Posts Tagged "thriller"

Obsessions (1969)

Believe it or not, a film co-written by Martin Scorsese with music from Bernard Herrmann (Hitchcock’s main composer, De Palma used him too) went unreleased in the U.S. until now. The film, Obsessions, was released in 1969 and is considered the first Dutch horror film and was the first Dutch film sold in numerous territories […]

Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)

Takashi Miike is a devisive director. He’s spent his very prolific career cranking out hyper violent cheap yakuza films, bizarre and often highly disgusting personal films, dramas, a musical, family fantasy films, and high class respectable art cinema. He’s had a varied career to say the list. Best known for Audition, Ichi the Killer, 13 […]

What Have You Done To Solange? (1972)

About a decade ago (has it been that long?!) I went on a giallo binge. I looked up lists online and tried to knock out the best of the best. I remembered watching this flick and not having my socks blown when I saw it. When I got the Blu it was great timing, I […]

Reckless (2014)

I’ve said it before, Scandinavia and the Germanic countries are doing fantastic work in the dark thriller sub genre. Whether it’s a crime film or a detective movie, they’ve got the gritty, grim, and satisfying vibe down to a science. Reckless is no different. Reckless is about two guys who kidnap the daughter of a […]

The Treatment (2014)

Recently there’s been a growing number of grim, very well made, neo noir/thriller/crime films coming out of Scandinavia and Dutch/German regions. The films are often extreme but not in a exploitative way. They’re just harder edged and more fearless than their American counterparts. Take the Treatment for instance. In tone and in style it’s very […]

Back in Crime (2011)

Time travel is one of my favorite tropes in science fiction cinema. It’s an easy way to get a high concept idea made into a film with a limited budget. Or a fantastic way to blow a huge wad of cash on fancy special effects. Back in Crime is more interested in subtlety than flash […]

Pig (2013)

I love low budget sci-fi movies that are capable of creating plausible high concept plots with very little money. It takes a lot of skill in the writing and editing departments and when it works it’s amazing. When it doesn’t it’s usually an intolerable snoozefest. Pig is one such low-budget sci fi film but does […]

Countess Perverse (1973)

Can I be honest and admit something to you? Ok. Here I go. I’m not a fan of Jess Franco. There. I said it. I’ve seen a handful of his films, probably not the high water marks, but all the films I’ve seen have been for me dull. Not enough action, and too much nudity […]

The Girl in Room 2A (1973)

The world of Mondo Macabro is still alive and kicking, and they continue to bring funky rare flicks for us film fanatics. A newish release, the cult Italian/US film The Girl in Room 2A is indeed a rare one. The world of Eurohorror is one less often ventured here in the States. We’ve always had […]

Simon Killer (2012)

I have a thing for modern European films that try to be more true to life. I’m an ignorant ugly American so I don’t know what it’s called but the style usually has beautiful cinematography without being tricky. Usually utilizing naturalistic lighting and minimal soundtrack, focusing on people and their relationships. Simon Killer fits this […]