The Free Fall

The Free Fall (2021)

In horror, as in Freudian psychoanalysis, it is usually a young child who witnesses – and misunderstands – a primal scene (typically, sex between parents), engendering the perversion of that child’s psychosexual development. The Free Fall certainly opens with a primal scene, as Sara Wright (Andrea Londo) enters the upstairs bedroom of her parents, only…

Anderson

Anderson Falls (aka Darkness Falls) (2020)

Anderson Falls (aka Darkness Falls) first published by SciFiNow Strap: Julien Seri’s serial-killer thriller pits one father against another in a cat-and-mouse chase through toxic masculinity’s legacy. ‘Anderson Falls’ is the name of a wide cascade to be found in Bartholomew County, Indiana – but that is a long way from the urban LA setting…

Gate

Devil’s Gate (2017)

Devil’s Gate first published by SciFiNow Strange, immediately after hearing the news of Tobe Hooper’s death, to begin the day at FrightFest with a film whose opening pays full and glorious homage to Hooper’s most famous and influential film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). For the prologue to writer/director Clay Staub’s feature debut Devil’s Gate…

Frozen

Frozen (2010)

Frozen first published by Sight & Sound, October 2010 Review: “Will do for skiing what Jaws did for swimming,” screams the pull quote (from Brad Miska’s review for Bloody-Disgusting.com) placed at the very centre of the US poster campaign for Adam Green’s Frozen. It is an association in fact overtly forged by Green’s film, which after…

Mariachi Gringo (2012)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, July 2014 Synopsis: Greenville, Kansas. Sad, single, recently unemployed 29-year-old Edward still lives with his conservative Christian parents, and with a pill addiction from childhood. He has largely given up on both his guitar and his childhood dream of running away with a band. His only refuge from…