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BFI Southbank Guide Sep-Oct 2017

STEPHEN KING 20 book online at bfi.org.uk WED 6 SEP SUN 17 SEP 20:30 NFT1* 20:00 NFT2 TUE 5 SEP SUN 10 SEP 18:20 NFT2 20:15 NFT1 THU 7 SEP WED 13 SEP TUE 3 OCT 20:40 NFT1* 20:45 BFI IMAX 20:50 STUDIO Children of the Corn USA 1984. Dir Fritz Kiersch. With Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin. 92min. Digital. 18 Driving across the American Midwest, a couple stumble upon an isolated town populated only by children. Finding themselves trapped, the doomed pair soon understand the horrific fate met by the absent adults. The first feature-length production based solely on one of King’s short stories, this low-budget shocker generated seven sequels (and a television remake), making it the most enduring of all King-related film franchises. FRI 8 SEP FRI 15 SEP 18:20 NFT3 20:40 NFT3 Christine + intro by Simon Brown, Kingston University* USA 1983. Dir John Carpenter. With Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Harry Dean Stanton. 110min. Digital. 18 It’s boy-meets-car in John Carpenter’s darkly unconventional love story. When affable nerd Arnie buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury he gains a new found confidence, but it soon becomes clear his mystery machine is really the one in control. Shot with cool precision, Carpenter’s prowling camera lingers over his chrome-plated leading lady with fetishistic longing, effectively bringing to life one of King’s most idiosyncratic villains. The Dead Zone USA 1983. Dir David Cronenberg. With Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen. 104min. Video. 15 Despite a significant streamlining of the narrative (King’s more faithful treatment was in fact rejected), this portentous adaptation remains an incredibly effective one. After waking from a coma, Johnny Smith discovers he has psychic powers – powers which come with devastating consequences. Cronenberg’s first literary adaptation marked a surprising shift to the mainstream for the director, although his chilly, brooding aesthetic is still palpable. See p52 for a Future Film Recommends discussion on Tue 5 Sep Creepshow + discussion hosted by MCM Comic Con* USA 1982. Dir George A Romero. With Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Stephen King, Leslie Nielsen. 120min. Video. 15 United by their shared love of vintage horror comics, King joined forces with George A Romero for a nostalgic love letter to their favourite genre. Comprising five deliciously dark morality tales (and a cute wraparound story starring King’s son Joe), this ghoulish explosion of colour and creativity is arguably the definitive horror anthology. As the tagline promised, it is ‘the most fun you’ll ever have... being scared.’ INTRO


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