The Wall, the 2012 science fiction film directed by Julian Pölsler, is a film that’s both intriguing and exasperating in equal measure.
Another in the ‘tower block terror’ sub-strand of films (see also Tower Block, The Raid, Attack on the Block), an off-shoot of the ‘hoodie horror’ movies which seem primarily composed to work up writers for The Guardian into a state of apoplexy.
Petri’s next film was The Teacher of Vigevano (Il maestro di Vigevano,63), another intimate, black and white chamber-piece, which plays rather like a retread – albeit an even more pessimistic retread – of I giorni contato.
Richard McNamara was another of the Americans – like John Kitzmiller – who came to Italy as an American soldier during World War 2 and stayed there, working in the burgeoning film industry
Heretic is the latest priest-sploitation film to cross my path, a no-budget 2012 release which generated a number of plaudits among genre aficionados when it played on the festival circuit and was released on DVD.
It’s one of the oldest ideas for a horror film there is: getting a couple of characters who have a less than perfect relationship, shutting them in a car in the middle of nowhere and then pitting them against a psychotic killer.
This has to be one of the funniest “Black Comedies” ever. It starts out with Georgio Ardisson trapped in an unhappy marriage to a controlling woman who makes fun of him and continually insults his “fish collecting” hobby.