Terror has no shape...
A hackneyed high school slasher that incorporates lashings of social commentary and welcome diverse representation into it's mildly woke and subversive fabric (There's interracial romance x 2, a transgender space nerd, a gay jock). Unfortunately it foregoes inclusion of a compelling storyline, involving characters or any palpable tension. The cast are decent and there's a couple of nicely constructed scenes but it's a mostly tepid, derivative and instantly forgettable teen 'horror'.
A potent example of lo-fi, slow burning terror. Writer/Director Jordan Graham's nightmarish vision is deftly executed via economical filmmaking technique, mostly void of histronics, but rich in unsettling imagery and atmosphere. Like Bryan Bertino's 'The Dark and the Wicked,' Mike Flanagan's early film 'Absentia' or Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's 'Resolution,' this is low budget, American independent horror film at its finest.
Amiable and neatly constructed anthology of interconnected stories, set over one day in Western Sydney. With eight writers and five directors there is an understandable imbalance in tone and quality. Some segments are significantly superior to others, but it does come together quite well as a whole. Made with heart, passion and good intentions, it's an admirable little film which showcases a range of diverse voices and nicely captures the rich cultural melting pot of urban Australia.
Edited from original review published in November 2016
Following on from his brutal and brilliant remake of 'The Evil Dead', director Fede Álvarez's terrific home invasion film 'Don’t Breathe' works as both a genre bending thrill ride and a potent piece of social commentary. The true monster in this story isn’t supernatural in origin, it's the grim economic reality which causes it’s damaged characters to make flawed decisions, ultimately leading each of them onto a blood drenched road to Hell.…