Kijû Yoshida, R.W. Fassbinder, Gaspar Noé
The November Blu-ray release of Ulli Lommel’s criminally underappreciated serial killer drama Tenderness of the Wolves, produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, kicks off our special focus on human and not so human monsters, which we will be exploring over the next three months, from Israeli writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s disturbingly intelligent Big Bad Wolves to Andy Milligan’s 1971 cult horror The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!.
Out in UK cinemas is Scott Cooper’s American crime thriller Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as the notorious South Boston gangster boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, while David Sington’s documentary The Fear of 13 offers a mesmerising portrait of a death row convict. Plus, French provocateur Gaspar Noé talks about his new film Love, shot in 3D.
In home entertainment, we review classic crime romance The Honeymoon Killers and Kijû Yoshida's Eros + Massacre, which is being released as part of a beautiful box-set that includes the ‘political trilogy’ of this little known Japanese master. Plus, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror has been newly remastered for a BFI release.
We also remember the German Edgar Walace films of the 1960s, while author Nell Zink picks God as her filmic alter ego. And we look forward to next month's final Miskatonic lecture for this year which focuses on pioneering British screenwriter Nigel Kneale.■
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.
Big Bad Wolves
To tie in with the long-awaited UK Blu-ray release of Ulli Lommel's German serial killer drama Tenderness of the Wolves, we take a closer look at blood-thirsty bogeymen, teen monsters and lone wolves in cinema, from the growing pains of a girl tunring into a werewolf in John Fawcett's Ginger Snaps to Andy Milligan’s 1971 cult horror The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! and Little Red Riding Hood animé Jin-Roh.
The Electric Sheep Film Show October 2015
Virginie Sélavy and Alex Fitch present a special Halloween treat: Listen to director Richard Stanley and composer Simon Boswell who talk about their legendary sci-fi tale Hardware, while director Jeff Lieberman discusses his 1976 worm horror Squirm. Canadian writer Kier-La Janisse introduces her new anthology book Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s, followed by a round-up of this year's London Film Festival with Mark Stafford. The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: Wednesday 18 November 2015.
London International Animation Festival 2015
From 4 to 10 December, the London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returns to the Barbican with a packed programme of screenings and screen talks, forums, workshops and retrospectives. Over 100 films will be preseneted across the six competition programmes including a British Showcase, Into The Dark scary shorts and New Japanese Shorts amongst others. To find out more about the programme and how to book tickets, visit the Barbican website.
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