Author Archives: Jonny Numb

June 21

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (2015): A Nuanced Nightmare

The Blackcoat’s Daughter completes an unholy trinity of horror classics that are as viscerally punishing as they are challenging in their boundary-pushing intelligence.

May 26

“Colossal” (2016): Monster Mash with Seoul

It’s a conundrum, but a consistently approachable one.

May 16

Indie Filmmaker Spotlight: Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge” (2016)

In a weird way, I wonder if Lowe was listening to Embryodead while conceiving the story of Prevenge.

April 21

“Officer Downe” (2016): Cruel & Unusual Punishment

When repetition is the name of the game – and your film isn’t Run Lola Run – it’s not an encouraging sign.

April 11

The Mournful Materialism of “Personal Shopper” (2016)

We get some ghost-vomit, sure, but it’s contextual ghost-vomit.

March 29

“The Belko Experiment” (2017): Slaughterhouse 9-to-5

It’s Lord of the Flies with suits and ties.

March 23

Series Rundown: “Resident Evil” (2002 – 2017)

The original may not be the best, but it remains the most cinematic of the series.

March 03

Signposts: “A Cure for Wellness” (2017)

With A Cure for Wellness, Verbinski goes all out in an epic-length exploration of madness and the macabre.

February 16

“Dead Ringers” (1988) & the Duality of David Cronenberg

Almost unbearably bleak, Dead Ringers is an endurance test – just not in the way most Cronenberg faithful will expect.

February 09

Don’t Be Afraid of “The Monster” (2016)

The Monster never goes far enough in its themes and character arcs to land with any real impact.