Immoral Tales

The Last Seduction, Bad Timing, Ganja & Hess

2015 starts off strong with a number of exciting home entertainment releases including Bill Gunn’s original take on sex, religion and African American identity, Ganja & Hess, alongside John Dahl’s erotic neo-noir thriller The Last Seduction and Nicolas Roeg’s controversial, unjustly overlooked Bad Timing.

Fitting in with such tantalising gems, our comic strip review looks at Toei Studio’s 1970s Japanese exploitation Stray Cat Rock series while Greek enfant terrible Yorgos Lanthimos’s debut feature Kinetta sees its long-awaited release on DVD.

Arriving in UK cinemas this month is Bennet Miller’s Foxcatcher, arguably one of the most thrilling American movies of the year.

In features, we look back at a recent rare screening for two oddities from Underground cinema stalwarts the Kuchar brothers, while John Bleasdale explores the nature of the modern director’s cut. Plus, novelist Lucy Ribchester picks her filmic alter ego.

And there is more to look forward to on the big screen in 2015. We are particularly excited about the theatrical releases of thoughtful chiller It Follows, James Ward’s convoluted SF tale Coherence and Peter Strickland’s superbly accomplished The Duke of Burgundy in February, followed by Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, Damián Szifrón’s hilarious Wild Tales, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring, Lisandro Alonso’s hallucinatory 19th-century meta-Western Jauja and the Nordic werewolf fantasy When Animals Dream later this spring.

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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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Sin and Punishment

Delve into the sphere of dark transgressions and darker castigations in our current theme, which includes reviews of Walerian Borowczyk’s lush historical drama The Story of Sin, Lars von Trier’s saga of lust and life, Nymphomaniac, and Tetsuya Nakashima’s Confessions, along with an interview with Roee Rosen on sado-masochism as political exorcism, and a feature on 'A Catholic Childhood of Unwatchable Terror'.

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The Polish New Wave?

Alex Fitch talks to Polish master Andrzej Żuławski about the struggle in getting his esoteric SF epic On the Silver Globe released and making his horror films The Third Part of the Night (1971) and Possession (1981) under a communist regime.

I Eat Cannibals: Atavism, Exoticism and Atrocity

I Eat Cannibals: Atavism, Exoticism and Atrocity

On 12 February 2015, Miskatonic London will hold its second event at the Horse Hospital. Mark Pilkington will introduce a screening of Umberto Lenzi’s rarely seen Man from Deep River (1972), followed by a series of classic cannibal film trailers, to uncover the genre’s roots in the West’s growing interest in environmentalism, atavistic cultures, lost worlds and the perils of the green inferno. Bring a plate.

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