Welcome to the worst of Max Renn

It’s no longer the early stage of the game, this blog has been up over a year. I still have no idea how you got here but welcome.

This blog was initially created to archive work I had done for sites and outlets that had departed this glorious green earth, or simply moved on from. Over the months I’ve added new reviews to older pieces and still have a back catalogue to plunder. The updates have slowed over the last six months due to an increased workload IRL but never fear Max fans, they keep comin’ at cha.

Also TV, games, and general whimsical musings.


directors, horror, Movies, Reviews

Hidden Gems – rediscovering American Mary

Jen and Sylvia Soska’s 2012 film American Mary is a highly original horror film that flew under the radar on it’s original release and is ripe for rediscovery (or maybe just discovery). Continue reading

Best of 2018, Movies, Reviews

A Fantastic Movie

Out on UK screens this Friday (2nd of March) is Oscar nominated Chilean drama A Fantastic Woman. Here is my review, which be warned does include a few minor spoilers, so if you want to see it cold please read this post viewing. Continue reading

horror, Reviews, Television, thriller, TV

BBC One’s Requiem could be the best British TV horror story in years

Sorry, it’s been a slow start to the blog in 2018 as life has got in the way. But here is my first piece of the year, an introduction to the BBC’s new horror series Requiem.  Continue reading

Best of 2017, Movies

My 20 favourite films of 2017 – Part 2, no’s 10 – 1 (but first the turkeys)

Continuing my countdown of my favorite films of 2017, a really amazing year at the movies.  Continue reading

Best of 2017, Movies, Uncategorized

My 20 favourite films of 2017 – Part 1, no’s 20 -11

I thought 2016 was a good year to go to the movies bowling a vicious curve ball right at 2017’s shins. But 2017 has absolutely hit it out of the park. So good has the year been that some tremendous movies failed to make the cut despite being (I thought) near certain top 10 contenders when I saw them. Movies I loved like Logan, Get Out, and T2: Trainspotting just got edged out but a rewatch could make me regret not including any of them so slight are the margins that films in the bottom half of my top 20 are virtually interchangeable.

Here are numbers 20-11… Continue reading

Best of 2017, directors, Television, TV

Guest blog – The Lynch Gaze

To celebrate the release of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return on Blu Ray on December the 4th, here is a second guest blog by Jacqui Barr following her Mad Max: Fury Road piece which remains the most popular thing I’ve ever posted on here. Enjoy.


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comment, directors, gems of netflix, guest blog, Hidden treasures, horror, Movies, Verite film magazine

Guest blog – XX marks the future

Hello my good fiends, to mark the passing of Samhain and the beginning of winter, I am bringing you only the second ‘guest’ post in this blogs brief history. A few words of introduction, apart from being a dear friend of mine (one who I shall be having for dinner soon) Mr David William Hall was my editor at the late and highly lamented Verite Magazine (all issues archived online here). Along with Toby Weidmann editor of Official Walking Dead Magazine, I credit David’s gossamer editorial touch, critical insight, and encouragement for making my writing at least passably readable.

Obviously the views and opinions that follow are the author’s own, but they appear with the complete endorsement of this blog, with the caveat that I liked the Annie Clark segment of XX, and still think Rosemary’s Baby is a classic horror film. Continue reading