Film bits and bobs

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

First published in Sight & Sound, March 2016 Synopsis: America’s frontierlands, after the Civil War. Having murdered some camping cowboys, bushwhackers Buddy and Purvis stumble into a valley and a … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fear Itself (2015)

First published by TheHorrorShow It starts (and ends) with a window. We are inside, in shadow, looking out – at a low angle, as though in a bed or on … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

JeruZalem (2015)

First published by TwitchFilm.com In Marc Forster’s World War Z (2013), the Jerusalem sequence – which was in fact not even shot in Jerusalem – offered a clumsily Islamophobic allegory of local … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Week-end (1967)

Review I wrote æons ago for Movie Gazette – in fact so ancient, it’s back when I was still using the unconscionable p-word… After his extraordinary directorial debut in 1960 with … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Septic Man (2013)

This was originally intended to appear in my new column on psychotronic cinema, but has now become a standalone piece… Emblematic of all things psychotronic is Jesse Thomas Cooke’s Septic … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

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

Horror without Limits: The Film4 FrightFest 2015 Programme is Announced

With a staggering 76 features screening across the extended Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August (Thursday 27th-Monday 31st), the amorphous, omnivorous Film4 FrightFest is a Blob-like monster that … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wrong Turn (2003)

  First published by Movie Gazette (link lost) While Arabs and the French are, for obvious political reasons, current figures of hate in the US, in general the Hollywood of … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mark Hartley on Ozploitation, genre and the Cannon canon

First published (in a shorter version) by Grolsch FilmWorks Mark Hartley is the Australian director behind rambunctious genre documentaries Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) and … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Who is Shitty Carl?”: Interview with Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

First published by Grolsch FilmWorks – although this is a much longer, and frankly messier ‘cut’ of my Skype conversation with filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring), here published in … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 2 Comments


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