Hatchet III

Hatchet III (2013)

Hatchet III first published by Grolsch FilmWorks By now we know the score. When it came out in 2006, Adam Green’s Hatchet was billed as ‘old school American horror’, and its back-to-the-Eighties freedom from CGI and irony, though by no means original, seemed somewhat refreshing in the mid-Noughties context. Still, the middle part of its…

Hatchet

Hatchet (2006)

Hatchet first published by Film4 Summary: Adam Green’s horror comedy resurrects Reagan-era stalk and slash in the Louisiana swamps.  Review: Still sore at being dumped by his long-term girlfriend, Ben (Joel David Moore) has had enough of all the heavy drinking and casual sex at the New Orleans Mardi Gras, and is trying to persuade his pal…

Blue

Black and Blue (2019)

Black and Blue first published by Sight & Sound, December 2019 Review: Deon Taylor’s Black and Blue begins with a black woman in a hoodie jogging along the street. A police car pulls her over, its front tyre splashing her with water from a puddle. Two aggressive white male officers get out, one pushing her…

Synchronic

Synchronic (2019)

Set in New Orleans, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead‘s latest continues exploring the idea of eternity that has been the focal point of all their features, whether the looping time-traps of their debut Resolution (2012) and its sort-of sequel The Endless (2017), or the immortal woman at the centre of Spring (2014). This time, the…

Hard

Hard Times (The Streetfighter) (1975)

Hard Times first published by RealCrime Magazine A stranger breezes into town. It’s like the beginning of any western, except that this is the early Thirties, and Chaney (Charles Bronson) rides in on a freight train rather than a horse. Still, he is an archetypal hero, concealing beneath his unassuming, taciturn exterior a peerless fighting prowess. The…