Father of Flies

Father of Flies (2021)

Father of Flies first published by DMovies “Broomstick and everything”, mutters Richard (the late Nicholas Tucci) to himself, as his car, leaving the driveway, passes neighbour Mrs Start (Colleen Heidemann) clearing snow from the driveway with her brush. It is easy to see how this old woman, with her shock of upright grey hair, her…

Contorted

Contorted (2022)

Contorted, transcript of an on-stage introduction given at a screening for the London Korean Film Festival 2022 Contorted is concerned with the ineffable, deeply transgressive taboos of motherly abuse and filicide. As such, it falls into a line that can be traced back at least to the Ancient Greek tragedy (of which this film is…

Resurrection

Resurrection (2022)

“A sadist never understands why others aren’t enjoying his sadism as much as he is,” says Margaret (Rebecca Hall) in the opening scene of Andrew Semans’ Resurrection. Margaret is talking to an intern whom she is mentoring for a biotech company. Naïve, inexperienced Gwyn (Angela Wong Carbone) has reached out to Margaret about a boyfriend…

Demonic

Demonic (2021)

Demonic first published by Sight & Sound, October 2021 Synopsis: Somewhere in North America, today. Carly is drawn into an experimental attempt to make contact in a virtual space with her mass-murdering mother Angela, now in a coma. Yet there is something else inside, desperate to escape, and a team of Vatican demon hunters is…

The Nest

The Nest (The Bewailing) (2021)

The Nest (aka The Bewailing) first published by VODzilla.co The family at the centre of James Suttles’ The Nest is dysfunctional – which is to say that it is like most families. School teacher Beth (Sarah Navrati) may love her young daughter Meg (Maple Suttles) more than anything, but the emergency Caesarean section that she…

Hierro

Hierro (2009)

Hierro first published by Film4 Summary: In Gabe Ibáñez’s thrilling feature debut, a desperate mother (or two) findx the real, the psychological and the supernatural all washing up at the edge of the world. Review: Lying in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa and used for many centuries to mark the prime meridian on maps, El…

Werckmeister Harmonies

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) (2000)

Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) first published by EyeforFilm, 13 May 2009 A fire burning in a hearth is extinguished. This is the image with which Béla Tarr‘s Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister Harmóniák) opens, and it is one that will recur, in one form or another, with some regularity throughout the film. Immediately after the flame is…

Stylist

The Stylist (2020)

The Stylist first published by VODzilla.co “I guess we all want what we don’t have,” says Claire (Najarra Townsend), admiring her hair in the mirror near the beginning of The Stylist. Except that it is not really her hair, and these are not even her words. For so damaged, so empty, is Claire”s sense of…

Sator

Sator (2019)

The title of Jordan Graham’s second feature (following Specter, 2012) is initially mystifying, as befits a film structured as an enigmatic puzzle which the viewer must solve from narrative hints and breadcrumbs scattered in its primordial forest of meaning. A Latin word that originally meant a ‘sower’ (of seeds), and then came to be used…

Anderson

Anderson Falls (aka Darkness Falls) (2020)

Anderson Falls (aka Darkness Falls) first published by SciFiNow Strap: Julien Seri’s serial-killer thriller pits one father against another in a cat-and-mouse chase through toxic masculinity’s legacy. ‘Anderson Falls’ is the name of a wide cascade to be found in Bartholomew County, Indiana – but that is a long way from the urban LA setting…

Turning

The Turning (2020)

The Turning first published (in a shorter version) by Little White Lies “This can’t be real,” exclaims Kate (Mackenzie Davis) as she enters the vast Fairchild estate (supposedly somewhere coastal in the US, but in fact Killruddery House in County Wicklow, Ireland) where she has been hired as live-in governess for young, orphaned Flora (Brooklynn…