Seers and Starmen
Under the Shadow, The Lodger, The Wailing
As the year opens the London Short Film Festival returns for 10 days from 6-15 January, with a packed line-up of screenings and events in five different venues, including a night of films celebrating David Bowie’s legacy and special events exploring riot grrrls, past and present subcultures and Raymond Carver adaptations. Also in cinemas, we look forward to a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s early masterpiece The Lodger, which is presented with live piano accompaniment on 5 January 2017, as part of the BFI’s regular Big Screen Classics series.
In home entertainment, we review Korean horror The Wailing, which is out on DVD this month along with Babak Anvari’s Farsi-language horror Under the Shadow and two great classics: Sam Peckinpah’s Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and Robert Wiene's Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, both of which are released on Limited Edition Blu-ray. Plus, Kim Newman adds at Mickey Keating's Darling to his Nightmare Movies collection.
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London returns to the Horse Hospital for their spring semester of film classes on a range of esoteric topics, led by some of the horror world’s most renowned critical luminaries. Plus, for the first time, Miskatonic London will be offering up to five students the opportunity to attend the entire semester free of charge. For more information visit the Miskatonic website. ■