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Basket Case – The Trilogy

First published by EyeforFilm Literature and cinema have long been filled with double-acts representing a personality’s repressed ego and monstrous id – think Jekyll and Hyde, Norman and Mrs Bates, … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1992)

First published by EyeforFilm From the instant that Frank Henenlotter’s feature debut Basket Case (1982) had become a Midnight Movie hit there was considerable pressure on the writer-director to come up with … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Basket Case 2 (1990)

First published by EyeforFilm “I understand your pain, Belial, but ripping the faces off people may not be in your best interest.” So, in her hilariously understated way, says Granny … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 3 Comments

Basket Case (1982)

First published by EyeforFilm In the 1980s, mainstream horror was all repetitive slash and dash, with the likes of Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddie Krueger cornering (and strangling) the … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Mindmelt in Synecdoche (New York)

First published (in 2008) by EyeforFilm An ailing middle-aged theatrical director contemplates his anxieties, regrets and impending death. That’s Synecdoche, New York in a sentence – or to reduce it to a … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

First published by EyeforFilm With its location shoots in California’s Mission Bay, its ‘cameo’ (in archival footage seen on a television screen) from Tippi Hedren herself and its winged death … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Children (2008)

First published by EyeforFilm Kids, eh? Half the time you love ’em, the other half you just want to kill ’em. Elaine (Eva Birthistle) and Jonah (Stephen Campbell Moore) are … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Kotoko (2011)

First published by EyeforFilm “Hang tough, Japan!” exhorts the man on the television set. It is a subtle acknowledgement that production on Tsukamoto Shinya’s Kotoko took place in the shadow … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The House of the Devil (2009)

First published by EyeforFilm On stage at the Film4 FrightFest 2009 to introduce his latest feature, writer/director Ti West declared: “It’s a very different film from The Roost.” Yet what … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Prometheus (2012)

First published by EyeforFilm According to Hesiod’s Theogony and Works And Days, after the Titan Prometheus steals fire and “the means of life” from Zeus and gifts them to mankind, … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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