That's A Wrap

That’s A Wrap (2023)

 That’s A Wrap had its international première on Fri 25 Aug at FrightFest Marcel Walz’s That’s A Wrap begins, as it indeed it ends, with an actress sat in a dressing room before a mirror. In the opening scene, Alexis (Cerina Vincent) puts on makeup, with the poster for her latest film – also entitled…

Wolf Manor

Wolf Manor (aka Scream of the Wolf) (2022)

Wolf Manor (aka Scream of the Wolf) first published by SciFiNow Those expecting the film that they are watching to be Dominic Brunt’s Wolf Manor (aka Scream of the Wolf) might be surprised to see a title at the beginning for Crimson Manor, directed by Derrick Francis. There is a blood moon, and lightning over…

Scream

Scream (2022)

Scream (2022) first published by Little White Lies Not long after Wes Craven went all postmodern on a franchise of his own in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), the director gave a similar self-referential treatment to John Carpenter‘s Halloween (1978) and its many Eighties imitators with Scream (1996), along the way using the power of…

Everybody Dies By The End

Everybody Dies By The End (2022)

Everybody Dies By The End had its world première at FrightFest 2022 Anyone who has seen Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End (2012) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s No One Lives (2012) will know that this kind of title can often come with irony and antiphrasis. So the title of Everybody Dies By The End, though of course containing a truism about human mortality,…

Cabin

The Cabin In The Woods (2012)

The Cabin In The Woods first published by Little White Lies “This is awesome!” So declares Curt (Chris Hemsworth), as he first enters his cousin’s old log cabin for a weekend of fun with four college friends, sounding not unlike some drivelling cine-blogger reviewing his own movie. This oaken edifice, furnished with all the familiar accoutrements…

Sinister (2012)

First published by Little White Lies Just when you think the whole shakicam subgenre has come to its natural end, ‘found footage’ finds a way to haunt its viewers (both internal and external) afresh. Like Lovely Molly before it, Sinister does not comprise first-person footage alone, but rather includes some ‘home movies’ within its more conventional ‘objective’ camerawork. In…

Berberian

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Berberian Sound Studio first published by Little White Lies, and here somewhat altered. No-one saw it coming. Defying all predictability, Peter Strickland‘s debut Katalin Varga (2009) was an English film telling a Romanian (and Romanian-language) rape/revenge story set to eclectic soundscapes by Nurse With Wound. Now, just as improbably, his follow-up is a bi-lingual tale of two halves (still with…

Centipede

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)

The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) first published by Little White Lies If Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella The Metamorphosis begins with Gregor Samsa waking from troubled dreams to find himself transformed into a monstrous bug, then Tom Six’s The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) comes with a decidedly Kafkaesque pedigree. For its protagonist Martin (Laurence R. Harvey) is also…

Sequence

The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

The Human  Centipede (First Sequence) first published by Little White Lies “It’s a very sick film, we know that, we tried our best to give you everything you need.” This was how, at the Film4 FrightFest 2009, Dutch writer-director (and avant-garde artist) Tom Six introduced the world premiere of The Human Centipede (First Sequence) to what was arguably its…

Scream 4

Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4 first published by EyeforFilm In the mid-Nineties, when horror had all but disappeared from the multiplexes, Wes Craven’s Scream came along to cast a wry, critical eye back over what viewers had once loved about the genre, and so to bring it kicking and, well, screaming into the new millennium. A smart deconstruction of slashers filled…