Kryptic

Kryptic (2024)

Kryptic had its World Première at the SXSW 2024 “It means the study of the hidden,” says tour guide Cooper (Ryan Beil) near the beginning of Kourtney Roy’s feature debut Kryptic, written by Paul Bromley. Cooper is explaining to his group – the Cedar Springs Women’s Walking Club – what cryptozoology is, as he tells…

The Deep Dark

The Deep Dark (Gueules noires) (2023)

The Deep Dark (Gueules noires) has its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2024. In 1856, in the prologue to Mathieu Turi’s The Deep Dark, a group of miners in Northern France breaks a hole through a tunnel wall, and discovers a big-clawed troglodyte before a gas explosion traps them down there.  Exactly a century later,…

Bakemono

Bakemono (2023)

Late at night in the backstreets of Tokyo, a woman (Hanaka Mizuki) arrives with a wheeled suitcase at a dingy, ‘creepy’ rental apartment, where, terrified, she is attacked in the dark by a fleshy, half-glimpsed creature. This is the bakemono, or ‘monster’, of the film’s title, explained in text as a composite of bake, ‘changing’…

King Kong 2005

King Kong (2005)

King Kong first published by EyeforFilm, 9 Dec, 2005 New Zealand director Peter Jackson and his latest protagonist, the mighty Kong, sure have a lot in common. Both are hulking, hirsute figures who have long enjoyed cult status on their remote islands, both were discovered (along with their beautiful native habitats) by America’s moving picture industry…

King Kong 1976

King Kong (1976)

King Kong (1976) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 166 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Unleashed in 1933, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s King Kong was one of the first purely cinematic myths. Although it made glancing reference to Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’ 1740 fairytale Beauty and the Beast, the film…

Lore

Lore (2023)

Lore had its world première on Thurs 24th Aug at FrightFest Four friends who regularly attend weekend events together – Mark (Dean Bone), Dan (Miles Mitchell), Donna (Sally Collett) and Sally (Samatha Neale) – get a bit lost as they hike to a ‘creepy forest’. They are greeted by their host Darwin (the ever amazing…

Nosepicker

Nosepicker (2023)

“If we can be brave enough to put our finger on what’s uncomfortable in our lives,” says school counsellor Mr Hopkins (Mark Garfield) in writer/director Ian Mantgani’s short film Nosepicker, “we can start to shed our uncomfortable skins, and move past them into a new phase. Become more of who we are supposed to be.”…

Godmonster of Indian Flats

Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)

Godmonster of Indian Flats first published by Little White Lies, as entry 152 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Right from its title, there is something weird going on in Fredric Hobbs’ Godmonster of Indian Flats. It is that word, godmonster. If it were just god, or just monster, the title might be more readily digestible…

Monstrous

Monstrous (2022)

Monstrous had its world première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. First published by Little White Lies “It’s your new home. Isn’t it wonderful? It’s like a dream.” So says Laura Butler (Christina Ricci) to her seven-year-old son Cody (Santino Barnard) of the Californian lakeside house that they have just started renting. Indeed, while the title…

Thoracic

The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra (2021) + Cashbag

The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra, transcript of introduction to a screening for the London Korean Film Festival 2022 ‘Thoracic’ is one of those highly technical, slightly pedantic words, like ‘synecdoche’ or ‘symbiopsychotoxiplasm’, whose specialised obscurity ensures that its appearance in a title makes an immediate impression of a certain eccentricity. When you settle down to watch…

Raven's Hollow

Raven’s Hollow (2022)

Raven’s Hollow had its world première at FrightFest 2022 A young woman walks alone through the autumnal woods with a food basket. As a raven caws overhead and the leaves stir strangely behind her in the breeze, the spooked girl strays from the path and runs terrified to her home, only for leaves to pour…