The Last Client

The Last Client (Klienten) (2022)

The Last Client (Klienten) had its UK première at FrightFest 2022 Written by Anders Rønnow Klarlund and Jacob Weinrich (who together pen crime novels under the collective pseudonym A.J. Kazinski), The Last Client (Klienten) is a psychological thriller, unfolding mostly within the confines of a consulting room, as a therapist finds her connections to her…

No Man Of God

No Man Of God (2021)

No Man Of God first published by VODzilla.co No Man Of God begins at its end, in 1989, with a TV news report stating that “after an exhausting series of appeals that lasted ten years, Ted Bundy is dead” – executed in the electric chair at the Florida State Prison. In this way, Amber Sealey’s…

Watcher

Watcher (2022)

Watcher opens with the image of its protagonist seen through a moving taxi’s window, the nocturnal lights of Bucharest reflected in the glass and superimposed over her face as the vehicle moves. Julia (Maika Monroe) has just arrived in the city with her husband Francis (Karl Glusman), an American-born Romanian who has returned to his…

Bitch Ass

Bitch Ass (2022)

Bitch Ass had its world première at SXSW 2022 Bill Posley’s Bitch Ass opens in Academy ratio, with the title Hood Horror Movie Nights written in a cheap-looking font, and with the show’s host tapping out minor-key notes on a piano surrounded by cobwebs and dusty VHS cassettes. Turning to camera, he says: “I’m sure…

The Head Hunter

The Head Hunter (2018)

The Head Hunter first published by Little White Lies, as entry 126 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “Shhh, it’s ok,” the Father (Christopher Rygh) reassures his sleepy young Daughter (Cora Kaufman) in her makeshift tent of twigs, at the beginning of The Head Hunter. Something ferocious has invaded the perimeter of their snowy encampment, but…

Sound Of Violence

Sound of Violence (2021)

Sound Of Violence first published by Movies On Weekends Slashers and other kinds of psychodrama typically feature a sequence which, in a phrase borrowed from Sigmund Freud, gets called the ‘primal scene‘ – often opening the film, or shown in flashback, and capturing the formative psychosexual moment of childhood trauma that leads a confused young…

Out Of The World

Out Of The World (Hors du monde) (2020)

Out Of The World (Hors du Monde) first published by VODzilla.co Out Of The World (Hors du Monde) opens with a montage that is carefully designed to establish the character of the protagonist (Kévin Mischel) without requiring him to speak. To the plaintive sounds of an electro-acoustic song, we see a man scrubbing his hands…

Titane

Titane (2021)

Little Alexia (Adèle Guige) is in the back seat of a moving car, making vroom vroom engine sounds as though she were one with the vehicle. To counter this noise, her father (Bertrand Bonello) keeps turning up the music on the radio – so Alexia, still wanting her father’s attention, starts rhythmically kicking the back…

Redwood Massacre

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation (2020)

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation first published by VODzilla.co In The Redwood Massacre (2014), five co-eds go to party in the legendary murder site the Redwood House, only to discover that the legend is true. In other words, writer/director David Ryan Keith’s feature was a by-the-book slasher whose many clichés were offset by the horrific brutality of…

The Kindred

The Kindred (2021)

The Kindred has its world première at FrightFest 2021 Jamie Patterson’s The Kindred opens with Helen Tullet (April Pearson) – although we do not yet know her name – running through the otherwise empty corridors of London’s Trellick Tower, clutching her belly and looking constantly back behind her, in a clear state of distress. By…