2021)

OffSeason first published by Movies On Weekends Aside from an attention-grabbing prologue and the occasional flashback, OffSeason is set entirely on the coastal island of Lone Palm just as the last summer tourists leave. The key word here is ‘off’ – for although this is a pleasure resort whose blue-skied beaches are for half the…

Beyond

The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà) (1981)

The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà) first published by Little White Lies as the 95th instalment in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Ever since, in the opening sequence of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s pioneering surrealist short Un chien andalou (1929), a man’s razor was shown slicing across a woman’s open, observing  eye, images…

Kay

The Horror At Gallery Kay (2018)

The Horror at Gallery Kay begins in a waiting room, with a slow zoom onto a seated Olive (Rosebud), as the sounds of drilling, screams and children singing Ring a Ring ‘o Roses, fill the soundtrack – or at least the soundtrack in Olive’s mind. Olive is waiting for a Couples Counseling session which her…

Void

The Void (2016)

The Void first published by VODzilla.co Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, the writer/director team behind The Void, are also two of the five personnel in Astron-6, a collective of Canadian filmmakers who specialise in closely parodying the very best worst aspects of Eighties genre cinema. You can see their hilarious handiwork in the Father’s Day (2011),…

Re-Animator

Re-Animator (1985)

Re-Animator first published by FilmLand Empire “I’m dead,” declares medical student Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), lying beside his girlfriend Megan Halsey (Barbara Crampton) in a state of post-coital exhaustion. When Megan questions his compliments of her physical beauty as “coming from somebody who spends most of his time with cadavers”, Dan insists, “Cadavers aren’t beautiful…