Hoard

Hoard (2023)

“I murdered my mother, you see,” says Maria (Saura Lightfoot Leon, extraordinary) in voiceover at the beginning of writer/director Luna Carmoon’s feature debut Hoard. It is an arresting opening line, and even if its truth is only metaphorical, it nonetheless articulates the intensity of the mother-daughter bond that is one of the film’s central themes,…

Anguish

Anguish (2015)

Anguish first published by TwitchFilm A mother Sarah (Karina Logue) and her teenaged daughter Lucy (Amberley Gridley) are out driving. “It’s not fair!” complains Lucy, upset about the boundaries being imposed on her adolescent conduct – which leads Sarah to cite the traditional saying amongst the womenfolk in her family: “If your aunt had a moustache,…

Excision

Excision (2012)

First published by Little White Lies “I know I can be a bit of a demented bitch sometimes, but you still love me, right?” So 18-year-old Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) asks her mother Phyllis (Traci Lords), her words echoing through Excision like a desperate cry for help. Insensitive, manipulative, delusional and increasingly dangerous, wannabe sawbones Pauline is certainly hard to love, but at the same time…