Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls

Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls (2023)

Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls had its international première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2023. When a film comes with a title like Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls, it is announcing its generic affiliations to the fantasy realm. Yet the title character Onyx the Fortuitous is in fact Marcus J….

Screen

Primal Screen (2017)

Primal Screen first published by VODzilla.co Documentarian Rodney Ascher likes to explore the nexus between frightening media and our own haunted unconscious. He is perhaps best known for his feature-length Room 237 (2012) which focused on the hermeneutic overexuberance which some individuals have obsessively applied to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) – and while his follow-up,…

Magic

Magic Magic (2013)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, May 2014 Review: There’s Alicia (Juno Temple), on the edge of a precipice, about to leap into the water (or perhaps fall onto the rocks) below. She is frozen, terrified, in suspense. Now we see her – and now we don’t. Like so many key scenes in Magic…