Thursday, 17 August 2017

Beginning My Love Affair with Italian Genre Cinema: 40 Years of Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977)


Dario Argento’s first and best entry into his 'Three Mothers Trilogy', his 1977 masterpiece 'Suspiria', is the quintessential example of his supernatural horror work, which began my love affair with Italian genre cinema. It is a mesmerizing, virtuoso, psychological journey into maddening terror - a high art hypnotic exploration of a living waking nightmare.

Monday, 24 July 2017

A Vampiric Character Study: George A. Romero’s Martin (1978)


With 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968), George A. Romero rejuvenated the horror genre by reinventing the now iconic figure of the zombie in popular culture. His 1978 film 'Martin' – a realistic interpretation of the vampire mythology – was released right before the director would deliver his epic zombie masterpiece 'Dawn of the Dead' (1978), which would forever cement his reputation as the master of that sub-genre. This thought provoking and emotional spin on the legend of the vampire is creatively refreshing, and firmly stamps Romero’s auteur signature on the modern horror film.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Humongously Underrated: Humongous (1982) – A 35th Anniversary Retrospective


Director Paul Lynch’s 'Humongous' was lumped in with all the Canadian slashers that came out during the early ’80s, which included Lynch’s other contribution the rather good 'Prom Night' (1980). It is very similar plot wise to the earlier 1980...

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Pandemic – CAT III Style: Ebola Syndrome (1996)


Directed by Herman Yau, 'Yi boh lai beng duk' ('Ebola Syndrome', 1996) is an infamous Hong Kong CAT III entry. Since 1988, Category III has been Hong Kong’s most restrictive certificate – “No persons younger than 18 years of age are permitted to rent, purchase, or watch this film in the cinema.” The content of the films are extremely graphic in nature with gory depictions of violence and/or are sexually explicit. It stars Anthony Wong, who also starred in Yau’s earlier, and equally vile (in a good way), 'Bat sin fan dim: Yan yuk cha siu bau' ('The Untold Story', 1993). Kai San (Wong) is the most despicable human being you could hope not to meet – a perverted, violent, demented scumbag who has no qualms of raping and murdering.