Suitable Flesh

Suitable Flesh (2023)

Suitable Flesh first published by SciFiNow for its world première at Tribeca 2023 Suitable Flesh begins with a POV shot from inside a body bag being zipped open. As psychiatrist Dr Dani Upton (Barbara Crampton) and the morgue’s pathologist (Graham Skipper) look down, Dani comments, “It’s impossible to tell that’s a person, much less who…

Beau Is Afraid

Beau Is Afraid (2023)

Beau Is Afraid first published by SciFiNow, 15 May 2023 “Stay hydrated,” is the advice given to 37-year-old Beau Wassermann (played at multiple ages by Joaquin Phoenix, but as a boy by Armen Nahapetian and James Cvetkovski) early on in Ari Aster’s Beau Is Afraid. Indeed, Beau’s surname is the German for ‘Waterman’ – and…

Shelter

Shelter (aka 6 Souls) (2010)

Shelter first published by Sight & Sound, June 2010 Review: “Isn’t it possible that what you’re looking at is what you’re actually seeing?” With this line, delivered by open-minded but faithless psychiatrist Dr Harding (Jeffrey DeMunn) to his more doctrinaire psychiatrist daughter Dr Cara Jessup (Julianne Moore), Shelter (aka 6 Souls) sets out its reflexive stall….

Senese

Billy Senese at The Dead Center of genre cinema

Billy Senese at The Dead Center of genre cinema was first published by SciFiNow, 27/2/2019 After creating plays for radio and also making a series of short films, writer/director Billy Senese helmed his first feature, Closer to God (aka A Frankenstein Story) in 2014, updating the Frankenstein myth to the age of genetic science and…

Ghoul

The Ghoul (2016)

In his cluttered, chaotic home office, jovial psychiatrist Alexander Morland (Geoffrey McGivern) has on display a Klein bottle – a paradoxical object whose inside and outside are indistinguishable. “It’s like the bottle version of the Möbius strip,” he explains to his patient Chris (Tom Meeten), before further comparing it to the ouroboros and “eternal return“. All of…