Terror has no shape...
A narrative cluster fuck but the ambition and vision of director Sion Sono is astounding. Nicolas Cage delivers another masterclass in outrageous histronics, while the plot descends into full blown madness. It's an absolute mess of ideas and genre fusion, but still hugely inventive, relentlessly entertaining and visually jaw dropping. A mind bending, blood soaked, purely visceral cinematic experience!
With its stirring score, metaphoric visuals and lush cinematography, this provocative debut from Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli seems to be aiming to emulate cinematic heavyweights such as Terence Malick or Lars von Trier. Unfortunately, it's more like something Tom Six would make if he took himself too seriously. The disjointed narrative structure, intense performances and overbearingly stern tone fail to paper over the fact that this film is a turgid, mind numbing misfire. In the cold light of day,…
Stomach churning cannibalism, cruel college hazing and a rampant sexual awakening are on the menu in this genre bending campus horror. Fusing coming of age drama, French art-house style and extreme body horror aesthetics, Julia Ducournau's boldly directed film is brutal, blood soaked and beautifully perverse. Garance Marillier is superb as Justine, bringing an appealing wide eyed innocence and psychotic feminine rage to a complex, challenging role. While some of the character and story elements are overly ambiguous, 'Raw' is an unabashed, boundary pushing and audacious piece of work.
Edited from original review published in November 2016
Following on from his brutal and brilliant remake of 'The Evil Dead', director Fede Álvarez's terrific home invasion film 'Don’t Breathe' works as both a genre bending thrill ride and a potent piece of social commentary. The true monster in this story isn’t supernatural in origin, it's the grim economic reality which causes it’s damaged characters to make flawed decisions, ultimately leading each of them onto a blood drenched road to Hell.…