Hékate

Hékate (2021)

Hékate UK première at Sohome Horror Pride Virtual Film Festival Hecate is an ancient Greek goddess typically depicted – sometimes in triple form – with dogs, keys and torches, and associated with crossroads, witchcraft, poisons, night and the moon. Although this feminine deity is never mentioned in Nadia Benedicto’s Hékate beyond its title, her presence…

Anything For Jackson

Anything For Jackson (2020)

Anything For Jackson first published by VODzilla.co Satanists come with their own stereotype. The picture that they present in the popular imagination usually goes something like this: young, male, long hair, black leather, listens to heavy metal, incel. What you probably do not picture – unless your internal iconography is dominated by Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s…

Unburied

The Unburied (El cadáver insepulto) (2021)

The Unburied had its European première at FrightFest 2021 Writer/director Alejandro Cohen Arazi’s The Unburied (El cadáver insepulto) is the story of a prodigal son’s return. In Buenos Aires, Dr Maximiliano Espósito (Demián Salomón), has just had his book Tribal Education published, outlining the peculiar codes and traditions elaborated by boys who have grown up…

Sonata

The Sonata (2018)

The Sonata first published by SciFiNow Andrew Desmond’s feature debut The Sonata, co-written with Arthur Morin, opens with composer Richard Marlow (the late Rutger Hauer) putting the finishing touches on a musical score. He then walks downstairs, heads outside into the dark night with a petrol canister and candle in hand, douses his body in…

Antrum

Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2019)

The allegory of the cave in Plato’s Republic figures the unenlightened as prisoners locked away in a dark subterranean chamber who imagine that the shadows they see artificially projected on the wall before them are reality, while in fact the only reality is in the sunlit world outside and beyond their perception. Unsurprisingly, this philosophical…

Redwood

Redwood (2017)

Redwood first published by SciFiNow As British musician Josh (Mike Beckingham) and his girlfriend Beth (Tatjana Nardone) drive into the Redwood National Park for some time together away from it all, several dark shadows are being cast over their trip. Firstly there is Josh’s recent diagnosis of terminal leukaemia, meaning that, despite all Beth’s desperate…

Hereditary

Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary first published by Sight & Sound, July 2018 Review: A family has lost its head. After text announces the passing of elderly Ellen Taper Leigh in her daughter Annie’s home, Hereditary opens with a long fluid take of three proximate houses: first a treehouse (also the film’s final image), then a workroom in the house…

Song

A Dark Song (2016)

First published by Sight & Sound, May 2017 Review: “I don’t do forgiveness,” Sophia (Catherine Walker) insists to Solomon (Steve Oram), in writer/director Liam Gavin’s astonishing feature debut A Dark Song. Three years after her seven-year-old son Jack was murdered, Sophia, inconsolable with grief, anger and loss, hopes to fill the gaping hole in her…