Majority of the UK might be in some form of Lockdown, we can’t hide that Christmas is only a few weeks away. In December over at the Arrow Video the bright lights of tinseltown are calling. With The Bloodhound, David Cronenberg’s Crash, Japanese New Wave, Killer Kids and Snowbound shockers…
On December 1st, the Arrow Video Channel is premiering the brand new horror mystery from a devilishly talented debut director, The Bloodhound, as well as an unmissable selection of brand new additions to the channel.
A creepy and intense story of the insidious and dangerous effects of isolation on a damaged mind, The Bloodhound, a remarkably assured first feature from writer/director Patrick Picard, is a unique and stylish take on Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic classic, The Fall of The House of Usher.
Claustrophobic, Kubrickian, and elegantly constructed, The Bloodhound is as if Wes Anderson had made The Shining. Set in a single location – an elegant and foreboding house that recalls the architectural character of Parasite – the characters become bound within its glass walls. With touches of cult genre hits Ex Machina and After Midnight, The Bloodhound is short, sharp and highly unsettling – the perfect slow-burning chamber piece for the lockdown era.
As ever expect those weird and wild cult classics, newly-restored gems, and genre favourites…
echnology and sexuality meet in a head-on collision in Crash – director David Cronenberg’s stunning and hypnotic tour de force starring James Spader and Holly Hunter, a highly controversial adaptation of writer J.G. Ballard’s hugely transgressive 1973 novel. Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for originality, daring and audacity, Crash remains an incredibly subversive and confrontational piece of cinema – Cronenberg himself describes it as “a dangerous film”.
SURVIVOR BALLADS: THREE FILMS BY SHOHEI IMAMURA (UK/US/CA)
Throughout the 1980s, Shohei Imamura (The Pornographers, Profound Desires of the Gods), a leading figure of the Japanese New Wave era of the 1960s, cemented his international reputation as one of the most important directors of his generation with a series of films that all competed at Cannes to great critical acclaim. This exclusive season presents restored versions of three late career classics – Black Rain, The Ballad of Narayama and Zegen – from the legendary filmmaker which epitomise his almost documentary style of filmmaking, exposing the vulgar yet vibrant and instinctive underbelly of Japanese society.
RARE EXPORTS (US/CA)
It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare – a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.
Showing from December 7th:
SHOGUN’S JOYS OF TORTURE (UK/US/CA)
From the outrageous imagination of cult director Teruo Ishii (Orgies of Edo, Horrors of Malformed Men) comes this infamous omnibus of three shocking tales of crime and punishment based on true-life documented cases set during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. Shogun’s Joy of Torture set a new benchmark for the depiction of sex, sadism and depravity in Japanese exploitation, with Ishii staging his elaborate torture methods with an unmatched verve and inventiveness.
Showing from December 11th:
AGFA COLLECTION Vol 2 (US/CA)
Formed in 2009, the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution. Additions to the channel include a pair of extraordinary gonzo action flicks straight out of Uganda, Bad Black and Who Killed Captain Alex; little seen Texas Halloween horror gem Scary Movie; restored girl-gang exploitation thriller The Violent Years, written by Ed Wood; and the hysterical anti-drug cautionary tale classic Reefer Madness.
ARROW CHRISTMAS SEASONS
December 1st: NAUGHTY OR NICE?
He’s making his list, and checking it twice,… Santa’s gonna be in with a fright! From tearaway teens to maniacal killers – Santa’s naughty list is going to be mighty busy this year! Time to snuggle down and settle in and marvel at the good, the bad and the just plain deranged only on ARROW!
Films featured: See teenage hellcats gone wild in The Violent Years; killer kids running amok in horror favourites Bloody Birthday and Children of the Corn; very very bad behaviour indeed in the incredible The El Duce Tapes; partying teens meeting their grisly fate in Doom Asylum; and drugs dealers getting greedy in The Hooked Generation.
December 7th: IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Temperatures are low but the possibility of murder and mayhem is high, in a chilled to perfection collection of Arrow’s most snowbound and chilling titles that will send shivers up your spine.
Films featured: a snowmobiling trip turns into a waking nightmare in The Chill Factor; something’s buried in the cold dark forest in The Deeper You Dig; Santa is unearthed with shocking consequences in Rare Exports; it’s the choice between a raging hurricane or a homicidal slasher in The Wind; and it’s hoodlums versus cannibals, underground, in Trapped Alive.
December 21st: EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY!
Fancy feeding your festive spirit? Well grab a spoon and get ready to dig in with this decadent feast that will give you that warm feeling inside (you may want to see a doctor about that…)
Films featured: Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri’s decadent attack on the bourgeoisie La Grande Bouffe; the superbly sordid 1980s splatter spectacular Microwave Massacre; cult craziness in Lake Michigan Monster; the surreal and brilliant horror comedy The Happiness of the Katakurisis; Larry Cohen’s spot-on consumer satire The Stuff; the infectiously funny rom-zom-com Zombie for Sale; and veg turns lethal, again, in the riotous Return of the Killer Tomatoes.
ARROW ESSENTIALS: WESTERNS
Saddle up for some seriously good oaters, as ARROW canters into the wild west for gunfights, rustling, and good old fashioned bar brawls, with the likes of Tonino Valerii and Ferdinando Baldi at the reins.
Films featured include: Lee van Cleef is a sharpshooter without equal in the superb Day of Anger; Franco Nero is out for revenge in Texas Adios; and the caped wanderer, played by Gianni Garco, in The Sartana Collection puts the spice into the spaghetti western.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL – STAY TUNED FOR WHAT ARROW HAS IN STORE FOR 2021…
A lonely hairdresser becomes obsessed with the lives of her clients and descends into murderous madness in this new horror drama from Jill Gevargizian.
A GHOST WAITS
A young man employed to clean a house finds out it’s haunted, and the spirit wants him out, in this charming romantic ghost story and festival favourite.
The hugely acclaimed feature documentary, following writer-director Justin McConnell over the course of five years, as he attempts to get a feature film made.