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 –…

Comes

Here Comes Hell (2019)

Here Comes Hell first published by SciFiNow “This motion picture contains elements of horror, terror and demonic possession,” warns the on-stage tuxedo’d host (Jasper Britton) in literal black and white at the beginning of Here Comes Hell, as he presents ‘our feature presentation’ in terms reminiscent of the prologue to James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931). The…