Carrie (1976)
Film / Horror

Carrie (1976)

For anyone who found their school years challenging, for anyone who was bullied, who was a misfit or who found it impossible or chose not to conform, Carrie White, the eponymous anti-heroine of Stephen King’s first published novel became something of a poster girl. Physically, psychologically and emotionally attacked by her peers, the adults around … Continue reading

Akira (1987)
Animation / Film / Science Fiction

Akira (1987)

Katsuro Otomo’s extraordinary animated cyberpunk classic was instrumental in introducing anime to Western audiences who had largely been familiar with the form, if at all, through television series like AstroboyTetsuwan atomu (1963-1964), Kaitei shônen Marine/Marine Boy (1968-1969), Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets (1972-1974), Robotech (1985) and others. None of those titles could have prepared … Continue reading

Dark Sanity (1982)
Film / Horror

Dark Sanity (1982)

An almost forgotten early 1980s obscurity that also languished on cheap VHS under the misleading title Straight Jacket, Martin Green’s impoverished thriller barely qualifies as horror at all. It’s more of a dreary relationship drama crossed with a not very interesting murder mystery with a few wibbly-wobbly psychic visions of an axe murder to keep … Continue reading