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79 CULT THU 12 SAT 14 21:30 VUE5 15:15 PCC FRI 6 SAT 14 21:00 CENTRAL 21:00 SOHO THU 5 SAT 7 SUN 8 20:45 RICH MIX 14:45 MAYFAIR 12:15 NFT3 SAT 7 SUN 8 18:20 PCC 18:10 HACKNEY Dir-Scr Marc Meyers. Prod Jody Girgenti, Marc Meyers, Adam Goldworm, Michael Merlob, Milan Chakraborty. With Ross Lynch, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts. USA 2017. 107min. UK Distribution Altitude Film Distribution Dir Dario Argento. Prod Claudio Argento, Salvatore Argento. Scr Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi. With Jessica Harper, Udo Kier, Alida Valli. Italy 1977. 95min. UK Distribution CultFilms Restored in 4K in 2016 by Videa at TLE Films Laboratory from the original camera negative and intermediate negative elements Dir-Scr Erlingur Thoroddsen. Prod Baldvin Kári, Búi Baldvinsson, Erlingur Thoroddsen. With Björn Stefánsson, Sigurður Þór Óskarsson, Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir. Iceland 2017. 111min. Sales Blue Fox Entertainment Witness Dario Argento’s eye-popping slice of technicolour terror as never before, with this stunning 4K restoration. Four decades ago, Italian genre master Dario Argento brazenly subverted expectations by abandoning the giallo tradition upon which he had built his reputation, launching headlong into a fantastical tale of the supernatural. The resulting film remains not just one of the director’s most celebrated works, but a defining classic of horror cinema. American ballerina Suzy Bannion arrives in Germany to study at the prestigious Tanz Dance Academy. But as a series of murders and a variety of other inexplicable events begin to pile up, Suzy realises her new school houses a terrifying secret. Dripping in dark imagination, Suspiria ranks as one of Argento’s most visionary works – its garish colour palette and bravura set pieces adding to a frenzied sense of dread. Now lovingly restored, this psychedelic nightmare is ready to terrify, perplex and astound all over again. Michael Blyth Shades of Don’t Look Now permeate this subtle Nordic chiller about two men haunted by an unseen presence. Late one night, Gunnar receives an unexpected call from his ex-boyfriend Einar. Worried about his former partner’s well-being, Gunnar makes the journey to visit Einar at his family home in a remote part of Iceland. Thrust together in the isolated surroundings, painful memories resurface between the two men. But as they attempt to lay the ghosts of their relationship to rest, there is the sense of a very real presence lurking in the shadows. As much a devastating examination of a relationship breakdown as it is a chillingly insidious supernatural nail-biter, Erlingur Thoroddsen’s multi-layered mystery delves deep under the skin of its characters and, in turn, its viewers. Touching upon themes of depression, homophobia and abuse with nuance and subtlety, this is a story of the ghosts that haunt us, both literally and metaphorically. Michael Blyth It’s Jeffrey Dahmer: The High School Years, in this unnerving portrait of the serial killer as a young man. Long before gaining notoriety as one of America’s most prolific murderers, Jeffrey Dahmer seems to be just another adolescent outcast, awkwardly navigating his way through the everyday horrors of high school. But when his erratic behaviour attracts his schoolmates’ attention, he is goaded into performing increasingly outrageous acts. As his sexual desires develop, so too do his sociopathic tendencies, and slowly the teenager’s dark obsessions rise to the surface. With its sly black humour and bold production design (the film was partly shot in Dahmer’s own childhood home), Marc Meyers’ adaptation of John Backderf’s revered graphic novel might initially recall outsider teen movies like Ghost World or Napoleon Dynamite. But beneath the surface sheen beats a very dark heart and as Jeffrey’s psychoses begin to envelop him, there is a palpable sense of a monster emerging before our very eyes. Michael Blyth SUSPIRIA RIFT RÖKKUR MY FRIEND DAHMER TREASURES Dir Paco Plaza. Prod Enrique López Lavigne. Scr Paco Plaza, Fernando Navarro.  With Sandra Escacena, Ana Torrent.  Spain 2017. 105min. Sales Film Factory Entertainment The director of Spanish smash •REC reaches for the Ouija board for his latest nerve-shredder. Inspired by an actual unsolved case in Spain, Paco Plaza’s much-anticipated new horror film tells the story of Verónica, a teenage girl burdened with the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings following the death of their father. With her mother always at work, Verónica is plagued by loneliness until one day she decides to perform a séance in an attempt to contact her late parent. Naturally, things don’t go as hoped. Very much in the spirit of The Conjuring series, Plaza’s handsomely photographed tale of terror places family drama at its core – its horrors originating from anxieties and problems at home. Starting out like a police procedural before slyly morphing into a no-holds-barred supernatural shocker, Veronica delights in crafty surprises and narrative ambiguities, keeping you second-guessing until the very end. Michael Blyth VERONICA VERÓNICA


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