Double Trouble

Rigor Mortis, The Voices, Starry Eyes

March is packed with great new cinema releases, from Juno Mak’s elegantly eerie ghost tale Rigor Mortis and Gregg Araki’s handsome White Bird in a Blizzard, to Damián Szifrón’s hilarious festival hit Wild Tales and Marjane Satrapi’s dark comedy The Voices, her long-awaited follow up to Persepolis. Also out in cinemas is Gerard Johnson’s Hyena, which opened the EIFF last year, while Mark Christopher’s 54: The Director’s Cut will be receiving its UK premiere at the forthcoming BFI Flare festival.

In home entertainment, we speak to Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, directors of the occult-tinged Hollywood ambition tale Starry Eyes. We also review Dan Gilroy’s disturbing sociopath thriller Nightcrawler and look back at two outstanding classics: Stanley Kubrick’s heist debut The Killing and Powell & Pressburger’s Tales of Hoffman, which has been beautifully restored in 4k with new, previously missing scenes from the film.

Looking ahead at this month’s events, we are excited to check out some rarely seen films by Věra Chytilová, director of the wonderful Daisies, who is celebrated with a retrospective at BFI Southbank until 17 March 2015. Electric Sheep will be presenting a screening of beautiful Iranian vampire Western tale A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night at this year’s Flatpack Festival in Birmingham on 27 March. We also look forward to an exploration of 70s cinema’s sado-masochistic fantasies at Miskatonic Institute London on 12 March, and we’ll be reporting on some of the highlights from this year’s Berlinale throughout the 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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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 Polish New Wave?

Alex Fitch talks to Polish master Andrzej Żuławski about the struggle in getting his esoteric SF epic On the Silver Globe released and making his horror films The Third Part of the Night (1971) and Possession (1981) under a communist regime.

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The Battle of the Sexes: Sado-Masochism in 1960s-70s Cinema

On Thursday 12 March at the Horse Hospital, the third Miskatonic Institute London lecture looks at 1960s-70s art and exploitation films that explore male/female relationships through sexual power games.

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