Candyman (2021)

Candyman (2021)

Candyman (2021) first published by VODzilla.co It is in the nature of myths to change. When writer/director Bernard Rose adapted Clive Barker‘s short story The Forbidden (1985) into the film Candyman (1992), he translocated events from Barker’s native Liverpool in Thatcher-era England to the Cabrini-Green projects in Chicago, and so introduced a long history of…

Choose or Die

Choose or Die (2022)

Choose or Die first published by VODzilla.co While Laura (Kate Fleetwood) and her teenage son Gabe (Pete MacHale) argue aggressively in their large, luxuriously modernist home, Laura’s husband Hal (Eddie Marsan) retreats into his den – and into childhood. For he has loaded up and is about to play a computer game from the Eighties…

Bull

Bull (2021)

Bull first published by VODzilla.co Bull opens with three men in a grassy field at dusk, burying something that is still in flames, and then walking away from the smouldering remains. It is an image which will be carefully overturned by the message of the remaining film: that you cannot ever really turn your back…

The Cellar

The Cellar (2022)

The Cellar had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. First published by VODzilla.co The cellar is a special location in horror. It is typically dank and dark, full of cobwebs, dust and neglect, and seldom visited – indeed, the part of the home that is literally underground, and closest to hell. It is…

The Ledge

The Ledge (2022)

The Ledge had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022, and was first published by VODzilla.co The night before Kelly (Brittany Ashworth) and her friend Sophie (Anaïs Parello) are due to scale the dangerous face of Antelao, highest pinnacle in the Dolomite Mountains of northeastern Italy, they are joined at the complex of cabins…

Some Like It Rare

Some Like It Rare (Barbaque) (2021)

Some Like It Rare (Barbaque) had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. Review first published by VODzilla.co Fabrice Eboué’s Some Like It Rare (originally called Barbaque) opens with meat – or more specifically a prime, marbled fillet of beef being lovingly sliced, hand-massaged and packaged by butcher Vincent Pascal (played by Eboué) while…

Night's End

Night’s End (2022)

Night’s End had its world première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. Review first published by VODzilla.co Night’s End begins with the camera on the tree line over a suburban street, before panning and tilting down to a brick house, and tracking in through its front entrance to the staircase beyond and up to a closed…

Let The Wrong One In

Let The Wrong One In (2021)

Let The Wrong One In had its Scottish première on 11 March, 2022 at the Glasgow FrightFest 2022. First published by VODzilla.co Let The Wrong One In opens with a Romanian castle at night, and a horse and carriage passing underneath – only for a group of loud, drunk Irish women to enter the frame….

La Civil

La Civil (2021)

La Civil had its UK première at Glasgow Film Festival 2022. Review first published by VODzilla.co “I love you too, see you later,” Laura (Denisse Azpilcueta) tells her mother Cielo (Arcelia Ramírez), as the teenager heads off on a date with her boyfriend Lisandro (Manuel Villegas). Husband Gustavo (Álvaro Guerrero) has long since left Cielo…

Hive

Hive (Zgjoi) (2021)

Hive (Zgjoi) first published (in a shorter version) by VODzilla.co Writer/director Blerta Basholli’s feature debut Hive (Zgjoi) begins with a diptych of scenes. In the first, Fahrije (Yllke Gashi) searches body bags in a makeshift UN camp. In the second, as she removes sweet honey from a beehive, she gets stung. What connects these two…