Porno (2019)

Porno (2019) at Fantasia and FrightFest 2019 Keola Racela’s feature debut opens with a sequence not entirely unexpected in a film called Porno: a couple fucking in a bedroom. Then the camera draws back, and we realise that much as we are watching this unfold within the frame of the cinema screen, others are watching…


Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark first published by Little White Lies, as the 71st instalment of my Cinema Psychotronicum column James Signorelli’s Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a film full of dualities and ironies, where things tend to come in pairs. First there is the titular heroine Elvira, appearing, according to the closing credits,…


Robert Eggers on The Witch

“I’d rather sit in a carriage than a spaceship”: Robert Eggers on the archaising inclinations behind his back-to-basics horror The Witch – first published by Sight & Sound In seventeenth-century New England, the excessive religious fervour of William (Ralph Ineson) leads to his excommunication from a Puritan plantation, along with his wife  (Kate Dickie) and children….