Sunday screening: Marebito (2004) + The Phantom Empire: The Thunder Riders (1935)
November 7, 2009
— Electric Sheep Magazine
Electric Sheep Subterranea – Marebito / The Phantom Empire: The Thunder Riders
Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in the convivial surroundings of Cinéphilia West.
Join us every second Sunday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by an episode from a serial or series, which will be shown over a season of screenings.On Sunday 8 November, as part of our season of underground-related films, we will be screening Takashi Shimizu’s Marebito (Stranger from Afar, 2004), a deeply sinister exploration of fear, obsession and urban paranoia, set in the Tokyo netherworld.
Far from his typical horror franchise offerings (Ju-on / The Grudge), Shimizu has crafted a bizarre and disturbing tale which mixes classic tropes of Japanese horror with Victorian Lost World fiction. A cameraman (played by Tetsuo director Shinya Tsukamoto), intrigued by his footage of a terrified man who blinds him himself after contact with another culture, is drawn into a journey beneath the surface of the city in search of the spirits that reportedly haunt the subways.
This will be preceded by the second episode from the sci-fi Western musical The Phantom Empire (1935), in which a cowboy, who is also a radio show host, stumbles upon an ancient but highly advanced civilisation living under his ranch…
Has to be seen to be believed! If you missed last month’s instalment and want to catch up, you can do so here…
Every second Sunday of the month, Cinéphilia West.
ENTRY TO THIS SCREENING, AS TO ALL CINEPHILIA EVENTS, IS LIMITED TO MEMBERS. You can buy membership on the door.
For £10 a month, members, and one guest, are allowed free entry to all scheduled screenings and special film events, as well as 10% discounts off all books and DVDs in the shop and all the food and drink at the café; alternatively, members can pay £55 for a six-month membership or £100 for a 12-month membership. There will be up to a dozen monthly exclusive events, please check the Cinéphilia website for details.
SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER, Cinéphilia West, 171 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS, 7pm
More info at www.cinephilia.co.uk
Links: IMDb pages on Marebito and The Phantom Empire
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