Inside

Inside (2016)

Inside first published by SciFiNow In the opening scene of Inside, pregnant Sarah (Rachel Nichols) is driving in the rain, and chatting with her husband Matt about the name they should give to the child she is carrying in her belly, when the car collides head-on with another, flips spectacularly over, and suddenly Sarah is…

Ultrasound

Ultrasound (2021)

Ultrasound first published by Movies On Weekends “How does one thing have anything to do with the other?”, asks wheelchair-bound patient Glen (Vincent Kartheiser), hoping to see his immobility cured, but confused by the folder in front of him containing a script more of the movie than of the medical variety, and by the rôle-playing…

El Apego

El Apego (The Attachment Diaries) (2021)

El Apego (aka The Attachment Diaries) opens with a tracking shot that follows, from behind, a pair of legs in high heels, walking along a roughly cobbled pavement in heavy rain at night. This is pure film noir – an impression greatly aided by the strict monochrome presentation – yet this woman’s progress is intercut…

Reunion

Reunion (2020)

The setting of an old dark house may help, but true gothic uncanniness comes from overdetermination – where multiple interpretations vie to frame a narrative, catching the reader, or viewer, in irresolvable contradictions. “What just happened?” is both the requisite response to the uncanny, and a question to which there ought to be no single…

Baby

Baby Blood (1990)

Baby Blood first published by VODzilla.co The events of Alain Robak’s Baby Blood may gestate mostly over nine months in late-Eighties France, but it has a much broader spatiotemporal canvas. For it begins with “the beginning of the world”, in an African swamp that is also the cradle of life – and its implied ending…

Lethargy

After The Lethargy (2018)

Marc Carreté’s feature debut Asmodexia (2014) utterly inverted the established conventions of possession horror, so viewers ‘in the know’ will approach his follow-up After The Lethargy fully primed to expect the unexpected. This time around Carreté is tackling the tropes of alien conspiracy, as journalist Sara Hamilton (Andrea Guasch) is drawn to deep forestland –…

Fire Lily (Tuliliilia) (2018)

Fire Lily (Tuliliilia) first published by EyeforFilm The fire lily from which Estonian writer/director Maria Avdjushko’s feature debut derives its title – and which appears at several junctures within the film – is, significantly, a hermaphroditic plant, both male and female, and capable of fertilising itself. This is one key (from a whole bunch) to…

Agatha

St Agatha (2018)

St Agatha first published by SciFiNow With Aislinn Clarke’s The Devil’s Doorway, Paul Hyett’s Heretiks and Corin Hardy’s The Nun all enjoying their premières in rapid succession, 2018 would appear to be the year that sees nunsploitation returning with a vengeance. Not that St Agatha, the latest from genre director Darren Lynn Bousman (Abattoir, 2016; Repo!…

Prevenge

Prevenge (2016)

First published by Sight & Sound, March 2017 Review: Prevenge begins and ends, literally, on a cliff’s edge. This is also the primal scene, where Matt was killed in a climbing incident on the very same day that his wife Ruth (played by the film’s writer/director Alice Lowe) discovered she was pregnant. Now in her third…

Hunters

Blood Hunters (2016)

“Hello? What did you do to me? Why am I pregnant? I have a son. His name is Hunter. Is he here? Is he ok?” The speaker is single mother Ellie Barnes (Lara Gilchrist). In the opening scene of Blood Hunters (aka One Drop) we see her collapsing in the street outside her suburban home…

Enclosure

Enclosure (aka Arbor Demon) (2016)

After a prologue in which a heavily pregnant woman is pursued by something in the woods, Enclosure [now retitled Arbor Demon] introduces us to photographer Dana (Fiona Durif) and musician Charles (Kevin Ryan) in the well-appointed suburban home that they have made together. They are very much in love – yet there are tensions in the relationship…