Carrie

Carrie US (1976) Dir. Brian De Palma Bullies always get their comeuppance, but it is a shame that when the victim finally retaliates it is they who are persecuted and not the culprits. As someone whose school and early work life was ruined by bullies, I can always sympathise with the victim. 16 year-old Carrie … Continue reading Carrie

The Promise (Puen Tee Raluek)

The Promise (Puen Tee Raluek) Thailand (2017) Dir. Sophon Sakdaphisit Breaking promises is a habit many people have, though not everyone does this with the same malicious or solipsistic intent as others. The fallout is always something that leaves an indelible mark on our consciences, especially if the aggrieved party holds a grudge… 1997 and … Continue reading The Promise (Puen Tee Raluek)

#Alive (#Saraitda)

#Alive (#Saraitda) Korea (2020) Dir. Cho Il-hyung The zombie genre appears to be one that has little room for development beyond the premise of infected people eating the uninfected, whilst those who can, try to survive. Leave it to the Koreans, who came rather late to the zombie party, to find a way to bring … Continue reading #Alive (#Saraitda)

Peninsula

Peninsula Korea (2020) Dir. Yeon Sang-ho In life, people make decisions that have far-reaching effects, not just for themselves, but for others too. However, many of these decisions are made in the heat of the moment where time to weigh up the pros and cons isn’t an option, and they are worse ones we have … Continue reading Peninsula

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man US (2020) Dir. Leigh Whannell Some people can’t see what is in front of them, especially with regard to the truth. They only see what they want to see and are not prepared to consider an alternative point of view. If they would open their eyes and look out beyond… Have I … Continue reading The Invisible Man

Sputnik

Sputnik (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: Vertigo Releasing) Running Time: 114 minutes approx. Most people, when they return from a trip bring back a toy, pottery, glassware, or local confectionary as a souvenir, not a dangerous flesh-eating alien. But I guess cosmonauts are more likely to visit places that aren’t exactly “regular destinations”… In 1983, a … Continue reading Sputnik

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse US (2019) Dir. Robert Eggers Loneliness can be a real killer, which is why “lighthouse keeper” is hardly at the top of any list of career choices, though these days they are probably computer operated. Back in the days of yore however, a human presence was a necessity and even then, it wasn’t … Continue reading The Lighthouse

It Chapter Two

It Chapter Two US (2019) Dir. Andy Muschietti Sequels are often hard depending on the success of the first film and the story being told, whether it is continuing an overarching plot or progressing a singular franchise. For It Chapter Two, it is more a case of the former but has a lot to live … Continue reading It Chapter Two

Acacia (Akasia)

Acacia (Akasia) Korea (2003) Dir. Park Ki-hyung Children are funny creatures. I know that is a general admission but one thing some of them tend to do, largely because of their callow grip on emotions, is become jealous of other children in the family arriving after them, stealing the attention from their parents that was … Continue reading Acacia (Akasia)

One Missed Call Trilogy

One Missed Call Trilogy (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 322 minutes approx. First, there was the killer video tape. Then the killer computer, and now the killer mobile phone! You have to hand it to the Japanese when they like an idea they milk it for all it is worth … Continue reading One Missed Call Trilogy