Lack of Control


The Slaughtered Bird offered me a choice of films to review this month and I went for The Control Group because it starred Brad Dourif. I had thought Mr Dourif’s career post-LOTR might have advanced to the point where he didn’t have to sully himself with this sort of nonsensical bullshit anymore, but there we are.

There isn’t even a control group in it. Top tip for aspiring screenwriters: if you don’t know what something is, don’t name your bloody film after it.

A Conspiracy of Silence


Click on the linkage here to discover my latest review for The Slaughtered Bird. It’s a short film called Invoke, and it turned up on the website mysteriously absent the usual flurry of Twitter promotion. Could this be because I was very disparaging of the director, who was, unbeknownst to me, the very person who’d sent it in for review? Perhaps. But thanks to the Bird for not demanding a friendlier rewrite.