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How An Entire Island Conspired To Murder A Policeman In The Wicker Man

How An Entire Island Conspired To Murder A Policeman In The Wicker Man
This weekend is a big one for burning effigies around my household. Here in the Czech Republic, April 30th is when people all around the country gather to burn witches and banish the last traces of winter. The celebrations usually include lots of fun and games for the kids, music, dancing, plus klobasa sausages and plenty of beer for the adults. Then, as a big folk horror fan, May Day is time to break out my copy of "The Wicker Man" again for another trip to Summerisle.

Robin Hardy's 1973 cult classic has come a long way from its humble...

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Inside No. 9 Series 7 Episode 2 Review: Mr King

Inside No. 9 Series 7 Episode 2 Review: Mr King
Warning: contains spoilers for Inside No. 9 episode ‘Mr King’.

They didn’t burn him! Drowned, strangled and dismembered, yes, but Class 9 of Man Sancta Ysgol stopped short of going full The Wicker Man on poor Mr Curtis – ex-primary teacher, current human bean. What a delightfully nasty ending that was, a human sacrifice in Pritt Stick, doilies and crepe paper, conducted by beaming cherubs dinging triangles in happy contemplation of bloodshed to come.

More surprising perhaps than this episode’s denouement was that it’s taken until now for Inside No. 9 to offer up an entry for the folk horror canon. Why the wait? Given its creators’ previous work, this modern-day tribute to Robin Hardy’s sinister seventies classic and the likes of The Blood on Satan’s Claw felt overdue.

Was the idea of a local school for local people where the old ways die hard thought too close
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Horror Highlights: Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched, Shudder’s 61 Days Of Halloween

Horror Highlights: Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched, Shudder’s 61 Days Of Halloween
Severin Films Reveals Trailer And VOD Release Date For Kier-la Janisse’S Award-winning Festival Hit Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror: "Severin Films is proud to finally bring the debut feature film from Kier-La Janisse (author of “House of Psychotic Women”) to VOD platforms on October 26th, just in time for Halloween. The film will continue to play festival dates and theatrical bookings throughout Autumn.

Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films - Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard's Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) and Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man (1973) - through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s and its culturally specific manifestations in American, Asian, Australian and European horror, to the genre's revival over the last decade. Touching on over 100 films and featuring over 50 interviewees, Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched investigates the
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Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror - Jennie Kermode - 16995

Woodlands Dark And Days Bewitched: A History Of Folk Horror - Jennie Kermode - 16995
Folklore is the oldest manifestation of shared storytelling. It has been a part of cinema since the very early days, when it inspired works such as Alice Guy-Blaché’s The Cabbage Fairy and George S Fleming’s Jack And The Beanstalk. But what of folk horror? Kier-La Janisse’s outstanding documentary traces the history and form of this influential cinematic tradition across decades and continents, and does it all with such verve that, at three hours and 14 minutes in length, this densely packed film still flashes by.

It begins with what Janisse calls the big three: Michael Reeve’s Witchfinder General, Piers Haggard’s Blood On Satan’s Claw and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man. All three have a strong personal relevance for her and al three continue to be celebrated as classics decades after they were made. They’re as good a hook as any on which to hang
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Fantasia 2021: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched

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Fantasia 2021: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched
Features: Robert Eggers, Lawrence Gordon Clark, Piers Haggard, Alice Lowe, Jonathan Rigby | Written and Directed by Kier-La Janisse

After watching Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror you certainly can’t accuse writer/director Kier-La Janisse (Eurocrime! the Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s) of just skimming the topic’s surface. Book-ended by animated credits sequences and featuring paper collages by Guy Maddin Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched is a deep dive into the definition and history of folk horror. The film’s three hours and fifteen minutes are split into six chapters that make up three roughly hour-long segments.

The first segment deals with the “Unholy Trinity” of Witchfinder General, The Blood on Satan’s Claw and The Wicker Man. While it doesn’t deny their influence and importance, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched very quickly dispenses with the idea that they are the root of the genre,
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Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched Review: A Staggeringly Immersive History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched Review: A Staggeringly Immersive History of Folk Horror
Running for more than three hours, overflowing with film clips, and populated by truly insightful experts, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror is a cinematic graduate-level course––in the best sense. Written, produced, and directed with stylistic verve by Kier-La Janisse, the documentary is a staggeringly immersive experience, all somber music, eerie singing, and unsettling, often gruesome imagery. It is also a creation that inspires the viewer to dive even further into the world of “folk horror.” Tracking down and watching the films highlighted here would be difficult, if not impossible, but that search is part of the fun. Make no mistake: folk horror is fun.

As Woodlands begins, Janisse’s stellar experts explain, in voiceover, what it means to be considered “folk horror.” This array of words forms a strange and enticing tapestry, from “The juxtaposition of the prosaic and the uncanny” to “The Devil
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French summer release calendar: 250 titles to hit screens by mid-September

French summer release calendar: 250 titles to hit screens by mid-September
This number will increase as Cannes, Venice and other summer festival titles are added to the mix alongside studio releases.

French cinemas reopen this Wednesday (May 19) after lying dark for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the country’s 100-plus distributors rushing to set theatrical dates for an estimated backlog of 400 stalled films.

As a result, French cinemagoers will have access to the richest and most diverse offering of films in the world over the coming months, spanning festival titles, local mainstream comedies and dramas, world cinema and studio blockbuster fare, as the summer advances.

As of May
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‘Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched’ Review: A Diverting Survey of Folk-Horror Cinema and TV

‘Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched’ Review: A Diverting Survey of Folk-Horror Cinema and TV
“Folk horror” is a term of relatively recent vintage — or at least popularity — that only grows more broad as “Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched” spends three and a quarter hours trying to define it. Still, a slippery thesis doesn’t detract from the pleasures of this documentary from genre scholar and programmer Kier-La Janisse. She draws on alluring clips from more than 100 films, plus myriad interviews, to survey an alternately lurid and surreal cinematic (as well as television) field of mostly rural tales inspired by traditional superstitions and lore.

for a long time to come. Production company Severin Films, itself a leading restorer and home-formats distributor of vintage cult movies, should find a ready-made audience in its own customer base—which Janisse’s film will no doubt help expand.

Beyond the director herself, the various authorities heard from here (just a couple in archival interviews) include veteran and next-generation filmmakers,
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Studiocanal Set to Re-Release ‘Breathless’ Following Success With ‘Flash Gordon,’ ‘The Elephant Man’

Studiocanal Set to Re-Release ‘Breathless’ Following Success With ‘Flash Gordon,’ ‘The Elephant Man’
Leading producer-distributor Studiocanal, which boasts one of the biggest film libraries in the world with more than 5,500 movies, is gearing up for a slew of major theatrical and DVD releases sure to titillate fans of classic cinema, among them Jean-Luc Godard’s beloved 1960 film “Breathless.”

The company has enjoyed recent successes with re-releases of such classics as David Lynch’s 1980 Victorian drama “The Elephant Man,” Volker Schlöndorff’s 1979 Oscar-winning “The Tin Drum” and Mike Hodges’ 1980 sci-fi extravaganza “Flash Gordon.”

Studiocanal is expecting similar success with its newly restored reissues.

Breathless” is “one of our biggest upcoming catalog releases,” said Juliette Hochart, Studiocanal’s executive VP of library.

The film will be released in theaters in France on Oct. 28, in Germany the following day and in the U.K. on Nov. 13. It will also be reissued in other territories, such as Italy and Japan, in 2021.

A new Uhd collector’s edition
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Classic Cinema Celebrated at Lyon Lumiere in Times of Corona

Classic Cinema Celebrated at Lyon Lumiere in Times of Corona
If all goes as planned, the Lumière Film Festival will kick off this month in Lyon, France, to again celebrate classic cinema and fete such guests as Viggo Mortensen and Oliver Stone.

This year’s edition, which runs Oct. 10-18, is taking place under strict health and safety measures, including limiting public gatherings to a maximum of 1,000 people. Due to recent spikes in cases and hospitalizations, restrictions have been changing around the country, making the festival’s organization more complicated.

While Covid-19 continues to cast its shadow over industry gatherings, growing opportunities for heritage film under the pandemic is sure to be a major topic of discussion at the fest’s Intl.

Classic Film Market (Mifc).

Headed by Bertrand Tavernier, Institut Lumière president, and Cannes topper Thierry Frémaux, Institut Lumière director, the fest is one of the world’s premier events showcasing heritage cinema and film restoration.

This year the
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Death of Me | Review

Death of Me | Review
The Dead Don’t Die: Bousman Weathers a Storm in Slow Burn Genre

There’s no predicting what to expect from Darren Lynn Bousman, other than we’re likely to see another facet of his flair for genre, and such is the case with his latest venture, Death of Me, a glossy throwback to tourist terror traps which proves to be his most polished film to date.

As penned by three scribes, it’s a hodgepodge of tropes, borrowing from the tech terrors of J-horror and the cult ceremonies of Robin Hardy which features some interesting twists and turns unfortunately dulled by straitjacketing everything into the perspective of rather unlikeable and privileged Western tourists.…
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Classic 1970s Horror Movies Coming to Criterion Channel in October

Classic 1970s Horror Movies Coming to Criterion Channel in October
It’s a great time to be a horror fan. Not only are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Shudder awash with all kinds of horror movies old and new, but the Criterion Channel is getting in on the gruesome action with a month’s worth of horror titles from the 1970s.

The subscription service is the digital offshoot of the Criterion Collection, which for more than 35 years has been providing definitive archival home video versions of classic and contemporary films from around the world. Criterion launched its streaming service last year as a way to offer a curated cross-section of its library of films online.

Horror has always had a respectful home at Criterion, with the company publishing definitive editions of a number of the genre’s landmark films. The October rollout of horror movies for the Halloween season is similar to what other companies are doing, but the focus is the difference here.
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The Wicker Man (1973): 10 Things You Didn't Know About The Cult Movie

The Wicker Man (1973): 10 Things You Didn't Know About The Cult Movie
Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man is one of the most beloved cult horror films of the 1970s. Although the film was not a success at the box-office at the time of its release, it grew in popularity through word of mouth. As such, the film currently holds an 89% Certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating, 87/100 Metascore, and 7.5/10 IMDb-rating. Its popularity and legacy were only strengthened when the 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage failed so hard that it only made people seek out the 1973 original.

Related: 10 Folk Horror Films To Watch If You Like Midsommar

Starring Edward Woodward, Sir Christopher Lee, and Britt Ekland, the story follows conservative police Sergeant Neil Howie summoned to Summerisle to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young girl who the local townsfolk claim doesn't exist. As Howie meets a bevy of strange and sordid locals, he's led down a primrose path of pure pain.
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The Best Horror Movies On Netflix According To IMDb And Rotten Tomatoes

The Best Horror Movies On Netflix According To IMDb And Rotten Tomatoes
With new horror movies launching on Netflix almost every week, it can be a hard time trying to keep track of them all. Not only is it a challenge working out what kind of spooky flick you’re in the mood for in the moment – be it slasher, creature feature or supernatural – but it’s also useful knowing if the pic in question is going to be, well, good. As you probably know, there’s nothing worse than dropping two hours of your life on an absolute clanger. We’ve all been there, right?

Thankfully, review aggregators like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes can be a useful resource that give audiences a general understanding of whether a specific film is for them or not. And as a result, we’re going to utilize this handy info to compile a list of creepy movies that should be on your radar.

So, without further ado,
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Tuppence Middleton

Tuppence Middleton
Tuppence Middleton, star of Fisherman’s Friends, Downton Abbey and Sense8, discusses some of her most memorable scenes.

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Imitation Game (2014)

The Current War (2017)

Cinema Paradiso (1991)

Downton Abbey (2019)

Fisherman’s Friends (2019)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Rocks in My Pockets (2014)

My Life as a Courgette a.k.a. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

13 Tzameti (2005)

13 (2010)

In Absentia (2000)

Eraserhead (1977)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Beetlejuice (1988)

Skeletons (2010)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Alien (1979)

Festen a.k.a. The Celebration (1998)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

Der Samurai (2014)

Under The Skin (2013)

Strasbourg 1518 (2020)

The Fall (2019)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

I Live in Fear (1955)

Drunken Angel (1948)

Throne of Blood (1957)

High and Low (1963)

Godzilla (1954)

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Possession (1981)

G.I. Blues (1960)

King Creole (1958)

Léolo (1992)

Other Notable Items

War and Peace miniseries (2016)

Giuseppe Tornatore

The Crown TV series (2016- )

Masterpiece Theatre TV series (1971- )

Upstairs Downstairs TV series (1971-1975)

Monty Python’s Flying Circus
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The Best Horror Movies Streaming Right Now

The Best Horror Movies Streaming Right Now
Is general writing about anything tacky and shameful at this point? Penning words for any purpose feels almost insensitive, and the idea of pitching editors strikes me as a gross and selfish misuse of time. Am I looking to spur healthy distraction or instinctively capitalizing on paranoia? Do these questions need to be asked or should I skip pretentious self-questioning and get on with my cute little list as though nothing bizarre is heavily impacting every single one of our lives right now?

Hey, we all have to keep living despite terror; thus I'm forced to ask, "Should we schedule in bingeing horror classics on top of staying afloat amidst disabling uncertainty?" Absolutely. A semi-frequent check in on the news seems necessary but our days and nights can't purely be worry. What we need, in addition to food, water, conversation, meditation, moderate exercise, and the occasional nut, is film of the utmost escapist variety.
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Movie Poster of the Week: Mapping "Bacurau"

Movie Poster of the Week: Mapping
Above: French grande for Long Weekend. Artist Léo Kouper.Update: Sadly, because of coronavirus precautions closing down all of Lincoln Center yesterday, this series has been cancelled. It may only ever exist in poster form.One of the most interesting and eclectic New York repertory series in many a moon starts today at Film at Lincoln Center. Titled “Mapping Bacurau,” the series has been handpicked by filmmakers Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles to highlight the varied cinematic influences behind their current arthouse-meets-grindhouse sensation. The result is a baker’s dozen of eccentric horror movies, spaghetti westerns, revenge saga,s and essential texts of the Cinema Novo movement. Having art directed the U.S. poster for Bacurau with illustrator Tony Stella and designer Midnight Marauder, it was fascinating to see how the posters for these films had echoes in our final design, even if only coincidentally. One of which was
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Another layer by Anne-Katrin Titze

Another layer by Anne-Katrin Titze
Juliano Dornelles on Michael in Bacurau: “When Udo Kier’s character said to the outsiders about the Brazilian collaborators, ‘They don’t speak Brazilian here.’ Brazilian, it’s not a name.”

In celebration of the theatrical release of Bacurau in New York, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles will present Mapping Bacurau, a program of films that include John Sayles’s Lone Star,; Colin Eggleston’s Long Weekend; Paul Morrissey’s Blood For Dracula; 70mm print of John Carpenter’s Starman; Ted Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright, and a 4K restoration of Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man: The Final Cut.

Kleber Mendonça Filho with Juliano Dornelles on Bacurau: “The horses for us is a very interesting marker that this is a Western. They’re beautiful animals, the way they move.” Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bacurau, shot by Pedro Sotero, edited by Eduardo Serrano, costumes by Rita Azevedo, with a.
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Endless Night (Region B)

Endless Night (Region B)
Why does CineSavant write so many positive reviews, even for films not commonly thought of as even being ‘good?’ Well, I’m about to offend committed fans of this Hayley Mills thriller… it bothered me in such basic ways that I had to watch it twice to make sure I hadn’t missed something important. Hayley Mills loves Hywel Bennett, a poor boy who gets a chance at the good life. But are they going to be victimized by envious relations, murderous gypsies, a deranged architect? The big superduper plus here is the film’s original music score by Bernard Herrman, one of his last.

Endless Night

Region B Blu-ray

Powerhouse Indicator

1972 / Color B&w / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / / Street Date , 2020 / available from Powerhouse Films UK / £15.99

Starring: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Britt Ekland, Per Oscarsson, George Sanders, Lois Maxwell, Patience Collier, Ann Way, Leo Genn, Shirley Jones (voice).

Cinematography: Harry Waxman
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Folk Horror & Doctor Who: A History

Alex Westthorp Oct 1, 2019

Witches, demons and ancient pagan rituals: Alex explores the use of folk horror in the Doctor's adventures...

This article originally ran on Den of Geek UK.

Thought to be a relatively recent term, coined by director Piers Haggard and popularised by Doctor Who's own Mark Gatiss, "folk horror" is essentially horror based on old countryside folklore. It is a sub-genre of occult fiction, which encompasses paganism, witchcraft, superstition, legends and the traditions of the countryside. Often texts will refer to "Green man" rituals, stone circles, Devil worship, disfigurement and the "memories" of the earth.

In the cinema, folk horror is at the fore in films like the 1967 Hammer classic The Devil Rides Out, Terence Fisher's vision of the 1934 novel by Denis Wheatley, Piers Haggard's own 1974 film Blood On Satan's Claw (which incidentally features a terrific cast including a pre-Who Anthony Ainley and a post-Who Wendy Padbury
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