Sam Irvin, former personal assistant to Brain De Palma, celebrates the 40th Anniversary of De Palma’s Dressed to Kill, with the publication of his personal experiences during the making of this classic horror-thriller, starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen.
Continuing from our previous interview, Attack from Planet B talked with Michael Fausti regarding his first feature film EXIT, and the various influences that have helped shape him as a filmmaker.
“The early stages of writing took place at the same time as the European Referendum, so inevitably this was always going to have an influence. Our original premise for a story set in a single, insular location, seemed the perfect starting point for a Brexit inspired horror film.”
It is safe to say that this is cinematic artistry at its very best. This horror, although silent, screams of an unhinged nightmare full off vivid expressionistic imagery. From the beginning the film’s soundtrack alerts the viewer that something dark and sinister is on the cards. The set is the work of a mastermind and with the scenery being uneven and far from any utopian environment, this is reflected in the twisted music.
“Dr. Caligari and his mysterious slave – the black and white phantom who lives in a cabinet and goes forth in his sleep to do his master’s bidding.”
Dark, poetic and a visual masterpiece.
The Crow is a movie that is very much dear to my heart. Released in 1994 on the back of some very serious hype (for all the wrong reasons) involving the death of star Brandon Lee, it was billed as a sort of adult version of Tim Burton’s Batman. I can clearly see why people would perceive this as it’s a very dark piece. Audiences hadn’t really seen many movies stylistically like Burton’s Batman, so it was easier to class them in the same vein. Even more so with both being comic book incarnations…
“It can’t rain all the time.”
Skinner was made back in the days when there was only one medium for film – 35mm. So, the hope had been that at some point the movie would be finished and released upon the world via various movie theatres. But the path out into the world wasn’t smooth.
“I realised pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to be the ‘next big step’ on my career path and was more of a big fucking stumble…”
The Ingress Tapes and Dead Celebrities are both witty, engaging and at times disturbing pieces and are effective for their conciseness. With their tight running times and often dream-like, art house aesthetic, Michael Fausti’s works act like a short sharp adrenaline shot.
“Real life can be truly horrific and a script always needs a strong foundation. Rooting a narrative in real life events or happenings is a good starting point.”
‘There’s a few things I’d like to get off my mind before I go’ confesses the deep voice of an unseen man with a South London accent. Before us is a desk with three objects laid out on its surface; a reel to reel tape recorder, a telephone and an ashtray. In The Ingress Tapes we will hear the detailed and confessional musings of an unidentified criminal but intriguingly neither they nor their interviewer are ever identified, a detail which adds to the film’s overall atmosphere of ambiguity. It would appear that the tapes are first-hand accounts of a catalogue of brutal and shocking crimes.
“Fantasy, confession or evidence?”
Skinner is an American slasher flick that has been frequently and unfairly compared with Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991); overshadowed by a high-profile scandal involving its director Ivan Nagy, and his ex-girlfriend, the “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss; cut to shreds by the Motion Picture Association of America; whose original film elements were thought to be lost; and stars Ted Raimi in the leading role as Dennis Skinner! Yes, Skinner is sick, slick and most definitely sleazy!
“He’ll get under your skin.”
The London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) has launched its full programme of films and events for the upcoming 14th edition, taking place from 1st-14th November in London before embarking on the annual tour 18th-24th November.
“Korean cinema continues to excite global audiences with a steady stream of titles that satisfy both artistic and commercial appetites.”
Rian Johnson is a director, writer and musician, but primarily one of the most unique, inventive and sometimes controversial, filmmakers currently active in both film and TV. In Brick, Johnson coaxed uniformly outstanding performances from a young cast, most obviously an assured and compelling turn from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, earmarking the young actor as one to be watched (a prediction that has since been eminently fulfilled). However, the movie’s most arresting strength is a script that reads almost like Shakespearean dialogue and sounds like music.
“A detective story.”
On 28 October, Indicator presents long-overdue Blu-ray premieres of four powerful and uncompromising films. First, two worldwide Blu-ray premieres: the tense Brit noir Time Without Pity (1957); and the epic Young Winston (1972). Next, two UK premiere editions: Badge 373 (1973), directed by Howard Koch, is based on the life of New York detective Eddie Egan; and award-winning director Alan Parker’s Birdy (1984).
“A gun in his sock, a tire iron in his belt, and no badge. The story of Eddie. The best ex-cop in the business.”
Based upon Sébastien Japrisot’s 1977 novel of the same name, L’Été meurtrier – or as it is known in English speaking territories, One Deadly Summer – stars Isabelle Adjani as Eliane “Elle” Wieck; a troubled young woman who settles with her family into the small rural town in the south of France.