Jericho Ridge

Jericho Ridge (2023)

Jericho Ridge had its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Will Gilbey has written both Rise of the Footsoldier (2007) and A Lonely Place to Die (2011) for his brother Julian, and Once Upon a Time in London (2019) for Simon Rumley, but Jericho Ridge is his first feature script that he has…

Detained

Detained (2024)

Felipe Mucci’s Detained opens at the scene of a bloodbath. Lying on the floor and momentarily illuminated by the torch of investigating Agent Lerner (Bernardo De Paula), a still smouldering sign indicates that this darkened building is – or at least has once been – the Gaithersburg Police Department, but now it is just a…

How To Kill Monsters

How To Kill Monsters (2023)

How To Kill Monsters had its world première on Fri 25th Aug at FrightFest It begins with the end. Jamie Lancaster (Lyndsey Craine) emerges from a cabin in the woods, with her Little Red Riding Hood costume bathed in blood and a chainsaw purring in her hands. She is a classic final girl – the…

Malum

Malum (2023)

Malum opens with a diptych of horrific sequences from 2022. In the first, police-seized footage shows four abducted young women being terrorised in the barn of a pig farm by the members of a Manson-esque cult whose leader John Michael Malum (an understated Chaney Morrow) evidently causes the video to blur and distort by his…

Precinct

Assault On Precinct 13 (aka AP13) (2005)

Assault on Precinct 13 (AP13) first published by Movie Gazette It is a story that has been told many times before: in the Seventies, Hollywood’s studio system gave way to an auteur-oriented movement embracing creativity and the counterculture, and producing some of the most innovative and confronting films ever to have emerged from the United States….

Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Assault on Precinct 13 first published by Movie Gazette Only the second feature film (after 1974’s hilarious 2001: A Space Odyssey-parody Dark Star) of B-grade king John Carpenter, who went on to make such genre classics as Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), The Thing (1982) and Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Assault on Precinct 13…

Violator

Violator (2015)

Violator reviewed as part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) “Acid.” It is the first word uttered in Dodo Dayao’s feature debut Violator – and although aging Benito Alano (Joel Lemangan) is talking about reflux from his dyspeptic belly, the word is also an apt introduction to the film’s…