Detectorists [Season Two]

The Bafta-winning UK comedy series returns for a second season with further low-key adventures of the DMDC (Danebury Metal Detecting Club) as Andy, Lance and the rest of the gang are back…and still about as useless as always. Situations have changed since last we saw the group. Andy is now a father and has completed […]

Aachi and Ssipak

Sometimes there are films that define their audience simply from their synopses. Korean animated feature Aachi & Ssipak is one such film. Set in a future where the main source of power is, uh, human faeces, two hoodlums (the titular Aachi and Ssipak) find themselves caught between the fascist government and a tribe of blue […]

Deathgasm

Deathgasm began life as a competition entry. The second year of the New Zealand “Make My Movie” competition specialised in horror and the winning pitch was from Weta digital effects man Jason Lei Howden. As a result, he had $200,000 and a shooting schedule of less than three weeks to make it. The results are […]

Redeemer

With its cookie-cutter plot and cardboard characters, Redeemer is a throwback to the 80s. A time when action films could get away with being a flimsy excuse to hang a succession of stunt scenes on. But in modern times, the result is underwhelming at best.

Spring

Order DVD Evan (Evil Dead‘s Lou Taylor Pucci) is having a terrible time. After his father dies, he drops out of college to look after his ailing mother. The day she, too, dies, he gets in a fight at the bar in which he works…and promptly loses his job. With no prospects, no family and […]

Over Your Dead Body

Order DVD Yotsuya Kaidan is one of the classic Japanese ghost stories. Written in the 19th century as a kabuki play, it has been filmed over 30 times. The tale centres on Iemon, a masterless samurai and his wife, Oiwa. When an opportunity to marry into a wealthy family appears, Iemon conspires to poison and then murder his […]

Nightcrawler [Blu-Ray]

The opening shot of Nightcrawler is of a blank Los Angeles billboard. It is the perfect metaphor for the message of the film, a vacuum existing just to sell to people. A gaudy, dominating monument to marketing. This is the world of Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal). Bloom wants success. Success as Western capitalism teaches it. […]

Tales From the Crypt

Anthology films have been a staple of horror for a long time and continue to be. Entries such as Creepshow in the 80s and, in more recent times, the V/H/S found footage series show the portmanteau structure shows no signs of losing its popularity. The short tale has always been well-suited to the genre, with […]

The Pact 2

June Abbott (True Blood‘s Camilla Luddington) is a crime scene cleaner (and budding illustrator) who finds herself plagued with visions of a serial killer. After cleaning the crime scene of a brutal murder done on the style of dead mass-murderer The Judas Killer, June starts to have visions of him stalking her. She tries to […]

Goal of the Dead

The French football knockout cup has drawn giants Paris Olympique from the top-flight against the amateurs of tiny Caplongue. A regulation cup match with a foregone conclusion, it is the kind of game that barely registers any interest. But for Paris captain Sam Lorit (Alban Lenoir), it has special meaning. In the twilight of his […]