Lost in Transition
The Dance of Reality, Videodrome, FrightFest
In addition to the thrills of this year’s Film4 FrightFest, August brings a flurry of exciting films to UK screens, from Aleksei German’s extraordinary last film, Hard To Be a God, to Alberto Rodriguez’s claustrophobic serial killer thriller Marshland and Hans Herbots’s celebrated Nordic chiller The Treatment. We also talk to Alejandro Jodorowsky about his filmic memoir The Dance of Reality, which is finally out on the big screen.
Home entertainment releases this month are dominated by classics and rarities from around the world, including Eduard Grečner’s haunting Slovak masterpiece Dragon’s Return, Charles B. Pierce’s original 1976 American horror The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Nagisa Ōshima’s landmark Japanese drama Cruel Story of Youth (aka Naked Youth), and David Cronenberg’s hallucinatory Videodrome. Plus, this month’s comic strip review takes an illustrated look at Georges Franju’s newly restored Eyes without a Face, also out on Blu-ray in August.
As a sneak peek of things to come in September, we also review John Waters’s Pink Flamingos, who will be the subject of our special theme over the next quarter, while Miscatonic is back after the summer break with a new series of monthly lectures at the Horse Hospital. Kicking off the new season on 10 September is Flipside’s Will Fowler, who will be exploring the obsessive, salacious cinema of Antony Balch.■
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.
We celebrate the leading lady of 1960s Czech New Wave, Věra Chytilová, with a special focus on her work, including her iconic film Daisies (1966), the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise (1969) and her daring 1998 black comedy Traps, alomgside an article on the Czech New Wave and the Prague Spring and more.
Brian Yuzna and the Horror of Society
Alex Fitch talks to filmmaker Brian Yuzna about his work, from his memorable debut as producer of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator, his underrated satire of 1980s American preppy culture, Society, and later career making sequels to several franchises, including Return of the Living Dead and Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Beverly Hills John
In the run-up to his eagerly awaited showcase at the BFI in September, John Waters is currently presenting his first ever exhibition in London. Beverly Hills John is still open until 15 August at Sprüth Magers gallery and if you haven't seen it yet, don't miss it! For more information and opening times, visit the Sprüth Magers website.
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