Through the Trees

Through the Trees is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Anton Bitel, Katherine McLaughlin
Rating Title/Year Author
Historia de lo Oculto (2020) Anton Bitel Ponce's ingeniously structured, unnervingly hallucinatory film reimagines John Carpenter's They Live (1987) - with 2020 vision - for an arrested Argentina's omnipresent slump. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Murder Me, Monster (2018) Anton Bitel a tale of perversion on the pampas, all at once beautiful, mysterious and jaw-droppingly outrageous. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Viscerally channels a sense of dissatisfaction, numbness, despair and feeling like an intruder in your own life with impressive effects, striking visuals and disturbing violence. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
4/5 The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Cummings has crafted an atmospheric, suspenseful and darkly amusing werewolf murder mystery featuring a transfixing central performance... EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Dawn of the Dead (1978) Anton Bitel an oneiric, highly influential vision of humans as dummies, shopping as survival, and the world as a fugitive, beleaguered hell EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
4/5 Relic (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Natalie Erika James has crafted an incredibly impressive first feature packed with striking visuals, powerful performances and a strong hold on an atmosphere of dread. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2020
5/5 His House (2020) Katherine McLaughlin What Weekes has achieved in his first feature film is a remarkable piece of British horror cinema full of deeply stirring beats and terrifying truths. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
3/5 Dark Place (2019) Nikki Baughan A solid, cohesive anthology horror, Dark Place works best as a showcase for a new generation of Australian horror talent, who all successfully distill generations of experience, tradition and oppression into short, sharp narratives that leave their mark. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
Caveat (2020) Anton Bitel This is a brooding film, rich in mood and full of oneiric imagery - and so sophisticated in its layered storytelling, and so disorienting in its unhinged eccentricity, that you simply will not believe that it is Mc Carthy's first feature EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
The Undertaker's Home (2020) Anton Bitel Mauro Iván Ojeda's debut feature is a creepily haunted tale of domestic dysfunction EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
4/5 The Mortuary Collection (2019) Katherine McLaughlin Plays out as gloriously inventive, darkly funny and brutal payback. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
5/5 Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Katherine McLaughlin A playful, endlessly inventive and charming tribute to the magic of cinema and a deeply personal documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
3/5 Scare Me (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Much of the film relies on the actors' ability to add oomph to their stories and Cash and Ruben are up to the task. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2020
Becky (2020) Anton Bitel Becky... is all at once the film's plucky heroine, fearlessly standing up to vicious wickedness, and also its arch villainess - making Becky a thrilling if morally (as well as viscerally) messy experience for the viewer. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 Spiral (2019) Katherine McLaughlin There's so many clever ideas at play with allusions to cults and shallow niceties, that when it all comes together the ending really packs a punch. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Successfully delivers on the ominous potential of its suggestive title. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Violation (2020) Anton Bitel Violation constantly muddies its own waters, serving up more than just des(s)erts to everyone, and showing revenge - in both its psychology and its mechanics - to be every bit as messy as its antecedent trigger. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
Detention (2019) Katherine McLaughlin Director John Hsu adapts the Taiwanese horror video game of the same name with true compassion for its characters and an eye for eerie visuals. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
The Block Island Sound (2020) Katherine McLaughlin This clever horror has a strong grasp on its themes of climate change and family dysfunction and unsettles the viewer with menacing sound design and unforgettable images. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 Climate of the Hunter (2019) Katherine McLaughlin The level of craft involved in bringing this dreamy, glittering disco ball of a picture to screen is incredibly impressive. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Katherine McLaughlin The film stares intently into the darkness and rightly reflects the fear, confusion and chaos of a family on the brink of self-destruction. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
The Swerve (2018) Anton Bitel Dean Kapsalis crafts an unnerving sketch of a tired woman and a tired country going off the rails EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
Hall (2020) Anton Bitel a tense, bleak corridor odyssey in which the human characters are not the only ones breaking out. For here, patriarchy itself is pandemic. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
There's No Such Thing as Vampires (2019) Anton Bitel Logan Thomas' metacinematic monster movie sees hapless young lovers pursued by film history EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Seimetz has crafted a hypnotic voyage into the unknown and the uncertain, that blushes with an intense stream of vivid colours, vast landscapes and fascinating characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 Lucky (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Harrowing experiences are revealed through disorienting sequences heightened by sleek cinematography from Julia Swain and a powerful lead performance from Grant. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/5 Special Actors (2019) Katherine McLaughlin Watching it is like being given a tender embrace when you're feeling fragile and it works best as a charming tribute to the power of teamwork, kinship and supportive relationships. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 The Columnist (2020) Katherine McLaughlin This hilarious Dutch black comedy takes aim at the subject of online etiquette from all angles by debating censorship and freedom of speech in the social media era in gloriously entertaining fashion. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2020
The Honeymoon Phase (2019) Anton Bitel The focus may be on Eve's confused experience, but every participant, by implication, is equally a rat caught in a lab maze, merely playing at being husband or wife without being sure where the happy simulacrum ends and more bitter truths settle in. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) Anton Bitel Justin McConnell's sophisticated documentary gets real about the indie horror industry EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3/5 Fried Barry (2020) Katherine McLaughlin A greasy, grubby, tongue-in-cheek reflection of a chaotic world that's destined for cult status, and marks Kruger out as one to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
4/5 Sleep (2020) Katherine McLaughlin This tightly scripted German chiller uses folklore and fairy-tale imagery in deeply unsettling ways to confront the ghosts of the past. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
Pitch Black (2000) Anton Bitel what starts as a space-operatic adventure in an exotic world soon becomes monster horror pitched somewhere between Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires and James Cameron's Aliens (Twohy had scripted several early drafts of Alien 3). EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
4/5 Host (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Captures the mood of lockdown and the present moment in time where everyone is trying to put on a brave face, but as things get increasingly worse it becomes difficult to hold it all together. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020