Lost in Transition
The Dance of Reality, Videodrome, FrightFest
In addition to the thrills of this year’s Film4 FrightFest, August brings a flurry of exciting films to UK screens, including Aleksei German’s extraordinary last film, Hard To Be a God and Alberto Rodriguez’s claustrophobic serial killer thriller Marshland. We also talk to Alejandro Jodorowsky about his filmic memoir The Dance of Reality, which is finally out on the big screen.
Home entertainment releases this month are dominated by classics and rarities from around the world, including Eduard Grečner’s haunting Slovak masterpiece Dragon’s Return, Charles B. Pierce’s original 1976 American horror The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Nagisa Ôshima’s landmark Japanese drama Cruel Story of Youth (aka Naked Youth), and David Cronenberg’s hallucinatory Videodrome. Plus, this month’s comic strip review takes an illustrated look at Georges Franju’s newly restored Eyes without a Face, also out on Blu-ray in August.
As a sneak peek of things to come in September, we also review John Waters’s Pink Flamingos, who will be the subject of our special theme over the next quarter, while Miscatonic London is back with a new series of monthly lectures at the Horse Hospital. Kicking off the new autumn semester on 10 September is BFI's Flipside co-founder William Fowler, who will be exploring the obsessive, salacious cinema of Antony Balch.■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
In the run-up to his eagerly awaited showcase at the BFI in September, we celebrate the 'Pope of Trash' with a special focus on his work, including Waters answer to the great 1950s melodramas, Polyester, the diva biopic Female Trouble, and his notorious Pink Flamingos, alongside an interview with the great man himself and more.
Enjoy a 2-4-1 ticket offer on all events in the BFI's upcoming John Waters season by simply quoting Waters241 online, in person or over the phone 020 7928 3232. For full programme info and to book tickets online, visit the BFI website
Brian Yuzna and the Horror of Society
Alex Fitch talks to filmmaker Brian Yuzna about his work, from his memorable debut as producer of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator, his underrated satire of 1980s American preppy culture, Society, and later career making sequels to several franchises, including Return of the Living Dead and Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Film4 FrightFest 2015
Running from 27-31 August, Film4 FrightFest is getting bigger with each new edition, this time boasting 76 films across five screens and three venues. Plus, this year the festival pays homage to 80s scream queen Barbara Crampton, who stars in four of the films in the line-up and will be in conversation with Alan Jones on Sunday 30 August. For more information and to book tickets, visit the FrightFest website.
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