JIGSAW

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Michael and Peter Spierig Stars: Matt Passmore, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson, Cle Bennett, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen, Josiah Black. This is the 8th film in the gory torture porn series created by Aussie filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell in 2003. The series has grossed over $870 million to date. And even though it has been seven years since the optimistically titled Saw: The Final Chapter, here we are again back in a world of gruesome deaths and Continue reading

THE VIPER’S HEX – interview with co-directors Addison Heath and Jasmine Jakupi and producer Dylan Heath

by GREG KING. The Viper's Hex is the fourth feature for Addison, whose previous film Mondo Yakuza was one of the hits of last year's Monsterfest. The Viper's Hex was shot in Japan over a period of five weeks. Addison, Jasmine and Dylan came into the studio for a lengthy chat about the film, shooting in Japan, their love of Japan and Yakuza cinema, and lots more in a wide-ranging interview. The Viper's Hex will screen as part of Monsterfest at the Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn on November Continue reading

HAPPY DEATH DAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christopher Landon Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Rob Mello, Phi Vu. Groundhog Day with a killer twist? In this clever teen horror film that pays tribute to the slasher films of the 80s, a college student is brutally murdered, but gets to relive that day repeatedly until she can uncover the identity of her killer. Tree Gelman (played by Jessica Rothe) is a spoiled, selfish and narcissistic party girl who wakes up in a strange dorm room, hung over after a big night out. Continue reading

IT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andy Muschietti Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Stuart Hughes, Owen Teague, Jackson Robert Scott, Molly Atkinson, Stephen Bogaert.   Based on the 1986 novel written by the prolific Stephen King, It is essentially a quintessential coming of age story in which the usual tropes of the genre are mixed with strong elements of the classic horror movie. The novel had two distinct parts, the first part Continue reading

MOTHER!

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Stephen McHattie, Kristen Wiig. This is the mother of all wtf did I just watch movies for 2017. This paranoid psychological horror thriller is one of the more complicated and divisive films to hit our screens and will polarise audiences. That is probably to be expected from filmmaker Darren Aronofsky though, whose films are deliberately provocative and have explored themes of religion, personal torment, love Continue reading