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…

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…

Trash

Trash Fire (aka The Wrath) (2016)

Trash Fire (aka The Wrath) first published by VODzilla.co  “Do you remember when we first met?” Isabel (Angela Trimbur) asks her boyfriend Owen (Adam Grenier) towards the end of Trash Fire (aka The Wrath). “You were the biggest piece-of-shit douchebag I had ever met, I could not stand you.” When we first meet Owen, as he, in the…

Excision

Excision (2012)

First published by Little White Lies “I know I can be a bit of a demented bitch sometimes, but you still love me, right?” So 18-year-old Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord) asks her mother Phyllis (Traci Lords), her words echoing through Excision like a desperate cry for help. Insensitive, manipulative, delusional and increasingly dangerous, wannabe sawbones Pauline is certainly hard to love, but at the same time…

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…