Dawn of the Deviant
John Waters, George A. Romero, Antony Balch
As the BFI launch their John Waters retrospective we focus on the divine trashman with a review of Pink Flamingos, a comic strip review of Mondo Trasho and an interview with the great man himself.
On the other side of town, the Barbican present ‘The Colour of Money’, including Erich von Stroheim’s silent classic Greed and Marcel L’Herbier’s 1928 study of power L’argent, while we talk to George A. Romero, whose consumerist zombie satire Dawn of the Dead also features in this season.
In other cinema releases, we review Abel Ferrara’s disappointing Pasolini, dark Southern romance Buttercup Bill and the re-issue of Richard Brooks’s 1967 adaptation of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
In home entertainment we are impressed by powerful Belgian noir The Treatment and welcome the Blu-ray release of Wojciech Has’s wonderful phantasmagorical tales The Saragossa Manuscript and Hourglass Sanatorium. Haskell Wexler’s counter-cultural landmark Medium Cool also comes to Blu-ray, as well as haunting ghost story The Canal and Aleksei German’s sci-fi masterpiece Hard to be a God.
This month's Film Jukebox comes courtesy of Graham Cunnington from industrial music collective Test Dept. And we’ll be reporting back from FrightFest, Venice and the Etrange Festival while as part of Scalarama, Miskatonic London kicks off its autumn semester on 10 September with BFI's Flipside co-founder William Fowler talking about guerrilla filmmaker and Burroughs collaborator 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.
In the run-up to his eagerly awaited showcase at the BFI in September, we celebrate the 'Pope of Trash' with a special focus on his work, including Waters answer to the great 1950s melodramas, Polyester, the diva biopic Female Trouble, and his notorious Pink Flamingos, alongside an interview with the great man himself and more.
Enjoy a 2-4-1 ticket offer on all events in the BFI's John Waters season by simply quoting Waters241 online, in person or over the phone 020 7928 3232. For full programme info and to book tickets online, visit the BFI website
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.
Film4 FrightFest 2015
Running from 27-31 August, Film4 FrightFest is getting bigger with each new edition, this time boasting 76 films across five screens and three venues. Plus, this year the festival pays homage to 80s scream queen Barbara Crampton, who stars in four of the films in the line-up and will be in conversation with Alan Jones on Sunday 30 August. For more information and to book tickets, visit the FrightFest website.
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