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  • Late Night Trains 1975

    ★★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2015 2

    I've long owned but neglected to watch the Blue Underground US DVD release of NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS (1975). This is due in large part to its rather dismissive reputation as an inferior Italian rip-off of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972). A film I must confess to never really being a big fan of despite its contribution to the emergence of low-budget, independent American horror and the careers of Wes Craven and Sean S. Cunningham. However, having recently revisited…

  • Short Night of Glass Dolls 1971

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    Rewatch Reflections: The fact that writer-director Aldo Lado's carefully plotted and cerebral thriller manages to distinguish itself from the abundance of early seventies gialli is an achievement in itself, that it was his feature debut is astounding. Far less championed than his genre brethren, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino et. al - Lado nevertheless made a significant contribution to this once hugely popular Italian filone cycle with a brace of movies (SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS, 1971 and WHO…

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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…