Coming Home In The Dark

Coming Home In The Dark (2021) at Fantasia

Coming Home In The Dark has its Canadian première on demand at Fantasia 2021 Middle-class, middle-aged couple Alan (Erik Thomson) and Jill (Miriama McDowell) are hiking through a remote coastal area of New Zealand on a family day out. As their constantly bickering twin teenage sons Maika (Billy Paratene) and Jordan (Frankie Paratene) walk some…

DEATHGASM (2015)

DEATHGASM first published by TwitchFilm “What if I told you it’s all real?” asks Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) in voiceover, speaking of the infernal lyrics and demonic iconography of the heavy metal with which he so identifies. Unassertive, sweet-natured Brodie finds expression for “the pain and the rage” of adolescence through his beloved music, and, fostered…

Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

What We Do In The Shadows first published by EyeforFilm Where television’s Flight of the Conchords (2007-9), starring its co-writer Jemaine Clement and occasionally directed by Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark, Boy), concerned a pair of clueless New Zealand musicians lost, confused and trying to get by in New York City, What We Do In The Shadows,…

Survived

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (2014)

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “It’s a zombie film…but at its heart it’s a love story,” says nerdy novice runner Wesley (Harley Neville), trying to pitch a script to director SMP (Andrew Laing). “It also has a lot of comedic moments. It’s a horr-edy. You’re laughing one minute, you’re jumping…

Fresh Meat (2012)

Review first published at Cinetalk. It may open in the respectable-sounding St Agnes School for Young Maori Ladies, but less than a minute of Danny Mulheron’s Fresh Meat has elapsed before there has been a slo-mo schoolgirl lesbian shower scene. Rina Crane (Hanna Tevita) may have been sent to St Agnes by her overprotective father…