The Beasts

The Beasts (As bestas) (2022) 

The Beasts (As bestas) first published by Little White Lies The Beasts (As bestas) opens with Xan Anta (Luis Zahera) and his younger brother Lorenzo (Diego Anido) wrestling to get control of a wild horse. The scene, for all its muscular violence, is shot in close-up, which makes the struggle look peculiarly intimate, with the…

The G

The G (2023)

The G to have its UK première 29th February at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 Things are headed to a bad place. We know this, because writer/director Karl R. Hearne’s The G opens in the middle of nowhere with someone being buried alive – already entirely effaced, but for the mouth, by a covering of…

Punk Samurai

Punk Samurai (Pankiu-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) (2018)

Punk Samurai (Pankiu-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) first published by Little White Lies, as entry 172 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Punks are that bit of rough on the edges of clean society – the disruptors and agitators who, like the ancient Cynics, flout rules, defy convention and wave their arses  in the face of respectability. Perhaps their…

Into The Mirror

Into The Mirror (Geoul sokeuro) (2003)

Into The Mirror (Geoul Sokeuro) first published by Movie Gazette, 23 Oct, 2004 Woo Yung-min (Yoo Ji-tae) used to be a decorated sharpshooter for the Seoul police, but after a single error of judgement which led to the death of his partner in a mirrored nightclub, guilt and self-loathing have made him half the man…

Red Mist

Red Mist (aka Freakdog) (2008)

Red Mist (aka Freakdog) first published by Film4, 10 Aug 2010 Summary: A disturbed young man seeks vengeance on his tormentors from beyond the grave coma, in Paddy Breathnach’s overtly derivative horror hybrid. Review: Paddy Breathnach may already have been making dependable comedies –  I Went Down (1997), Blow Dry (2001), Man About Dog (2004) – for…

The Pale Blue Eye

The Pale Blue Eye (2022)

The Pale Blue Eye first published by Little White Lies You wait ages for one fictionalised detective story featuring Edgar Allan Poe during his cadetship years at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and then two come along. Yet where Christopher Hatton’s Raven’s Hollow (2022) was so deeply engaged with the…

Derelict

Derelict (2024)

Derelict was reviewed from an exclusive preview screener prior to its 2024 festival run  The opening sequence of Derelict resonates with its title. For it shows empty spaces at dawn: a forlorn field, and by it an old, graffiti-covered building, perhaps once used for stables, but now long abandoned. Its sole occupant is merely a…

Red Rooms

Red Rooms (Les chambres rouges) (2023)

Red Rooms (Les chambres rouges) first seen at the BFI London Film Festival 2023 She sees him through a screen. While in Red Rooms (Les chambres rouges), Kelly-Anne (Juliette Gariépy) sits in a Montréal courtroom, with a prominent crucifix around her neck, watching a criminal trial – and a cause célèbre – unfold, the defendant…

To Fire You Come At Last

To Fire You Come At Last (2023)

To Fire You Come At Last had its European première on Sat 26th Aug at FrightFest In 17th-century England, a body must be carried along the lichway across the moor to a church yard for burial. Still grieving the death of his 21-year-old son Aldis (Stephen Smith), Squire Marlow (Mark Carlisle) has hired four men…

Faceless After Dark

Faceless After Dark (2023)

Faceless After Dark had its world première on Fri 25th Aug at FrightFest Faceless After Dark opens with a picture of trauma. A woman (Jenna Kanell) sits, staring straight into the camera, her face anguished, with blood visible in her hairline. She is strobe-lit (in striking bisexual colours), and her distressing image is further disrupted…