Hopes are always going to be high when Shaun of the Dead (2004) dream team Simon Pegg and Nick Frost come together with their unique brand of anxious comedy.
Author: Chas Farrow
A man who likes films so much… He married one.
Deserted Island Movie Collection: Undoubtedly has to be the collected works of Arnold Grossman, in particular the 2015 film ‘The Boat Builder’ starring Christopher Lloyd.
Best Movie Snack: Roasted Coconut. Wait? Are we still on the deserted island?
Apparently, the Director X-directed Superfly is a remake of some 1972 film by Gordon Parks Jr., which I never saw.
Every year Australia Day rolls around, there seems to be more controversy over the date and validity of the national celebration.
The trailer for high-concept Kickstarter movie project Book of Monsters shows writer Paul Butler and director Stewart Sparke are clearly genre fans.
Writers Trent Haaga and Marko Makilaakso appear to have had a lot of fun making It Came from the Desert.
The 2018 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival offers a confronting and thought-provoking drama in the form of What Will People Say.
An intriguing trailer for Kurt Knight’s The Appearance sets up a moody medieval setting, with plague doctors and monks amidst the chaos of the inquisition.
In the thousands of trailers which vie for our attention week to week, it’s pretty easy to gloss over Brian A Miller’s Reprisal, starring Bruce Willis.
John and Ella Spencer sally forth on an impromptu geriatric road trip bound for ‘The Ernest Hemingway Home’ in Key West, Florida (between Miami and Cuba), in their RV named The Leisure Seeker.
I often try to imagine what it would’ve been like for the audience who first saw The Exorcist at the cinema in 1973. I wasn’t born then, but it is well documented that the film generated intense reactions, even mass hysteria. A palpable fear that resonated deeply with its audience and sent a gurgle through the collective unconscious of the age. Hereditary is probably the first horror movie I’ve seen at the cinema that has a comparable sense of dread. It’s certainly the most chilling and psychologically disturbing film I’ve seen in over a decade.
Director Philip Gelatt’s They Remain is a horror movie, that sadly, in spite of a strong build and bucketloads of potential, fails to drench the audience with its much-promised fear.
In Times of Fading Light is an intimate, slow building portrait of a family of German communists, during the tumultuous, typically jubilant period of German history when the Berlin Wall came down.
Dexter Fletcher took over from Bryan Singer to direct Bohemian Rhapsody, and whilst it remains to be seen whether the film will ‘rock you’ or ‘bite the dust’, it seems set to be filled with the kind of raunchy, unadulterated chicanery you’d expect from a Freddie Mercury biopic.
With the growing critical reception around Annihilation (2018), based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel, and other recent semi-surrealist triumphs like David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) and Del Toro’s The Shape of Water (2017) – a surge of interest in the weird fiction genre is happening, which some critics have even dubbed ‘A Weird Renaissance’.