A daring exercise in stark, monochrome minimalism, Mickey Keating’s Darling just about escapes style-over-substance accusations through a combination of beautiful photography, an effectively cultivated atmosphere of uncertainty and dread, and another hypnotic central performance from Lauren Ashley Carter.
Slasher tropes head for Holland in The Windmill Massacre, a well-intentioned throwback where a seemingly disparate group of tourists are terrorised in the Dutch countryside by a demonic, scythe-wielding entity.
Just when you thought Mike Flanagan’s Hush was going to provide 2016 with its freshest take on the home invasion subgenre, Adam Mason’s Hangman offers a bolder reinvention still. Ratcheting up the tension with real ingenuity, this is bold, accomplished stuff that feels disquietingly voyeuristic and genuinely terrifying.
With new short De-Mente, director Lorenzo Ayuso is in the fortunate position of having an idea that’s bigger than the medium.