Foreign Countries #13: The Orchard End Murder (1980)

Visiting a cinema's rubbish these days isn't it? By 'cinema' I of course mean the 'civilian cinema' of  a multiplex or similar. This rather snobbish observation reflects the barrage of adverts and mind draining trailers one sits through before the film starts and having to share the auditorium with any number of patrons who display … Continue reading Foreign Countries #13: The Orchard End Murder (1980)

Land of weather forecasts and breakfasts that set in #2: Ghost Stories (2017)

  Early on in this blog I remarked that short form is probably the best way to tell a ghost story, it spares the need for an explanation that always seems to disappoint but of course a short film is not so much of an attractive proposition for cinemas. Thus the portmanteau film with its … Continue reading Land of weather forecasts and breakfasts that set in #2: Ghost Stories (2017)

Foreign Countries #12: The Woman in Black (1989)

Nigel Kneale had an impressive career. Interviewed by the BBC when he died, Mark Gatiss referred to him as the man who invented popular television and it's a sentiment that's hard to argue with. His collaborations with Rudolph Cartier brought about the first adult science fiction for television with The Quatermass Experiment (1953), The Year … Continue reading Foreign Countries #12: The Woman in Black (1989)

M4 Death Trip #3: A Cure for Wellness (2017)

Another in the series of podcasts where Howard Ingham and I watch a film we’d not previously seen and then have a chat about it. This time it’s latter day Johnny Depp enabler Gore Verbinski’s box office bomb A Cure for Wellness (2017). You can stream the podcast here: A Cure for Wellness borrows liberally … Continue reading M4 Death Trip #3: A Cure for Wellness (2017)

Foreign Countries #10: Drama Playhouse: The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night (1972)

Question: what do Steptoe and Son (1962-74), Porridge (1974-77) and The Onedin Line (1971-80) all have in common? If you answered "they all featured work from Production Designer David Chandler" then congratulations on being Andrew Pixley. If however you answered "they all started life as a one-off in an anthology series" then you might have … Continue reading Foreign Countries #10: Drama Playhouse: The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night (1972)

The Man from Another Place #2: Duel (1971)

Another post where I highlight writing I've done for other blogs. Once again it's a piece for Howard Ingham's Room 207 blog. Howard's crowdfunding to get his essays on Folk Horror published. I hope you consider supporting We Don't Go Back: a Watcher's Guide to Folk Horror. Full disclosure: hopefully I'll have a couple of … Continue reading The Man from Another Place #2: Duel (1971)

M4 Death Trip #2: Apollo 18 (2011)

Another in the series of podcasts where Howard Ingham and I discuss films we'd not previously seen. This time it's Gonzalo López-Gallego's first english language film, Apollo 18 (2011), a found footage account of the doomed, 'final' Apollo mission. There are spoilers both in the podcast and in the intro below. You can stream or … Continue reading M4 Death Trip #2: Apollo 18 (2011)