All Alone Together

All Alone Together (2023)

All Alone Together seen at Panic Fest  Tightly wound, temper-prone Tyler (Jordan Lane Rice) eats and drinks alone, and mourns his recently killed dog. Tyler is taunted in the office by his colleague Fiona (Lisa Starrett) who, abusive, cruel and manipulative, and separated, even compartmentalised, from him by a cubicle, is like a negative voice…

Cold

Cold (Kuldi) (2023)

Cold (Kuldi) has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024   Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Cold (Kuldi) has, appropriately enough, a cold open. For as it begins, we see Lára (Álfrún Örnólfdóttir) head out in a dressing gown to the balcony of her high-rise apartment and, with a dazed look on her face, lean forwards,…

Greenhouse

Greenhouse (2022)

Greenhouse screened at London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is a longer version of my on-stage introduction (plus programme note) Greenhouse gets its title from the off-road, metal framed structure in which single mother Lee Moon-jung (Kim Seo-hyung) is living. More tent than home, with plastic sheeting for walls, and designed to house plants, this…

Faceless After Dark

Faceless After Dark (2023)

Faceless After Dark had its world première on Fri 25th Aug at FrightFest Faceless After Dark opens with a picture of trauma. A woman (Jenna Kanell) sits, staring straight into the camera, her face anguished, with blood visible in her hairline. She is strobe-lit (in striking bisexual colours), and her distressing image is further disrupted…

Woe

Woe (2020)

Writer/director Matthew Goodhue’s feature debut Woe begins with a series of unsettling sights and sounds. As a young bearded man (Adam Halferty) comes out of  house’s backdoor carrying something in a large garbage bag which he embraces tenderly before putting it down, picking up a shovel and digging into the ground, we can hear the…

Godless The Eastfield Exorcism

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism (2023) at Overlook 2023

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism had its world première at the Overlook Film Festival 2023 Nick Kozakis’ Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism opens with text stating that it is “inspired by true events”, yet ends with a disclaimer that its characters are entirely fictitious. It is a familiar paradox in films about exorcism, which tend to play…

You Are Not My Mother

You Are Not My Mother (2021)

You Are Not My Mother had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. First published by Little White Lies. You Are Not My Mother opens with a cul de sac at night, and at the end of it, all alone in the middle of the road, a baby gurgling in a buggy under a…

Masking Threshold

Masking Threshold (2021)

Masking Threshold UK première at Soho Horror Film Festival 2022 Johannes Grenzfurthner’s Masking Threshold, which he co-wrote with Samantha Lienhard, is named for an acoustic phenomenon: if two sounds are played concurrently but one is louder than the other, it can mask the softer sound from the human brain, reducing it to inaudibility. Likewise the…

Wild Bones

Wild Bones (2022)

Wild Bones opens with Fay (Roxy Bugler), and makes it clear that we are not just in her isolated environment – a remote stone cottage on the coast during winter – but also in her addled headspace.  To the sonic accompaniment of the wind howling outside and Ross Oliver’s ritualistic percussive score (think Toru Takemitsu,…

Knocking

Knocking (Knackningar) (2021)

Knocking first published by VODzilla.co “There is knocking. I hear knocking sounds in my ceiling. Someone needs help. I think someone needs our help.”  Molly Aronsson (Cecilia Milocco) is speaking to Per (Albin Grenholm), who lives one floor up from the apartment into which she has recently moved. Per is not the first or the…

Ego

Ego (2021)

Ego has its European première at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas’ Ego, written by Jorge Navarro de Lemus, begins in a recognisable reality, before retreating into an inner space. The opening sequence is set to the sound of a news report situating events in Madrid on Friday 13 March, 2020 as national lockdown is…