Monday, 29 September 2014

Maps To The Stars

Cronenberg's emotional detachment reduces lurid Hollywood satire down to an unflinching stare into the abyss. One of his finest.

The Borderlands

Found footage as a lazy alternative to actual film making, saved by an ending soaked in heavy Lovecraft overtones.

Monday, 22 September 2014


Requires a frankly ludicrous premise in order to create a microcosm of humanity which frames a fantastic story, ending with a powerful statement on society which is undermined by the frankly ludicrous premise.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Bay Of Blood [Reazione a catena/Chain Reaction/Ecologia del delitto/Ecology Of A Crime/Twitch Of The Death Nerve/Bloodbath/Carnage/Last House On The Left Part II]

The template for every tits n bodycount slasher movie that followed in its wake, with an added bonus of one of the best endings ever.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever

Staggeringly awful due to being hopelessly misjudged at every opportunity. Absolute fucking shit.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Stake Land

Ponderous, downbeat, post-apocalyptic vampire western.

Monday, 8 September 2014


The moral of the story appears to be 'Don't exploit Frank Sidebottom for your own means', which is odd because that's precisely what this film does.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Strange Vice Of Mrs. Wardh [Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh/Blade Of The Ripper/The Next Victim/Next!]

Superb Giallo about the stylish wife of a stylish diplomat who embarks on a torrid affair with a stylish suitor at the same time as her stylish ex lover reappears causing spontaneous reminiscing on the stylish sado-masochism that they used to indulge in. Of course, being a Giallo, this is just stylish filler between a series of typically stylish straight-razor murders perpetrated on a group of stylish women who exhibit a direct correlation between how short their skirt is and the amount of peril they're in.