Ultrasound

Ultrasound (2021)

Ultrasound first published by Movies On Weekends “How does one thing have anything to do with the other?”, asks wheelchair-bound patient Glen (Vincent Kartheiser), hoping to see his immobility cured, but confused by the folder in front of him containing a script more of the movie than of the medical variety, and by the rôle-playing…

Sisters

Sisters (1972)

Sisters first published by VODzilla.co Sisters opens with a double bluff. First, as the credits roll to the instantly recognisable dramatic strains of a Bernard Herrmann score, we see up-close stills (courtesy of Lennart Nilsson) of a foetus developing in utero, before it is revealed that there is a second foetus hidden behind the first….

Cure

Cure (Kyua) (1997)

Cure first published by LWLies, as the 56th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “It’s not good to work too hard. You look sicker than your wife to me.” In Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure (Kyua), police detective Takabe (played by Koji Yakusho, in his first of many rôles for Kurosawa) is told this by the psychiatrist…

Behavior

Strange Behavior aka Dead Kids (1981)

Strange Behavior firs published by VODzilla.co Michael Laughlin had already produced a number of films in the late Sixties and early Seventies – including Monte Hellman’s classic road movie Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – when he decided to try his own hand at directing. The result was the determinedly odd feature debut Strange Behavior (aka Dead Kids),…

LFO

LFO (2013)

LFO first published by VODzilla.co “Do you want to change the world?” So asks Robert (Patrik Karlson), giving expression to the grandiose scope of his own personal ambitions – but bear in mind that Robert is a bespectacled, middle-aged homebody, in his basement chatting online with like-minded geeks (each hiding behind geeky pseudonyms) about DIY research…

Wizard

The Wizard of Gore (2007)

The Wizard of Gore first published by Film4 Synopsis: Jeremy Kasten remakes and updates Herschell Gordon Lewis’ grimy Grand Guignol 1970 horror. Featuring Crispin Glover, Brad Dourif and Jeffrey Combs… Review: Having established his place at the more visceral end of exploitation cinema with Blood Feast (1963), Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) and many other bloody, bikini-laden B-graders of the 1960s, in 1970 Herschell…

Anguish (Angustia)

Anguish (Angustia) (1987)

Anguish (Angustia) first published by FilmLand Empire “My name is Tom Goldman,” a voice is heard announcing at the beginning of Bigas Luna’s L.A.-set, English-language Spanish-American co-production Anguish (Angustia), “Welcome to our movie. As you’ve seen in the lobby, we have provided medical service which is free of charge on presenting your ticket stub. Oxygen masks…

Ichi

Ichi the Killer (2001)

Ichi the Killer first published by Movie Gazette Based on a popular Japanese comicbook by Hideo Yamamoto, Takashi Miike’s controversial Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1, or Killer 1) translates perfectly all the manga’s energy, anarchy and illogic into the kinetic language of film. When yakuza boss Anjo goes missing with 300 million yen, his loyal lieutenant Kakihara (Tadanobu…

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…