Get out of my dreams, get into my car? Deadly Strangers (1975)

Deadly Strangers is a forgotten entry into the field of rural British horror. Indeed, the flick had flown under the radar of this most dedicated fan of that sub-genre until he stumbled upon it by accident, one appropriately dark and stormy night. The movie opens one overcast (c’mon, it is the Old Dart) Sunday afternoon. … More Get out of my dreams, get into my car? Deadly Strangers (1975)

What’s with yesterday, today? Empire Records (1995)

  “What’s with today, today?” The answer to that question may remain eternally elusive. Nonetheless, for any ‘90s teenager, the question’s source will be forever recognisable — it’s Empire Records. Allan Moyle’s coming-of-age dramedy barely registered at the box office when it was released back in 1995. Critics tended to dismiss the pic as an … More What’s with yesterday, today? Empire Records (1995)

“You’re tearing my bromance apart, Lisa!” The Room (2003)

What can we say about The Room? Well, we could talk about its so-bad-it’s-good-ness. The film’s now-infamous inanities stretch from the script (with its predilection for the word ‘hi,’ and my personal favourite: “Somebody had better do something around here!”) to the sex scenes (among the most cringe-inducing to be committed to celluloid). We could … More “You’re tearing my bromance apart, Lisa!” The Room (2003)

State of Independence? Single White Female (1992)

Ah, Leonard Maltin. I devoured his movie guides during the early ‘90s. Those thick books with the two sentence reviews and the four star ratings. Artless as hell, they were, but hey, they sparked my interest in reviewing. Anyhoos, the review that stood out was for the 1992 blockbuster Single White Female. In particular, it … More State of Independence? Single White Female (1992)

Fantasies of Parliament Station: The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

In 1986, I first saw Parliament Station. For those not in the know, Parliament Station is a railway station located beside the Parliament of Victoria (whodathunkit?)  in Melbourne’s CBD. A nondescript terminal, save for those escalators. Those escalators that sail up into the heavens. Those escalators that would make a six-year-old think he was flying. … More Fantasies of Parliament Station: The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

Cheap beer and body parts in Collingwood: Scream and Scream Again (1970)

In 2003, The Trade Bar was the place to be. Trade was a dingy establishment just off the bustling Smith Street. On Monday nights, the inner northern suburbs glitterati would make their way down for cheap beer and good times. Pots started at 10 cents at 7pm, and went up 10 cents every ten minutes … More Cheap beer and body parts in Collingwood: Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Floating Spiders: It (1990) and It (2017)

“They float!” Anyone who grew up during the early 1990s will remember that line. And we remember the dude who uttered that line: Pennywise, the smirking, shape-shifting, sewer-dwelling clown in Tommy Lee Wallace 1990 mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel. Now, thanks to Andres Muschietti’s recent filming of the King tome, a new generation … More Floating Spiders: It (1990) and It (2017)