Funny Games

Michael Haneke unleashed Funny Games on the world in 1997. It won instant acclaim, being up for the Palm D’Or at Cannes, but drew just as much complaint for its aggressive, fourth wall-breaking assault on the fans of violent movies. Haneke’s own status as an art film enfante terrible meant that the film never reached its target – the […]

The Nines

John August has built up a solid reputation as a screenwriter since his breakthrough with 1999’s Go (where he also directed second unit) and subsequent work with Tim Burton. Now comes his feature debut as director in the metaphysical indie flick The Nines, an expansion/riff on his own short from 1998 (which is included on this DVD release),God. […]

Nosferatu

FW Murnau’s Nosferatu is one of the indisputable classics of horror cinema. The 1922 film arose from the German expressionist movement and has been hugely influential in its look, style and even ideas – such as vampires being destroyed by the rays of the sun. The image of the Nosferatu himself, Count Orlock, is surely […]

After…

A good plot twist can be a potent weapon in the armoury of a movie. Ideally, these serve as an addition, an extra to an already-effective plot. The story has seemingly been resolved and then the twist arrives to reveal the hidden extra layer to all that has gone before. When this works, it can […]

Video Nasties

The ‘Video Nasty’ furore in Great Britain in the 80s was perhaps the ultimate argument that any publicity really isn’t necessarily good publicity. When an attempt by Go Video to build interest in the UK release of Cannibal Holocaust included a faked letter of outrage to moral crusader Mary Whitehouse, things massively backfired and a […]

Crows: Episode Zero

Takashi Miike makes a lot of films. A LOT of films. His career has produced everything from childrens’ fairytale movies, to glorified girl-band promotional films to the insane no-holds-barred thrillers for which he is best known. But 2007 saw him score his biggest commercial success to date, outstripping his gun-for-hire work on . The film in […]

Death Note 1 and 2

On paper, the Death Note concept seems like just another J-horror retread of the viral killing machine. It was a videotape in the Ring, a cellphone in One Missed Call and now – a notepad where anyone whose name is written in it…dies. However, Death Note goes in a very different direction, spinning its supernatural […]