Hounded

Hounded (2022)

Hounded first published by VODzilla.co ‘Tradition’ is a word that gets bandied about a lot in Tommy Boulding’s feature debut Hounded, written by Ray Bogdanovich and Dean Lines. There are the traditions, passed down patriarchally from father to son, of England’s landed gentry going back centuries if not millennia, and ensuring that everybody stays in…

Av

Av: The Hunt (2020)

Av: The Hunt first published by VODzilla.co The English title of Emre Akay’s Av: The Hunt is a bilingual reduplication (like Ju-on: The Grudge), with Av simply the Turkish for ‘hunting’. This is no doubt in part intended to distinguish it from Craig Zobel’s The Hunt (also 2020), but it also serves to show that…

Bacurau

Bacurau (2019)

Bacurau first published by VODzilla.co “Bacurau has always been here,” says old Plinio (Wilson Rabelo), puzzled at his town’s sudden disappearance from the satellite map on his smartphone and computer. “It should be right here. Bacurau has always been on the map.” In a sense, Bacurau’s absence is a metaphor. After all it is a…

Alone

Alone (2020)

In Alone, Jessica (Jules Willcox) is on the run. This is not just because of the man (Marc Menchaca) who first plays road games with her, and who then follows her creepily from stop to stop making repeated ‘friendly’ attempts at contact despite Jessica’s clear indications that his presence is not welcome, and who finally declares…

Turkey

Turkey Shoot (1982)

Turkey Shoot first published by VODzilla.co There is a thrill in the human hunt. This was established by Irving Pichel and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s pre-Code The Most Dangerous Game (1932), whose title puns on different meanings of ‘game’ as a hunter tracks members of his own species for sport. In 1971 Peter Watkins took this premise…