The Babadook, Dark Touch, Nick Cave
The 58th BFI London Film Festival runs from 8 to 19 October, and we have previews of Peter Strickland’s latest, The Duke of Burgundy, enigmatic Hong Kong serial killer drama Black Coal, Thin Ice, Spanish cave chiller In Darkness We Fall and Chinese Spaghetti Western homage No Man’s Land. We also interview Viggo Mortensen about his involvement in Lisandro Alonso's Jauja, and to mark the 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, we explore how Tobe Hooper’s landmark film was created from the original script.
LFF audiences will also have a chance to check out the brilliant Iranian skateboarding vampire girl tale A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Aleksei German’s sumptuous final sci-fi epic Hard to Be a God, both first seen at the 20th Etrange Festival. Straight from Toronto come Mark Hartley's Electric Boogaloo and Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini while post-Spanish Civil War horrific sisterly drama Shrew’s Nest, produced by Alex de la Iglesia, was a highlight at Sitges.
On general release in UK cinemas this month is the creepy and poignant Australian monster tale The Babadook, and we also review hallucinatory French nightmare Horsehead and Ramin Bahrani’s superb dramatic thriller 99 Homes, one of our TIFF favourites.
In home entertainment, we take a look at David Cronenberg's newly restored Shivers, Marina de Van’s Irish-set supernatural drama Dark Touch, and we have a comic strip review of Hayao Miyazaki’s final film The Wind Rises. Plus we speak with Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard about their Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, while in the Film Jukebox, Athens-based dance music duo Felizol and the Boy pick their favourite movies.■