The Art of Killing
Nina Forever, Bone Tomahawk, Mario Bava
February brings festival hits both to the big and small screens. Out in UK cinemas are two LFF films: horror Western Bone Tomahawk, staring Kurt Russell as a sheriff who sets out to save some settlers from a group of cannibals, and Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, based loosely on Jacques Deray‘s chillingly elegant thriller La Piscine.
In home entertainment, we review FrightFest favourite Nina Forever, along with Russ Meyer’s cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, King Hu’s influential 1970 martial arts epic A Touch of Zen and two early films by the leading lady of the Czech New Wave, Věra Chytilová: Something Different and A Bagful of Fleas.
We also immerse ourselves into Mario Bava’s world with a film diary of watching his films on the occasion of the release of Five Dolls for an August Moon. Plus we have a comic strip review of Michael Wadleigh’s unusual 80s Indian shapeshifters horror Wolfen as part of our current exploration of werewolves in cinema.
As the latest volume of her XConfessions short films is released, we talk to feminist pornographer Erika Lust, ahead of a special screening and talk in Berlin on 10 February 2016. In Alter Ego, author Anna Smaill identifies with Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, while in the Film Jukebox, Dylan Sharp from Gun Outfit picks his ten favourite films. Plus we preview the Berlinale and report back from Rotterdam.■
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.
The Electric Sheep Film Show 20 January 2016
Virginie Sélavy and Alex Fitch talk to Rich Pickings director Carla MacKinnon about their new series of science and art events titled Inside Out, which explore the human experience through film and discussion. They also talk to Josh Saco, head of celluloid promotion outfit Cigarette Burns, about their Twisted Valentine screening of 1965 seedy gem Who Killed Teddy Bear at the Barbican. Plus an interview with female-centred pornographer Erika Lust.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: Wednesday 17 February 2016.
Live from Miskatonic: John Hough in conversation
Following on a sold-out class on the work of sci-fi author J.G. Ballard with visiting instructor Jack Sargeant earlier this month, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London returns on Thursday, 11 February 2016 with a special instalment of 'Live From Miskatonic', featuring director John Hough (The Legend of Hell House, Twins of Evil, Escape to Witch Mountain) in an extensive on-stage interview with Filmbar70 curator Justin Harries.
Tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.
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