Bloodthirsty

Bloodthirsty (2020)

The heroine of Amelia Moses’ Bloodthirsty is called Grey. It is an unusual name, evoking the shade between black and white, and so it suggests her lack of definition, capturing her status as a character in transition. After all, orphaned at an early stage, musician Grey (played by Lauren Beatty) has no idea of her…

Lou

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II first published by VODzilla.co In 1957, Mary Lou Maloney (Lisa Schrage) is a girl out of time. In her first scene, the seventeen-year-old is in a confession booth, telling the increasingly horrified priest that her sins include disobeying her parents, taking the Lord’s name in vain, and enjoying sexual…

Scanners

Scanners (1981)

Scanners first published by VODzilla.co There is something cold and clinical about David Cronenberg’s Scanners. It is not just the film’s Montreal and Toronto locations – a mall, lecture rooms, corporate buildings, laboratories and a doctor’s office – but also the dead-eyed performance of Stephen Lack, whose protagonist Cameron Vale is disoriented and disengaged from…

Still/Born

Still/Born (2017)

Still/Born first published by SciFiNow Still/Born begins with both a birth and a still birth, as young mother Mary (Christie Burke) delivers Adam, only to realise in horror that his identical twin Thomas is dead on arrival. Yet the mannered forward-slash punctuation that splits the film’s title (like in Marat/Sade, Face/Off and Frost/Nixon) also betokens other…