Reviews


Daniel Brühl as the ambiguous protagonist in Cargo

Cargo

Peter Mullen is, without a smidgen of doubt, one of the best actors working in Britain at the moment. You might not know then name, but you know who he is: think scary, think Scottish, think Mullan.


Dario Argento style image from Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show

Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show

Another in the line of generally disappointing recent Italian horror films, Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show does at least have some lineage behind it, featuring special effects by Sergio Stivaletti.


Quim Gutiérrez in The Last Days

The Last Days

Alex and David Pastor’s The Last Days (2013) is a pretty nifty Spanish film which picked up lots of domestic awards and – as is the way with Spanish films at the moment – was then promptly ignored everywhere else


You never know what you'll find in the greenhouse...

Testimone oculare

Testimone oculare is one of the more obscure TV movies made by Lamberto Bava after the Italian film industry had gone into meltdown in the late 1980s. Despite the TV background, it has some cinematic credentials


Barbara Steele in The Butterfly Room

The Butterfly Room

The Butterfly Room is a hodge-podge of genre references and clichés which – although decently made – has very little to say about present day Italy (partially because it follows the annoying recent trend of Italian films being shot and set in America).


The Playgirls and the Vampire

The Playgirls and the Vampire

The Playgirls and the Vampire is a modest, but rather agreeable, entry in the Italian Gothic canon. Released in the same year as Mario Bava’s superlative Black Sunday, it has none of the bravado (or perverse undertones) of that production…