Thou Shalt Not

mother!, Zoology, On Body and Soul

Darren Aronofsky’s bold new film mother! opens in UK cinemas this month, followed by this year’s Berlinale winner On Body and Soul, directed by Hungarian writer-director Ildikó Enyedi, and Ivan I. Tverdovskiy’s provocative fable about non-conformity Zoology, which premiered at TIFF last year. And as the BFI launches a special season of screen adaptations to coincide with the legendary author’s 70th birthday, we look forward to celebrating the genius of Stephen King On Screen. Highlights include IMAX screenings of Brian De Palma’s 1976 classic Carrie and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and a special Birthday Weekender (21-23 September) including a Stephen King Film Quiz and Summit.

In home entertainment, Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis is released this month in a special 90th anniversary limited edition box-set, while Shinya Tsukamoto’s visceral, nightmarish vision of war Fires on the Plain comes to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

One of our Fantasia highlights, the intricate French crime thriller Money’s Money, opens in France this month and we have an interview with director Gela Babluani, while at Horror Channel FrightFest we were impressed by the number of films centring on female survivors. We also have more reviews to come from this year's Venice Film Festival, and we take a look back at Kinji Fukasaku’s fabulous cross-dressing crime caper clssic Black Lizard, which screens at L’Etrange Festival in Paris this month.

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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
September 2017

Starting a new series of the monthly show about cult cinema, Virginie Sélavy talks to the cast and crew of American thriller Lowlife, while Alex Fitch discusses the low budget feminist dystopian classic Born in Flames with director Lizzie Borden. Plus, German genre critic Marcelle Perks discusses her contributions to the book Lost Girls: The Phantas-magorical Cinema of Jean Rollin.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 20 Sept 2017.

Miskatonic London September 2017

Virgins & Vampires

Gothic Damsels and Final Girls in the Cinema of Jean Rollin. Kicking off the new Miskatonic London autumn semester on 14 September 2017, Virginie Sélavy looks at the way in which Rollin’s films use Gothic motifs to question social and moral norms and subvert conventional gender expectations, while Marcelle Perks investigates Final Girl strategies in the films of the unique French director.
Tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.

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