The Oily Maniac (You gui zi)

The Oily Maniac (You gui zi) Hong Kong (1976) Dir. Ho Meng Hua Known predominantly for their seminal martial arts output, the legendary Shaw Brothers would dip their toes into the murky world of exploitation cinema in the late 1970s. This gave them the opportunity to apply their trademark extravagance to beyond Ancient China. Sheng … Continue reading The Oily Maniac (You gui zi)

Dancing Mary

Dancing Mary Japan (2019) Dir. SABU Ghosts ruin everything. They ruin people’s lives by haunting them, keeping them away from buildings, being generally disruptive, and can bring misery to those who possess the uncanny ability to be able to see and make contact with them. But, that is he burden one has to bear in … Continue reading Dancing Mary

Something a bit different… 4 – Halloween Special pt 2

As promised in my last post sharing a Halloween Photoshop composite, I have put together another picture to this theme, by way of learning how to use my new XP Pen graphics tablet. This may not mean anything to most of you but there is a vast wealth of difference between drawing and shading with … Continue reading Something a bit different… 4 – Halloween Special pt 2

0.0 Mhz

0.0 Mhz Korea (2019) Dir. Yoo Sun-Dong Did you know that 0.0mhz is the exact radio frequency at which we can contact with the spirit world? A bit like Radio 3. Yet, if we have learned anything from horror cinema, it is never to go in search for the paranormal - unless you have a … Continue reading 0.0 Mhz

Scary Mother (Sashishi deda)

Scary Mother (Sashishi deda) Georgia (2017) Dir. Ana Urushadze Are writers misunderstood? Is their ability to create people, places, and situations that are wondrously fantastic out of thin air or to allegorise a real event or story into a piece of fiction a sign of inventive genius or a twisted psyche? And why are expressive … Continue reading Scary Mother (Sashishi deda)

Something a bit different… 3 – Halloween Special

Yes, the Photoshop manipulation bug has bitten deeper than I imagined. There are some other works  I can't share with you just yet but as we are in the throes of Halloween season then this one can finally be posting. Hopefully you'll recognise the main figures as the classic Universal monsters - Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, … Continue reading Something a bit different… 3 – Halloween Special

The Maid

The Maid Thailand (2020) Dir. Lee Thongkham The relationship between servant and master is an unpredictable one. In some cases, there is a separation that remains throughout where everyone knows their place, in others, tenure and quality of work will have some staff feel like part of the family. Then, there is that line that … Continue reading The Maid

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (Cert 18) VOD (Distributor: Amazon Studios) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. In 2007, professional TV and film troll Sacha Baron Cohen claimed to have retired his character Borat Sagdiyev, a tactless, feckless, clueless TV presenter from Kazakhstan after the 2006 mockumentary film Borat. In 2020, just as things are getting worse across … Continue reading Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu) Japan (1967) Dir. Noriaki Yuasa Despite the second Gamera film Gamera vs. Barugon failing to replicate the success of the first film, Daiei Studio continued with the franchise undeterred. Combining the child-friendly appeal of the debut and the more serious storyline of the second, the formula that … Continue reading Gamera vs. Gyaos (Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu)

In Her Hands (Au bout des doigts)

In Her Hands (Au bout des doigts) France (2018) Dir. Ludovic Bernard Musical ability is something many of us envy in others. Some are able to write a good tune, or fire off a memorable riff on the guitar, some have a innate gift to interpret the works of esteemed composers and make it their … Continue reading In Her Hands (Au bout des doigts)