Smart Chills, Cool Thrills
Big Bad Wolves, The Innocents, Shackled
As the days get darker and colder, December sees some brilliant releases to fit the mood, including the return of Jack Clayton’s The Innocents to the big screen, and the arrival of Israeli horror tale Big Bad Wolves by writer-director duo Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, who we had the pleasure to interview at this year's FrightFest.
Also out in cinemas are J.C. Chandor’s staggering one-man survival thriller All Is Lost and This Ain’t California, an affecting semi-documentary portrait of the skateboarding subculture in 1980s East Germany.
For anyone still looking for a Christmas present, home entertainment releases this month include one of the absolute must-sees of the year, Only God Forgives. We also have reviews of Indonesian psycho-horror Shackled (Belenggu) by Upi, along with Johnnie To’s Drug War, Michael Cimino’s Heaven's Gate, and Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse the Gambler. The BBC's 1970s horror anthology series Supernatural is finally available on DVD, while our comic strip review revisits The Black Lagoon in 3D, and we also look at action-adventure video game Beyond: Two Souls.
In features, we continue with our Daughters of Darkness theme with a feature on Ken Russell’s demonic women. We also have the second part of our extended interview with ‘king of the B-movie’ Roger Corman, and a new Colonial Report from the Dominion of Canada, while author Martyn Waites chooses his filmic alter ego.■