The Black Mass

The Black Mass (2023)

The Black Mass had its international première on Sun 27 Aug at FrightFest “I’ve got big plans to have the best day of my life,” says a man (Andy Sykes) designated in the closing credits of The Black Mass merely as ‘Me’, but who regularly introduces himself to others as ‘Ted’ – and whose real-life…

The Night of the 12th

The Night of the 12th (La nuit du 12) (2022)

The Night of the 12th (La nuit du 12) has its UK première at Glasgow Film Festival 2023 On the night of the 12th Oct, 2016, on the outskirts of Grenoble, 21-year-old Clara Royer (Lula Cotton-Frapier) leaves the house of her best friend Stéphanie ‘Nanie’ Béguin (Pauline Serieys) and, on her way home through the…

Banishing

The Banishing (2020)

The Banishing first published by VODzilla.co It is 1938, a time of great uncertainty. Linus Forster (John Heffernan) has just taken up an appointment as vicar in a small parish near Colchester. With its dwindling congregation and generous stipend, the job ought to be a sinecure, but as Linus moves into the vast, dusty Morley…

Polytechnique

Polytechnique (2009)

Polytechnique first published by Little White Lies, as the 117th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column In Canada, 1989 was a year that saw several victories for women’s rights and representation. On March 9th, the Supreme Court of Canada declared moot an appeal brought by anti-abortionist Joseph Borowski, and so in effect established a protection…

Every Single Someone

Every Single Someone (2021)

Samuel Marko’s Every Single Someone opens with a potential explanation of its title. As impressionistic handheld footage shows Denver sophomores Lee (Luke Krogmeier) and Arlis (Megan Elisabeth Kelly) enjoying a date out on the town together and sharing their first kiss, we are witnessing two single folk becoming a couple. Yet by the time, moments…

Anderson

Anderson Falls (aka Darkness Falls) (2020)

Anderson Falls (aka Darkness Falls) first published by SciFiNow Strap: Julien Seri’s serial-killer thriller pits one father against another in a cat-and-mouse chase through toxic masculinity’s legacy. ‘Anderson Falls’ is the name of a wide cascade to be found in Bartholomew County, Indiana – but that is a long way from the urban LA setting…

Witches

Witches in the Woods (2019)

Witches in the Woods first published by SciFiNow Witches in the Woods opens with a quote from playwright and screenwriter Robert Oxton Bolton: “A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.” These words introduce the film’s central theme – the irresistible power of belief, misapprehension…

Silver

Under The Silver Lake (2018)

Under The Silver Lake first published (in slightly shorter form) by VODzilla.co There is a whole subgenre of films set in Los Angeles – including Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. (1950), Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential (1997), Tony Scott’s Domino (2005), Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales (2006), Allen Coulter’s Hollywoodland (2006), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice (2014), and…

Floor

Girl On The Third Floor (2019)

Girl On The Third Floor first published by SciFiNow “This house is a bitch,” pastor Ellie Mueller (Karen Woditsch) tells Don Koch (WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) of the Victorian mansion opposite her church that he is fixing up so that he and his pregnant wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) can start a family…

Deadgirl

Deadgirl (2008)

Deadgirl first reviewed for EyeforFilm (here slightly altered) A deserted classroon. A desolate library. A silent gymnasium. A cafeteria where the only sign of life is an overturned milk carton slowly dripping its contents onto the floor. Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel’s Deadgirl may be character-driven, but it opens with a montage of abandoned spaces in a…

Microwave

Microwave Massacre (1979)

Microwave Massacre first published by Little White Lies, as Part 16 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column It is hardly surprising that tits and ass feature so prominently in Eighties horrors. After all, the slasher – that most Eighties of subgenres – is focused upon young co-eds’ rites of passage, with their nubile flesh serving as…