In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown.
Joe Ahearne is a British writer and director whose TV miniseries The Replacement was shown on the BBC in 2017 to a warm reception. I caught up with him to chat about this and his other project, the horror/thriller film called B&B.
“This was the first time I’d written something where I was determined that the gay guys were absolutely going to be the stars, and it was sort of a genre piece as well. I was definitely interesting in doing something that had some kind of fantasy or horror.”
The new official poster for A24’s Midsommar, from Ari Aster – director of Hereditary – has been released and I’m psyched up for when it arrives in cinemas 3 July. Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn…
“Let the festivities begin.”
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.
“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”
I needed to know for myself how far Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House had diverged from the 1959 book and if it had actually improved on it. So I read the book first and then watched the 1963 film, The Haunting, which I’d heard was a classic. I must admit I enjoyed both of them – and found them very different from one another – so I decided that so I decided that all three needed to be compared.
“You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!”
The Dark Knight returns to Mondo Gallery this May with a brand new show eight decades in the making. Mondo Gallery’s 80 Years of Batman celebrates the history of the caped crusader, along with his allies and infamous rogues gallery of villains, with eighteen classic, iconic and fan-favorite Batman comic book cover images produced as screen printed posters. Opening night for 80 Years of Batman will be held Friday, 17 May, and the show will run through 25 May.
“For most of my life I’ve been enamored with Batman. His rogues. His world. His look. It’s just about as perfect as you can get.”
How do you do? Local Boogeyman feels it would be a little unkind to present this t-shirt without just a word of friendly warning. We’re about to unveil an original Frankenstein design from Rob Zombie, a man of music who sought to create industrial rock and fuckin’ roll without reckoning upon God.
“I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you…”
Waxwork Records is thrilled to present the original motion picture soundtrack and score to Her Smell.
Her Smell is a 2018 psychodrama divided into five acts that focuses on the narcissistic and destructive punk icon Becky Something, lead vocalist of the fictional 90’s band, Something She.
“Promise me mama, when I die, have the coffin arrive half an hour late, and on the side written in gold letters: Sorry for the delay.”
On 24 June, Indicator presents a selection of iconic independent productions from the 1970s and 80s – Black Joy (1977); Scum (1979); The Missionary (1982); and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) – which bring together some of British film and television’s most celebrated talents, both on and off screen, including award-winning cinematographers Phil Méheux and Peter Hannan – both of whom worked closely with Indicator to ensure that the films all look as they originally intended.
“Life is for living…”
Directed by Camilo Vila, The Unholy is an 1980s horror flick with an identity crisis. Oscar-winning screenwriter Phillip Yordan originally wrote The Unholy in the 1970s, shortly after the successful release of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973). Audiences were terrified by the film adaptation of The Exorcist because, regardless of their religious beliefs (or lack thereof), Friedkin had adapted William Peter Blatty’s novel into a horrific tale of demonic possession that somehow felt plausible!
“You haven’t got a prayer.”
Fright-Rags wants to believe. The horror apparel company has launched a collection of The X-Files tees that are out of this world, along with new merchandise celebrating The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.
“The truth is out there.”
Waxwork Records is gearing up for the new Pet Sematary movie with a long over due re-pressing of Starry Eyes. Originally released in 2015 and sold out within hours, the score to Starry Eyes by Jonathan Snipes is a wonderful synth driven joy ride that’s both terrifying and beautiful.