I have recently been pleased to contribute to an exciting new horror project called Exquisite Terror. This is the brainchild of Naila Scargill, someone who has strong links to the UK horror and publishing scenes and I urge all readers of Transgressive Cinema to check out the good work going on over there.
To get you started, here are my offerings to Exquisite Terror so far:
This debut feature from Belgian writer and director Benjamin Viré follows in the footsteps of the recent Mexican We Are What We Are by taking the cannibal subgenre and exorcising its legacy — which is rooted in 1970s Italian gore films such as Cannibal Holocaust. Cannibal rejects the degenerate tone of these early works and contrasts the visceral nature of humankind’s oldest taboo with stylish filmmaking and an absorbing storyline.
Continue reading at Exquisite Terror: http://www.exquisiteterror.com/cannibal
This film opens to immediately establish two points. Firstly, drilling for oil on the seabed has unleashed a strange and aggressive creature. Second, a severe storm is imminent and the oil rig is being evacuated of all non-essential staff. Thus, promisingly, a threat has been defined and placed in an isolated environment with a group of likely victims. Sadly, The Rig fails to capitalise on any initial potential and becomes more tedious with every dragging minute of screen time.
Continue reading at Exquisite Terror: http://www.exquisiteterror.com/the-rig
Like football, Evil Things is a work of two halves. The first half maintains its similarity to soccer by being quite dull and populated by characters devoid of personality. The second is well set up and executed, with genuine scares.
A group of college kids are driving through a New York State snowstorm to celebrate a birthday at a vacated, and remote, family home. En route they are harassed and stalked by a black van, the driver of which is never seen. These sequences would have been more effective had they not been plagiarised from Spielberg’s Duel. Arriving at their destination, the run-in is largely forgotten in lieu of getting the fire lit and starting to drink. Fortunately writer and director Dominic Perez avoids the clichéd frat-house antics that typically ensue, and the film is better for it.
Continue reading at Exquisite Terror: http://www.exquisiteterror.com/evil-things
Transgressive Cinema will continue as normal, and I will keep you updated with any writing I may do elsewhere in the future.