SPOOKERS

2017; directed by Florian Habicht; 90 mins

With Pecking Order and McLaren, 2017 has shaped up to be a bloody fine vintage for Kiwi docos and this wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, heart-warming, homegrown shock-doc caps it all off and could very well be my film of the year! Continue reading

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THE DEVIL RIDES OUT

1968; directed by Terence Fisher; adapted by Richard Matheson; 86 mins

Possibly the most frightfully English horror film I’ve ever seen, presented by the iconic Hammer, adapted by American genre legend Richard Matheson from the novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley, stamped up front with the good old ‘X’ certificate and featuring not one but two Bond villains in the shape of Charles Gray and Christopher Lee! Suffice to say, it was promising going in and it delivers – providing that you’re willing to leave your cynicism at the door… Continue reading

NZIFF ’17/10: IT COMES AT NIGHT

2017; written and directed by Trey Edward Schults; 91 mins

I really, really liked this movie BUT we must first talk about the reaction this one has had. Much has been said about the marketing of this movie and the fact that the hype vs the final product divided the critics and the audiences. Critics were wowed by it’s craft and gut-gurgling tension building and audiences were underwhelmed by the lack of obvious thrills and slow pace. Now, one can write a million theses on either side but having seen the movie, thought it had been mis-marketed and then watched the trailer again, more closely… I think ultimately it’s the title that’s the mistake. Continue reading

NZIFF ’17/08: THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

2017; directed by Yorgos Lanthimos; written by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos; 109 mins

Forewarned is forearmed: get onboard with this one otherwise you’re going to have a tough time of it! This is a deliberately difficult, alienating, uncomfortable, squirming, off-kilter horror movie that is ear-splittingly loud in places. If you do choose to go with it, you’ll find it… mostly rewarding. Continue reading