Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 165: Sat Jun 23

Let's Scare Jessica To Death (Hancock, 1971): Everyman Screen on the Green, 11.30pm


This 35mm screening is part of a superb three-week late-night season at the Everyman Screen on the Green in Islington.

Introduction to Screen on the Green/Zabludowicz Collection season:
From camp to cult to classic, this series screenings feature rarely seen films and avant-garde shorts inspired by and of influence on artists Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett. Currently on view at the Zabludowicz Collection, their work ventures from video games and fairy tales to shudder-inducing surgery, resulting in an eclectic mix for these Late Nights. More details here.


Tonight's presentation also includes live music by Lucinda Chua and Marianna Simnett and a reading of 'All the Things in the House that Could, Kill You' by Charlie Fox.

Here is an extract from Tom Fellows' review at the classichorror.com website:
That Let's Scare Jessica to Death should be overlooked as one of the finest horror pictures of the 1970s is apt. Lacking the guttural, attention grabbing scares of contemporaries Night of the Living Dead and Last House on the Left, the film is a more somber, subdued affair. Its autumnal light casts dark shadows and the rural farmhouse location becomes secondary to the inner landscape of a mentally unstable mind. Also Let's Scare Jessica to Death refuses the sensationalism usually associated with movie madness (no cannibal doctors or men dressed as their mothers here) and instead retreats inward, sharing whispered thoughts and ghostly warnings. Like its central protagonist, it is a movie that shyly refuses to draw attention to itself, but underneath lays insanity, sadness and startling beauty. A masterpiece.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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