Todd French

TODD FRENCH is resident of Fountain Valley CA and a longtime enthusiast of Fantastic Cinema, especially giallo maestro Dario Argento. He wrote two (produced) scripts for the 3rd season of MTV’s AEON FLUX, co-wrote a proposed sequel for Kevin Lindenmuth’s ADDICTED TO MURDER series, and is currently working on a screenplay. He has had reviews published in Orange Coast Weekend, The Daily Pilot, and has had poems and short fiction published in various genre semi-pro ‘zines, including The Magazine of Space and Time.
Trick r Treat (2009)

Trick r Treat (2009)

Dougherty’s smartly crafted filmic paen to All Hollow’s Eve traditions (while adding a knowing nudge here and there at the holiday’s entrenched commercialism and adult-party posteuring) is one inspired little “boo!” of autumn night angst.

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

“ Love is a magic comfort food for the weak and uneducated.”—Connor Mead
Charles Dickens is surely rolling over in his grave over this non-romantic rip-off “comedy” of his hallowed holiday classic.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, a modern-day by-the-numbers serious-comedic spin on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is such a smarmy, unfunny and hypocritical riff, that DVD-viewers will [...]

28 Weeks Later – Film & DVD Review

“What if it [The Rage Virus] comes back again?”–Major Scarlett
“We kill it.”–General Stone
The geopolitical allegory is biting (no pun intended!), bleak and[mordant. A U.S.-led NATO force enters an England transformed by the “Rage Virus” into an empty, ravaged wasteland. The victims of the virus have all died of starvation, the infected bodies have been disposed [...]

Paprika - DVD Review

Paprika – DVD Review

‘It is man’s responsibility to control science and technology”–The Chairman
“The dense forest turns into a shopping district. The 24-bit eggplant will be analyzed!”–Victim of the DC-Mini

It is hard not to be decked by this film. The first few minutes blast past with such mind-bending, visual élan that it could almost, in itself, stand as an [...]

The Tripper (2006) – Film Review

“A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.” –Ronald Reagan
Okay, I am ashamed to admit it. I’m a David Arquette fan.
There’s something about his grating, twitching, teeth-clenching performances that remain infectious, no matter how off-putting and obnoxious. There’s a gonzo brio behind them that’s hard to resist and [...]

Singapore Sling (1990) - Borderland Film Review

Singapore Sling (1990) – Borderland Film Review

Occasionally, one comes across a truly original, cinematic one-off that has no genre antecedent. Such is the case with Nikolaidis Nikolaidis’ SINGAPORE SLING, his 1990 neo-noir nightmare, now released on DVD by Synapse Films. If one could wrap one’s mind around the idea of Pier Paolo Pasolini (SALO) directing Otto Preminger’s great 1944 film noir classic LAURA, (which this sends up!) with a generous assist by underground filmmaker Curt McDowell (THUNDERCRACK), with some cribbage from the Marquis de Sade, you may have an inkling of the cumulative yuck-factor of this high gloss sick-fest. Like the eponymous cocktail of the title, the movie’s stately concoction of horror, humor, and eye-dropping perv is an acquired taste. SINGAPORE SLING offers no comforting middle ground.