Nathaniel Thompson

Nathaniel Thompson

Author of the DVD DELIRIUM book series and owner of the site Mondo Digital.

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  • Paradise Hills

    Paradise Hills

    ★★★★

    Filmmaker Alice Waddington more than fulfills the promise of her opaque but dazzling debut short film Disco Inferno with this gorgeously mounted futuristic fairy tale nightmare that manages to be utterly its own creature despite the overt nods to Dario Argento, Georges Franju, Jess Franco, and even a neat tip of the hat to Daïnah la Métisse in the opening scene. It's too bad this one barely got distributed (the boring poster and admittedly bland title probably didn't help), as this could be a significant cult film with the right kind of crowd.

  • Jungle Trap

    Jungle Trap

    Utterly impossible to rate with any kind of star system, this shot-on-video oddity from drive-in/smut movie specialist James Bryan is another assault on the viewer's sanity complete with bizarre editing, stilted acting, and another wonderfully overwrought performance from his frequent partner in cinematic crime around this time, Renee Harmon. Loads of fun if you know what you're in for, this one took sixteen years to see the light of day after being abandoned at the start of post-production -- and God bless Bleeding Skull (and now AGFA) for letting us bask in its glory now. mondo-digital.com/jungletrap.html

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    For years people will be debating whether this is a horror film, a dark comedy New England period piece, a twisted Americanization of the Prometheus and Sisyphus myths, and/or a bitterly amusing portrait of male aggression and (terror of) intimacy. Any way you slice it, this is a visually intoxicating and brilliantly acted two hander from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson that manages to surpass Robert Eggers' mostly excellent The Witch (or The VVitch if you wanna be all 7even about it) by sticking the landing all the way to the unforgettable final shot. Easily worth repeated viewings and one of the great macabre nautical nightmares.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    A raw, screaming art film with a capital A that I deeply enjoyed but would probably never outright recommend to anyone else. Those of us emotionally attached to the Dario Argento film of the same title will have the toughest hill to climb here as Luca Guadagnino doesn't even try to outdo it, veering instead into guilt-ridden, traumatized waters where the only way to survive is either mentally purge your sins or hope someone next to you gets destroyed instead.…