Hope this fine Wednesday finds everyone well, and recovered from their Jubilee celebrations or double Bank Holiday excesses...
Big news for today, and I'm delighted to confirm our film programme for Edge-Lit. With a double-header of Lovecraft-inspired goodness on both Friday 13th (what better night for a horror film?) and Saturday 14th July, this is one event that horror fans are distinctly not going to want to miss.
We begin on Friday 13th with the HP Lovecraft Historical Society's THE CALL OF CTHULHU - shot as it might have been in Lovecraft's time, this is a real must for Lovecraft afficianados. There will also be a feature film to follow this, which we are hammering out the details for right now.
On Saturday 14th, following our 'The Influence of HP Lovecraft' panel, we'll be launching into another double feature, kicking off with Stuart Gordon's DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE. Filmed for the Masters of Horror series, this is a fantastic take on the well-known Lovecraft tale from the man who brought us Re-Animator and Dagon. This will be followed by Lucio Fulci's hit HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, the final part of the Gates of Hell trilogy. With healthy doses of Lovecraft and MR James among its influences, this is truly a film that needs to be seen to be believed.
These films are brought to us by our good friends at Mayhem Horror Festival (http://mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk/), so a huge thanks to them for their support of Edge-Lit and for sourcing some fine films. They've also provided us with more information on each of our cinematic treats, which you can see below.
Just another great reason to head down to Edge-Lit this year, and plenty more to come!
Thanks a lot
THE CALL OF CTHULHU. Directed by Andrew Leman. (USA, 2005. 50 mins). Dying a professor leaves his great-nephew a collection of documents on the dreaded Cthulhu Cult and slowly the nephew pieces together the full horror as his own mind begins to unravel. From the HP Lovecraft Historical Society comes this amazing anomaly - a film shot and made as if it were 1926 and Lovecraft had just signed a Hollywood deal to get the film made: a silent-movie take on Lovecraft's celebrated Mythos.
"The Great Old One of Lovecraftian cinema... risen from the page onto the screen in all his belated glory." Horror Review
POSSESSION. Directed by Andrej Zulawski. (France/Germany, 1981. 119 mins). A cult cinema paranoid masterpiece of obsession, guilt, horror, explosive violence and tentacled monster love won Adjani best actress award at Cannes before the UK decided to consign it to video nasty status.
"cComfortably rivalling Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, David Cronenberg’s The Brood and Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage." Sight and Sound.
MASTERS OF HORROR: DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE. Directed by Stuart Gordon. (USA, 2005. 55 mins). Possibly Gordon's best adaptation of Lovecraft, more subtle than Re-Animator and darker than Dagon, this is a tight exercise in menacing, brooding fear. A student begins to question his own sanity after taking a room in a boarding house once said to be the residence a witch.
"One of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen put to film..." Dread Central
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. Directed by Lucio Fulci. (Italy. 1981. 86 mins) Part Lovecraft, part Henry James, Fulci's amazingly over the top, blood splashed HOUSE forms the final part of his infamous Gates of Hell Trilogy and has now been rescued and restored for your pleasure. If Witch-House is concerned with the terror in the attic, then this reminds us not to ever go in the cellar!
"Gleefully gory... If you've never seen it and you're a fan of Italian genre film, do yourself a favor and seek it out." Twitch