Furiosa

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

Over the course of the franchise that bears his name, ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky has been on something of a journey: from a cop who, after a gang murders his wife and child, speeds down a path of vengeance, breaking bad as the society around him breaks down, to a post-apocalyptic ‘warrior of the wasteland’ surviving…

Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth (Milchzähne) (2024)

Milk Teeth (Milchzähne) has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 “She was just standing in our garden, as if by magic,” greying Edith (the aptly named Susanne Wolff) tells her young adult daughter Skalde (Mathilde Bundschuh) of the strange little girl Meisis (Viola Hinz) who has turned up unannounced at the beginning…

Skater Zombies The Villain

Skater Zombies: The Villain (2024)

Some short films are designed to stand on their own, as a simple set-up and punchline delivered with an economy that maximises their impact. Others are more like teasers for a bigger project to be pursued when the budget eventually falls into place. Like her earlier short Skater Zombies (2022), writer/director Eileen Yaghoobian’s Skater Zombies:…

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…

Scavenger

Scavenger (Carroña) (2020)

  Luciana Garraza and Eric Fleitas’ Scavenger opens with the scene that will come to define most of its characters. A family’s staticky home video shows little Laura (Laura Villafañe) and her older sister (Moira Lis Segura) playing together on Laura’s birthday as their mother (Vanessa Alba) carves open a chicken for their dinner, and…