Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival: Interview With Briony Kidd

In August this year I was lucky enough to travel to Hobart for the third annual Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival on behalf of RealTime magazine. An intimate festival with a growing international profile, Stranger With My Face was started in 2012 by Hobart-based filmmakers Rebecca Thomson and Briony Kidd as a showcase […]

Welcome to my Creepshow and Other Horror News

It’s been rather a long time between drinks over in this small corner of the horror blog world. My love of the genre has not in the least abated, but the first few months of this year were spent organising a solo painting exhibition which showed in April at Sydney’s Sheffer Gallery (images here). While […]

Facing One’s Fears: A Chat With Freddy

I first saw the original Nightmare on Elm Street at a pool party when I was about 12.  It scared the crap out of me then and has lingered in memory since. It was with a sense of wonder, then, that I found myself chatting on the phone last Friday to the delightful Robert Englund, […]

The Devil’s Rock

A little while back I spoke with Gina Varela, the lovely Greek/New Zealand actress who plays a seductive demon in New Zealand director Paul Campion’s debut feature The Devil’s Rock.  Nazism and the occult entangle in this intense, disquieting film, which I reviewed for FILMINK some issues back (the review doesn’t seem to have made […]

Censorship and A Serbian Film

It doesn’t come as a huge surprise to learn that The Human Centipede 2 (discussed in the previous post) has been banned in its current form by Australia’s Classification Review Board.  As a recent FILMINK news item explains, the film’s Australian distributer Monster Pictures plans to resubmit a modified version of the film. This follows […]

The Human Centipede 2

This week Australia’s Classification Review Board decides the fate of The Human Centipede 2, Dutch director Tom Six’s undeniably extreme follow-up to his first tale of radical surgical intervention.  For more information about the film and its classification travails, zip over to my FILMINK review—unfortunately I can’t regurgitate it for you here…

Tomie Unlimited and Other Snippets From the Sydney Underground Film Festival

The Sydney Underground Film Festival (which I covered for RealTime) rarely disappointed with its array of variously edgy, experimental, dark, playful, confronting films.  Apart from the fantastically wacky Helldriver, I only saw one other horror movie: the equally off-the-wall Tomie Unlimited.  (Helldriver‘s director Yoshihiro Nishimura did the effects on Tomie.)  Tomie Unlimited revolves around Tomie […]

Wrapping Up Australian Horror in RealTime

A discussion that touches on aliens, zombies, vampire supremacy, Tasmanian convict history, cannibalism and torture inflicted by girls in pink party frocks can be found in part two of my article on Australian horror for RealTime + onscreen (online here).  Such is the diversity of our recent horror cinema! The films in question are the […]

Australian Horror in RealTime

I’ve been immersed in Australian horror for a little while now, working on a two-part article on the subject for Australian-based arts publication RealTime.  It’s never a bad idea to have an awareness of what’s going down in your own backyard!  Excitingly (for me at least) Part One is now in print and online, and […]

The Tunnel

It’s always nice to see a horror movie that’s set on your own doorstep, especially since Sydney rarely seems to be the preferred location of Australian horror filmmakers.   Happily, Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey, writer/producers of The Tunnel, decided to set their film in the mysterious labyrinth of disused railway tunnels extending beneath Sydney— “a whole […]