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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% The Battery (2014) Jeremy Gardner's feature debut reduces the zombie apocalypse to an edgy buddy pic.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Witch in the Window (2018) Mitton's film never goes where you expect, while deploying its horror tropes to show the cracks and fissures in contemporary America's nuclear family structure. Its ending, so poignantly bittersweet, is very hard-earned...‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
100% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) The results, depending upon how the viewer negotiates the relationship between the film's palatable fictions and harsher truths, are either uplifting or devastating. Either way, this is unmissable.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Braid (2018) Deeply disorienting, highly stylised and cruelly ludic to the end, Braid... shows disengaged, nostalgic escapism itself as something occasionally worth escaping. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet White Chamber (2017) a time-leaping narrative structure interrogates the viewer's prejudices, turning the tables on our moral orientation to reveal the double game that almost everyone here is playing.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet Rock Steady Row (2018) despite its love of artifice and its heady spin on familiar tropes, Stevens' film is also a satire both of America's underfunded, overpriced education system and of an American populace at the mercy of the misogynistic collegiate bros in power.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
71% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) The film too, for all its embrace of over-the-top gore, death by reanimated figurines and violent fantasy, is reflecting the issues of our times. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
90% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) Barr, a mythic all-American hero, is a foil to Trump - and the film plays like a melancholic elegy for the old-world values of modesty, charm and decency which Barr embodies, but which are slowly dying along with him, if not quite yet dead.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
100% We Go On (2016) It dismantles the horror genre, breaking it down to its core elements of fear and death, and then re-editing them into something satisfyingly profound.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
88% What Keeps You Alive (2018) a tense, dizzying exploration of emotional - and emotionless - betrayal, expressed in the language of genre‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
71% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund's Nazi puppet massacre is all at once absurd gorefest and serious political allegory of Trump's America‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
40% Cannibal Ferox (1981) Cannibal Ferox remains a hard watch, playing a duplicitous game with our own sense of moral orientation as it both feeds and condemns our desire for the taboo sensations promised by its title. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
No Score Yet Field Guide to Evil (2018) This is 'folk horror' par excellence, hopping the globe in search of the collective origins of our errant unconscious. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) in this postmodern deconstruction of low-budget genre filmmaking,... the more haphazard and impromptu the production seems, the more sophisticated and metacinematic One Cut Of The Dead - or at least Ueda's One Cut Of The Dead - proves to be. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Witch in the Window (2018) Mitton's handling of the supernatural elements - casually introduced and incorporated into the edges of domestic experience - proves extremely unsettling, even as everything shifts towards a hard-earned poignancy that is both haunting and sublime.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
75% The Ranger (2018) If the synthetic drug that these kids snort and sell is called 'Echo', then The Ranger too resonates with hallucinatory flashbacks to cinema past. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
56% Our House (2018) the first half of Our House is a portrait of a broken family, with the psychological fallout amplified by the house's ghostly, gothic underpinnings.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
No Score Yet Lifechanger (2018) Lifechanger may initially present itself as an idiosyncratic spin on the slasher, but it is ultimately a tragedy, tracing one man's very gradual realisation that what he had always deemed "necessary" was in fact a matter of moral choice‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
80% Dead of Night (Deathdream) (1972) ...uses acceptable forms of horror (the walking dead!) to reflect and allegorise real traumas that are a lot less acceptable.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
90% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) while featuring (two) deeds of improbable derring-do, it really isn't "like the comic book you want it to be", but more like an elegy. It is a lament for the dying of American decency - although perhaps reports of its actual death are premature...‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2018
No Score Yet A Thousand & One Nights (Sen'ya ichiya monogatari) (1969) A curious example of orientalism done Japanese-style, 1001 Nights certainly draws from the Middle Eastern corpus of folktales from which it has taken its name, but also conflates and confounds them to delirious effect, while sexing them up no end.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
100% Mega Time Squad (2018) Tim van Dammen's small-town coming-of-age comedy Mega Time Squad is a time-travelling, multiple-personality blast ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet I Made This for You (2018) I Made This For You is a last-ditch love letter, all at once sensitive, distressing and uplifting - an ode to friendship and connection, and an emergency beacon call to the abyss' edge. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Nothing Really Happens (2017) in this no-budget labour of love the banal, quotidian details of one man's life are both wryly observed & subjected to a hilariously wrong type of external manipulation, with the manipulator slowly coming into focus as the one with the real problems‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Cygnus (2017) a paranoid tale of a man looking back at cosmic data from many aeons ago and far, far away, and finding reflected in it a dark mirror of himself and his own crumbling psyche.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Melocotones (2017) Peaches steeps its comic romance in a reconstructive nostalgia that reflects its hero's stasis in an ultimately irrecoverable past. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Hidden Reserves (Stille Reserven) (2016) Hitz offers a bleak vision of a world not unlike our own, ruled by social division, exclusive healthcare provision and underclass exploitation.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Closer Than We Think (2017) explores the paradox of a man who, though always striving to see ahead, ended up left behind.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Doom Asylum (1987) it is in all its bizarre little details that you can see Doom Asylum straining to escape its own conventions with relative integrity. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
62% Summer of '84 (2018) while Summer Of 84 certainly hits nostalgia's sweet idyllic spot, its ultimate message is more subversive, showing that there can be a dark, toxic side to always looking back.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
75% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) Sam's strong feelings of estrangement, evident right from the outset, are what propel this unusual and engaging spin on the zombie post-apocalypse.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
64% The Big Feast (La Grande Bouffe) (1973) Marco Ferreri's art-fart satire of bourgeois patriarchal insatiability goes down nicely. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
4/5 52% The First Purge (2018) Maybe it's forgettable, but it could not be more of its time.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
100% Resolution (2013) a Pirandello-esque sort of paradoxical meta-horror whose folk are unwitting players in a film (or several), desperate to find a way safely to exit the stage and escape the gaze of an unseen, and obviously viewer-like, observer.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Await Further Instructions (2018) All at once tense family drama, Cronenbergian horror, social satire and sci-fi reimagining of the Nativity, Await Further Instructions shows how difficult it is to escape the domineering, malevolent influence of the media.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
73% Adrift (2018) A fluid dynamic that ensures this narrative of endurance is never difficult for the viewer to endure, while also drip-feeding information about the couple and their individual histories in just the right order to keep us both engaged and distracted.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
73% Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh (2018) Caldinelli's film invites viewers to count the comedy cameos, drink the Kool-Aid and finally find the funny side of their cultic centre. Not everyone will be converted - but those that are may well see the light at the end of the drain.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
69% The Quiet Earth (1985) The awe-inspiring final image in the film (of another daybreak, echoing the film's opening) is similarly slippery, catching Zac on a liminal, limbic shoreline between multiverse cosmology and hard eschatology.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
100% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) These mirrorings, repetitions and doppelgängers are fitting images for a film that is itself a reprise (with considerable variations) of Putra's 1980 film of the same name - the very film that inspired Anwar to become a writer/director... ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2018
54% Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) The first (and best) Hellraiser sequel takes us to an Escher-like underworld of surrealist psychodramas.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
67% The Housemaid (Cô Hâu Gái) (2018) Derek Nguyen's feature debut is a horror whose duplicitous gothic taps right into the contradictions of colonialism.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
No Score Yet Cleopatra: Queen of Sex (Kureopatora) (1972) a satirical, & rather unflattering, depiction of our species (here renamed Pithecanthropus Guerrillatus in song), collapsing the distance of Ancient Rome into a non-evolutionary, retrofuturist, postmodern timeline that includes & implicates us all.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary might be regarded as a psychological or supernatural thriller, an insidious ghost story, a literal cult movie, or Rosemary's Baby (1968) after the infant has come of age. On any view, it is a diabolically assured debut. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Eventually, as in L'Avventura (1960), the quest will come to an end, and a prickly normality will resume. For while Alexey may be the film's absent focus, this is also a slow-motion portrait of two people lost in their lives and longing for change...‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
62% It Stains the Sands Red (2017) a fresh, smart and funny tale of undead survival, feminist awakening, emerging necrophilia and maternal redemption.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2018
No Score Yet Mirror, Mirror (1990) Putting the entity in adolescent identity, Marina Sargenti's horror film holds a postmodern mirror to teen empowerment, narcissism and sociopathy.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2018
75% Primal (2010) a gory, grotesque trip to the savagery within - and yet another in the new wave of Ozploitation films that seem designed to repel as much as attract any tourists curious about the nation's picturesque outback. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2018
90% Demon (2016) This is a portrait of Poland as a not-so-sweet little village, unable to move on from small-town xenophobia against Jews like Hana or modern outsiders like Piotr, even as its unresolved past returns, like a dybbuk, to reinhabit the present...‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
78% Sweet Virginia (2017) a moody neo-noir interested as much in its damaged characters as in the mechanics of its several crimes.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
68% Caniba (2017) a format that is near unwatchable: long handheld shots, drifting in and out of focus, that uncompromisingly hold the gaze of Issei and/or Jun - both now aged and ailing - in extreme close up, long after they have run out of things to say.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018