A Pure Place

A Pure Place (2021)

A Pure Place screens at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 A Pure Place begins with a wide shot of Athens, and then shows two young siblings shoplifting for their junkie mother (Chara Mata Giannatou), who waits for them on a littered beach. This is an impure world, where even the innocence of childhood is tainted. The…

Banishing

The Banishing (2020)

The Banishing first published by VODzilla.co It is 1938, a time of great uncertainty. Linus Forster (John Heffernan) has just taken up an appointment as vicar in a small parish near Colchester. With its dwindling congregation and generous stipend, the job ought to be a sinecure, but as Linus moves into the vast, dusty Morley…

Sleep

Sleep (Schlaf) (2020) at Fantasia

Sleep (Schlaf) is at Fantasia “Don’t breathe, please,” says young adult Mona Engelhardt (Gro Swantje Kohlhof) to her single mother Marlene (Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann) at the beginning of Michael Venus’ feature debut Sleep (Schlaf), which he co-wrote with Thomas Friedrich. The reason for Mona’s plea is that they are playing Jenga together, and Mona…

Living

Living Space (aka Nazi Undead) (2018)

What goes around comes around. Steven Spiel’s feature debut was originally called Living Space, and has been travelling the festival circuit under that name. This title is also, in its context, overtly german(e), both as a phrase that, from the opening text onwards, repeatedly recurs within the film, and as a translation of the term Lebensraum…

Littlest

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich first published by SciFiNow From its direct-to-video inception in 1989, there have been 11 films in Full Moon Features’ Puppet Master franchise (the last, Puppet Master: Axis Termination, made in 2017, some 13 years after Puppet Master 5: The Final Chapter), as well as a non-canon crossover with Demonic Toys in…