Rupture, Women in Love, Sid and Nancy
August sees the theatrical release of Brady Corbet’s nightmarish family mystery The Childhood of a Leader, and we talk to the actor turned director, while Alex Cox’s divisive Sex Pistols biopic Sid and Nancy returns to the big screen to mark 40 years of punk.
In home entertainment, Ken Russell’s luscious D.H Lawrence adaptation Women in Love and gorgeously perverse giallo The Bloodstained Butterfly come to Blu-ray, in addition to Kinji Fukasaku’s gritty yakuza saga Battles without Honour and Humanity and Tetsuya Nakashima’s devastating descent into violence The World of Kanako. We also welcome the arrival of the limited edition box-set of 70s Japanese woman avenger series Female Prisoner Scorpion and we celebrate the new restorations of two more Tarkovsky films, Solaris and Stalker, by reassessing the impact of his work 'in a time of terror’.
While over at Fantasia we had the pleasure to speak to Steven Shainberg about his new horror/SF thriller Rupture and to Takashi Miike, who presented As the Gods Will. Plus, we review the Argentine maternal thriller White Coffin, Czech existential drama I, Olga Hebnarová and the psychedelic, visceral Mexican stunner We Are the Flesh, which is not to be missed when it screens at FrightFest.
Also this month, the author Caroline Smailes chooses Pretty in Pink's Andie Walsh as her flmic Alter Ego, while Swedish multi-instrumentalist Elias Krantz pick his 10 favourite movies in our Film Jukebox.■
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.
Ruthless gold-diggers, obsessive dreamers, visionary megalomaniacs: Our new theme looks at ambition in film - excessive, obsessive, ruinous or sublime, including reviews of Jodorowsky's Dune, Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God and Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void, along with a feature on John Huston's The Treasure of Sierra Madre, interviews, podcasts and more.
Electric Sheep Film Show
Summer Shockers: Alex Fitch presents a couple of interviews about films to chill the soul during the summer heatwave. Suture directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel discuss their classic 90s neo-noir as it sees a new release on Blu-Ray in the UK by Arrow, while FrightFest founder and programmer Alan Jones explores the various examples of international gore screening as part of this year's festival from 25-29 August 2016 at the Vue Shepherd’s Bush.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 21 Sept 2016 (TBC).
From 25-29 August, Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 returns with a packed programme of 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents. This year the venue is the Vue Cinema in Shepherd’s Bush. Check out the full line-up announcement here.
Tickets are now on sale via the FrightFest website. Full Festival pass £185 / Single tickets £14.
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