Sitges 2011: SLEEPING BEAUTY Review

It's hard at first to know exactly what to make of author Julia Leigh's directorial debut Sleeping Beauty. It is both a narrative fiction and a surreal dream/nightmare. It is as indebted to European filmmaking as to the author's native... More »

Sitges 2011: BURKE AND HARE Review

[With John Landis' Burke And Hare now screening in Sitges we revisit an earlier review.] John Landis' Burke & Hare is one of those films where having watched it, you feel compelled to continually check you did, in fact, enjoy... More »
By Matthew Lee   

Sitges 2011: EXTRATERRESTRIAL Review

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo has a history of producing very interesting work using a minimal budget. He proved it with his short movies and confirmed it with his first feature film Timecrimes back in 2007. Now he's back with Extraterrestial,... More »

Sitges 2011: VERBO Review

Sara is a very pretty, but very lost and confused teenager. As with many of her age, she has trouble relating to her parents; her mother tries and fails to talk to Sara, and Sara's father is increasingly absent. Sara... More »

Sitges 2011: EMERGO Review

Certain tropes in film can be done to death, especially in genre film. Vampires, zombies, cannibalism after apocalypse, have all become so common that they are usually incredibly dull and/or highly unoriginal. This seems especially true of the found footage... More »

Sitges 2011: THE RAID Review

A couple of years ago, Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais - director and actor respectively - introduced a breath of fresh air to the world of martial arts cinema with Merantau, showing off the art of Indonesian Silat in the... More »

Sitges 2011: 22ND OF MAY Review

[With Koen Mortier's 22nd Of May now screening in Sitges we revisit our earlier review.]With his searing debut Ex Drummer Belgian director Koen Mortier burst onto the scene with a sort of punk rock bravado, a raw and abrasive style... More »
By Todd Brown   

Sitges 2011: DETENTION Review

[With Joseph Kahn's Detention screening in Sitges we now revisit a previous review.]I anticipate a lot of people will intensely dislike Detention, the John Huges mixed with John Carpenter hyper-aware, so post-modern-it's-pre-future movie written and directed by Joseph Kahn. The... More »
By Charles Webb   


It's been a while since we last saw Tony Ching - or Ching Siu-tung, if you prefer - directing a movie. And being someone with such an impressive filmography, both as director and martial arts choreographer, it's easy to understand... More »

Sitges 2011: ANOTHER EARTH Review

What if there was another planet exactly like earth? And I do mean exactly: same physicality, same countries, same history. And the same people. There is another you on another planet, doing the exact same things you are doing and... More »

Sitges 2011: SMUGGLER Review

Kinuta is a young loser. After giving up his dream of being an actor he spends his days playing pachinko machines in a futile attempt to win some money. But things get even worse when he gets involved in a... More »

Sitges 2011: VAMPIRE Review

Simon is not an ordinary young man. His seeming innocuous job, as a high-school biology teacher, is an odd a cover for his strange existence as a serial killer. And yet, that is not exactly what he is. The women... More »

Sitges 2011: ANOTHER EARTH Review

The billowy temper of reverberating metal hauntingly inhabits this tale of spiritual rehabilitation. An examination of second chance among the stars, the lustral soul of reparations in a world of potential divergence. A tale of loss, strife, forgiveness and amends... More »
By Aaron Krasnov   

Sitges 2011: EXTRATERRESTRIAL Review

Julio wakes up in a bed with a hangover and no idea where he is or how he got there. It is the apartment of Julia, whom he doesn't remember. She doesn't remember him either, nor does she recall the... More »

Sitges 2011: JANE EYRE Review

I doubt any other literary family has had their work adapted to screen as often as the Bronte sisters. Next to Wuthering Heights, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre remains a favourite of melodramatic literature of the late 19th century. The story... More »

Sitges 2011: MIENTRAS DUERMES Review

Jaume Balagueró is one of the giants of Spanish fantastic film of the past decade. With 3 solo features and two co-directed ones under his belt, any new film by him is going be watched with a great amount... More »


Coming from the man responsible for Big Man Japan and Symbol, I didn't know what to expect from Scabbard Samurai, the latest film of Japanese director Hitoshi Matsumoto. The premise of the film goes like this: Kanjuro Nomi is a... More »

Sitges 2011: KILL ME PLEASE Review

Euthanasia is an increasingly relevant topic today, with more and more people advocating for assisted suicide for the terminally ill. So it is perhaps inevitable that a film would come along that explores a clinic that provides such as service.... More »

Sitges 2011: 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH Review

Abel Ferrera is not a director known for overly sensitive work; at least, not sensitivity in the conventional sense. Which is why 4:44 Last Day on Earth is something of a surprise. Like  Ferrera's past work, it delves into the... More »

Sitges 2011: GUILTY OF ROMANCE Review

[With Sion Sono's Guilty Of Romance now screening in Sitges we revisit our previous review.]Once again Japan's Sion Sono tackles a true crime story with Guilty Of Romance - last year's Cold Fish also had roots in real events -... More »
By Todd Brown   
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