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  • A Page of Madness

    A Page of Madness 1926

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2016

    Film #3 of October 2016 – Halloween Season of Horror!

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Much like The Student of Prague (1913), A Page of Madness is another film I have really been meaning to get around to watching for an age. Funnily enough, it too was deemed lost until the director Teinosuke Kinugasa purportedly discovered it in a shed in 1971.

    I have and will forever be a fan of 'classic' Asian cinema, be it the many masterpieces of…

  • The Student of Prague

    The Student of Prague 1913

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2016

    Film #2 of October 2016 – Halloween Season of Horror!

    No dialogue. (besides intertitles)
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    I'd been meaning to check The Student of Prague out for a while now, if only because it is often labelled as the first independent film, likely the first feature length horror film, and has also been remade no less than three times. Not to mention the history surrounding it; it was considered lost and it wasn't until 1987…

  • The Merry Frolics of Satan

    The Merry Frolics of Satan 1906

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2016

    Film #1 of October 2016 – Halloween Season of Horror!

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    No matter how many of Méliès' films I see, they never cease to amaze me with how inventive and more often than not, technically impressive, they are.

    The Merry Frolics of Satan (or The 400 Tricks of the Devil) is no different in this respect, however as one of the French maestro's longer outings, it also benefits from having a more…

  • Woodfalls

    Woodfalls 2015

    ★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2016

    "Mam always feared the dark. She said people change in the night and it's best to stay away."
    - Rebecca (Michelle Crane)

    Available to Amazon Prime (UK) members here.

    Woodfalls is a stylish albeit obviously low budget slice of life in miserable, shite bonny old England.

    I much prefer films in this vein over the somewhat dishonest, rose-tinted portrayals of British life in terrible rom-coms like the Bridget Jones' and even quite good rom-coms like Love Actually. This is what…

  • Abattoir

    Abattoir 2016

    ★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    "He opened our eyes and blinded us at the same time. Gave us control without morals or mercy. It's unspeakable, the things a person will do not to feel powerless."
    - Allie (Lin Shaye)

    Abattoir is based on a graphic novel and, like so many of its kind, the translation from one medium to another is disjointed and more than a little messy.

    If I'm honest, I think this has as much to do with the fact that Darren Lynn…

  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    "Just cause he's blind don't mean he's a fucking saint, bro."
    - Money (Daniel Zovatto)

    Don't Breathe.

    I didn't.

    I won't say much plot wise, as this really is one of those films best gone into completely blind. Instead, It'd be better to analyze the filmic devices and how effectively they are employed.

    Sound is, and has always been, a crucial element of the horror genre. Don't Breathe understands this, and what's more, knows how to execute it effectively. However,…

  • Faust: apparition de Méphistophélès

    Faust: apparition de Méphistophélès 1897

    ★★★ Rewatched 22 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    A world away from the stilted, dull affair that was Edison and Porter's take on the classic Faust and Mephistopheles story, the Lumière brothers' interpretation was made three years prior and is very much the superior version in practically every way.

    Whilst Georges Méliès remained the superior French filmmaker for much of their respective careers, the Lumière's did prove to have a highly proficient understanding of the technicalities involved within film,…

  • Zombie A-Hole

    Zombie A-Hole 2012

    Rewatched 22 Aug, 2016

    "There's a world all around us, Castor. The line between life and death is a LOT blurrier than anybody realises. Sometimes, corpses don't stay down."
    - Frank Fulci (Josh Eal)

    I'm not sure why this is listed as having a mere one minute run time on the database, but I can tell you that I would have prefered it if it did.
    Just one in a string of underground horror films (that shows no sign of stopping, regrettably) from director…

  • Staring Contest

    Staring Contest 2011

    ½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    Instead of writing a full-on scathing review of this utter tripe, I'm going to sum it up in the most positive sentence I can possibly manage; Staring Contest is abhorrently awful in every single department and is something I, or indeed anyone above the age of perhaps six years old, could throw together within around twenty minutes with no prior preparation.

    I tried.

    VERDICT; Probably one of the worst short films…

  • Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel

    Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel 1900

    ★★½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    In what was probably the first horror sequel (and considering that one more would follow this, probably the first trilogy) in the history of the motion picture, Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel also marks director Edwin S. Porter's second outing with his comically oblivious character, Uncle Josh.

    It's the exaggerated obliviousness of Uncle Josh that really carries this film, too, as paranormal happenings go on around him and he is…

  • 42

    42 2009

    Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    - Oscar (Nathaniel Brown)
    - Me (Myself)

    Found on YouTube here (as part of the full One Dream Rush short film).

    This is literally just a deleted scene from Argentine auteur Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void, and an absolutely terrible one. There is a man, covered in what can surely only be faeces, standing under a light, and then he screams.

    There is no story so i'll just have to make one up. A balding man who looked…

  • Untitled

    Untitled 1997

    ★½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    - Marion Crane (Janet Leigh)
    - Me (Myself)

    Found on YouTube here.

    "Martin Arnold has adopted a fragment from the shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary thriller PSYCHO, rendering and composing it anew with the possibilities of digital retouching. The result is a short yet intense piece of contemporary aesthetics. Devoted mainly to density and omission, it visualizes the cinematic narrative on all its levels as a cinematographic and aesthetic mise en scène. Simultaneously, it reveals that a resolving…