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  • Stereo

    Stereo 1969

    ★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    The Count's Verdict: Written, produced, directed, edited and photographed by a young David Cronenberg, STEREO is a remarkably well-shot student project. The premise concerns an experiment with extra-sensory perception and sexual exploration but trust me, the film is a far duller affair than that reads on paper. Sadly, even with the confident cinematography and many of the embryonic thematic ideas with which the Canadian 'auteur' would go on to develop, the hour running time felt like a test of endurance.…

  • Last Shift

    Last Shift 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 Feb, 2016

    The Count's Verdict: Another promising low-budget genre movie screened at FrightFest (2014's Halloween All-Nighter) only to then belatedly come direct-to-disc in the UK. LAST SHIFT is at its best during the slow, long scenes in which our lone protagonist, Jessica Loren, a rookie cop assigned to keep-watch at a closing down police station, is wandering around, isolated and succumbing to a palpable sense of dread. At first the threats she faces are tangibly real: a non-communicative vagrant appears and urinates…

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  • A Field in England

    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

    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…