The Quiet Family

The Quiet Family (Choyonghan kajok) (2000)

The Quiet Family (Choyonghan kajok) first published by Movie Gazette Together with her parents (Park In-hwan, Na Moon-hee), her older brother and sister (Song Kang-ho, Lee Yun-seong) and her uncle (Choi Min-sik), seventeen-year old Kang Mi-na (Ko Ho-kyung) moves from downtown Seoul to a mountainous country region to open the ‘Misty Lodge’ – but their…

Night Shift

Night Shift (2023)

Night Shift opens to the doo-wop soul of Too Late For Tears (1966) by Geronimo and the Apaches. It is quite literally ‘too late’ for a young woman like Gwen Taylor (Phoebe Tonkin) to be driving out all by herself along a dark backroad – but then she has been employed at the last minute…

He Never Left

He Never Left (2023)

He Never Left had its international première on Friday 27th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest As text reveals at the beginning of He Never Left, a masked menace known as the “Pale Face” killer terrorised Larsen City (‘played’ by Fairview, Utah) for over a decade, before suddenly all the murders and disappearances stopped dead in…

Mystery Spot

Mystery Spot (2020)

Mystery Spot first published by VODzilla.co There is a motel in the middle of nowhere. It once boasted the ‘Mystery Spot’, drawing visitors from all around with its array of optical illusions and “funhouse tricks to lighten people’s wallets”, but ever since a fire left this roadside attraction in disrepair, the guests have stopped coming, and the…

Identity

Identity (2003)

Identity first published by Daily Info A doctor reviews his files on a psychiatric patient, Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince). Rivers is about to be executed for murdering six people even though he suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has no memory of the event, and the doctor is hoping to win him an eleventh…

Royale

Bad Times At The El Royale (2018)

Bad Times At The El Royale first published by Sight & Sound, December 2018 Review: Like his directorial debut Cabin in The Woods (2012), Drew Goddard’s second feature as writer/director, Bad Times at the El Royale, also concerns a structure with hidden rooms, secret surveillance and the heady clash of stories/storeys – but its chief…