Weird Reviews

Cork 2022 Review: ARVÉD, Occultist Biopic as Transcending Ritual

Czech director Vojtech Mašek's feature debut folds a psychological and political thriller into a mystery drama, enwrapped in a biopic about the infamous Czech occultist drawn to the dark side.

Jihlava 2022 Review: KUNSTKAMERA, Czech Surrealist Maestro Jan Švankmajer Opens His Private Cabinet of Curiosities

The documentary reveals the private chambers of the surrealist filmmaker and artist materializing his mindscape full of strange objects, fetishes, and taxidermy.

Blu-ray Review: DAISIES, Still Fresh, Subversive, and Relevant, Now Beautifully Restored

While there might be filmmakers who more readily come to the minds of cinephiles when you mention Czech New Wave cinema of the 1960s, I'd argue that there is no more important film of that era than Daisies. Věra Chytilová's...

Review: PLEASE BABY PLEASE, A Queer Neon-Noir Musical Seduction

For those in the queer community, and allies of it, we're (hopefully) aware that sexual and gender identity is still that strays outside the heteronormative is still taboo (to put it mildly) in much of the world, even in societies...

Blu-ray Review: LA LLORONA, The Haunting Cries of the Oppressed

There are some historical events, ones whoe political and social impact is so devastating, on large and small scales, that realistic depiction is insufficient. This is, often, where folk tales, mythologies, and legends come from: not always from good things,...

Sitges 2022 Review: STORIES TO KEEP YOU AWAKE Season 2 Delights, Terrifies, Intensifies the Fears

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's series Historias para no dormir remains one of the most important and influential in Spanish television history; part Twilight Zone, part horror anthology, it has been revived a few times, in the early 2000s with works by...

Sitges 2022 Review: UNIDENTIFIED OBJECTS, Close Encounter of the Queer Kind

The road trip movie is tailor-made for the journey of self discovery; more so perhaps in North America, where the distances are long, the population sparse, and the lack of anything to do besides face yourself dominates. This can be...

Sitges 2022: PIAFFE, Embracing Animal Behaviour

We too often forget than humans are animals. Too many of us have divorced ourselves from the natural world, the world of our, for lack of a better phrasing, animal instincts. We clothe ouselves, eat (usually) with utensils, as if...

Sitges 2022 Review: LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE, A Delightful Homage to 80s Asian Action

It's a very fine line to walk when your film is metatextual; movies about the making of a movie, particularly the movie that's being made, means understanding the language of cinema deeply enough to make the references without killing the...

Sitges 2022 Review: BRIAN AND CHARLES, Bridges Over Troubled Waters

It's a cliché to say that people need people, but it is a cliché because it's true (at least for most of us). Humans are social creatures and built for community and love, be that friendship or romantic. And while...

Book Review: 10th Anniversary of HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN

Kier-La Janisse has long been a fixture in the genre film world, as a programmer, publisher, writer, film scholar, and more. She founded the press Spectacular Optical Publications, as well as the internationally known The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. ...

Slash 2022 Review: Melies d'argent Shorts, A Mosaic of Story Delights

As readers know, I'm a champion of the unsung gems of any film festival - the shorts. It's not just about filmmakers' calling cards, it's a film form too often forgotten. Given how we're inundated more with shorter forms via...

Toronto 2022 Review: DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA

Hospitals are places of miracles and horrors. They are also places of office politics, temporary domestic spaces, and a kind of body-repair shop. The reason why there are so many television medical dramas, is that everything about these places is...

Toronto 2022 Review: UNREST, A Most Unconventional Biopic

A man with one watch always knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure. Cyril Schäublin’s deep dive into nineteenth century Swiss watchmaking, the business and the labour, alongside the nascent political movement that was...

Review: THE 101 SCARIEST HORROR MOVIE MOMENTS OF ALL TIME: Shudder's Countdown to Scariest of All Time

The first episode in The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time premiers on Shudder next Wednesday, September 7th. We’ve seen it (maybe a couple more), and here’s what we think so far.   The eight-episode Shudder Original series...

Locarno 2022 Review: In FAIRYTALE, Alexander Sokurov Revives Tyrants

Sokurov's disturbing and comical deepfake film is a cross-over between 'Dante's Inferno' and Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot; with the artistic sensitivity of Goya's tableaux.

Blu-ray Reviews: Kino Unleashes Killer ANTS!, Killer Bees in TERROR OUT OF THE SKY, Killer Spiders in TARANTULAS THE DEADLY CARGO

A trio of new physical releases from Kino have got me thinking about a lot of things.   First, what a shame it is that more titles from the golden age of made for TV movies haven’t seen release on...

Review: TIN CAN, Industrial Grade Medical Nightmare Fuel

For many, a hospital visit is an exhausting house of horrors and bodily function humiliation, a prison on the road to wellness, where consent is as much implied as it is expected.   Imagine your choices, and your suffering, at...

Fantasia 2022 Review: RELAX, I'M FROM THE FUTURE, Rhys Darby Charms In Time Travel Comedy

A casual time traveler unintentionally makes a mess of the future when his latest trip winds up having potentially catastrophic consequences in director Luke Higginson’s feature debut, Relax, I’m From the Future. Based on Higginson’s 2013 short of the same...

Fantasia 2022 Review: THE ELDERLY (VIEJOS), Who do They Turn to When No One at Home is Listening?

Manuel’s world comes to a sudden, screeching halt when his wife, Rosa, jumps from the balcony of their apartment building, killing herself. Beset by grief his son, Mario, insists that Manuel come and stay with him and his family, his...