Handling the Undead

Handling the Undead (Håndtering av udøde) (2024)

Handling the Undead (Håndtering av udøde, 2024) Near the beginning of Handling the Undead (Håndtering av udøde), Eva (Bahar Pars) tries to get the attention of her young adult daughter Flora (Inesa Dauksta), but Flora is thoroughly and rudely absorbed by the video game she is playing. This game, a shooter in which the player’s…

After She Died

After She Died (2022)

Jack Dignan’s After She Died may open with various evening shots, first exterior and then interior, of a multi-storeyed, modernist family home set on an enviably Edenic Australian waterfront – but there is trouble in paradise.  As Jen (Liliana Ritchie) struggles to revise for her high school finals, she is distracted by the sound of…

Psychomania

Psychomania (1972)

First published by Little White Lies, as part 18 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column Through the mist, motorcyclists can be seen riding (in slow motion) around an ancient stone circle (in fact in Avebury) – and so the opening sequence of Psychomania, directed by Hammer journeyman Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire; Rasputin, The…

Absentia

Absentia (2011)

Absentia first published by Little White Lies “When the mind can’t deal immediately with trauma, with grief, guilt – it’s sometimes easier to create something to help us process it.” So says psychiatrist Dr Elliott (Scott Graham) to his heavily pregnant patient Tricia (Courtney Bell). Tricia has certainly experienced more than her fair share of…