8 items from 2015
Roman Dirge is probably best known as the author and artist of Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl, but Dirge has also turned his hand to other stories and other mediums, and Something at the Window is Scratching is an excellent example of his gruesome type of storytelling at work.
A collection of short poems, this collection of Dirge’s work is filled with twisted tales for children of all ages From serious sinister one page poems like Critter Pie and Pear Head Man & Bread Boy, to longer stories such as The Sideways Man and the brillaint titular story Something at the Window is Scratching.
Something at the Window is Scratching is Roman Dirge at his macabre best, each and every poem and story has a creepy sting in its tale, reminding me very much »
- Phil Wheat
Paul Weedon chats to Brian Limond, aka Limmy, about comedy, gallows humour, and new book, Daft Wee Stories. Strong swearing ahead...
Warning: the following contains frequent strong swearing and content some readers may find er, offensive.
With a cult following that would make even the most mainstream of comedians jealous, Brian Limond, better known to his legion of fans as Limmy, has spent the past decade and a half building a reputation as one of the strangest, most bafflingly brilliant comedians currently working. With the release of his new book, Daft Wee Stories, we sat down for a lengthy chat with Glesga’s favourite son.
“I love saying terrible things,” Limmy exclaims with a wry smile. “Things that I think are terrible and I’ve gotten in to trouble in the past – just hearing it come out of my mouth or seeing it typed and seeing it out there – something »
Four new characters go about their dodgy business in a doomy atmosphere – but what of the case, you may well wonder?
“I welcome judgment” says Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell somewhere underneath a droopy moustache). “I’m an American – say it,” orders Detective Antigone “Ani” Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) to a line-up of webcam girls she’s hoping are illegal immigrants. “I had to work out some kinks …” offers California highway officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) (yes, he’s in CHiPs!), to his bored, semi-clad girlfriend after a 30-minute shower, the effects of his blue pill having finally kicked in. “Never do anything out of hunger – not even eating,” says casino owner Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn), confusing everyone.
Welcome to True Detective (Sky Atlantic), round two. Unlike, say, Line of Duty, which adopted the “guest lead” model – swapping Lennie James for Keeley Hawes but keeping the core team of Adrian Dunbar, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, »
- Richard Vine
John McNaughton, enfante-terrible of the BBFC thanks to his stunning 1986 debut feature Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, returns to genre film making after two decades away from horror (his Masters of Horror episode in 2006 is his only “horror” credit in 25 years), with Can’t Come Out to Play, a psychological thriller starring Britain’s very own Samantha Morton and everyone’s favourite Superman villain, Michael Shannon, who play married medical professionals Katharine and Richard Young who keep their sick son Andy isolated from the outside world in their remote countryside house.
However that isolation is broken when Maryann, following the death of her parents, moves in with her grandparents just down the road. Having left all she knows behind and feeling alone, she eventually befriends Andy »
- Phil Wheat
Stars: Amber Benson, Angela Bettis, Aj Bowen, Jose Pablo Cantillo, James Duval, William Forsythe, Eddie Hargitay, Danielle Harris, Noah Hathaway, Marc Senter, Megan Thompson, Alex Urbom, Ray Wise | Written and Directed by Tom Holland
Originally conceived and made as a 9-episode web series for the now defunct FearNet, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales has been released on to DVD as yet another horror anthology rather than TV show – running a huge 144 minutes – encompassing the entire series in one “movie”; and an inconsistent movie at that.
Some would say that you have to give web-based programming some leaway, after all budgets aren’t as high etc. However when said web series comes from FearNet, a site that had backing and had the resources, you have to wonder why they didn’t spend that little bit more money to make something a little more polished. Apparently the budget for Twisted Tales was »
- Phil Wheat
The second series of half-hour stories from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton has been full of unexpected comedy and deep, dark horror, with nods to everything from Witchfinder General to Alan Ayckbourn
Another consummate series of Inside No 9 ends tonight on BBC2 with Seance Time, a typically gothic chiller featuring Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s now trademark blend of comedy and deepest, darkest horror. And, as with the five other totally diverse episodes this time round, you never turn out to be watching what you think you’re watching. Not since Tales of the Unexpected have British viewers been treated to such elegantly crafted half-hour slices of intrigue, unease and all-out emotional intensity. And all while being made to laugh, even if the laughter is sometimes of the uneasy kind.
In series one, particularly remarkable for the flawless execution of that entirely silent episode featuring a bungled robbery, the »
- Julia Raeside
Stars: Lily Laight, Charlie Rixon, Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Owen Pugh, Dylan Llewellyn, Georgina Minter-Brown, David Broughton-Davies, David Barnaby, Timothy Block, Ria Carroll | Written and Directed by Darren Paul Fisher
Thematically similar to the Divergent franchise – in that children are tested at a young age and their place in society is determined given the results – British sci-fi film Frequencies plays out like an extended episode of Tales of the Unexpected crossed with the philosophical science of a film such as Darren Aronofsky’s Pi and/or The Fountain….
In a dystopian future, children’s ability to succeed in life is determined at a young age, based on their own personal ‘frequency’ which dictates just how lucky they will be. In the process of testing one particular group, it transpires that Marie (Laight) has an impossibly high frequency, making her the luckiest girl in the world. At the same testing, Zak »
- Phil Wheat
Inside No. 9 returns to BBC Two on Thursday the 26th of March for six more ingenious genre slices of horror, suspense and psychology. Those who were rattled and gripped by the first round of half-hour plays from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith know to expect to be skilfully sucker-punched with sharp, tricksy writing and well-drawn characters.
Viewers engrossed by the psychological character focus of series one’s Tom & Gerri, the jump scares of series finale The Harrowing, and the unexpected emotional sting of opener Sardines have lots to look forward to from the second series’ first brace of episodes. La Couchette and The 12 Days Of Christine tell the respective stories of a fraught overnight train journey and a woman plagued by a mysterious visitor, featuring guest roles from Mark Benton, »
8 items from 2015
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