Tag: Psychological

Relic

A nuanced study of dementia and its alienating effects; an exceptional screenplay creates thematic cues throughout that can be felt in every microfibre.

/ January 18, 2021

The Inner Friend

Much like the work of Don DeLillo or David Lynch, the narrative summons more questions and mysteries than conclusions or answers.

/ May 18, 2020

Castle Rock

A compelling plot explores Stephen King’s core themes while creating something truly unique with his mammoth bibliography.

/ December 13, 2018

Rift

Ambiguous and beautifully insidious as result, Rift is an impressive sophomore effort from Icelandic filmmaker Erlingur Thoroddsen.

/ October 5, 2017

Observance

Presented as more a thought piece than coherent story, Observance is a truly psychological film and effectively unsettling.

/ October 7, 2016

The Messenger

A missed opportunity for exploration of the relationship between mental illness and the supernatural.

/ September 17, 2015

An Evening of Irish Horror

With their ingenious recreations of radio productions from a bygone era, the troupe afford us a glimpse into the past.

/ July 8, 2015

Can’t Come Out to Play

What could have easily been melodramatic drivel is rendered surprisingly powerful with certain moments packing an emotional wallop.

/ June 21, 2015

Wake Up, Maggie

An audacious effort that should be given praise for its unrepentant Maggie, portrayed with fearless honesty and confidence.

/ May 29, 2015

What’s Left of Us

Boasts edgy performances and a script which focuses on the here and now rather than excessive backstory.

/ May 7, 2015

The Sleeping Room

At times the film feels rather muddled, but atmospheric tension and taut pacing ensure it remains compelling.

/ May 5, 2015

Devil in the Woods

Delivers a number of tired tropes amidst a bland screenplay that largely consists of tedious, drawn-out padding.

/ February 28, 2014

Shackled

A wonderful beginning to a story that promises surreal, and what follows calls to mind David Lynch in its dreamlike quality.

/ November 25, 2013

Citadel

Falls short of its early promise, but a worthwhile experience for picking at the scab of the more desolate side of life.

/ September 27, 2013

FrightFest: In Fear

A smart screenplay delivers an effective psychological thriller that wastes no time in initiating a tension that remains taut.

/ August 25, 2013

Possession

Stark, exhilarating and utterly lacking in compromise, Andrzej Zulawski's film is an emotionally brutal watch.

/ July 29, 2013

Excision

Masquerades as a teen horror comedy, but the real story is the degenerative mental condition of the lead character.

/ November 12, 2012

Rosewood Lane

Really, this is average TV drama fodder at best, plodding its way to a clumsily made point that makes little sense.

/ October 13, 2012

The Harsh Light of Day

An arduous affair with a cringeworthy script that provides no value for the subgenres it attempts to straddle.

/ September 28, 2012

Berberian Sound Studio

Strangely accessible for a giallo come art-house film; a pleasure from beginning to end, with lavish attention to detail.

/ August 31, 2012

Straw Dogs (1971)

This 40th anniversary edition, hosting a plethora of extras, is surely one of the year's most essential releases.

/ November 10, 2011

Straw Dogs (2011)

The dumbing down of the violence to tiresome torture porn, robs it of its parallel to David Sumner's psychological shift.

/ November 3, 2011

Evil Things

On the whole achieves its aim of imitating amateur home video, as director Dominic Perez steers the ship to a solid finale.

/ November 3, 2011

The Silent House

Florencia Colucci is superb, easily shouldering the film. Also impressive is some genuine creepiness courtesy of clever lighting.

/ July 18, 2011

Confessions

A cruel indictment on contemporary Japanese youth and their despondency, which unravels its cruel web satisfactorily.

/ April 30, 2011

Peeping Tom

A timeless and sublime masterpiece that presents an incredibly intelligent and moving picture of psychological struggle.

/ April 24, 2011