The Shape of Things to Come

Festival Highlights, Romero, Clouzot

As the 61st edition of the BFI London Film Festival draws to a close, we review some of this year’s highlights, including Guillermo del Toro's magical creature feature The Shape of Water and Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time, which is out on general release in November. We also take a look at three films by French directors seen at this year's L'Étrange Festival, which also presented a rare and special screening of Teinosuke Kinugasa’s masterfully crafted A Page of Madness.

To mark this month’s Arrow release of a dual format box-set of three of George A. Romero’s lesser known films, we are pleased to publish a special review of his atypical counterculture drama, There’s Always Vanilla, along with a review of Raging Sharks, both of which are excerpts taken from horror luminary Kim Newman’s new book Video Dungeon. Plus, check out our interview with director George A. Romero about his extensive career, concentrating on his genre-defining zombie hexalogy and The Crazies, which is also included in the box-set, along with Romero's uncanny witchcraft drama Season of the Witch.

Also out in home entertainment is a new 4K restoration of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 masterpiece The Wages of Fear released by the BFI, while Mubi celebrates Chilean filmmaker Pablo LarraÍn with a special season called Autopsy of the Past, including some of his most career defining works such as Neruda, Post Mortem and Tony Manero.

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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.

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Twisted Romance

Murderous tenderness, destructive desires, awkward love: Check out our theme focus on films that take a twisted approach to romance, from Jacques Deray's La piscine, a classic French noir-ish tale of desire, jealousy and male rivalry among the glamorous St Tropez jet set, to Pablo Larraín's minimalist Post Mortem, in which a lonely mortician falls for a troubled dancer as Pinochet brutally takes power in 70s Chile.

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Electric Sheep Film Show
October 2017

In this Halloween themed episode, Kim Newman talks about his new collection of reviews and essays, Video Dungeon, while cinema programmer Anna Bogutskaya discusses a tour of short horror films directed by women: ‘The Final Girls – We Are the Weirdos’. Plus, director Keir Burrows talks about his Sci–Fi thriller Anti Matter.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 15 Nov 2017.

Miskatonic London October 2017

Video Dungeon

How to Talk about Psychotronic Cinema: On 12 October 2017, the Miskaonic London autumn semester continues with a special evening to launch Kim Newman's new book Video Dungeon. In his lecture, Kim will be talking about critiquing films some reckon beyond or beneath or outside criticism, illustrated with clips from the weirdest and rarest films.
Tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.

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