Fire and Brimstone

Highlights 2017

As 2017 comes to a chilly close, we take a look back at some of the most thrilling and daring releases of the year. At the cinema, we loved Stefan Ruzowitzky's female-powered Austrian thriller Cold Hell, Alice Lowe’s darkly comic directorial debut Prevenge , which follows a pregnant woman on a killing spree, and The Handmaiden, Park Chan-wook’s beautiful and twisted Korean adaptation of Sarah Waters’s bestseller Fingersmith. Other highlights included the gritty American action-thriller Bushwick and Julia Ducournau’s masterful cannibal tale Raw, along with this year's festival favourites: Guillermo del Toro's magical creature feature The Shape of Water, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, and LA underbelly chronicle Lowlife. Not to forget the rerelease of Jean-Pierre Melville’s meticulously stylish crime drama Le Doulos, which returned to the big screen to celebrate the great French filmmaker’s centenary.

In home entertainment, we welcomed the release of Luciano Ercoli’s entertaining giallo double bill Death Walks on High Heels and Death Walks at Midnight, along with psychedelic Mexican delirium We Are the Flesh and Jörg Buttgereit’s Nekromantik 2, the 1991 female pendant to his earlier necrophilia shocker. Amongst the many classic releases, our favourites included Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s dark and apocalyptic Pulse, and Story of Sin, the only feature film made in Poland by Walerian Borowczyk. Plus, re-released in a special Blu-ray edition this month, Juraj Herz’s The Cremator remains one of the most richly resonant celluloid nightmares.

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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.

Miskatonic London December 2017

Yuletide Terror

Christmas Horror on Film and Television: On 14 December 2017, the Miskaonic London autumn semester comes to a close with a festive treat. To celebrate the release of Spectacular Optical’s new book Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television, contributors Stephen Thrower and Derek Johnston will delve into the world of festive fright favourites and obscurities, from American Santa Slashers (and the ensuing controversies) to the quintessentially-English 'A Ghost Story for Christmas' series.
Tickets are on sale now. £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.

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