The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose (2023)

The Blue Rose had its European première on Sun 27th Aug at FrightFest A woman (Jordyn Denning) in a black lace basque and a blue neck ruff steps onto a small yellow-lit stage, and kneels on the floor at its centre. With a bright blue painting behind her depicting a blue flower and a blue…

King Knight

King Knight (2021)

King Knight first published by Movies On Weekends Richard Bates Jr.‘s King Knight begins with an animated picture book, and a “once upon a time”-style narration, as though we are about to watch a Disney fairytale – although the book’s final image is a map of contemporary California, as the narrator declares “sometimes the most beautiful flowers grow up…

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct (aka Tone-Deaf) (2019)

There is a temptation, when it comes to Richard Bates Jr, to subscribe to the otherwise flawed notion of nominative determinism. After all, much as his full title literally signifies his juniority and his status as the latest in line to have inherited the family name, so too all his features – Excision (2012), Suburban…

Last

To Your Last Death (2019)

At the beginning of To Your Last Death, Miriam DeKalb (voiced by Dani Lennon) bursts out of a building clutching an axe and covered in blood, as two mysterious figures look on (one instructing the other to “lock the bets”). Exclaiming “He killed them! He killed my family! He killed them all!”, Miriam is arrested…

Night of the Living Deb (2015)

First published by TwitchFilm “It seems sort of like a zombie apocalypse!”, observes Deb Clarington (Maria Thayer), quickly assessing the situation around her and unhesitantly taking appropriate action where so many other heroes and heroines in this genre spend half their film just working out what’s what. Not that her savviness always pays off. “You…

Excision (2012)

First published by movieScope “I don’t know of a teenager who doesn’t profile as a sociopath.” So says gawky, greasy-haired Pauline (the extraordinary AnnaLynne McCord), looking to all around her like the teen misfit from Welcome to the Dollhouse, even as her vivid dreams, merging sexuality and surgery, reveal she may be closer to the unhinged…

Suburban Gothic

Suburban Gothic (2014)

Suburban Gothic first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Unemployed, overqualified and half-formed, Raymond Wadsworth (Matthew Gray Gubler) is coming home. Having studied business – at the insistence of his father Donald (Ray Wise) – in the Big Smoke, but stalled in his prospects, Raymond must reluctantly return to the family pad in suburban Edge City, and face…