A gripping western-horror hybrid filled with strong characterisation, S. Craig Zahler proves his filmmaking instincts are on point in his debut feature. Yes his films are long and slow, but make no mistake, they are deliberately paced to allow the character work to shine through, which pays off later on.Continue reading “Show no mercy… ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Review”
I like Zack Snyder, so I was odds-on going to like his latest effort – a brazenly wild attempt to combine heist action and zombie horror. The result is a flawed but enjoyable bout of glitz and gore.Continue reading “No guts, no glory… ‘Army of the Dead’ Review”
Great director. Great cast. Average movie. ‘The Newton Boys’ has a compelling, fact-based story at its core about America’s most successful and non-violent bank robbers, but its impact is curtailed by an uneven tone.Continue reading “Path of least resistance… ‘The Newton Boys’ Review”
Polish horror drama ‘Werewolf’ concerns a group of children recently liberated from a Nazi concentration camp. As they settle into an abandoned mansion deep in the forest, they not only have to overcome thirst and hunger, but also fend off a pack of vicious dogs…Continue reading “Beyond enemy lines… ‘Werewolf’ Review”
Warning – Spoilers
Director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins combine their talents to deliver an epic war film that is not only a flawless technical achievement worth marvelling at all by itself, but an emotional experience that’ll leave you breathless. It’s a feeling many films of its ilk strive for, but few can succeed at those lofty ambitions of hitting all the right notes across the sensory spectrum.
Gore > Style > Substance. A disappointing way of approaching directing, Rob Zombie frustrates because he shows flashes of talent, but leans too heavily on tired formula. He prides bloody violence over character development, relies on shoddy writing to fill in the gaps between bloodshed, and fails to distinguish this horror film from being another straight-to-DVD exercise in banality.Continue reading “’31’ – Rob Zombie’s latest bloody disappointment”
Edward was drenched. It was dark and raining in Versantum. Water ran across the street, streaming through the cobbles, funnelling between fissures whilst droplets pattered in noisy rhythm on the mismatched stones.Continue reading “Short Story – Overture”
Josh stood in a steadily decreasing queue outside the nightclub. He wasn’t out of his comfort zone, but it wasn’t his usual setting; nor was it his place of choice. The guarantee of blaring music and wild visual pyrotechnics hadn’t lured him from the nearby pub; it was, as always, a girl – Natalie.Continue reading “Short Story – Rave of the Dead”
Intro: This is my first foray into short story writing designed to test my capabilities before tackling a much larger project. Feedback pertaining to readability and criticisms are welcome. Hope you enjoy.
First there was the dreams; then came the visions. Fragments that warned, haunted and invited, whether asleep or awake.
And they were getting stronger; even when his eyes were open the dream state took over with a visceral assault of cryptic montages. But what always remained the same was the building at the centre, isolated, and surrounded by dunes of dust that had settled after the war. The dream had beckoned him to follow for so long that he couldn’t hear himself think. He was a victim of the dreamscape and its elusive meaning. It wanted him to answer, so he began to.Continue reading “Short Story – Answer”
“Can you spy him, deep within? Little Possum, black as sin.”
Disturbing psychological drama Possum starts with promise: disgraced children’s puppeteer Philip (Sean Harris) returns home with the intention of destroying his hideous puppet, while confronting the traumas of his past and his unpleasant Uncle (Alun Armstrong).Continue reading “‘Possum’ Review”