Last Straw

Last Straw (2023)

Last Straw had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2024. Last Straw opens near its end, with an aftermath: a tableau in montage showing the interiors of a classic old (faded, even) diner, like a blast from the past of lost Americana. This is also, clearly, the scene of a recent massacre, with blood…

Cold

Cold (Kuldi) (2023)

Cold (Kuldi) has its UK première at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024   Erlingur Thoroddsen’s Cold (Kuldi) has, appropriately enough, a cold open. For as it begins, we see Lára (Álfrún Örnólfdóttir) head out in a dressing gown to the balcony of her high-rise apartment and, with a dazed look on her face, lean forwards,…

Unwelcome

Unwelcome (2023)

Unwelcome first published by Little White Lies, 24 Jan, 2023 When Maya (Hannah John-Kamen) learns that she is pregnant, her husband Jamie (Douglas Booth) purchases a celebratory bottle of alcohol-free Prosecco from the corner store, unwittingly picking up a trio of violent thugs who follow him back home and break into the couple’s London apartment….

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home: Where Evil Lives (2023)

Home Sweet Home: Where Evil Lives had its world première on Mon 28th Aug at FrightFest Home Sweet Home: Where Evil Lives (Home Sweet Home – Wo das Böse wohnt) opens with a scene from near its end, as a woman runs outside in the dark, begging on her smart phone for an ambulance. The fact…

Two Witches

Two Witches (2021)

Director/co-writer/editor/cinematographer/producer Pierre Tsigaridis’ feature debut is not only, as its title baldly states, a tale of two witches, but also of two halves, formally separated into two numbered and headed sections, ‘The Boogeywoman’ and ‘Masha’, plus a prologue and epilogue.  In Chapter I, 27-year-old, six-months-pregnant Sarah Johnson (Belle Adams), already uncertain about her relationship with…

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…

Climbing

Climbing (Keul-la-i-ming) (2021)

Climbing (Keul-la-i-ming) screens at the London Korean Film Festival, 18 Nov, 2021 In Climbing (Keul-la-i-ming), developed from writer/director Kim Hye-mi’s debut project for the Korean Academy of Film Arts’ feature animation course, Choi Se-hyeon (voiced by Kim Min-ji) is under a lot of pressure. A solo climber absolutely committed to her craft and hoping to…

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…