The Round-up: the hor­ror!

Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW -

Oz PERKINS, AN­THONY Perkins’ looka­like son, scored an early act­ing credit as ‘young Nor­man Bates’ in Psy­cho II. Now his first films as writer-di­rec­tor are lurk­ing on on­de­mand plat­forms and are well worth a look.

Fe­bru­ary fea­tures de­mon pos­ses­sion and mur­der in a snow­bound girls’ school, and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives In The

House is set in the home of a dy­ing nov­el­ist (Paula Pren­tiss), which ei­ther in­spired her book, or is haunted by its hero­ine. These al­lu­sive, icily beau­ti­ful movies are as likely to frus­trate as be­guile, but show­case strong leads (Emma Roberts, Ruth Wil­son) act­ing out of their (and ev­ery­one’s) com­fort zones.

The Bri­tish in­die hor­ror scene is so busy that un­her­alded fran­chises are wrig­gling into ex­is­tence. Drew Cas­son’s alien-in­va­sion pic­ture The Dark­est Dawn is a se­quel to his ear­lier Hunger­ford, with sis­ters strug­gling to get out of Lon­don as space­ships hover over­head. Now-fa­mil­iar Bri­tain-in-ru­ins stuff is well done on a tiny out­lay. Even more on the cheap is War­ren Speed’s Zom­bie

Women Of Satan 2. This res­ur­rects the di­rec­tor-star’s hardly beloved Pervo The Clown, who is clunkily pur­sued by bur­lesque dancers who (like some film-renters) want re­venge for the ear­lier movie. In the words of Ricky Jay in Boo­gie Nights, “It is what it is.”

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