The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar (Le Calendrier) (2021)

The Advent Calendar had its UK première at FrightFest 2021 Writer/director Patrick Ridremont’s The Advent Calendar (Le Calendrier) comes frontloaded with a sense of doom. It is not just the direct-to-webcam address made by paraplegic protagonist Eva Roussel (Eugénie Derouand) at the start – but also clearly near the chronological end – of the film,…

Skull

Skull: The Mask (Skull: A Máscara de Anhangá) (2020)

Skull: The Mask first published by VODzilla.co Skull: The Mask (Skull: A Máscara de Anhangá) begins with a portentous ancient prayer text about “the dirt in the world summoning Anhangá”.  The pejorative phrase ‘dirt in the world’ is used of those arrogant individuals who seek to have incarnated in themselves the power of the pre-Columbian…

Babysitter

Babysitter Must Die (2020)

It is the Christmas period, and while her college co-ed friends are out partying, Josie Jane (Riley Scott) is babysitting young Sophia Castillo (Scarlett Hazen). “I’d honestly rather be babysitting,” she tells her mother at the beginning of Kohl Glass’ ominously titled Babysitter Must Die – and this desire is rooted not so much in…

Ready

Ready Or Not (2019)

Ready Or Not first published by Sight & Sound, October 2019 Review: As founding members of filmmaking collective Radio Silence, Matt Bettinelli-Olpen and Tyler Gillett have previously helmed the segment 10/31/98 from V/H/S (2012), the frame story from Southbound (2016) and all of Devil’s Due (2014). Their latest, Ready Or Not, is a darkly funny…