Maria

Maria (2023)

Maria had its UK première on Friday 27th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest “Between the mind that plans and the hand that builds, there must be a mediator, and this must be the heart,” reads the text that opens Gabriel Grieco and Nicanor Loreti’s Maria. The content of the text is rather less important than…

Tiny Cinema

Tiny Cinema (2022)

Tiny Cinema had its international première at FrightFest 2022 Tyler Cornack knows his way around a short film more than most. For since 2016 he has directed, co-written and starred in three seasons (and some 84 episodes) of the web series Tiny Cinema which he created with Ryan Koch. These comic vignettes are ‘tiny’ not…

Nekromantik 2

Nekromantik 2 (1991)

Nekromantik 2 first published by SciFiNow Buttgereit’s improbable sequel of transgression, Nekromantik 2 is also a romance. When death-fixated Monika (Monika M.) takes home the cadaver of the first film’s protagonist while also courting porn-dubbing artist Mark (Mark Reeder), we see a woman’s conflicted quest to find her perfect man – even if a certain…

Caniba

Caniba (2017)

Caniba first published by RealCrime Magazine “There’s no reason to make this.” says Jun Sagawa to his brother Issei. “I don’t see how anybody could enjoy it.” Jun is talking about the manga open before him, written by his brother as a graphic memoir of the murder, necrophilia and cannibalism that Issei executed in Paris in…

Nekromantik

Nekromantik 2 (1991)

Nekromantik 2 first published by Little White Lies, as the 37th part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column With its unflinching focus on the messy mechanics of necrophilia, Jörg Buttgereit‘s Nekromantik (1987) was a macabre shocker in monochrome – the sort of film that it is hard to believe even exists until you have seen it with…

Something

Night of Something Strange (2016)

Art has always loved to explore the proximity of love and death; and horror – the genre most closely associated with death – has often taken a positively hyper-erotic approach to its preoccupation with our innate impermanence. More specifically, sexually transmitted horror can be traced back at least as far as David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975),…

Fritz

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015)

The Corpse of Anna Fritz first published (in a shorter version) by Sight & Sound as part of coverage of the Cult programme at the London Film Festival 2015 Like necrophiles, cinephiles dream that the object of their affection, though flat, cold and unresponsive, is somehow alive, and not merely a blank repository for their own projected…

Q

Visitor Q (2001)

Visitor Q first published by Movie Gazette In 1968, Pier Paolo Pasolini made Teorema (or Theorem), in which, by depicting a middle-class family torn apart by the arrival of a mysterious stranger who seduces each of its members, the Marxist director launched an effectively shocking onslaught on the traditional values of the bourgeoisie. Teorema was…