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.

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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.

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Revolutionary Soviets, Nazi Bombast, Apolitical America: In this theme we look at propaganda in film - excessive, obsessive, ruinous or sublime, including articles on 'The New US War Film', Sergei Eisenstein and 'Watching Films in the Time of Trump', along with a Reel Sound column on Triumph of the Will, interviews, reviews and more.

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Electric Sheep Film Show
December 2016

In this festive Film Show edition, Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Large about his low-budget dystopian drama Arcadia, while Charles Barker discusses his virtual reality thriller The Call-Up in a Q&A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 18 January 2017.

MiskatonicSpring 2017

“Nature Found Them Guilty”

On 19 January 2017, Miskatonic London kicks off the new spring semester with a lecture by Lindsay Hallam who will explore how Australian horror cinema since the 1970s has incorporated a subversive streak that critiques Australian history and culture through the theme of revenge - a theme that is prevalent throughout films such as Long Weekend (1978), and Razorback(1984).
Individual and season tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.

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