Uninhabited (2010)
Film / Horror

Uninhabited (2010)

Uninhabited is one of those infuriating films that has a kernel of a great idea but which is so tediously done that you lose interest in the potentially interesting story almost straight away. A vengeful ghost on a remote, uninhabited South Seas island is a great idea but writer/director Bill Bennett has no clue what … Continue reading

Next of Kin (1982)
Film / Horror

Next of Kin (1982)

Tony Williams’ under-rated Australian/New Zealand horror film has suffered from poor marketing in the past, which sold it initially as a slasher film (which it most certainly isn’t) and subsequently as a ghost story (which again it isn’t). What it is, is a slow-burning, visually inventive updating of old dark house tropes with atmosphere to … Continue reading

The Babadook (2014)
Film / Horror

The Babadook (2014)

Post-millennial horror has proven to be particularly accommodating to women directors, from the Soska Sisters, Jen and Sylvia (Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009), American Mary (2012), Rabid (2019)) and Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home at Night (2014)), from Claire Denis (Trouble Every Day (2001)) to Alice Lowe (Prevenge (2016), from Hélène Cattet … Continue reading

Summerfield (1977)
Film / Horror

Summerfield (1977)

  Only borderline horror, Ken Hannam’s Summerfield is nonetheless part of an occasional theme that runs throughout the genre, that of the schoolteacher who winds up finding something very nasty indeed under the veneer of his or her new assignment (cf The Witches (1966), Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971), Child’s Play (1972) et al). The fact … Continue reading

Harlequin (1980)
Fantasy / Film

Harlequin (1980)

  Part of the same late 70s wave of Australian fantasies that produced Colin Eggleston’s masterly Long Weekend (1978), Richard Franklin’s Patrick (1978) and George Miller’s Mad Max (1979) this was one of a long string of films written by the prolific Everett de Roche and produced by the equally productive Anthony Ginnane (they both … Continue reading