Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (2021)

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On first published by, 17 Jun 2023 In the past, whenever couple Mark (Thomas Mann) and Larissa (Rose Salazar) got into a shouting match, the shells and other miniature life forms with which they unwittingly shared their home would flee to the sock drawer for cover. Which is to…

Enys Men

Enys Men (2022)

Enys Men first published by, 8 May 2023 1973 represents a key moment in the annals of British genre cinema. For it is the year that arguably these Isles’ two all-time greatest horror titles – Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man – were released, and even, extraordinarily, double billed….

Winnie the Pooh Blood and Honey

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey (2023)

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey first published by, 11 March 2023 The words ‘blood and honey’ are metonyms of what a certain kind of film knows its audience wants. For sex and violence (not necessarily in that order) are the mainstays of B-horror, and Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey certainly delivers both, with some hilariously gratuitous…

Triangle of Sadness

Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Triangle of Sadness first published by With his features Play (2011), Force Majeure (2014) and The Square (2017), Swedish writer/director Ruben Östlund established himself as a keen observer of human drama and comedy. If the title of his latest, Triangle of Sadness, sounds like a riddle, it is solved very early in the film,…

Orphan First Kill

Orphan: First Kill (2022)

Orphan: First Kill first published by Jaume Collet-Serra’s Orphan (2009) told the story of a bourgeois family adopting a nine-year-old in an attempt to fill the chasm of grief left by a stillbirth, only to discover that they have let into their already fraught household a psychopathic murderess (played by Isabelle Fuhrman) who is…

Sorry About The Demon

Sorry About The Demon (2022)

Sorry About The Demon first published by When writer/director Emily Hagins presented the world première of My Sucky Teen Romance (2011) at FrightFest, she was barely old enough to attend the festival – but extraordinarily it was not her first or even second feature. In fact she debuted with Pathogen (2006) when she was…

The Ghosts of Monday

The Ghosts of Monday (2022)

The Ghosts of Monday first published by “Look, over three seasons, we never found any evidence of paranormal activity,” TV presenter Bruce (Julian Sands) tells his director Eric (Mark Huberman) in Francesco Cinquemani’s The Ghosts of Monday. “It’s time to find something different.” Eric and Bruce are with a small crew, including Eric’s estranged…


Control (2022)

Control first published by Control opens on a beach. “Life is but a dream,” sings little Eve (Evie Loiselle), playing in the sand – and the bright light and narrow, slightly woozy focus seem to validate her words. As Eileen (Sara Mitich) watches her daughter in this hyperreal space, the idyll is repeatedly shattered…

She Came From The Woods

She Came From The Woods (2022)

She Came From The Woods first published by “This isn’t The Burning,” Ashley (Sienna Hubert-Ross) tells her friend and fellow camp counsellor Ben (Dan Leahy) as he hears things and gets the jitters on their nocturnal walk through the woods. Sure enough She Came From The Woods is not Camp Blackfoot from Tony Maylam’s…


Hounded (2022)

Hounded first published by ‘Tradition’ is a word that gets bandied about a lot in Tommy Boulding’s feature debut Hounded, written by Ray Bogdanovich and Dean Lines. There are the traditions, passed down patriarchally from father to son, of England’s landed gentry going back centuries if not millennia, and ensuring that everybody stays in…