Nathan Robbins (Adam Dillon) finds himself at a police station with no recollection of the events that led him there. A quiet, agoraphobic young man who never leaves his apartment, Nathan must piece together what happened through an interview with Detective Miller (Nicholas Vince), knowing that whatever it was, itRead More →

UK 2012 film Slasher House introduced the ultimate Final Girl trapped in an abandoned asylum with four serial killers. In the wake of that film, director MJ Dixon has set about creating prequel films for the killers, beginning with 2013’s Legacy of Thorn and now, 2015’s Cleaver: Rise of the KillerRead More →

The Look of Silence is a companion piece documentary to the Oscar-nominated 2012 doco The Act of Killing. Both were shot by German-American Joshua Oppenheimer and a team of mostly-anonymous (for their own protection) collaborators in Indonesia over a period of nearly a decade. The focus is on the militaryRead More →

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 nowRead More →

One of the true strengths of TV comedy is that different styles can work. There can be broad, mile-a-minute laugh-fests, there can be dark, satirical pieces or even shows like BBC4’s Detectorists, where laconic, observational, character-driven humour wins the day.Read More →

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 governmentRead More →

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 toRead More →

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.Read More →

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. WithRead More →

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 toRead More →

There have been few horror properties in the past decade as prodigious as the Ju-on series. From the Japanese originals, to American remakes and even video games, it is a surprising proliferation for a film with a seemingly limited core concept. Even six years after the last Japanese film inRead More →

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. SuccessRead More →