Colony

The Colony (2013)

The Colony first published by VODzilla.co Released the same year as Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, The Colony similarly imagines a future ice age that has wiped out most of life on earth, leaving several frosty outcrops of survival to fight among themselves over dwindling scraps and encroaching disease. The vehicle of Jeff Renfroe’s allegory, however, is…

Undergods

Undergods (2020)

“Maria tells me you write,” says Hans (Eric Godon), some way into Chino Moya’s feature debut Undergods. “What about?” “Possible worlds,” replies Johann (Tadhg Murphy) “I don’t think you’ll get it. Maria says you don’t read much.” What neither of these two men – nor indeed Hans’ daughter Maria (Tanya Reynolds) – quite realises is…

Bullets

Bullets of Justice (2019)

Set in the apocalyptic aftermath of World War Three, in a world where hybrid porcine mutants (known as ‘Muzzles’) literally butcher humans for food, Valeri Milev’s Bullets of Justice is an amped-up Eighties-style actioner – so absurdly hyperbolic, indeed, that it is more akin to parody Kung Fury (2015) than to the real deal.  Rob…

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…

Remnants

Remnants (2012)

First published by Little White Lies “She was scared, ok – she was scared of blast burn and radiation poisoning, and she was dying,” Hunter (J.L. Thomason) reassures Jonathan (Ross Britz) after the latter has just been bitten on the hand by a crazed woman who burst into their bunker. “She’s a refugee of this…

Turbo

Turbo Kid (2015)

Turbo Kid first published by TheHorrorShow At the centre of François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell’s improbable New Zealand-Canadian co-production Turbo Kid is a toy: a vintage 3D optical View-Master showing images of a T-Rex. “They got killed out by this big explosion,” explains the Kid (Munro Chambers) to his chirpy new friend Apple (Laurence Leboeuf). “Kind…

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

First published by EyeforFilm ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky has had several incarnations, all unified by the (then) winning charisma of a fresh-faced Mel Gibson, by the mad directing skills and archetype-pimping rides of George Miller, and by some practical stuntwork whose palpably high risks only added to the visceral intensity of the action. In Mad Max…