Lots to see on day four, including the sensorial sensations Berberian Sound Studio and Sinister, but seeing the restored versions of some Hammer classics and a special presentation The Bride of Frankenstein on a biggish screen was a real treat.
HORROR CLASSICS RESTORED
Following the release earlier this year of Dracula, Prince of Darkness, The Reptile and Plague of the Zombies comes another trio of terror from the Hammer archives, all dusted down and given a lovely HD restoration: The Mummy’s Shroud, Rasputin: The Mad Monk and The Devil’s Rides Out. All due out on 22 October with brand new documentaries and commentaries – the latter two featuring Christopher Lee. The Bride of Frankenstein special presentation heralds Universal’s classic horrors being digitally-restored as part of their 100th-anniversary celebrations. The Blu-ray is due out on 1 October, as a stand-alone disc or as part of an 8-disc box-set. Seeing it on a big(ish) screen was an absolute delight and the restoration really is stunning.
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (London preview ) In UK cinemas 31 August
‘Don’t be afraid, a new world of sound awaits you… Director Peter Strickland pumps up the volume to scale new heights in psychological terror.’
‘This is not a horror film. It’s a Strickland!’ to mis-quote a line from the movie. The Katalin Varga director’s new film, Berberian Sound Studio, pays homage to 1970s Italian horror cinema to create something very special indeed – a psychological thriller with a metaphysical twist. Toby Jones plays Gilderoy, a mild-mannered British sound engineer who arrives in 1970s Rome to work on a new film, The Equestrian Vortex, only to discover it’s not the nature documentary he thought it was but a horror film about witches haunting an elite riding school. With no money to get back home, he suffers in silence. But, with his British reserve putting him at odds with his Italian peers, and the pressures of working in the claustrophobic confines of the studio weighing heavy, Gilderoy soon withdraws into himself, until he cuts himself off from reality altogether. Evocative and absorbing, and boasting a quietly disturbing performance from Toby Jones, Berberian Sound Studio is truly remarkable. And if you have never seen films like Death Lays An Egg or Short Night of the Glass Dolls, which served as the film’s inspiration, then you might find yourself hunting these down after watching this inspired effort. For me, I can’t wait until the brilliant Broadcast soundtrack is released in December.
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THE INSIDE (World premiere) Released through Monster Pictures UK
‘You’ll be left shaking in fear of watching another shaky cam horror after this one!’
Directed by Merlin actor Eoin Macken and featuring a cast of ‘actor’ friends comes this unnerving horror from Ireland in which a bunch of loud, drunk women head off to a birthday at a warehouse, where a gang of rapists lie in wait. After being subjected to an horrific attack, the girls face something even more terrifying – having to run in their party heels through the labyrinthine building to escape something gurgling in the shadows. The Inside is a bit of a mess. It’s just endless scenes of people swearing and shouting, running through dark corridors, and the occasional sound effect for the demon/baby/creature thing that you never really see. It’s just plain annoying and makes for uncomfortable viewing except for the chilling score that I could happily listen to without the amateur visuals.
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SINISTER (UK premiere) In UK and Ireland cinemas on 5 October.
‘You will want to keep the lights on after watching this creeping tale of terror’
Desperately in need of a best seller, true crime writer Ellison (Ethan Hawke) moves his family into the house of his latest story; the disappearance of a young girl whose family were found hanging in a tree outside their house. But when Ellison finds startling new evidence in a box of home movie films and uncovers the existence of an ancient demon that eats children, he comes to the terrifying realisation that he has placed his own family in mortal danger. The scariest thing about Sinister isn’t just the spooky apparitions that jump out from the shadows, but the things that go crash, bang, wallop in the night. Sinister features one of the most frightening soundtracks I have heard in ages – and is guaranteed to give you nightmares. Well, you wouldn’t expect anything less from the people that brought you Insidious, Paranormal Activity and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. And thanks to Christopher Young’s scary score, it made a perfect companion piece to the earlier Berberian Sound Studio.
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Also shown today
The Thompsons – view trailer
We Are The Night – view trailer
The Inside – view trailer
Community – view trailer
Sleep Tight – view trailer
Errors of the Human Body – view trailer
The Victim – view trailer
Dead Sushi – view trailer