Boogeyman Pop

Boogeyman Pop (2018)

“Are you good?”, teenaged Tony (James Paxton) will be asked by his best friend Forrest (Dillon Lane), in the first of three formally headed sections (‘Chapter 1 Wolf Like Me’, ‘Chapter 2 Casa Dracula’, ‘Chapter 3 Ghouls’ Night Out’) that make up Brad Michael Elmore’s Boogeyman Pop, the follow-up to his striking debut The Wolfman’s…

Blackout

Blackout (2023) at Fantasia 

 Blackout has its world première at Fantasia 2023   When, in an open field under a blood moon, a couple making the beast with two backs is murdered by someone – or something – with animalistic brutality, suspicion falls on the sole eyewitness to the killing, the migrant worker Miguel (Rigo Garay), who claims the…

Werewolves Within

Werewolves Within (2021)

Werewolves Within first published by VODzilla.co Werewolves Within opens with a text quote appearing on screen, phrase by phrase, all to the sonic accompaniment of a portentous howling wind and strident musical glissandi. “Listening is where love begins,” it reads. “Listening to ourselves – and then – our neighbors.” Finally, with an ominous crash on…

Lisa

I Am Lisa (2020)

I Am Lisa first published by VODzilla.co I Am Lisa opens with two high-brow quotes on the subject of revenge (from Heinrich Heine and Francis Bacon respectively), before a prologue in which a young woman being hunted in the woods turns out to be a sharp-clawed monster, and is shot dead by Sheriff ‘Deb’ Huckins…

American Werewolf

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

An American Werewolf In London, first published by Little White Lies, as the 90th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicumcolumn  Chris Bailey (Dave Cooper) walks in on, heh, Lance Boyle (Lucien Morgan) and Brenda Bristols (Linzi Drew) while they are having sex in their bedroom. As naked as they are, Chris asks with angry redundancy, “What are you…

November

November (2017)

November first published by SciFiNow If, after The Witch (2014), a rural period film features backward values, supernatural motifs and goats, it comes with the expectation of a certain dark grimness – but you can leave your preconceptions at the barn door while watching Rainer Sarnet’s November, based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel Rehepapp ehk November…

Beast

Beast (2017)

Beast first published by RealCrime Magazine “You’ve got blood on your hands,” Moll (Jessie Buckley) tells Pascal (Johnny Flynn). They have just met, as he, toting a hunting rifle, has rescued her from being date-raped by a pickup from the nightclub. The blood, as Pascal points out, is from the rabbit that he just poached –…

Wolf

Wolf Guy (Urufu gai: moero ôkami otoko) (1975)

Wolf Guy first published by Little White Lies, as part 34 of my Cinema Psychotronicum column “A demon?’, asks one grizzled cop, incredulously, as he skims through a coroner’s official report . “It’s the only possibility,” responds his partner. “A human being wouldn’t be able to slash a body like that – and not in such…

Till Kleinert on Der Samurai

Interview: Till Kleinert on Der Samurai (2014)

Till Kleinert on Der Samurai interview first published by Film4 Berlin-born Till Kleinert has led a double life. He started out writing and directing the feature-length apocalyptic horror The Longest Night – shot on poor-quality DV in 2004, and screened at two festivals (including Raindance) in 2008 before in effect disappearing – but he now regards…