Prophecy

Prophecy (1979)

Prophecy first published by Little White Lies, as the 133th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Prophecy opens with three sequences that together establish its themes. In the first, a search-and-rescue team in the Maine woods, out at night looking for missing lumberjacks, themselves come under violent attack from someone – or something – in…

Unearth

Unearth (2020)

Unearth had its World Première at Fantasia “If you make a tree good, its fruit will be good. You make a tree bad, its fruit’s gonna be bad.” These words, with their simple paratactic structure, and their use of a homespun figure taken from nature, sound like a moral from a parable – and while…

Sheep

Black Sheep (2006)

Black Sheep first published by Film4 Summary: Jonathan King’s uproarious comedy horror lets the genetically altered sheep of New Zealand show a less fluffy side.  Review: “I knew that the British would get it in a special way,” declared Kiwi writer/director Jonathan King at Film4 FrightFest 2007 where his feature debut Black Sheep had just enjoyed its…

Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters first published by Little White Lies Michael Dougherty is perhaps best known for directing and writing Trick ‘r Treat (2007) and Krampus (2015) – both horror features coming with a good deal of festive black humour – but he also helped write the big-budget blockbusters Superman Returns (2006) and X-Men…

Boar

Boar (2017)

Boar first published by SciFiNow Ever since the Greek myth of the Calydonian boar, monstrous feral pigs have been a source of terror, rooting their way through the undergrowth of films like Hayao Miyazaki’s eco-epic anime Princess Mononoke (1997), James Isaacs’ Orwellian Iraq allegory Pig Hunt (2008) and Shin Jung-won’s playful pastiche Chaw (2009). The…

Chaw

Chaw (2009)

Chaw first published by Little White Lies Forget the cutesy porkers of Babe (1995) or Charlotte’s Web (2006) – there is nothing quite like a really big pig to remind us of our place on the food chain. The first porcine nature’s revenger, Razorback (1984), was also the runt of the litter, but at least it…

Flora

Flora (2017)

Flora first published by SciFiNow In 1929, some students set out to join their professor on a botanical expedition in a remote forested region of Canada – but find the advance campsite empty and the professor gone. After discovering corpses at a nearby abandoned mill, the group realises that they may be in deadly peril. Sasha…

Slugs

Slugs (1988)

Slugs first published by VODzilla.co We know from the very title of Slugs, adapted from Shaun Hutson’s 1982 novel of the same name, what is coming (its full Spanish title even included the wonderful phrase muerte viscosa, or ‘slimy death’) – and yet director and co-writer (with Ron Gantman) Juan Piquer Simón opens his film with…

Birdemic Shock and Terror

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

Birdemic: Shock and Terror first published by EyeforFilm With its location shoots in California’s Mission Bay, its ‘cameo’ (in archival footage seen on a television screen) from Tippi Hedren herself and its winged death from above, James Nguyen’s auteurist atrocity Birdemic: Shock And Terror is an open tribute to The Birds (1963). It is also strictly for…

Rogue

Rogue (2007)

Rogue first published by Little White Lies Love it or loathe it, Paul Hogan’s Crocodile Dundee (1986), coupled with a series of commercials that Hogan made for the Australian Tourist Commission at roughly the same time, helped put Australia on the international map – and also helped define the future filmmaking career of one Greg McLean….

Hallow

The Hallow (2015)

The Hallow first published by TheHorrorShow Adam Hitchens (Joseph Mawle) is a man conflicted. He has just moved, with his wife Clare (Bojana Novakovic) and their baby Finn, from London to the backwoods of Ireland to survey the local forests for land clearance, but, as a conservationist, he has mixed feelings about the task at…