Brain Freeze

Brain Freeze (2021)

Brain Freeze has its international première at FrightFest 2021 “Another win for Biotech M,” says a masked man in a team of similar men, all got out in hazmat suits, as they spray a green chemical over a snowy field at night, in what is the opening scene – and line – of Brain Freeze,…

Sky Sharks

Sky Sharks (2020)

Sky Sharks first published by VODzilla.co Perhaps the best place to start with Marc Fehse’s Sky Sharks is at its end, with the post-credits coda (the second of two) in which we see a faux VHS trailer for the film-within-a-film – and associated 16-bit video game – Sky Frogs (also glimpsed as part of the…

Quantum

Blood Quantum (2019)

Blood Quantum first published by VODzilla.co “Take heed to thyself, that thou make no treaty with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest lest it be cause of ruin among you…. and when you choose some of their daughters for your sons, they will lead your sons to do the same.”  In opening with…

Beyond

The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà) (1981)

The Beyond (E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’aldilà) first published by Little White Lies as the 95th instalment in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Ever since, in the opening sequence of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s pioneering surrealist short Un chien andalou (1929), a man’s razor was shown slicing across a woman’s open, observing  eye, images…

Little Monsters

Little Monsters (2019)

Little Monsters first published by Little White Lies “You’re being a child!”, remonstrates Sara (Nadia Townsend) with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend Dave (Alexander England), at the beginning of Little Monsters, written and directed by Abe Forsythe (Ned,2003; Down Under, 2016).  Sara is not wrong; for the film’s opening montage of the couple endlessly arguing in public…

Last Ones

Last Ones Out (2015)

Last Ones Out first published by VODzilla.co The feature debut of writer/director Howard James Fyvie is set not in his native South Africa, but in the broader, vaguer ‘Southern Africa’, even if its characters are able, within a few days, to trek from here on foot to Harbel – a real place, but in Liberia,…

Hobbes

The Curse of Hobbes House

“It’s a horror story for children.”, Jane Dormant (Mhairi Calvey) tells her half-sister Jennifer (Makenna Guyler). This is after the two estranged siblings, and Jennifer’s boyfriend (Kevin Leslie), have descended on Hobbes House, the estate of their recently departed aunt Alexandra (Emma Spurgin Hussey), to hear from Alexandra’s friend and executor Eurydice Saul (Jo Price)…

Brains

Eat Brains Love (2019)

Eat Brains Love first published by SciFiNow Rodman Flender’s Eat Brains Love belongs to a subcategory of what has become known as the ‘rom zom com’. This subgenre term – if not quite the concept – originated from the marketing for Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004), even if the romance in that film’s…

Infection

Infection (Infección) (2019)

A novel strain of bat-derived rabies spreads rapidly, transforming its victims into ravenous, bite-happy zombies, and leading a small band of survivors to struggle for their very lives against increasingly overwhelming odds. We have been here before: after all, the only thing that proliferates faster than a contagious disease is the sheer number of films…

Sale

The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale (2019)

Text of an onstage introduction to The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale which I gave at the London Korean Film Festival 2019 These days, zombies are everywhere, and films about them have, like the creatures themselves, proliferated virally, overwhelming through their sheer numbers.  It wasn’t always like this. In the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, their…