Gothic – The Dark Heart of Film

As the nights draw in, the evenings begin to carry a hint of danger, magic and mystery, and there’s something more than a little disturbing happening at the Showroom. Cult Tuesdays are reported to be disappearing over the course of the Autumn and Winter to be replaced by something far more terrifying.

The BFI are opening a Pandora’s Box of horror and romance, as all things Gothic will be appearing on screen; from ‘30s classics to more modern terrors. Some of the highlights include:

Night of the Demon – 2nd November

The 1957 British classic Night of the Demon was once considered one of Britain’s scariest films. It’s a creepy mix black magic, hypnosis, murder, a weather-meddling clown, Stonehenge and huge demon. The screening will be followed by a DJ set in the bar from the Eccentronic Research Council – spinning an eclectic selection of ‘Science vs. Magic’.

The Company of Wolves – 21st January

This offbeat gothic fable has a touch of magic, a sprinkle of mystery and is garnished with a disturbing undertone. Neil Jordan directs this magical interpretation of the Red Riding Hood legend with an eye for the fantastical. I own this and can highly recommend it.

Jan Svankmajer – Gothic Shorts & Faust – 14th December

Following a double bill of the Jan Svankmajer’s work, Michael Brooke, an expert on Eastern European gothic, visits the Showroom to discuss the work of the renowned animator. Svankmajer is celebrated for his fantastical retelling of gothic stories and fables, using unsettling marionettes and claymation with an edge of dark humour.

Hammer House of Horror – 1st/8th/15th December

Film Bites delves a little deeper into the curious world of the gothic and the legacy of the Hammer film studio for the Hammer House of Horror: 1957-1959. Three classic films will screen over three consecutive Sunday afternoons – The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy. Experts Paul Bareham and Dr Andrew will lead discussions after each film, and the series is topped off by Hammer House of Horror Sounds in the Showroom Bar.

Rebecca – 28th January

Adapted from the quintessential Gothic novel by Daphne Du Maurier, and arguably Hitchcock’s best film, Rebecca is a spellbinding meditation on the guilt and anxiety that comes from sex, money and class. Don’t miss this chance to see it on the big screen.

The whole season is excellent. The other films screening are:

The Ghoul
Rosemary’s Baby
The Devil Rides Out
Witchfinder General
Ghost Stories of Christmas
Don’t Look Now

For further information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Showroom’s website.

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