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  • Repulsion 1965

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2014

    The Count's Verdict: Slow, unsettling and eventually flat-out scary. REPULSION may be championed as a groundbreaking British horror film but it is equally a touchstone work for the talented but troubled filmmaker Roman Polanski. The descent into madness of an isolated woman (brilliantly played by actress Catherine Deneuve) anticipates later classics such ROSEMARY'S BABY whilst the confidence and stark style the film exudes, in terms of a mood infused with a sense of brooding dread, looks toward his crowning noir…

  • So Sweet, So Dead 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    Note: Watched the Italian audio track with English subtitles.

    I'd been meaning to see SO SWEET, SO DEAD for quite some time but had developed a tendency to confuse it with another unseen and similarly named gialli from the late '60s by Umberto Lenzi, SO SWEET, SO PERVERSE - inevitably meaning it remained neglected and overlooked. Thankfully, in celebration of October being Halloween 'Horror' month I finally made an effort to see Roberto Bianchi Montero's film and was genuinely taken…

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2013 8

    First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.

    Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…

  • The Woman in Black 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2012

    Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.

    The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…