REVIEW: Don’t Look Back (2020)

dir. Jeffrey Reddick. Opening with what appears to be a series of real life assaults captured on smart phones Don’t Look Back sets its stall out early: in an age of unparalleled digital recording it is perhaps more common for individuals to film acts of barbarity rather than intervene (alternative title Good Samaritan underscoring thisContinue reading “REVIEW: Don’t Look Back (2020)”

REVIEW: Dead (2020)

dir. Hayden J. Weal. Marbles (Thomas Sainsbury) is a stoner medium: with a concoction of weed and his dad’s cancer meds he can see ghosts, and though this normally allows him to bring comfort to the bereaved and score a few bucks on the side, things go awry when recently-killed cop Tagg (director Weal) tracksContinue reading “REVIEW: Dead (2020)”

REVIEW: Stranger (2019)

dir. Dmitriy Tomashpolskiy. When a team of synchronised swimmers go missing from their pool mid-performance, Inspector Gluhovsky (Anastasiya Yevtushenko) begins an investigation to try and uncover their fate. It’s a thrilling setup for Tomashpolskiy’s weirdly elliptic, genre-bending head trip which, in less ambitious hands, could have been a straight-laced procedural. Instead things unfold as ifContinue reading “REVIEW: Stranger (2019)”

REVIEW: Held (2020)

dir. Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing. When Emma (Jilly Awbrey) and Henry Barrett (Bart Johnson) check into a secluded getaway for some much needed marriage time, it’s clear that not all is well. Aside from the creepy taxi driver who drops Emma off and the mysterious space beneath the kitchen units, there’s also a distanceContinue reading “REVIEW: Held (2020)”

INTERVIEW: Dan Martin, Effects Artist, POSSESSOR

The teachers were asking ‘What do you want to do when you’re older?’ and I said ‘I want to make monsters for film’. And that was it. I wasn’t going to be anything else. Dan Martin has made his name in blood. Not literally you understand, but as the effects artist behind The Human CentipedeContinue reading “INTERVIEW: Dan Martin, Effects Artist, POSSESSOR”

REVIEW: Nail In The Coffin – The Fall and Rise of Vampiro (2019)

dir. Michael Paszt. Back in the 90’s, Canadian bruiser Ian Hodgkinson arrived in Mexico City not speaking a word of Spanish and quickly established himself as an unlikely legend in Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling. Painted in goth makeup and going by the name “Vampiro”, his is an incredible story, in the truest sense: both remarkable inContinue reading “REVIEW: Nail In The Coffin – The Fall and Rise of Vampiro (2019)”

REVIEW: Death Ranch (2020)

dir. Charlie Steeds. After breaking out of prison Brandon (Deiondre Teagle) goes on the run across 1970s Tennessee, aided by his siblings Angela and Clarence. But in the rural backwaters the African American family stumble across a cannibalistic tribe of Ku Klux Klan troglodytes, and must decide to take up arms if they are toContinue reading “REVIEW: Death Ranch (2020)”

REVIEW: Relic (2020)

dir. Natalie Erika James. Following the disappearance of her elderly mother, Kay (Emily Mortimer) returns to the family home with daughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) to search for her. But when Edna reappears, disorientated and reluctant- or unable – to disclose where she’s been, the multi-generational triptych are left circling each other with growing distrust asContinue reading “REVIEW: Relic (2020)”

REVIEW: Unearth (2020)

dir. John. C. Lyons & Dorota Swies. Life has been hard on rural mechanic George (Marc Blucas): his wife’s left him, their teenage daughter’s just had a baby and with customers going to big franchise garages he’s struggling to make ends meet. Things aren’t much better for his neighbours the Dolans, headed by matriarch KathrynContinue reading “REVIEW: Unearth (2020)”

REVIEW: The Special (2020)

dir. B. Harrison Smith. Suspecting his wife of infidelity, ad exec Jerry (Davy Raphaely) is persuaded by best bud Mike (Dave Sheridan) that the only way to get revenge is with his own one night stand. However the fling Mike has in mind is somewhat unconventional, and involves taking Jerry to a psychic-cum-brothel where aContinue reading “REVIEW: The Special (2020)”