Director: Michael Almereyda
Writer: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Elina Lowensohn, Peter Fonda, Nic Ratner, David Lynch. USA. 1h 33m.
Taking on all the style and charm of a music video from the primary band in the soundtrack Portishead this chillaxed surreal vampire film starts off in curious way but evolves into something very familiar. This delicate black and white melodic drama follows the aftermaths of the death of an aged vampire, and the coming of age and awakening of his two children, Nadja (Elina Lowensohn) and her brother Edgar (Jarred Harris) while being hunted by professor Van Helsing and his hapless assistant. Continue reading Nadja (1994)
I had watched Il’s- Them (2006) and then I watched Eden Lake (2008) so my friend Jamie suggested I also checked out Cherry Tree Lane. He promised it would be good fun and exciting, what he didn’t prepare me for was the brutal hell ride into depravity that was awaiting me.
The film starts out quite dull and boring a family settles down for dinner, things are strained, the film has no flare at all, then about 10 minutes into the film, there is a knock at the door, three teens rush
in kicked the couple and threatening them with a knife, then make themselves at home. It seem the son of the couple owes them some money and they have come to collect, sadly junior ain’t a home so mummy and daddy will have to be the entertainment. Continue reading Cherry Tree Lane (2010)
Director : Adam Wingard#
Writer: Simon Barrett
Starring: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe.USA. 1h 40m
It’s not often that a modern action movie, moves me this much, but I think a lot of it’s down the the oddball attitude of the crazy director Adam Wingard who’s thrilled me with segments in V/H/S (2012) and You’re Next (2013) and the electro goth/dark wave/carpenter inspired soundtrack literally blew me away. Continue reading The Guest (2014)*
Directed: Nacho Cerda
Written: Karim Hussain/Nacho Cerda (screenplay)
Starring: Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden, Valentin Ganev, Carlos Reig. Spain, Bulgaria. 1h 39m.
I must admit that I missed the very beginning of the movie but it was literally 5 minutes or so, and I have been reliably informed that I didn’t miss much!
The epic opening that I missed involved a peasant family who are eating dinner when a truck stops outside, the patriarch of the family goes outside, opens the truck to find a murdered woman and two crying infants. Marie Jones (Anastasia Hille) discovers her Russian roots and returns to the family home to find out more about her past and family after information that she has inherited a property in Russia and the advice that she should visit it. Upon arriving in a alien and hostile land, she eventually gets to the property where she is soon abandoned and has to make the best of a bad situation. With limited supplies she tries to get comfortable in the run down family home, looking for clues about her past, after discovering a few clues to some past violent events, an estranged twin brother, Nicolai (Karel Roden) and a dead version of the siblings who stalk them at night.. Continue reading Abandoned (2006)
Director: John Frankenheimer
Writer: J D Zeil
Starring : Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stelland Skarsgard, Sean Bean, Skipp Sudduth, USA 2h 2m
John Frankenheimer continues to thrill us with a detailed insight into the underground espionage business as a host of A-list stars collect together in the backstreets of France to obtain a very important box. It’s a lot more impressive than it sounds,but this has to be one of the all time best action noir movies.
Opening with a damp cold night in a quiet region of France, a parky looking Sam scouts around a soon to be closing cafe, he carefully plants a gun outside and then boom we’re on a whirlwind tour de force, he’s been recruited along with a group of international former secret agents and cold war warriors to obtain a case from some unlucky chap. Continue reading Ronin (1998)
Director Sam Peckinpah
Writer Gordon Williams (novel The Seige of Teacher’s Farm), David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughn, TP McKenna, Henry Niles (uncredited), UK/USA 2h 5m.
One of the few films that were previously banned, but when they were eventually released it seemed highly questionable as to why they were banned in the first place… but not trying to eliminate the fact that this siege movie is incredibly barbaric and quite violent at times, it does seem a little tame on the surface by today’s standards but harbours an incredibly dark back story with gut turning conclusions and a questionable end.
A young playful couple move to a cottage in the British countryside, David (Dustin Hoffman) an American Mathematician and his stunning wife Amy (Susan George) a homemaker who used to live in the village in her childhood. The modern and “hip” couple stand out like a sore thumb among the simple locals, and rural life takes a turn for the worse when Amy’s old flame and his associates start to make life hard for them and then one night a girl goes missing and the local suspected peadophile takes refuge in their home. Continue reading Straw Dogs (1971)
Director : Colin Eggleston
Writer : Everett De Roche
Starring : John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Australia, 1h 35m
“Their crime was against nature” states the stark black and white movie poster, showing a frightened woman and an aggressive gun wielding man… If only they had a chance!
This taut Australian horror details a terrifying well crafted story about a couple and their dog, their aim is to spend a long weekend in the blistering wilderness. One of those simple pleasures that every city dweller looks forwards to, but the couple show absolutely no respect for the environment and soon karma starts a chain of eerie events. Continue reading The Long Weekend (1978)
When I first watched this I didn’t know what to fully expect, I knew it was going to be a British drama with some grisly scenes, but what I didn’t see coming was the full force of dark tormented film making with a stark and dangerous edge.
Paddy Constantine stars as Richard, a troubled veteran who’s returned to seek out the truth about his mentally vulnerable brother Anthony (Toby Kebbell) death, upon a little bit of investigating he soon realises that a group of low lives were befriending him in order to torment him and he soon lavishes them with his own brand of deep psychological torture and a icy revenge. Continue reading Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)
I was totally reluctant to see this and it did take a couple of years for me to finally give in as it was on Film4 and generally they don’t fuck around with shit films.. generally.. The movie was never going to be as good as the comics, and very few comic remakes are that good, and on top of this Mr Keanu (I’m a wooden puppet) Reeves is cast as the lead and I stepped back crying OH HELL NO, until i realised Tilda Swinton had a small part and decided it would be worth it to perve on her.
Hellblazer.. *ahem* I mean John Constantine is like a detective/guardian who deals with all things religiously supernatural, demonic possession, angels and demons who try to interfere a little too much etc etc, with the help of his ambitious sidekick he’s onto something big here that leads him almost straight into hell and to Devil himself. After rescuing a young girl from a demon a little secret is let out, and John is on the case of trying to stop one of the devils sons from coming back to burn this earth and claim it for his own. Dect Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) has recently lost her twin sister to suicide and through messages left behind and Constantine’s help the pair are in for a wild ride as they try to decipher the mysteries of Hell’s army. Continue reading Constantine (2005)
A taut drama that’s as equally raw as it is brutal. Coming from the imaginative mind of my newest all time favourite directors, Ben Wheatley, who had a number of equally cold and calculating bizarre thrillers under his belt now.
The Brighton family have recently hit a small hiccup in their operations, it seems the crime enriched clan have an informant amongst them, the news is out to the crims above them from London and they are cautioned to find out who this individual is, and the film become a very unusual blood bath. On top of all of these problems Karl’s ex girlfriend, Valda turns up pregnant, the new addition to this alka seltzer popping bunch of sociopaths isn’t as welcome in times where no one can be trusted. Continue reading Down Terrace (2009)