The Atrocity Exhibition

The Atrocity Exhibition (1998)

The Atrocity Exhibition first published by Little White Lies, as entry 160 in my Cinema Psychotronicum colimn In 1970, J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition was first published by Jonathan Cape in the UK. This anti-novel has had a complicated publication history: all 15 of the (linked) stories that make up its chapters had already been…

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The Dead Next Door (1989)

The Dead Next Door first published by Little White Lies as part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Horror may have hit the doldrums in the early Nineties, but its resurrection came in the postmodern movement which was spearheaded by Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) and Scream (1996) and then run into the ground by a whole…

Last Horror Film

The Last Horror Film (1982)

The Last Horror Film first published by Little White Lies, as the fifth part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “I’d like to point out that for the first time in the entire history of the Cannes Film Festival, this prize is awarded to an actress playing in a horror movie.” It is 1981, but these words…

Most Likely To Die

Most Likely To Die (2015)

Most Likely To Die first published by TheHorrorShow “I’m over it, it’s in the past,” declares Gaby (Heather Morris), as Brad (Ryan Doom), her one-time school boyfriend turned TV star, tries to apologise for the circumstances in which he left her so many years ago. Her words may well resonate with the way that viewers feel…

The Human Centipede 3

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) first published by Sight & Sound, August 2015 Review: It all started with a sado-surrealist idea, and a man crazy enough to execute it to its bitter end. After joking with friends that the best way to punish a child molester was to stitch his mouth to the anus of…

Nightmare

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Little White Lies #56 (Nov/Dec 2014) was presented as though it had been written and published exactly two decades earlier. Here (in slightly lengthened form) is my contribution to that issue. Before the new, the old. It’s not always appropriate to include a history lesson in a contemporary review, but Wes Craven’s New Nightmare comes…

Stage Fright

Stage Fright (2014)

“I’m going to reinvent the entire production and cover it with a postmodern face.” So says Artie Getz (Brandon Uranowitz), a pretentious director of musical theatre brought into Center Stage Camp to get their latest production noticed by Broadway before the camp’s manager Roger McCall (Meat Loaf) is overtaken by debt. What Artie has in…

Detention

Detention (2011)

First published by LWLies “Life moves pretty fast,” as cinematic high schooler Ferris Bueller once memorably observed, “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it.” That, however, was way back in 1986, before the Internet, before texting, before Generation Z. So while Detention may include its own Ferris…