Film Review: RENT-A-PAL (2020)

RENT-A-PAL ***** USA 2020 Dir: Jon Stevenson. 108 mins Set in 1990, the feature debut for writer-director Jon Stevenson offers nostalgia-inducing, almost fetishistic images of the mechanics of a VHS top loader. Albeit within a narrative propelled by a reminder of the days when society’s loners would attempt to forge relationships via pre-recorded tapes of … Continue reading “Film Review: RENT-A-PAL (2020)”

Film Review: BLOOD HARVEST (a.k.a. The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw / The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw) (2020)

BLOOD HARVEST (a.k.a. The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw / The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw) *** Canada 2020 Dir: Thomas Robert Lee. 93 mins Afforded the awful new title of BLOOD HARVEST (which already belongs to a memorably bonkers 80s Tiny Tim slasher flick) instead of its original, more appropriate THE BALLAD OF AUDREY EARNSHAW moniker, … Continue reading “Film Review: BLOOD HARVEST (a.k.a. The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw / The Ballad of Audrey Earnshaw) (2020)”

Film Review: METAMORPHOSIS (2019)

METAMORPHOSIS *** South Korea 2019 Dir: Hong-seon Kim. 113 mins This cluttered but sometimes creepy, well acted South Korean horror movie has a visceral opening – albeit on very familiar ground – as a handsome young priest fails to save a possessed young woman, complete with old-school throat-inflating bladder FX. Before falling to her death … Continue reading “Film Review: METAMORPHOSIS (2019)”

Film Review: TAILGATE (a.k.a. Bumperkleef) (2019)

TAILGATE (a.k.a. Bumperkleef) **** Netherlands 2019 Dir: Lodewijk Crijns. 82 mins Willem de Wolf, as the ominously named Ed, is a memorably nondescript psychopath in this intense Dutch riff on the daylight road terrorisation of DUEL, with a dash of its nightmarish native cousin THE VANISHING. Clad in an office shirt and sensible jumper, he’s … Continue reading “Film Review: TAILGATE (a.k.a. Bumperkleef) (2019)”

Film Review: 32 MALASANA STREET (a.k.a. Malasana 32) (2020)

32 MALASANA STREET (a.k.a. Malasana 32) *** Spain / France 2020 Dir: Albert Pinto. 104 mins A story haunted by a horrific hate crime from another era, this Madrid-set chiller is effectively creepy and impressively downbeat, even if it treads on very familiar stylistic ground. After an eerie opening involving two young boys, a runaway … Continue reading “Film Review: 32 MALASANA STREET (a.k.a. Malasana 32) (2020)”