Freaks Out

Freaks Out (aka Freaks vs the Reich) (2021)

Freaks Out (aka Freaks vs the Reich) had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022 Italy, 1943 – the travelling Half Penny Circus brings thrills and joys to its audience, momentarily distracting children from their day-to-day troubles. Albino ‘Insect Boy’ Cencio (Pietro Castellitto) controls invertebrates with his mind like the heroine of Dario Argento’s…

Enhanced

Enhanced (2019)

Enhanced first published by VODzilla.co Hard-assed Sergeant George Shepherd (George Tchortov) leads a covert ops unit of soldiers with unusual weapons to hunt and contain a group of human ‘subjects’ who have escaped the Saisei corporation that enhanced their powers. Closing in on fugitive mechanic Anna (Alanna Bale), George begins to question whether he has…

Immortal

Immortal (aka Immortel (ad Vitam)) (2004)

Immortal (aka Immortel (ad Vitam)) first published by Film4 Summary: Enki Bilal brings the mannered universe of his own comic books to life, in a hybrid mix of real and virtual action. Review: New York, 2095. On the eve of an election, a giant stone pyramid has appeared, hovering over the cityscape, while Central Park has transformed…

Blast

Mutant Blast (2018)

For anyone who has seen Fernando Alle’s short films Papa Wrestling (2009) and Banana Motherfucker (2011) – both outrageously gory schlockfests – it should come as little surprise that his feature debut Mutant Blast has been produced by Troma Entertainment. It even has a cameo appearance from Troma co-founder (and director of The Toxic Avenger,…

Bullets

Bullets of Justice (2019)

Set in the apocalyptic aftermath of World War Three, in a world where hybrid porcine mutants (known as ‘Muzzles’) literally butcher humans for food, Valeri Milev’s Bullets of Justice is an amped-up Eighties-style actioner – so absurdly hyperbolic, indeed, that it is more akin to parody Kung Fury (2015) than to the real deal.  Rob…

Ravers

Ravers (2018)

Ravers first published by SciFiNow Becky (Georgia Hirst) is a journalist dying to get a big scoop, but hampered by her crippling aversion to, quite literally, getting her hands dirty. A clean freak whose obsession with wet wipes and liquid cleansers has already driven her girlfriend Charlotte (Eve Connolly) away, Becky takes an uncharacteristic decision…

Waterworld

Waterworld (1995)

Waterworld first published by Little White Lies, as the 73rd part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column After an altered version of the Universal ident shows the world’s continents receding slowly into the blue mass of the oceans, Waterworld launches us into a future where the polar icecaps have melted and the landmasses have been submerged….

Basket Case 3

Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1992)

Basket Case 3: The Progeny first published by EyeforFilm From the instant that Frank Henenlotter’s feature debut Basket Case (1982) had become a Midnight Movie hit there was considerable pressure on the writer-director to come up with a sequel. But Henenlotter resisted for eight years, until he was finally persuaded by a two-for-one production deal that would also…

Wrong Turn (2003)

  First published by Movie Gazette (link lost) While Arabs and the French are, for obvious political reasons, current figures of hate in the US, in general the Hollywood of today tries hard to be kind to different ethnic groups, handling with care its representation of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and Inuit –…