Herd

Herd (2023)

Herd had its world première on Sat 26 Aug at FrightFest, UK home entertainment release (digital/DVD) follows on 23rd October 2023 (High Fliers) At the beginning of Herd, Jamie Miller (Ellen Adair) and her wife Alex Kanai (Mitzi Akaha) have become divided. After the stillbirth of their daughter, a chill has entered their relationship, and while they…

Polaris

Polaris (2022)

Polaris screened at the Imagine Film Festival 2022 “Frozen world, year 2144,” reads text that opens Kirsten Carthew’s Polaris. “Few survived the freezing. A child raised by a bear brings hope from the stars.” Apart from another brief caption (“10 years earlier”) that appears shortly afterwards leading into a flashback told, storybook-style, in hand-drawn pictures,…

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)

Prisoners of the Ghostland first published by VODzilla.co Prisoners of the Ghostland, the first English-language film from prolific genre anarchist Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Tag), begins with balls. More precisely, with a slow zoom into a coin-operated machine full of brightly coloured gum balls, and a smiling Japanese boy in front of it,…

Friend of the World

Friend of the World (2020)

The punningly titled Friend of the World opens with three prefatory elements before its narrative proper gets underway. The first is a quote from Dante, presented as text, and by its nature something of a paradoxical riddle: “The more a thing is perfect, the more it feels pleasure and likewise pain.” The second is a…

Wizards

Wizards (1977)

Wizards first published by EyeforFilm In 1977, Twentieth Century Fox puts out two fantasy epics that both begin with the destruction of a planet, focus on the eternal conflict between good and evil, and feature the then-unknown actor Mark Hamill. It was, however, George Lucas’ Star Wars that would capture the popular imagination and change the face…

No Mouth

Girl With No Mouth (Peri: Agzi Olmayan Kiz) (2019)

Girl With No Mouth (Peri: Agzi Olmayan Kiz) first published by EyeforFilm Turkish director/co-writer Can Evrenol’s feature debut Baskin (2015) and his second film Housewife (2017) both used imagery from horror and (literal) cult to delve into the disturbed psyches of their protagonists (respectively male and female). His latest, Girl With No Mouth (Peri: Agzi…

Waterworld

Waterworld (1995)

Waterworld first published by Little White Lies, as the 73rd part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column After an altered version of the Universal ident shows the world’s continents receding slowly into the blue mass of the oceans, Waterworld launches us into a future where the polar icecaps have melted and the landmasses have been submerged….

Flowers

Black Flowers (aka Atomic Apocalypse) (2018)

At the beginning of Black Flowers (aka Atomic Apocalypse), Kate (Krista DeMille, excellent), her husband Sam (Ron Roggé) and their teen daughter Suzi (Andrea Sweeney Blanco) – keen swimmers all – are enjoying their vacation on a beach when they see the atomic mushroom clouds in the distance. Cut to a year and a half…

Steady

Rock Steady Row (2018)

Rock Steady Row first published by SciFiNow First there was Bicycle Thieves (1948); then Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Messenger (1994), Beijing Bicycle (2001) and Stray Dogs (2004); and now there is a new kid on the block. seeking – and earning – initiation into the exclusive fraternity of films about stolen bicycles. Bikes and their theft…

Quiet

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place first published by Little White Lies In Guy Maddin’s 1992 retro-surrealist Alpine melodrama Careful, the expression of any emotion risks bringing an avalanche down on the mountain town of Tolzbad, and so all the locals must repress their desires or face the deadly consequences. John Krasinksi’s A Quiet Place might seem a million…

Stake

Stake Land (2011)

Stake Land first published by VODzilla.co “Call me Martin,” says the voiceover that opens Stake Land, as we see the young man himself (Connor Paolo) riding in the passenger seat of a car beside a much older man (Nick Damici). “I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe. Things a boy shouldn’t see. But I’m not a normal…