The Eyes of My Mother (2016) review

“Have you lived here a long time?” “My whole life.” To quote the late, great Leonard Cohen, “You want it darker?”  Well, do you?  If so, you’ve come to the right place.  The Eyes of My Mother positively drips darkness.  Everything is hazy, foggy, dipped in ink and shot in black and white – The Eyes of… Read More

Devilman (1987) Review

Devil man, – Devil man – calling Devil man running in my head yeah Devil man, – Devil man – calling Devil man  running in my head yeah Okay, yeah: that quote isn’t from the 1987 Umanosuke Iida written and directed anime adaptation of Go Nagai’s seminal manga series, Devilman, it’s from the White Zombie track Super-Charger Heaven.… Read More

Scanners (1981) Review

“You are 35 years old, Mr. Vale.  Why are you a derelict?  Such a piece of human junk?  The answer is simple: you are a scanner.” David Cronenberg has had a remarkable career by any measure.  His unique combination of grisly genre delights and high-minded meditations on identity, consciousness, the body-mind dichotomy, and transformation have… Read More

The Changeling (1980) Review

“That house is not fit to live in. No one’s been able to live in it. It doesn’t want people.” The first time I saw The Changeling,  it scared the crap out of me.   It was my brother’s eighth birthday party – a sunny Sunday afternoon is about as far from horror as you… Read More

The Visit (2015) Review

Last night, I participated in a scenario more horrifyingly real than any fright film. Friday afternoon, coding away, my phone buzzed as an ominous text arrived – “Hey man, feel like getting Shyamalan’d tonight?” And, horror of horrors, I found myself replying, “Sure.” That’s right: I went to see an M. Night Shyamalan film. After the… Read More

Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015) Review

“No, Todd, we’re Americans!  We can do whatever we want without consequences!” Bear with me while I proceed to rant: I might be reaching peak throwback slasher satire saturation.  I doubt I’ll ever get tired of them completely – I mean, I am a horror fan at heart, and I appreciate the horror fan in-joke that… Read More