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Hammer Horror retrospective

Hammer Horror Words: Scott Burns. Founded in 1934, Hammer Films was a genre-film studio specialising in B-movies made with low budgets but impeccable standards. After making successful movies in several genres, mostly lurid thrillers, the studio would become a household name when it produced… Continue Reading “Hammer Horror retrospective”

The Plague of the Zombies

1966 Director: John Gilling Cast: Brook Williams, Andre Morell, Diane Clare, John Carson, Jacqueline Pearce Words – Scott Burns. Hammer’s zombie movie (released two years before George A. Romero and John A. Russo’s Night of the Living Dead) remains a strong contender in the… Continue Reading “The Plague of the Zombies”

The Devil Rides Out

1968 Director: Terence Fisher Cast: Christopher Lee, Nike Arrighi, Patrick Mower, Charles Gray, Paul Eddington, Sarah Lawson, Leon Greene, Patrick Allen Words – Scott Burns. Based on the popular novel by Dennis Wheatley, starring Christopher Lee in a fantastic performance and directed by the… Continue Reading “The Devil Rides Out”

Dracula: Prince of Darkness

1966 Director: Terence Fisher Cast: Christopher Lee, Philip Latham, Barbara Shelley, Charles Tingwell, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Andrew Keir Words – Scott Burns. After the success of The Brides Of Dracula (1960), which nonetheless disappointed fans because it didn’t feature the title character (only… Continue Reading “Dracula: Prince of Darkness”

The Gorgon

1964 Director: Terence Fisher Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Prudence Hyman, Barbara Shelley, Michael Goodliffe, Patrick Troughton, Richard Pasco Words – Scott Burns. Featuring Hammer’s first female monster, Terence Fisher’s The Gorgon is a unique and enjoyable monster movie starring both Peter Cushing and… Continue Reading “The Gorgon”

Crimes of the Future

2022 Director: David Cronenberg Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Nadia Litz, Tanaya Beatty, Lihi Kornowski, Welket Bungué Words: C. Abbott – “Surgery is the new sex.” A line that feels quintessentially David Cronenberg. It punctuates the very heart of his… Continue Reading “Crimes of the Future”

The Innocents

Director: Eskil Vogt Cast: Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Morten Svartveit Words: Rhiannon Topham. The Innocents, from Eskil Vogt (frequent writing collaborator of Joachim Trier, and director of 2014 drama Blind), begins with a… Continue Reading “The Innocents”

Blade Runner & The Thing; one day in 1982.

1982 Directors: Ridley Scott, John Carpenter Words: Oliver Innocent. . 1982 was a milestone year for American popular cinema, with a slew of future classics dominating the box office. Steven Spielberg was the undisputed king with his family-friendly E.T. the Extra Terrestrial achieving the… Continue Reading “Blade Runner & The Thing; one day in 1982.”

The Worst Person in the World

Director: Joachim Trier Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum Words – Rhiannon Topham. Joachim Trier’s latest feature, The Worst Person in the World, offers a relatable and (dare I say it) refreshing take on drama, romance, comedy and elements of tragedy in… Continue Reading “The Worst Person in the World”

The Power of the Dog

2021 Director: Jane Campion Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Frances Conroy, Keith Carradine, Thomasin McKenzie, Genevieve Lemon Words – Rhiannon Topham. Jane Campion is a master of atmospheric melodrama. Her latest, The Power of the Dog, is an incredibly textural… Continue Reading “The Power of the Dog”