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thumbnail Suspiria (2018 Germany)

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Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick
Genre: Horror, fantasy
Duration: 152 mins

Dario Argento’s 1977 landmark of horror clearly enthralled Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash). His version in six acts with an epilogue has Susie Bannion, a sheltered Mennonite from Ohio, arriving in late Seventies Berlin to attend the prestigious Helena Markos Dance Academy. Immediately, she is hit with reminders of German history, from the Nazi era to the Berlin wall straight outside the academy’s doors. The Baader-Meinhof Gang throws bombs in the streets and danger is everywhere, especially inside the academy where Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) enlists Susie to perform in Volk, a modern dance piece where a wrong move can cause bodily injury…

Swinton stuns in the role, playing the chain- smoking taskmaster with an intensity and sudden flashes of warmth that make all the girls her slaves. The score from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke creates an inescapable feeling of melancholy and mystery.

thumbnail The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017 USA)

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Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell
Genre: Mystery, horror
Duration: 119 mins
Rated R

Taking its titular theme from the myth of Iphigenia, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a wrathful tale of retribution and responsibility transposed from the stages of ancient Greece to the screens of 21st-century cinema. Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon, wealthy, slightly world-weary and too fond of a drink, presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob and 14-year-old Kim. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

thumbnail Tale of Tales (2015, Italy)

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Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson
Genre: Fantasy horror
Duration: 134 mins

Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is based on three folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile, of whom the Brothers Grimm were big fans. Unlike the fairy tales we’re used to, there are no straightforward morals to be swallowed, and the ever-afters aren’t all that obviously happy. Sweet dreams quickly curdle to swirling nightmares. It is a masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression in which everything is treated with deadpan seriousness.

Screening Date: 7-Aug-16

thumbnail Babadook – Australia (2014)

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This first feature film written and directed by the Australian actress Jennifer Kent, is a monster movie in which the monster is both internally and externally real at every moment. Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). The Babadook first makes his appearance in a children’s pop-up book, Mister Babadook, that Amelia comes across on Samuel’s shelf one night. But when Amelia and Sam snuggle in bed to read the book together, the rhymed text they find, is macabre and taunting, ending on a promise that if and when the reader ever happens upon the titular bogeyman “You’ll wish you were dead”.

It shared top honours at this year’s Australia Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) awards.