Citizens above Suspicion

Elio Petri, Peter Whitehead, Franco Nero

In September, Scalarama returns with, among many other events, an 'Odorama' screening of John Waters’s Polyester, and our own screening of psychedelic giallo All the Colours of the Dark on the 24th, in collaboration with Strange Attractor. Another highlight this month is the Elio Petri retrospective at the ICA, showcasing four of his films: Investigation, The 10th Victim, We Still Kill the Old Way and A Quiet Place in the Country, starring a young Franco Nero who we talked to at KVIFF in July.

Out in cinemas is one of our favourites from this year’s Film 4 FrightFest: Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon. We also review David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Nordic thriller In Order of Disappearance and Fritz Lang’s M. Plus we speak to the director duo behind the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.

In home entertainment, we look at the Mo Brothers’ Killers, Juan Carlos Medina’s Painless, Takashi Miike’s Lesson of Evil and two 80s cult hits: Joe Dante’s The Burbs and Stephen Chiodo’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space. We also review two East European gems, Walerian Borowczyk's Immoral Tales and Karel Zeman’s A Jester's Tale, and we have a Comic Strip Review of Pater Sparrow's 1, based on Stanislaw Lem’s One Human Minute.

To coincide with the forthcoming Niki de Saint Phalle retrospective in Paris, we talk to Peter Whitehead about Daddy, and we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Our latest Dominion of Canada looks at two films screening at this year’s TIFF and we also report from Film4 FrightFest and the fabulous Etrange Festival. Plus Portland-based trio Blouse pick their 10 favourite films.

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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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Stanislaw Lem

To mark the theatrical release of Ari Folman’s brilliant The Congress, we celebrate one of the most inventive and ingenious science fiction writers of all times, whose work has much influenced cinema. We take a look at Tarkovsky's Solaris, listen to the future sounds of Zdenĕk Liška's score for Ikarie XB-1 and discuss Polish and Russian Sci-Fi Cinema in a podcast. Plus we are pleased to make available an extract of Lem’s delightfully surreal The Futurological Congress.

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The Fright Theorem: Ted Kotcheff and Terry Gilliam

Alex Fitch talks to Ted Kotcheff, the director of ‘lost’ cult classic Wake in Fright (1971), and to Terry Gilliam, whose long-awaited new film The Zero Theorem (2013) has had a long road to the screen.

All the Colours of the Dark

Electric Sheep at Scalarama 2014

Electric Sheep and Strange Attractor present Sergio Martino's satanist giallo All the Colours of the Dark on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at the Horse Hospital as part of this year's Scalarama celebration.

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