A LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN

1971; directed by Lucio Fulci; written by Lucio Fulci, Roberto Gianviti, José Luis Martínez Mollá and André Tranché; 99 mins

An exploitation film that explores exploitation itself with the tale of a bourgeois family torn apart by fear of sexual liberation, new freedoms and the hippie dream! The Telegraph DVD review says; “forget the story” but it’s also a murder mystery where the weirdness is intertwined with a vortex of double crossing and psychological games. It does, however, occasionally go a step too far in it’s desire to push buttons and falls over into male leeriness… we’ll get to that! Continue reading

THE DEAD ZONE

1983; directed by David Cronenberg; adapted by Jeffrey Boam; 103 mins

[Sorry for the clip but the trailer gives away loads of plot details!]

No zombies! Ah, shame. Still! We’re jumping past Fast Company, The Brood and Scanners to this 80s Stephen King adaptation about an ordinary, headache suffering teacher called Johnny Smith who is involved in a car crash and wakes up from a coma five years later to discover that he has psychic powers! By touching other peoples’* hands, he can see into their past and their future! Continue reading

RABID

1977; written and directed by David Cronenberg; 91 mins

[Mild spoilers. Send your complaints to…]

Sex vampires! Sort of! More Cronenbergian Canadian corruption after the similarly sleazy Shivers. This time concerning the fate of a young woman, Rose, who, after a horrible motorbike crash, is taken in at the nearest medical centre – a plastic surgery clinic. The surgeon who sees to her makes the rash decision to try some radical surgery which results in a freakish, cock-like deformity which emerges from a vaginal hole in her armpit, hungry for blood! The deformity also has the added bonus of turning people into rabid, drooling maniacs who try to eat anyone they come into contact with… Continue reading

SHIVERS

1975; written and directed by David Cronenberg; 83 mins

Sex zombies! What a calling card! Well… it’s either a calculated calling card, designed to shock and appall the uninitiated and please the in-crowd or just a horror flick with brains made by someone unselfconsciously operating way, way beyond the bounds of good taste. Either way, it was grubby thinktrash of the highest order! Continue reading

KWAIDAN

1964; directed by Masaki Kobayashi; adapted by Yoko Mizuki; 183 mins

Having long wanted to catch up with the work of Japanese director, Masaki Kobayashi, here I find myself first diving into the real outlier in his work. Kobayashi was best known for sombre political films which addressed issues of pacifism, conformity and rebellion. Here, we have a compendium of impenetrable ghostly parables from feudal Japan, occurring anywhere between a hundred to eight hundred years ago… Continue reading

THE NEON DEMON

2016; directed by Nicolas Winding Refn; written by Mary Laws, Nicolas Winding Refn and Polly Stenham; 117 mins

[MUCHO PLOT-SPOILERO!]

Once again, negativity, dismissiveness and ‘ban this filth‘ crap greet the new Nicolas Winding Refn film and whereas, a lot of times, I feel dismayed when the general consensus doesn’t quite meet my adoration of a particular film, with this director’s work… it kinda thrills me! When the screening finished and the lights went up, a guy behind me turned to his group of mates and said; “Yeah, sorry about that, guys!” Continue reading