Fresh Hell

Fresh Hell (2021)

Ryan Imhoff and Matt Neal’s Fresh Hell opens with a three-by-three grid of nine faces, each occupying their own mini frame. Had this monochrome Rubik’s cube of folk appeared on screen any time before 2020, its principal reference point would have been the opening credits to television’s family sit-com The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) – but…

New New York

Sex, Love, Misery: New New York (2022)

Written, directed and produced by Shannon Alexander (The Misguided, 2018), who evidently also shoots most of the footage not filmed by his subjects on their own smartphones, Sex, Love, Misery: New New York is a do-it-yourself documentary on dating. Alexander follows six people – Aisha Kerensa (who also composed and performed the score), Emile Filippi,…

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth first published (in a slightly different format) by Sight & Sound, Summer Edition 2021 Seeded from small beginnings, the filmmaking career of Ben Wheatley has grown steadily.  He has gone from making viral online comedy clips and animated shorts in the early Noughties to ever larger rôles contributing to…

Ego

Ego (2021)

Ego has its European première at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 Alfonso Cortés-Cavanillas’ Ego, written by Jorge Navarro de Lemus, begins in a recognisable reality, before retreating into an inner space. The opening sequence is set to the sound of a news report situating events in Madrid on Friday 13 March, 2020 as national lockdown is…

Ashgrove

Ashgrove (2022)

Ashgrove had its world première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2022 Teaming up again with his co-writer Jonas Chernick from James vs. His Future Self (2019), director Jeremy LaLonde brings a dramatic, even an apocalyptic, scenario that, in at least two senses, hits close to home. For Ashgrove is both, topically, a pandemic movie, and…

Final Days

Final Days (Alone) (Pandemic) (2020)

Final Days (Alone) first published by VODzilla.co With zombie films, it is often the little differences that count. The fact that Johnny Martin’s Final Days (aka Alone, aka Pandemic) concerns a young man having to survive alone a global pandemic that reduces its victims to flesh-eaters might recall Francis Lawrence’s I Am Legend (2007), loosely…

Post Mortem

Post Mortem (2020)

Post Mortem has its UK première at FrightFest, and is sold internationally by NFI World Sales Tomás (Viktor Klem) has died. Caught in an explosive blast on a battlefield in the final year of the Great War, he had a vision of a young girl (Fruzsina Hais) leaning over him, calling his name – and…

Isolation

Isolation (2021)

Isolation has its world première at FrightFest 2021 Conceived by Nathan Crooker, Isolation is a nine-part anthology film whose episodes were made in different parts of the world – mostly in or around American cities, but also taking excursions further (e.g. London in Alix Austin and Keir Stewart’s It’s Inside) – during a global pandemic…

Sadness

The Sadness (2021) at Fantasia

The Sadness has had its North American première at Fantasia 2021 New outbreaks of the undead have been infecting cinemas across the world for the last two decades, and even if Taiwan ought, as an island state, to be relatively protected, it has not proven wholly immune – perhaps as a sign of a politically…

Red River Road

Red River Road (2020)

Red River Road first published by VODzilla.co “If you were infected, how would you know that’s real?,” asks Stephen Witten in Red River Road. “That’s what this does! Don’t you understand? It steals reality right out from under you!” Stephen is played by the film’s writer/director/editor/cinematographer/composer/co-producer Paul Schuyler, who stars alongside his real-life wife Jade…

Fever

Mountain Fever (aka Fever) (2017)

Mountain Fever (aka Fever) first published by SciFiNow The end of the world is a place that cinema has visited many times, but Mountain Fever brings a grim intimacy to these familiar motifs, while reducing all of humanity to both a tiny dramatis personae and a stripped-down range of hopes and fears. The engine of change…