Film bits and bobs

The Dark New House: Rebuilding the Gothic Castle

First published in the Crimson Peak issue of Little White Lies, no. 61 Gothic begins with a castle. Or more specifically, with The Castle of Otranto (1764), subtitled (in its second … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Darkman (1990)

First published by FilmLand Empire Darkman is a film about transitions. Mild-mannered scientist Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson, showing early promise of the unlikely action hero he would later become) is … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shutter Island (2010)

First published by EyeforFilm It is 1954, in the Boston Harbour Islands. A ferryboat emerges from a thick mist, as belowdecks a man is puking his guts out. This sequence … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dark Touch (2013)

First published by Grolsch FilmWorks A dark and stormy night. A big old classically furnished house in the middle of nowhere. A shelf collapses, a baby cries, shadows move within, … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Woman In Black: Angel of Death

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: The spectral ‘woman in black’ feeds off the loss and trauma of Second World War evacuees in this gothic sequel from director Tom Harper (The … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

You and the Night (Les rencontres d’après minuit) (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks By night, everything becomes obscured, abstracted, reduced to invisible concepts. It’s a time for intimate liaisons, supernatural hauntings, criminal activities, midnight movies and deep, … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Elfie Hopkins (2011)

Review first published in S&S Jun 2012. Note that the final paragraph of this review was cut from the print version. Synopsis: Thorntree Valley, England. Self-appointed village sleuth Elfie Hopkins … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment


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