Nekromantik, Alleluia, In the Basement
The year closes on a high with the UK Blu-ray premiere of legendary underground shocker Nekromantik and we had the pleasure to talk to Jörg Buttgereit about his explosive debut.
Another home entertainment highlight this month is the DVD release of festival hit Alleluia and we talked to director Fabrice du Welz about his take on the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’ story. Plus noir classic The Killers and Fritz Lang's thrilling spy adventure Spione are out on Blu-ray/DVD, and we have a comic strip review of House of Wax 3D.
Throughout December, the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder season continues, including a programme on‘The Created Woman’. As part of our ‘Sin and Punishment’ theme, we review Ulrich Seidl’s In the Basement. And as a festive treats we have a feature on ‘Sex, Horror and Custard Pies’ while, in Reel Sounds, we look at the soundtrack for Silent Night, Deadly Night. Plus author Shelley Harris picks her filmic alter ego.
Looking back at the last 12 months, it’s clear that 2014 has been a vintage year for film. Ari Folman’s The Congress was an absolute standout, only rivalled by Lars von Trier’s magnum opus Nymphomaniac. Moebius was maybe Kim Ki-duk’s most brilliantly provocative offering yet while The Raid 2 delivered another dose of pure action. We also loved The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears and subtly creepy debut The Babadook.
Arrow’s Walerian Borowczyk box-set was by far the most impressive home entertainment release, while neglected Australian classic Wake in Fright, surreal Slovak fable Birds, Orphans and Fools, outlandish ero-guro yakuza ghost story Blind Woman’s Curse, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s mini TV series Penance and the Alain Robbe-Grillet box-set also impressed. Festival highlights included the Elio Petri retrospective at KVIFF and the EEFF screening of psychedelic Japanese animé Belladonna of Sadness.■