Corpses, Sin and Angst

Pete Walker, Jörg Buttgereit, Sion Sono

To coincide with the Pete Walker retrospective The House of Walker, presented by Cigarette Burns and hosted by the Barbican in November, we’ll be exploring the theme of ‘sin and punishment’ over the next few months. We start with a feature celebrating Pete Walker’s subversive sleaze and gore, which shook up the 1970s British film industry, and a piece on 'A Catholic Childhood of Unwatchable Terror'.

Out in UK cinemas in November is one of the most enjoyable and hilarious mockumentaries you’ll see this year: What We Do in the Shadows, which follows a group of vampire flatmates forced to deal with the modern world. In addition, we round up our LFF coverage with reviews of Gregg Araki's White Bird in a Blizzard, Damián Szifrón's Wild Tales, Ulrich Seidl’s In the Basement, Aik Karapetian's The Man in the Orange Jacket, Tom Green's Monsters: Dark Continent, Sion Sono’s explosive manga adaptation Tokyo Tribe and grisly Nordic noir fantasy When Animals Dream.

We also have a comic strip review of Hayao Miyazaki’s very last film The Wind Rises, and we take a look at Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s eerie, intense psychological thriller Penance, which finally gets a home entertainment release in the US. And we have two very special Film Jukeboxes this month, by Athens-based dance music duo Felizol and the Boy, and American experimental rock group Pere Ubu.

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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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Sin and Punishment

Delve into the sphere of dark transgressions and darker castigations in our current theme, which includes reviews of Walerian Borowczyk’s lush historical drama The Story of Sin, Lars von Trier’s saga of lust and life, Nymphomaniac, and Tetsuya Nakashima’s Confessions, along with an interview with Roee Rosen on sado-masochism as political exorcism, and a feature on 'A Catholic Childhood of Unwatchable Terror'.

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The Fright Theorem: Ted Kotcheff and Terry Gilliam

Alex Fitch talks to Ted Kotcheff, the director of ‘lost’ cult classic Wake in Fright (1971), and to Terry Gilliam, whose long-awaited new film The Zero Theorem (2013) has had a long road to the screen.

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Kim Newman: A Night of Gothic Horror, Fantasy and Crime!

On 1 December 2014, celebrated film critic and gothic horror and fantasy author Kim Newman will chat about his work to journalist and author Barry Forshaw at the Barbican Library. He’ll be signing copies of his new books, Quatermass And The Pit (part of the BFI Classics series) and An English Ghost Story. The event is FREE - just turn up! For more information, please visit the Barbican website.

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