Two cult ghost and horror films at The Crypt for Camberwell Free Film Festival 2018
The Woman in Black
March 21, Doors 7pm, film starts at 8pm
UK 1989 Dir Herbert Wise, runtime 1hr 40mins
When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people's cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy.
This Central Television production of The Woman In Black, adapted for TV by Nigel Neale from Susan Hill's classic horror novella was broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1989 and repeated only once in 1994. However, the film is often held up as one of the most potent, paralysingly spooky screen adaptations of a ghost story ever made.The film has been described by Reece Shearsmith as "the most terrifying programme I've ever seen". Without giving away any spoilers, there are some shocking moments in this TV adaptation which will linger in the memory of anyone who sees it.
March 22, Doors 8pm, film starts at 8.30pm
Japan 1977 Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi runtime 88mins
An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Obayashi's deranged fairy tale Hausu (House) is one of Japanese cinema's wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature. Adapted from an idea from Obayashi's young daughter, the film looks like a psychedelic, nightmare version of a children's ghost hunting adventure, but there are sophisticated undercurrents that hint at the dislocation in Japanese culture pre and post second world war.
Distressed by her widowed father's plans to remarry, Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway in her aunt's isolated mansion. But all is not well - in this house of dormant secrets and cobwebbed interiors long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiments and the girls will have to use all their individual talents if any are to survive.
A rollercoaster ride without brakes, House is by turns sinister, hilarious and curiously touching, with ceaseless cinematic invention and a satirical, full-blooded approach to the horror genre. (From Eureka Masters of Cinema Series)
The Woman in Black (1989) Trailer
House (1977, Japan) Japanese Trailer w/ English Subtitles