Dissecting Destiny

Okja, Der Müde Tod, Prevenge

Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, we present an interview with Korean director Bon Joon-ho about his latest offering Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and a giant gene-manipulated pig, which arrives in cinemas and on Netflix this month. Also out on UK screens as well as on VOD is Fritz Lang’s visually ambitious cinematic allegory Der Müde Tod (aka Destiny). Plus, check out our comic strip review of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II ahead of its 35mm double bill screening with the original Evil Dead at London’s Regent Street Cinema on 11 June, presented by Cigarette Burns.

In home entertainment, we have an interview with Alice Lowe about her darkly comic directorial debut Prevenge, which follows a pregnant woman on a killing spree. We also review Andre Øvredal’s disturbing horror tale The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Sidney Furie’s 1980s supernatural thriller The Entity, and Dario Argento's masterful 1970 debut The Bird with The Crystal Plumage to mark its re-release in a brand new 4K restoration. Plus, Kim Newman revisits The Lazarus Effect, David Gelb's horrifying take on scientific experiments gone wrong, as part of his 'Nightmare Movies' column.

We also report back from Cannes with reviews of Sofia Coppola’s new adaptation of The Beguiled, Michael Haneke’s twisted family drama Happy End, Todd Haynes’s wonderous Wonderstruck, Yorgos Lanthimos’s icy Kubrickian thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s genre-bending conceptual sci-fi thriller Before We Vanish and Sean Baker’s widely celebrated The Florida Project.

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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
May 2017

This month we're looking at poisonous plants and post apocalyptic cannibalism, with two 'revenge of nature' film Q&As recorded at this year's SCI-FI-LONDON: Director Sasha Louis Vukovic talks about his Canadian period drama Flora, while author M.R. Carey discusses the film adaptation of bis acclaimed book The Girl with all the Gifts and its print prequel The Boy on the Bridge.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 21 June 2017.

Miskatonic February 2017

Chimerical Optics: Haiti, Colonialism and Voodoo Terror

On 18 May 2017, Miskatonic London concludes its spring programme with a lecture by artist, writer and researcher John Cussans, who sets out to explore the history of Haitian Vodou, its representations and the importance of the zombie figure for these ‘chimerical optics’.
Individual and season tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.

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