Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror – SXSW Review

by Jordan King The first feature from festival programmer, author, and Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies founder Kier-La Janisse, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror represents a mammoth undertaking for a debut filmmaker. Drawing on a history as deep as the Earth that claws back those in pursuit of progress, and boldly (rightly) claiming its status as the definitive article on … Continue reading Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror – SXSW Review

Broadcast Signal Intrusion – SXSW 2021 Review

by Anton Bitel Broadcast Signal Intrusion opens with a video recording that resolves into a dream. A woman runs happily through a field, and a man pursues her with a camera. Then she stops, swaying in the mist, her face turned away, and we get his, or at least his camera’s, point of view of her back, until she spins around again to reveal that … Continue reading Broadcast Signal Intrusion – SXSW 2021 Review

Language Lessons – SXSW 2021 Review

by Cheyenne Bunsie We don’t want Zoom films. Already a year into staring dead-eyed into the camera and letting the fifth ‘100% necessary’ meeting of the day wash over us. We know that having our camera on is about being ‘sociable’ in these deeply isolating times. That it’s only polite to let coworkers comment on our decor and discover what our hair looks like when … Continue reading Language Lessons – SXSW 2021 Review

The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson – SXSW 2021 Review

by Jordan King To call The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson a passion project for Indigenous Australian multi-hyphenate Leah Purcell would be an understatement. Having been struck by the stoic protagonist of Henry Lawson’s late-19th century short story The Drover’s Wife, an unnamed mother defending her children from a predatory snake whilst her ‘careless’ husband droves sheep, Purcell liberated her from Lawson’s work, … Continue reading The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson – SXSW 2021 Review

Alien On Stage – SXSW 2021 Review

by Jordan King Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien is arguably the greatest sci-fi horror film of all time. Paranoid Dramatics are an am-dram theatre outfit consisting of a group of Dorset bus drivers. Alien on Stage, the play and now subject of Danielle Kummer and Lucy Harvey’s documentary film,is what happened when these two worlds collided. And honestly, the result both then and now is … Continue reading Alien On Stage – SXSW 2021 Review

Sound of Violence – SXSW Review

by Anton Bitel Slashers and other kinds of psychodrama typically feature a sequence which, in a phrase borrowed from Sigmund Freud, gets called the ‘primal scene‘ – often opening the film, or shown in flashback, and capturing the formative psychosexual moment of childhood trauma that leads a confused young innocent to become a profoundly disturbed individual in adulthood. In keeping with its title, Sound of … Continue reading Sound of Violence – SXSW Review