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Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway on 31st October for four days of horror-tinged screenings, previews and guests. The festival opens this year with internationally-acclaimed British director Nicolas Roeg who will be presenting his most recent film Puffball as well as taking part in a very special screening of his masterpiece Don’t Look Now in the eerie settings of St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market.
Other special guests for the festival include American Director Brian Netto who will be presenting Delivery, The Borderlands Director Elliot Goldner and Producer Jennifer Handorf, and director Caradog James and Producer John Giwa-Amu for hi-tech British dark sci-fi The Machine. Mayhem are also hosting a special BAFTA screening of Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear which follows a young couple being tormented while driving in the countryside.
With a total of 17 screenings, Mayhem will present their first silent film screening, Tod Browning’s »
- Phil Wheat
While there are more than enough horror and genre films that do the trick of scaring the living crap out of us, sometimes films outside of that box do it just as effectively. A couple of us Icons of Fright staffers decided to share with you fright fiends, some movies that aren’t horror films, but are quite intense all the same. Read on!
There Will Be Blood (2007)
There’s something about Pt Anderson’s very loose adaption of Upton Sinclair’s Oil! that freaks me the hell out. Does it have a masked killer walking around, slaughtering nubile teens?, nope. It is also without about 90% of other elements that typically give me an upset feeling after watching it. Instead it relies on a combination of one of the best performances of all time (yeah, I said that) and a Very unsettling score masterfully done by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, »
Produced by MGM in 1932, Freaks (dir. Tod Browning) was withdrawn upon its initial theatrical release and is one of the few films from the era that remains truly shocking to contemporary audiences. The film features real circus “freaks” and their apparent monstrosity was one of the driving forces of the numerous controversies that plagued the film. Their representation remains a point of contention for the contemporary viewer, and whether or not the film does more harm than good in regards to its subject remains an open question for the socially conscious. The film encounters many of the same legal and ethical issues that freak shows have, offering a cinematic equal to the roadside attractions and circus shows.
Tod Browning’s career had been no stranger to the physically disabled and many of his silent films, including The Unknown (1927) and The Unholy Three (1925) featured prominent characters with physical disabilities. Before coming to Hollywood, »
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