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

Before Dawn (1933)
Film / Horror

Before Dawn (1933)

Some years before achieving fame as Chinese detective Charlie Chan, Warner Oland was on the wrong side of the law in Irving Pichel’s Edgar Wallace adaptation (the story may have been written specifically for the screen rather than for print). The basic story is old hat (a dying gangster tips off Oland’s crooked Viennese doctor … Continue reading