Short Movie Roundup 31 January 2021

The Mannequin

I’m slowly going back through the Social House films as I find them really enthralling, the tiny team have big ideas and execute them in magnificent ways. This story is about a girl, home alone with a creepy mannequin but it doesn’t play out like your typical mannequin horror, instead there’s an addition of a Ouija board and a really aggressive mannequin, that’s what makes it twice as creepy! Someone got Aaron Fradkin a budget and lots of cool new toys. He’s successfully taken a major horror cliche and turned it into something slightly different. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 31 January 2021

Bait (2019)

Director: Mark Jenkin
Starring: Edward Rowe, Giels King, Chloe Endean, Simon Shepherd .UK. 1h 29m

You’ve probably heard about this being the best film of the decade, of 2019, the most arresting modern movie ever made, a total game changer and a host of other praises, along with a list of wins and nominations in various film festivals but what’s all the craic about? Simply put it’s a movie about the gentrification of a seaside town filmed by a vintage hand-cranked Bolex camera using 16mm monochromatic hand processed film. This labor of love is a total game changer in the aesthetic of this blistering movie. Continue reading Bait (2019)

5 Selected – Tim Curry

01.Legend (1985)

Darkness

Cult classic gothic fantasy that inspired a generation. Tim plays Darkness, often mistaken for the Devil, but it’s easily done as he’s a giant red goat lord with a wicked sense of humor and a taste for the macabre. Ridley Scott’s all encompassing diverse fantasy world is stunning and set to a backdrop of slow motion falling snow and a Tangerine Dream OST. Tim brings his sly stylish character to his devil like character, through camera trickery his larger than life presence is topped up with a really sinister persona and those lovely lips! Ridley picked Tim for the role after seeing him in Rocky Horror Picture and encouraged him to bring out a bit of Dr Frank -N-Furter in this role, Richard O’Brien was even considered for the role of Meg Mucklebones.

Those 5+ hours a day to get ready we’re really worth it even though Tim felt claustrophobic he managed to shake that all off to preform, however there was a particular scene when it got too much and Tim managed to pull off some of his own skin while desperately trying to escape from the layers of makeup 😦 Continue reading 5 Selected – Tim Curry

Amundsen (2019)

Director: Espen Sandberg
Starring:Pal Sverre Hagen, Christian Rubeck, Katherine Waterston, Trond Espen Seim .Norway/UK. 2h 5m

Every explorer deserves some kind of detailed recognition of their sacrifices for their “art” and this sentimental epic really touches on the sacrifices made by Roald Amundsen, the first man to arrive at the South Pole.

From a historical perspective there’s a lot missing and a few facts that have been replaced by nurtured cinematography rather than being 100% factual, however the overall sentiment and gratitude from director Espen Sandberg is firmly stamped on every scene.

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The Black Hole (1979)

Director: Gary Nelson
Starring: Maximillan Schell, Joseph Bottoms, Robert Forster, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins. USA. 1h 38m

Black Hole is one of those gems from my childhood that, no matter how advanced space exploration has become, or my personal knowledge about the universe has grown, I can always return to Black Hole with a wonderment and fascination that takes me back to my youth and just makes me believe we’ll reach the stars one day.

It’s very much a Disney version of 2001 A Space Odyssey (1968) or possibly their first attempt to jump into the Star Wars universe? The original story was conceived as a space themed disaster movie, but after being re-written several times and then adopted by a moderately desperate Disney for additional computerised camera technology to create the effects it slowly grew into a highly ambitious space opera. The Black Hole was finally reborn for it’s dismal box office failure not that this takes anything away from the films unique philosophy and small cult following, it still delivers a quirky look into space exploration and the mysteries of a black hole with lots of fancy additions, cute robots, sinister robots, and the moral questions that hangover he heads of those men who are willing to sacrifice everything to step into the true unknown . Continue reading The Black Hole (1979)

Short Movie Roundup 24 January 2021

Lucys Tale

A compelling coming of age drama with hints of Ginger Snaps/Carrie/The Craft about it. Chelsea Lupkin paints a convincing story around an teen outcast, Lucy who is victimised by the popular clique which is stereotypical but it’s how it’s played out which has a new twang of badass that sets it apart. There’s a magical moment at a party when Lucy is sucking face with the popular girls boyfriend, the scene slows down, romantic 60’s music is playing and in the background one of her abusers is choking to death with people scrambling around her, but this is only one of Lucy’s powers, the other strange quirks involves her temper and a tail…

For the build up, Lucy’s increasing appendages, her ability to cause accidents and nosebleeds and random choking, there’s quite a somber ending, when you think you’ve worked out what Lucy might be becoming you’ll find out it’s something completely different. A totally fresh horror that I would like to see more of, I do like the increase of monsters that aren’t quite traditional but feel like you’ve heard of them before.. Continue reading Short Movie Roundup 24 January 2021

The House Inbetween (2020)

Director: Steve Gonsalves and Kendall Whelpton
Starring: Alice Jackson, Amy Bullard, John Bullard, Jerry Byrd, Brad Cooney, Steve Consalves. USA. 1h 21m

Alice Jackson lives in her dream home, a somewhat unusual design but a cute rustic house on the edge of town, however she doesn’t feel safe being in her home as there’s a high amount of paranormal activity going on, so she opens up and begins talking about her home and the strangeness that goes on her plea for help evokes something in a couple of mature investigators who are amazed with the range of activity going on in Alice’s home. Continue reading The House Inbetween (2020)

12 Horrors from 2012 Still Worth Talking About Vol 1

Antiviral (2012)

I love starting a list of horror movies off with a movie which is only loosely a horror, at least in my opinion. This outstanding surreal thriller is directed by Brandon Cronenberg, the talented son of David Cronenberg and the new flesh is strong within this young Jedi, starring Caleb Laundry Jones as a tradesman of viruses. In this Dystopian future society has stopped up it’s fanboi game and people will pay to be infected by the same flu or virus as their favourite celebrity to feel connected with them. As with any industry there is a black market and so ??? and a friend are able to trade on this market but things go terribly wrong. After taking a sample from the most popular actress in the world, he quickly injects himself, before finding the antivirus, he immediately starts to feel unwell but awakes the next day to find out that she has died. He’s then in a mad rush to find a cure and while unravelling the cure he follows a dark, paranoid path into the unknown. The visuals are unnerving for this highly unique story and Brandon has a lot of potential for future sci fi and horror projects. Continue reading 12 Horrors from 2012 Still Worth Talking About Vol 1

Notre jour viendra Our Day Will Come (2010)

Director: Romain Gavras
Starring: Vincent Cassell, Olivier Barthélémy .France. 1h 28m

Somewhere in the bleak landscape built up by Roman Gavras in his disturbing and cringeworthy drama, two maladjusted men find a kidship and go on a spree of violent destruction around France. But what could link them so strongly on their crime spree, their red hair, it’s a plot which is just crazy enough to work but with Vincent Cassell not only starring but in place as a producer the film may not have achieved its full potential but it’s something so unusual and powerful, it sticks in the mind with it’s utter bizarre narrative and sly look at the social construct that would allow this to happen. Continue reading Notre jour viendra Our Day Will Come (2010)

Quella carogna dell’ispettore Sterling / Frame Up / Falling Man (1968)

Director: Emilio Miraglia (as Hal Brady).
Starring. Henry Silva, Beba Loncar, Keenan Wynn, Carlo Palmucci, Pier Paolo. USA. 1h 33m.

Emilio Miraglia has conjured up a vibrant Italian noir-crime thriller from a story co-written by Massimo De Rita who wrote the debut hit for Miraglia , Assassinsation (1967) which also stars Henry Silver who returns in this follow up as the heavy handed Inspector Sterling, a police inspector whose son has been brutally killed outside the family home in retaliation to his police work. Known for his brilliant Giallo and Poliziottesco movies such as The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) and The Night Evelyn Came out of her Grave (1971), Miraglia’s successes came after these hard hitting Poliziottesco classics. Continue reading Quella carogna dell’ispettore Sterling / Frame Up / Falling Man (1968)