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Film review – Lelicek in the Services of Sherlock Holmes

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on the 1932 Czech comedy Lelícek ve sluzbách Sherlocka Holmese (Lelicek in the Services of Sherlock Holmes). NB: the whole film is online here. ‘Ah, Sherlock Holmes, you had a dog shop, didn’t you?’ This 1932 Czech comedy, which is at heart yet another riff on…

Toronto International Film Festival review – Downrange

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on the latest from Ryuhei Kitamura movie. Back in 2012, a very minor suspense picture – Roadside – had a couple stuck on the road in the middle of nowhere at the mercy of a seemingly motiveless sniper, who combined the blankly impersonal menace of…

Event – April 10: Frankenstein The Reincarnations

I’m appearing with Fiona Sampson and Nick Harkaway at a Frankenstein-themed event for London Book and Screen Week.  Book here.

FrightFest review – Mountain Fever

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on Mountain Fever ? This low-budget picture has something of the mix of early apocalypse movies like Five, The Last Woman on Earth or The World, the Flesh and the Devil – where the elimination of almost all of the human race basically serves to…

Trieste S+F film review – Cold Skin

Originally posted on The Kim Newman Web Site:
My notes on Xavier Gens’ film. In 1914, after the assassination of the Archduke but before the declarations of war, a ‘weather official’ (David Oakes) is deposited on an island near the Antarctic to spend a pretty futile year studying the winds.  Vigelund, the man he is…