Spookers is a big-scale haunted house attraction based in an abandoned mental hospital south of Auckland, New Zealand. Run by the Watson family, it includes the main buildings, plus the ‘Freaky Forest’ and the ‘Cornevil’ maze, based on the maize labyrinth that started the Watsons into the horror entertainment business in Marton in 1999.
AD/BC: A Rock Opera is a rock opera about the birth of Jesus Christ told from the point of view of the innkeeper. It is essentially a purposely low-budget 30 minute parody of other rock operas, most notably Jesus Christ Superstar.
The Girl Can’t Help It is the ultimate over-the-top Hollywood rock ‘n’ roll movie and is a glorious film that Divine and John Waters watched religiously. Apparently even those horrid Beatles were highly influenced by the film. Continue reading
B-grade horror comedy that mixes Biggest Loser reality shows with slasher camp tropes and somehow works, despite its limitations, low budget, lack of stars and long running time.
The movie in fact starts with a scene that has nothing to do with the film but does have Bree Olsen naked (surprise!) in the shower doing a Psycho tribute just long enough to get her name on the DVD sleeve.
David Cronenberg is a hugely respected and admired filmmaker, with a catalogue of festival awards and critical and box office success. He attracts A-list talent for his movies, which are always thought-provoking and met with wide intellectual appreciation.
But this was not always the case.
The Church of Scientology has become notorious around the world. Founded by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, it spread through its message of self-improvement, but with the secrecy of a cult. British journalist Louis Theroux, adept at infiltrating a wide variety of fringe groups, decided to take on this most clandestine of religions. Continue reading
Pickup on South Street follows two FBI agents who are watching a young woman named Candy on the Subway, for what reason we are unaware of. Enter Skip McCoy, a cannon (pickpocket) on his third strike who has just been released from jail, (one more strike and he gets life.) The temptation of easy prey in the form of Candy overcomes Skip who uses his trademark paper routine to steal her wallet. Expecting to come away with a nice wad of cash, he finds out in due time that he has stolen microfilm meant for communist spies. Skip has opened Pandora’s box and brings on a shit storm of police investigations, communist plots, homicides and lots of other juicy affairs.
The Art Life is a letter from father to daughter, from David Lynch to his daughter Lula Lynch. For hardcore Lynch fans you’ll know the majority of these stories and be treated to some unseen footage of Lynch’s childhood. For those who have no idea who he is, I am not sure this is the right place to start. It is quite contemplative and full of scenes that linger on Lynch at home painting and working with wood in the Hollywood Hills. It’s not a dissection of his film accolades or his style, it’s just Lynch telling his life story and doing one of the things he seems to cherish most – art.
Saitama is a hero. Not that anybody seems to know it. He does not have a cool superhero name or flashy powers or a fan club. He is a regular-looking bald guy in a cape. Continue reading
Six people find themselves imprisoned in a maze of identical rooms, littered with deadly traps. As exhaustion and paranoia sets in, the group must somehow find a way before they are destroyed by the labyrinth…or each other.
The set-up of “a group of strangers wake up in somewhere with no memory of how they got there” is a movie staple, but perhaps it has never been executed quite as well as in Cube. The rules of the game are established early and watching the group try to survive and progress whilst also piecing together their own backstories is hugely absorbing.