Screening: Double Feature The Wicker Man & Don't Look Now with Samuel Te Kani
Both films R16
Light refreshments provided
Join us for a back to back screening of some hyper-stylised seventies horror! Theatrically released as a double feature, Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man have both respectively left distinct legacies in the genre, influencing the work of directors like Wes Craven (Last House on the Left, Scream) and Hideo Nakata (The Ring, Dark Water), among many others.
Don't Look Now (1973, 1h50m) is loosely based on a Daphne Du Maurier novel, whose work has been famously adapted many times: Hitchcock's Rebecca, more recently My Cousin Rachel, etc. Her work is distinctly gothic and gravitates between macabre melodrama and supernatural horror. Don't Look Now is the latter, following a grieving couple's move to Venice after the accidental death of their daughter. It's there they begin seeing what couldn't possibly be, but which they increasingly suspect to be, their daughter, hiding behind corners, keeping to the shadows. With help of a local psychic they pursue this apparition down the streets of Venic, quickly realising that they're being lured by something demonic.
The Wicker Man (1973, 1h42m) is a film that rendered the pastoral in pagan brush strokes from which it's never fully recovered (most recently, see Ben Wheatley's Kill List, 2011). It is centered around detective travelling to a remote island, following up an anonymously sent missive requesting aid in disappearance of a girl from the local village community. Once there, his devout Catholic sensibilities are challenged as he realises the place operates under a ritual paganism that sees children being taght the divinity of sex, orgies in cemeteries, and (gasp) human sacrifice.
It'll run pretty late, it's two whole movies (don't worry there'll be an intermission). If you want to bring a bean bag, that's cool too.