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Anton Bitel

Anton Bitel
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
38% Slugs (1987) Creature feature in which humans prove just as carnal and odd as the mutant slugs killing them.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
No Score Yet Lowlife Love (Gesu no ai) (2015) The results, though at times a little broad, are a low-key, rough-cut metacinematic gem. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
56% The Crazies (1973) Putting the "gory" in "allegory", Romero's film shows the madness of the Vietnam war in all its viral contagion.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2017
No Score Yet The Endless (2017) ventures to a place where genre's boundaries are at their most blurred & human dramas play out on eerie supernatural stages that amplify the everyday stakes involved in evolving from one's own behavioural patterns & confronting one's own mortality‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Diverge (2016) a post- (and pre-) apocalyptic drama set around a plague-devastated New York‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Virtual Revolution (2016) a virtual system where escapist fantasies are all just part of the game.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
No Score Yet Domain (2016) there is a decidedly existential flavour to the film's preoccupation with infernal routines and the hell of other people‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 49% The Belko Experiment (2017) The Belko Experiment offers an intensified allegory of today's world of work - as well as the thrill of the hunt - all in an amusingly banalised milieu of lobbies, lifts and cubicles.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
65% Hellraiser (1987) "This isn’t for your eyes”", says the demonic Cenobite –- but he is so very wrong about Clive Barker'’s must-see horror.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2017
No Score Yet Destruction Babies (Disutorakushon beibîzu) (2016) As a piece of raucous rebel filmmaking, Destruction Babies is as disheartening and exhilarating as a recalcitrant teen.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
50% City of Tiny Lights (2016) Tommy's long dark night of the soul maps out his neighbourhood's past and present, while offering a harmonious vision of the future, far beneath all the glittering new executive accommodation. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
No Score Yet Snapshot (1979) Simon Wincer's Ozploitationer is a feminist melodrama ever tinged with the faint odour of burning flesh.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
5/5 91% Raw (2017) Raw ... exposes the everyday monstrousness each of us harbours within our soft, fragile exteriors, and the accommodations we have to make with our darker nature.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2017
67% Free Fire (2017) Driven as much by Amy Sharp and [Ben] Wheatley's witty dialogue as by the whizzing and pinging of ammunition, Free Fire shows what happens when male machismo comes well armed.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
74% The Void (2017) From its practical effects work to its reclaimed plotting, the film resurrects genre's dead parts by cultically metamorphosing them into a monstrous hybrid of the primordial and the new. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
42% Pieces (1983) If all this sounds like standard giallo/slasher fare... in fact Simón constructs his film in much the way that the killer recreates his puzzle: taking a bit from here, a bit from there, & stitching all these disparate pieces into a monstrous hybrid.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Billy's [shirt] depicts a flying weiner, a bravely honest image to include in superhero flick, while the text on Jason's T, perfectly encapsulating this film's money-grubbing cynicism towards its audience, states: "Cash only. No credit. Don't ask."‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2017
No Score Yet Mourning Grave (Sonyeogoedam) (2014) horror... which along the way dons so many different masks and personalities - comedy, romance, melodrama - that it offers, in the end, a hybrid - or if you like, a schizophrenic - form of genre. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
No Score Yet The Ghoul (2016) Along with Omer Fast's Remainder, The Ghoul is the best journey through a damaged brain you will take all year - and the sign of a very impressive new British filmmaking talent.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
17% Zombies Lake (1980) buried beneath the surface of all the cheap thrills and schlocky production there lies a discourse on France's attempts to confront and come to terms with her resurgent wartime sins. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
50% Pet (2016) Psychosis come in many forms here, and as these two characters negotiate with each other where one's ideal ends and the other's begins, Torrens treats the viewer to a twisted sadomasochistic love story.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2017
No Score Yet Body Melt (2003) Philip Brophy's outrageous, uproarious body horror comedy returns Aussie suburbia to the primal ooze.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2017
No Score Yet The Dark Below (2014) while The Dark Below presents itself as a taut survival thriller, its subtext, submerged beneath the surface of all that cat-and-mouse, is of a woman stuck in a loveless, airless marriage with an abusive misogynist, and struggling to emerge intact. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
78% Strange Behavior (1981) A psychodrama set in that strange limbo where bloody horror meets sci fi, it exposes age-old vindictiveness, undying jealousy & Freudian friction in a small-town slice of Americana that seems sleepy, but harbours evil grudges from beyond the grave.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2017
No Score Yet Horror Stories (2012) Each of the four short films that constitute Horror Stories could be viewed in isolation and enjoyed in its own right - but it is the fifth wraparound story which lends all of them a broader coherence as an ensemble‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
86% Sun Choke (2016) Madness and motherlessness rule and unravel in Ben Cresciman's beautifully disturbing study of dissociation.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
94% The Dark Knight (2008) The Dark Knight may mirror the ethical dilemmas & duplicities of the War on Terror, but it also offers a different, better way through them, with a seriousness that Bush & his clowns were never able to muster‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
100% Hard Tide (2015) That tension - between Margate's sink estate grit & flights of fancy, between naturalist crime story & sweet-natured morality fable... - is what gives Hard Tide its energy, but also, at times, makes it frustratingly uneven. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
62% The Trust (2016) buried away in this taut caper is a critique of the venality, corruption and greed that drives economic mobility in a country where police earn less than a casino busboy can get in tips, and where fortune smiles broadest on the ruthlessly larcenous.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2017
57% Trespass Against Us (2017) Chad's attempts to negotiate these two worlds (his father's & society's) drive the film along at a rattling pace, even as Gleeson & Fassbender, at the top of their game (in atypical rôles), bounce off each other with amiable wit and brooding menace.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
89% They Look Like People (2015) down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Lost Things (2003) an eerie mystery that channels the shoreline setting and creeping dread of classic nature's revenge Ozploitationer Long Weekend (1978), and something of the hallucinatory disorientation of outback enigma Picnic at Hanging at Rock (1975). ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet Happy Hunting (2017) it's a case of cold turkey meets Turkey Shoot (1982), as Warren - resourceful if reeling - must travel a rocky path to reform and recovery. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Cage Dive (2017) We know from the very outset that this trio's youthful hopes and dreams are destined to be cut short on the teeth of mortality, but also wish it would happen to them much, much faster. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Fashionista (2016) a disorienting and disturbing exploration of jealousy, obsession, body dysmorphia and 'the other woman'. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Bloodlands (2017) Bloodlands offers a mannered blend of realist domestic drama and the supernatural, with acts of ritualised necromancy symbolising a past that can never truly stay buried. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Night of the Virgin (La noche del virgen) (2016) if Nico's gender-inverted defloration is a squeam-inducingly long, dark night of the (arse)soul, something of his excruciating torment is certainly experienced by the viewer, for whom the film itself becomes an ordeal of endurance.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Lake Bodom (Bodom) (2016) A devious collision between adolescent crimes of passion and adult rites of repetition, it blurs genres and genders to create its own unsolvable crime, while also evoking that parallel proto-slasher from 1960, Psycho.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Through the Shadow (Atraves da Sombra) (2015) There is something rather old-fashioned, something classical, about the construction of Through the Shadow, which eschews voguish CGI, preferring shadowplay and in-camera trickery, and presents its 'ghosts' as fully embodied, flesh-and-bone intruders‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Monolith (2016) Monolith is, from start to finish, a nightmarish road trip through maternal angst, with the titular car proving merely the vehicle for a more psychological journey.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet The Unkindness of Ravens (2016) a crowd-funded labour of love that shows off the talents of Brewster and his crew at constructing a fully realised psychological landscape, imaginative and beautiful, from a very low budget.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Hallows Eve (2016) Always sympathetic towards the predicament of its young hoodlums, this is a film as much about the betrayal of their generation as about their ensuing delinquency. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Lost Solace (2016) Shifting from cool modernist interiors at night to the harsh light of day..., Lost Solace traces a hallucinatory, panic-inflected descent into humanity, with a killer final line that puts us all in our place.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Karaoke Crazies (2016) Director Kim offers, in Sung-wook, an alternative kind of male hero to the violent abusers of women so often seen in Korean films - and deftly navigates the many shifts in tone, mood and genre without ever seeming to make a song and dance about it‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
67% House On Willow Street (2017) In the end, From A House On Willow Street is hardly a genre game-changer - but there is much fun to be had with its po-faced silliness and macabre maximalism. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Arbor Demon (Enclosure) (2016) what starts as a bog-standard creature feature gestates into a hybrid feminist horror whose many trees have no place for wood.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Egomaniac (2016) Shenton's self-conscious satire serves as a "director's commentary" on the abject awfulness of a business that has little interest in creativity, originality or art, and that regularly exploits, abuses and objectifies the women who work in it. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
No Score Yet Crow (2016) we are never quite sure whether Crow is a vulnerable young man driven by trauma to psychosis and even murder, or whether perhaps he might be a holy fool and the divine embodiment of nature's revenge. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
67% The Chamber (2016) while The Chamber is certainly a survival thriller, it is also a submerged romance of sorts. There are hints of an existentialist undercurrent here too...‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
93% The Last Detail (1973) Meadows' 1st beer(s), 1st joint, 1st sexual experience, 1st attempt at assertiveness... represent not just a concentrated and expedited coming-of-age narrative, but also an elegy for a nation's broader loss of innocence in its military excursions.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017