Basic Instinct (1992)
Film / Horror

Basic Instinct (1992)

The ‘controversial’ sex-and-death thriller that launched Sharon Stone’s career onto a higher plane and which kept the tabloid scandal-mongers in copy for weeks. In truth, it’s nowhere near as daring and shocking as it’s reputation at the time made it seem and the unnecessary fuss kicked up by gay activist groups regarding the alleged mistreatment … Continue reading

Upgrade (2018)
Film / Science Fiction

Upgrade (2018)

Former actor Leigh Wannell is better known nowadays as a screenwriter, co-creating the Saw and Insidious franchises with James Wan. For his second film as director – after Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – he switched tracks for this science fiction action thriller, co-produced by Jason Blum’s prolific Blumhouse Productions. Set in a near-future world where … Continue reading

Rasen (1998)
Film / Horror

Rasen (1998)

For many years, Rasen was akin to the Holy Grail among Ringu fans in the West, the “lost” sequel made by Joji Iida for simultaneous theatrical release alongside Hideo Nakata’s classic. Derided by those who had seen it, the film remained elusive for non-Japanese speakers as it got side-lined by Nakata’s own sequel, Ringu 2 … Continue reading

King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)
Documentary / Film

King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen (2017)

Larry Cohen has consistently been one of the most distinctive voices in exploitation cinema, a true maverick who emerged in a decade full of eccentric and unorthodox talents. After a career as a prolific writer in television drama, creating firm genre favourite The Invaders (1967-1968), he switched to directing feature films with the low budget … Continue reading