Vicious

For the Sake of Vicious (2020)

For the Sake of Vicious first published by VODzilla.co For the Sake of Vicious opens with a sequence which, for all its lack of context, is a good index of what is to come. A man wakes up surrounded by other bodies on a basement floor, only to be knocked out by another man standing…

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…

We Had It Coming (2019)

We Had It Coming opens with two programmatic sequences. In the first, Katja (Sofie Holland) is woken by the sound of a hardcore porn clip landing on her phone – a video in which, by implication, she features. She then, after grimly donning the transparent platform shoes that are part of her work costume, hangs…

Sadness

The Sadness (2021) at Fantasia

The Sadness has had its North American première at Fantasia 2021 New outbreaks of the undead have been infecting cinemas across the world for the last two decades, and even if Taiwan ought, as an island state, to be relatively protected, it has not proven wholly immune – perhaps as a sign of a politically…

Butchers

Butchers (2020)

The two Watson brothers, Owen (Simon Phillips) and Oswald (Michael Swatton), are out burying their recently deceased mother in the snowy ground, when they spot a car breaking down on the nearby road – and opportunity as well. Shortly afterwards the car’s driver Steven is dead, and his girlfriend Celeste is suspended by chains in…

Carmichael

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)

The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael first published by Film4 Summary: Smalltown disaffection, foreign policy and a bit of the old ultra-violence make a disturbing cocktail in Thomas Clay’s feature debut. Review: It is not uncommon for director’s low-budget debuts to be small-town coming-of-age dramas, and The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, with its setting amongst the…

Trauma

Trauma (2017)

Trauma first published by SciFiNow ‘Too Much Films’ is the first production company listed at the beginning of Lucio A. Rojas’ Trauma – and this promised excess comes front-loaded. For the opening sequence shows a bound, bloody woman in a compound for the torture and execution of political prisoners. Her teenaged son Juan is brought…

Stendhal

The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) (1996)

The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) first published by VODzilla.co The Stendhal Syndrome (La Sindrome di Stendhal) was the second film by Dario Argento to star his daughter Asia. The title of the first, Trauma (1993), might equally have served here, given that The Stendhal Syndrome focuses less on its rapist/killer than on the…

Abgeschnitten

Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) (2018)

Adapted from Sebastian Fitzek and Michael Tsokos’ best selling novel Abgeschnitten (2012), Cut Off (Abgeschnitten) takes its writer/director Christian Alvart back to the serial killer psychothriller terrains of his earlier feature Antibodies (Antikörper, 2005).  The film’s opening premise is as high-concept as they come: Paul Herzfeld (Moritz Bleibtreu), a divorced professor of forensic pathology working…

Creek

Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek first published by EyeforFilm For his debut feature, Australian writer/director Greg McLean follows a tried-and-tested horror formula – young people out on a drive become stranded in the middle of nowhere – and then takes it way off the beaten track. While it is the unflinching viciousness of the shocks in the second…