Welcome back to Horror for the Weekend, where we make suggestions for your horror viewing. If you’re looking for something new, or wondering which of the classics to dig out – read on.
Hitting UK cinemas today is British horror In Fear. The film, which takes place in real time, follows Tom and Lucy, lost on their way to a music festival in the Irish countryside and finding they are not alone on the winding roads. Yes, it sounds like a story we’ve all head below, but apparently writer/director Jeremy Lovering did not tell the actors what was going to happen next in order to get genuine reactions. One thing that impressed us when reading about this film is their plausible explanation of everyday technology. How often have you watched an older horror movie and thought ‘well, I’d just pull out my phone/use the satnav’. This film manages to explain the role of such technology and present the danger accordingly. We’ve also heard a lot of comparisons drawn between it and The Blair Witch Project, those of you who experience motion sickness will be pleased to hear that it’s not found footage. It’s the biggest British horror of the year, so we’ll be checking this one out!
If you prefer something classic, you’ll be interested to know that Saturday would have been Robert Wiene’s birthday. Born 1873, Wiene was one ofhe most influential forces in early German cinema. His most famous work was the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Distorted, weird and genuinely creepy, we’ll be digging this silent classic out this weekend.
This weekend, the New York City Horror Festival is taking place and when writing our preview one film in particular caught our attention. Play Dead is inspired by the American spook show, an underground entertainment that thrived from the 1930s to the 1970s. Something about spook shows has always fascinated me, and this weekend, I’ll be digging out some of the films which were originally shown in these venues. An evening at a spook show generally consisted of three parts; The Magic Show, where the “Ghost Master” – usually a magician would present 45-50 minutes of hilarious and spooky magic and illusions; The Blackout Sequence, where ghosts would “materialize” throughout the theatre, spirits fly over the heads of the audience, skeletons tap dance and tell funny jokes, and audiences are surrounded by apparitions; and finally The Feature Film. Probably the most famous spook show movie was Monsters Crash the Pyjama Party, so I’ll be digging that out this weekend.