Posts by Anton Bitel

The horror of coming-of-age in Brian De Palma’s Carrie

By Anton Bitel

Adolescence is key to everything in this seminal Stephen King adaptation from 1974.

The surreal, singular genius of Dario Argento’s Suspiria

By Anton Bitel

Forty years on, the director’s nightmarish gialli has lost none of its potency.

Most Beautiful Island

By Anton Bitel

Ana Asensio gives an assured debut as writer and director with this haunting story about a migrant woman in the Big Apple.

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The Prince of Nothingwood

By Anton Bitel

Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s singular, strutting auteur, is the subject of this wonderfully entertaining doc.

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Discover the patriarchy skewering thrills of this Japanese splatterfest

By Anton Bitel

Sion Sono’s fantasy horror TAG features one of the most arresting opening sequences in movie history.

Discover this yuletide slasher that inspired John Carpenter’s Halloween

By Anton Bitel

Black Christmas contains one of the earliest examples of the ‘final girl’ trope in horror cinema.

How John Carpenter’s The Thing became a horror/sci-fi classic

By Anton Bitel

The director’s newly-restored 1982 film continues to stand the test of time.

Is this the greatest werewolf movie ever made?

By Anton Bitel

Joe Dante’s The Howling is a perfect blend of modern horror and practical effects.

Programmers Picks from the 2017 BFI London Film Festival

By Anton Bitel

The players behind this year’s festival offer their personal viewing recommendations.

Discover the classic Gothic chills of this Mario Bava masterpiece

By Anton Bitel

Kill, Baby... Kill! contains one of cinema’s earliest evil children.

Discover this Japanese epic about the horrors of war

By Anton Bitel

Shinya Tsukamoto’s Fires on the Plain is a harrowing reminder of the futility and madness of human conflict.

The Limehouse Golem

By Anton Bitel

Director Juan Carlos Medina takes us on a grisly tour through Victorian London in this terrific gothic chiller.

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Discover the voyeuristic thrills of this gory ’70s giallo

By Anton Bitel

Sergio Martino’s schlocky 1973 film Torso offers a masterclass in the male gaze.

Discover this shocking precursor to A Nightmare on Elm Street

By Anton Bitel

JS Cardone’s The Slayer also centres around a vindictive bogeyman.

Is Psycho II the most misunderstood sequel ever made?

By Anton Bitel

Richard Franklin’s follow-up to the Hitchcock classic is a chilling horror in its own right.

David Lynch: The Art Life

By Anton Bitel

The cult filmmaker reflects on his remarkable career in this compelling docu-portrait.

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Discover the perverse allegory of this film about love after death

By Anton Bitel

Jörg Buttgereit’s necrophilia-themed 1991 horror Nekromantik 2 is now out on Blu-ray/DVD.

Discover the paranormal chills of this classic haunted house horror

By Anton Bitel

The Amityville Horror is one of the great ’70s genre films.

Discover this ’80s slasher that’s an early prelude to The Babadook

By Anton Bitel

Ovidio G Assonitis’ Madhouse similarly concerns a damaged woman’s psychotic meltdown.

The Red Turtle

By Anton Bitel

There’s an ecological thread running though this delightful animated fable from Studio Ghibli.

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Discover the beastly pleasures of this Japanese werewolf romp

By Anton Bitel

“Sonny” Chiba-starring Japanese genre hybrid Wolf Guy is now available on home video.

Discover the psychological subtext of this shocking ’80s horror

By Anton Bitel

Sidney J Furie’s The Entity is deeply disturbing but essential viewing.

How to run a successful independent film company

By Anton Bitel

Jason Blum, producer of The Purge, Insidious and Get Out, offers valuable insight into low-budget movie making.

Harmonium

By Anton Bitel

A young family comes apart at the seams in this gripping drama from Japanese writer/director Kôji Fukada.

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Is this the greatest film ever made about food?

By Anton Bitel

Juzo Itami’s ‘ramen western’ Tampopo – finally out on Blu-ray – is a culinary romp like no other.

The Endless – first look review

By Anton Bitel

Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead serve up a meta meditation on cults in this smart genre-blurring thriller.

Discover the amateur insanity of this Japanese Evil Dead rip-off

By Anton Bitel

Shinichi Fukazawa’s Super-8 gem Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell is a throwback to ’80s horror.

The Belko Experiment

By Anton Bitel

Greg McLean and James Gunn turn just another day at the office into full-blown battle royale.

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Raw

By Anton Bitel

Cannibalism goes to school in director Julia Ducournau’s extreme French fable.

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Discover the stomach-turning thrills of this infamous ’80s slasher

By Anton Bitel

Juan Piquer Simón’s Pieces is among the goriest films ever made.

Discover the schlock and gore of this sleazy ’80s horror

By Anton Bitel

Undead Nazi soldiers and gratuitous nudity overflows in Zombie Lake, now out on DVD.

Discover the anti-military allegory of this classic Jack Nicholson buddy movie

By Anton Bitel

The actor delivers arguably his finest hour in Hal Ashby’s The Last Detail.

Shin Godzilla – first look review

By Anton Bitel

This latest reboot of Japan’s longest-running movie franchise is big, fun and very dumb.

A Cure for Wellness

By Anton Bitel

Gore Verbinski’s macabre asylum thriller offers an intoxicating blend of mystery and surrealism.

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Get Out

By Anton Bitel

Jordan Peele’s thoroughly modern horror examines racism in America with a sharp, darkly funny eye.

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Discover the sly social critique of this Blaxploitation classic

By Anton Bitel

Is Gilbert Moses’ Willie Dynamite a paean to pimp life or a flamboyant allegory of the American Dream?

Is this the most extreme 108 minutes in the history of Japanese cinema?

By Anton Bitel

Destruction Babies is raucous rebel filmmaking at its brutal best.

Discover the strange legacy of this cross-border ’70s classic

By Anton Bitel

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia has inspired everything from Barton Fink to Swiss Army Man.

Split

By Anton Bitel

James McAvoy is on spine-tingling form in this effective thriller from M Night Shyamalan.

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Discover the retrofuturist thrills of this modern anime classic

By Anton Bitel

Metropolis, Rintaro’s 2001 manga spin-off, is coming to DVD.

Endless poetry

By Anton Bitel

Alejandro Jodorowsky embarks on a(nother) mad, metaphysical quest for identity.

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Discover the primal thrills of this prehistoric B-movie

By Anton Bitel

Dinosaurs are well and good, but One Million Years BC proves it is sex that really sells.

Discover the stomach-turning horrors of this Anne Hathaway baiting thriller

By Anton Bitel

Adrian Tofei goes full psycho-stalker in Be My Cat: A Film for Anne.

The unbearable intensity of Abel Ferrara’s The Driller Killer

By Anton Bitel

A troubled man cracks under immense pressure in the director’s cult 1976 thriller.

Discover the meta genius of this rough-cut cinematic gem

By Anton Bitel

Japanese director Eiji Uchida’s Lowlife Love is now available to own on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Wailing

By Anton Bitel

An outbreak of madness and murder takes hold of a small South Korean town in this superlative thriller.

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Discover the next door terror of this socially-conscious horror

By Anton Bitel

Law abiding becomes a matter of life and death in Marcus Dunstan’s The Neighbour.

Ouija: Origin of Evil

By Anton Bitel

Director Mike Flanagan dramatically improves the fortunes of this would-be franchise with a smart, scary-as-hell horror.

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How genre cinema fuelled our collective fear of killer clowns

By Anton Bitel

These funny-faced pranksters continue to inspire a special blend of amusement and unease – and movies are partly to blame.

Discover the hallucinatory horrors of one man’s mental collapse

By Anton Bitel

Joseph Sims-Dennett’s taut psychological thriller Observance is out now on DVD.

Programmers Picks from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

By Anton Bitel

Need help navigating the massive LFF line-up? Here are 10 more left-field gems for you to seek out.

Discover the freewheelin’ madness of this exploitation-era biker movie

By Anton Bitel

Don Sharp’s Psychomania is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Aloys

By Anton Bitel

Swiss director Tobias Nölle stuns with this haunting feature debut about alienation and hope.

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The Girl with All the Gifts

By Anton Bitel

A new star rises in Sennia Nanua who plays a preteen zombie who’s still showing signs of life.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

By Anton Bitel

Taika Waititi lays on the charm in this storybook adventure yarn about a young Maori orphan.

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Blair Witch

By Anton Bitel

The long-awaited horror sequel no one saw coming is here – and it’s scary as hell.

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Discover the multi-levelled madness of this Saw-esque house horror

By Anton Bitel

Darren Lynn Bousman’s gory latest, Abattoir, is now available to buy and stream.

The 20 best FrightFest films ever – part 2

By Anton Bitel

Find out what’s top of the pile in our gore-drenched salute to the horror cinema bonanza.

The 20 best FrightFest films ever – part 1

By Anton Bitel

Are these the creepiest cuts from the dark heart of modern horror cinema?

Discover the T&A titillation of this homecooked horror

By Anton Bitel

Cannibalism and nudity abound in Microwave Massacre, now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Discover the criss-crossing chills of this horror anthology

By Anton Bitel

The blood-soaked, multi-authored Southbound is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Purge: Election Year

By Anton Bitel

The second sequel to 2013’s dystopian satire feels eerily prescient in its depiction of a polarised America.

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Discover the grotesque silliness of this Super 8 splatterfest

By Anton Bitel

JR Bookwalter’s Evil Dead-inspired feature debut The Dead Next Door is now available on DVD.

Star Trek Beyond

By Anton Bitel

Simon Pegg brings the funny on script detail in this rollicking second sequel in the latest Trek adventure.

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Why The Dark Knight is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century

By Anton Bitel

In Christopher Nolan’s urban epic, Batman takes on The Joker… or should that be, George W Bush takes on Osama Bin Laden?

Discover the progressive identity politics of this early ’90s thriller

By Anton Bitel

Suture, Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s black-and-white shocker, is out on DVD.

Finding Dory

By Anton Bitel

Pixar’s latest transoceanic odyssey is a pixel-perfect comedy about learning to overcome adversity and disability.

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Discover the progressive attitude of this taboo-busting psychodrama

By Anton Bitel

Robert Altman’s second feature, That Cold Day in the Park, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Discover the relentless torment of this home invasion thriller

By Anton Bitel

Adam Schindler’s directorial debut Intruders offers a suspenseful blend of tragedy and trauma.

Warcraft: The Beginning

By Anton Bitel

Despite the silly names and cheesy nerdism there’s plenty of fun to be had in Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation.

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Discover the hidden history of this subversive ’70s coming-of-ager

By Anton Bitel

Alan Clarke’s made-for-TV Penda’s Fen is getting a long-overdue home ents release.

Discover the amnesiac chills of this Alice in Wonderland-esque thriller

By Anton Bitel

Indonesian writer/director Joko Anwar’s 2012 film Ritual is now available on DVD.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

By Anton Bitel

There’s charm, humour and no shortage of strangeness in this radical rewriting of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

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Jeremy Saulnier: ‘The motivations for the violence are all very practical’

By Anton Bitel

The Green Room director offers some sage advice on how to ride the wave of your first indie hit.

Discover the post-traumatic insanity of this atheist horror

By Anton Bitel

William Peter Blatty’s madballs directorial debut, The Ninth Configuration, is finally available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Discover the eerie mystery of this lost erotic horror

By Anton Bitel

José Ramón Larraz’s chilling 1974 film Symptoms is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this month.

Discover the radical world view of this apocalyptic exorcist movie

By Anton Bitel

Marc Carreté’s Barcelona-set horror debut Asmodexia is out on DVD this month.

High-Rise

By Anton Bitel

Ben Wheatley serves up a sensational 21st century satire that’s funny and frightening in equal measure.

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Discover the postmodern wit of this mesmerising metahorror

By Anton Bitel

David Winters’ self-reflexive slasher from 1982, The Last Horror Film, is now available on DVD.

The Ones Below

By Anton Bitel

Director David Farr delivers a top-notch domestic drama starring a maternally-conflicted Clémence Poésy.

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Family fragments and domestic disruptions at Glasgow FrightFest

By Anton Bitel

Norwegian disaster movie The Wave was among the highlights of Scotland’s annual carnival of genre.

Discover the strange romance of this alien invasion drama

By Anton Bitel

There lots to admire in Michael Shumway’s directorial debut about an all-out extra-terrestrial invasion.

Discover the psychological horrors of this microbudget slasher

By Anton Bitel

Derek Mungor’s perspective-flipping horror, You Are Not Alone, is available on Blu-ray and DVD this month.

Discover this Taiwanese epic that brought kung fu to the art-house

By Anton Bitel

King Hu’s seminal ’70s wuxia is finally arriving on Blu-ray and DVD later this month.

Discover the crazed cult charm of Cannon’s Ninja Trilogy

By Anton Bitel

Classic ’80s actioners Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination are coming to Blu-ray and DVD.

The Forbidden Room

By Anton Bitel

Lose yourself in the mind-bending majesty of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s cine odyssey.

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Macbeth

By Anton Bitel

A vital reimagining of ʻThe Scottish Play’ with stellar turns from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

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The Treatment

By Anton Bitel

This harrowing Belgian noir thriller explores the subject of paedophila with great verve and tact.

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P’tit Quinquin

By Anton Bitel

The high priest of gloom, Bruno Dumont, returns with a comedy which is part Jacques Tati, part Twin Peaks.

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The Tribe

By Anton Bitel

Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s punishingly bleak tribute to silent cinema and modern disability is a great debut.

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Girlhood

By Anton Bitel

This quietly radical and poetic teen drama depicts the black experience in the suburbs of Paris.

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

By Anton Bitel

Studio Ghibli does it again with this vibrant, bittersweet adaptation of a classic Japanese folk tale.

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It Follows

By Anton Bitel

A petrifying and refreshingly original horror movie from American name-to-watch, David Robert Mitchell.

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The Double

By Anton Bitel

Richard Ayoade branches out into steampunk paranoia with this feisty and funny adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1846 novella.

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Frances Ha

By Anton Bitel

Ahoy sexy! In which the great Greta Grewig stakes a convincing claim to the thrown of most loveable living screen actress.

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The Lords of Salem

By Anton Bitel

An indulgent and original horror bonanza from auteur-in-the making, Rob Zombie.

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Beyond the Hills

By Anton Bitel

Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu returns with a searing love story that riffs on both The Exorcist and Black Narcissus.

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Super

By Anton Bitel

You won’t see a masked vigilante movie more morally responsible or edgy this side of The Dark Knight.

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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

By Anton Bitel

Alain Resnais’ 1961 classic is as elegant in its symmetries as it is perplexing in its paradoxes.

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13 Assassins

By Anton Bitel

Takashi Miike’s magnificent 13 marks both the end of an era and the boundary of a genre.

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

By Anton Bitel

Despite all the flying, its jarring mismatch of hyperrealism and unabashed fantasy stops it soaring.

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Down Terrace

By Anton Bitel

In his low-budget feature debut, Ben Wheatley brings a very English working-class brand of domestic banality to his evil.

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Alice in Wonderland

By Anton Bitel

Tim Burton has always been a visual storyteller and his Alice is a source of visual wonder.

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Fast & Furious

By Anton Bitel

The biggest auto-based franchise around gets the high-spec reboot it probably didn’t deserve.

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Tony Manero

By Anton Bitel

Pablo Larraín’s Saturday Night Fever-inspired drama is a damning indictment of the Pinochet dictatorship.

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Bronson

By Anton Bitel

Tom Hardy delivers a knockout performance as Britain’s most notorious convict in this bruising psychodrama.

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