3 items from 2015
British crime can pay handsomely in France, at least when its fiction. Paybox Canal Plus aired pastoral sleuth saga “Inspector Morse” from 1988; “The Little Murders by Agatha Christie” has been a staple on pubcaster channel France 2 since 2009. Produced by Les Films Francais, Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions – the producer of “I’ve Lovec You So Long,” Roman Polanski’s and Brian de Palma’s “ “ and France 2 Cinema, “Valentin, Valentin” enrolls a strong ensemble cast in a Paris suburbs makeover of Ruth Rendall’s slim 2010 novel, “Tigerlily’s Orchids.” At one crux in “Valentin, Valentin,” one character is asked of another, with whom she had a relationship, if they knew him. “Not really,” she replied. While Ruth Rendell’s center on the capacity for crime of the most respectable of people, “Valentin, Valentin” turns on this: Other people are not hell, but a mystery. Director Pascal Thomas talked to Variety »
- John Hopewell
A good Texas-pulp thriller can be hard to come by. That feeling and mood that filled stories written by Jim Thompson and various others just don’t seem to translate to film that often. When they do, it’s not only a rare occurrence, but something to latch onto. Full of twists and turns, the Simon and Zeke Hawkins-directed Bad Turn Worse not only captures that Texas-pulp feeling, but provides one of the most memorable and entertaining rides throughout the pulp genre in years.
Written by Dutch Southern, Bad Turns Worse takes that tale of friends and lovers and the backstabbing that typically fills the pulp-noir tale, and provides and excellent and fresh feeling to that approach. When the film opens with the cocky B.J. (TV’s “V“)breaking into an office and safe, and taking the large amount of money within that safe, as a viewer, you »
- Jerry Smith
Something horrible crawling out of a well. A bloodshot, staring eye. Hideous monsters apparently made from shadows and strands of burnt hair.
It's only 30 seconds long, but the teaser trailer for the forthcoming NightCry is a veritable compendium of Japanese horror staples - though that may be partly because it was directed by Takashi Shimizu, the filmmaker behind Ju-on: The Grudge.
Being live action, the trailer tells us relatively little about the game itself. NightCry is from the mind of Hifumi Kouno, and it's described as a spiritual successor to his own Clock Tower - the 1995 survival horror game that sent a shudder down players' spines with its multiple endings and atmosphere of creeping dread.
NightCry will be set on a luxury liner where the passengers are »
3 items from 2015
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