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CULT CULT FROM THE MIND-ALTERING AND UNCLASSIFIABLE TO FANTASY, SCI-FI AND HORROR 77 Dir-Scr Alexandre O Philippe. Prod Kerry Deignan Roy. USA 2017. 91min. UK Distribution Dogwoof THU 12 SAT 14 18:15 PCC 18:15 VUE5 WED 11 THU 12 FRI 13 18:00 HAYMARKET 15:00 HAYMARKET 18:00 PCC FRI 13 SUN 15 20:45 VUE7 12:30 CENTRAL Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the shower, we draw back the curtain on what is possibly Hitchcock’s most infamous set piece. A third of the way into his celebrated horror masterpiece Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock shocked an entire generation by killing off his heroine in brutal, unprecedented fashion. With his notorious shower scene (which comprised 78 setups and 52 cuts), film history was made and the face of cinema was changed forever. With his absorbing, exhaustive documentary, Alexandre O Philippe delves deep into two of the most talked about minutes ever committed to celluloid, unpacking just what makes the sequence so endlessly compelling and so exquisitely terrifying. Featuring a host of familiar faces, including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth and Jamie Lee Curtis, this fascinating slice of film-geekery offers a penetrating look at one of cinema’s most unforgettable moments. Michael Blyth BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 Dir-Scr S Craig Zahler. Prod Jack Heller, Dallas Sonnier. With Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson. USA 2017. 132min. UK Distribution Universal Pictures The sophomore feature from the director of horror/ western Bone Tomahawk is another genre-bending, bone-crunching exercise in slow-burn suspense. Vince Vaughn plays Bradley, a former boxer-turnedmechanic at a crossroads in his life. With his marriage on the rocks and his career well and truly in the gutter, he teams up with an old acquaintance for a stint as a drug courier. But while his risky new venture proves initially lucrative, a drug deal gone wrong sees him behind bars and set to face his toughest, most dangerous assignment yet. As he proved with his uncompromising debut, there is no other filmmaker quite like S Craig Zahler working today, and this visceral prison thriller presents another subversive and idiosyncratic take on a seemingly familiar genre. Be warned, the squeamish might want to look elsewhere. But for those made of sturdier stuff, this is one stretch well worth your time. Michael Blyth 78/52 Dir-Scr David Freyne. Prod Rory Dungan, Rachael O’Kane, Ellen Page. With Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Ireland 2017. 95min. Sales BAC Films The walking dead get a second chance at life in this inventive and surprising post-zombie film from Ireland. Six years after a virus ravaged Europe and transformed the majority of its population into feral, zombie-like flesh eaters, a cure has been found. As the rehabilitated are transitioned back into society, they remain widely feared and are treated as second class citizens. When two friends, Senan and Connor, are released from quarantine, they experience the hardships of re-integration, leading Connor to take a stand against his oppressors. As with the most effective zombie films, David Freyne’s assured debut is not simply a work of claustrophobic, visceral horror, it’s also a potent political allegory. Proudly bearing the influence of the late, great undead king George A Romero, Freyne’s cerebral shocker also boasts something all too rare: fresh ideas. Deeply unsettling and richly emotional, this is socially engaged horror with real brains. And plenty of guts. Michael Blyth THE CURED DOC


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