Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky (2023)

Hanky Panky has its world première at the LA Comedy Film Festival, 2023 The first words heard in Hanky Panky set the tone. “Aw fuck!” says the man racing in panic across a field of snow, as he struggles both to escape and to get a phone signal. Finally connecting with emergency services, he manages…

The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose (2023)

The Blue Rose had its European première on Sun 27th Aug at FrightFest A woman (Jordyn Denning) in a black lace basque and a blue neck ruff steps onto a small yellow-lit stage, and kneels on the floor at its centre. With a bright blue painting behind her depicting a blue flower and a blue…

Medusa Deluxe

Medusa Deluxe (2022)

Writer/director Thomas Hardiman’s Medusa Deluxe opens with a mannered animated sequence that it would be easy at first to mistake for a production company ident. Tiny armoured Ancient Greek men – and the odd monster, including the Gorgon of the title – appear and then evaporate in a desert in which there also appear, emerging…

Scream

Scream (2022)

Scream (2022) first published by Little White Lies Not long after Wes Craven went all postmodern on a franchise of his own in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), the director gave a similar self-referential treatment to John Carpenter‘s Halloween (1978) and its many Eighties imitators with Scream (1996), along the way using the power of…

The Draughtsman's Contract

The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)

The Draughtsman’s Contract first published by Movie Gazette, 12 February 2004 After many years working as a documentary editor at the Central Office of Information, and over a decade making experimental mockumentaries (collected in The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1 and The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 2), Peter Greenaway decided to turn his hand to a…

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…

De Patrick

Patrick (De Patrick) (2019)

Patrick (De Patrick) first published by Little White Lies (in a shorter version online) “It’s all down to an uncertain void that has been created,” says Herman (Pierre Bokma) as he addresses the residents of a naturist campsite in a bid to take over now that the owner Rudy (Josse De Pauw) has died. Herman…

Swimming

Swimming Pool (2003)

Swimming Pool first published (in a slightly different version) by Movie Gazette, Sept 8, 2003 Why is it that films about writer’s block, despite featuring characters who have run out of ideas, turn out themselves to be so full of them? Barton Fink and Adaptation practically define involuted inventiveness, and now François Ozon’s Swimming Pool,…

Lyk

Kill Ben Lyk (2018)

Review: Erwan Marinopoulos’ feature debut opens with a man in knight’s armour (Daniel Page) having sex with his mistress dressed as a medieval wench (Alexandra Naoum) in a modern apartment, before both are shot dead by a mysterious masked assassin. All this costumery in the service of kinky rôle play and brutal murder is a…

Lodge

Tales From The Lodge (2019)

“Bullshit!” says Martha (Laura Fraser) in Tales From The Lodge, “It’s not true.” She has just heard Paul (Dustin Demri-Burns) tell a slasher-like story to explain why he does not currently have his Mercedes – but the story is too irrational and too unresolved to command any credibility. A quintet of old university friends –…