Nine Lives (2002)
Film / Horror

Nine Lives (2002)

Optimistically initially promoted as “Peter’s Friends meets The Others“, it was not asking too much to expect Nine Lives to at least be a serviceable, old fashioned ghost story. Instead, it’s a badly acted tale of a group of deeply unlikeable 20-somethings being possessed by a vengeful spirit in a bog-standard slasher movie setting. The … Continue reading

Silent Running (1972)
Film / Science Fiction

Silent Running (1972)

Silent Running is an infuriating film. On the one hand, it looks magnificent – you’d expect nothing else from effects maestro turned director Douglas Trumbull, one of the army of technicians who breathed life into Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The effects sequences are flawless and the production design spectacular and although … Continue reading

Taste of Fear (1961)
Film / Horror

Taste of Fear (1961)

Taste of Fear (inexplicably retitled Scream of Fear in the States) was the first of what Hammer’s managing director James Carreras came to call the company’s “mini-Hitchcocks” though in fact they owe more of a debt to Henri-Georges Couzot’s Les diaboliques (1955) (which had been released in the UK on a double bill with Hammer’s … Continue reading