Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 64: Sunday Mar 4

Shane Briant double-bill: Roxy Bar and Screen, London Bridge, 3pm

Another great double-bill from the Classic Horror Campaign, a pressure group trying its best to get horror films back on our TV screens. You can find out more about them via this Facebook page. And more about this afternoon's brilliant double-bill here.


Demons of the Mind (Sykes, 1972),
& Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (Clemens, 1974)

The highlight here is definitely Captain Kronos.

Here's the Time Out review:

'Even by latter-day Hammer standards, writer-director Brian Clemens transfuses movie vampire lore outrageously, and introduces conventions from a host of other pulp forms. Kronos is an unmistakably Germanic comic strip hero with a crusading zeal for his profession (Stan Lee out of Lang's Siegfried). By medieval standards he's distinctly cosmopolitan - carries a samurai sword, smokes dope, meditates; is accompanied on his travels by the scholarly Hieronymous Grost as he rescues distressed damsels from pillory or despatches bullies in Falstaffian taverns. Though Clemens manages sly quotes from the likes of Nosferatu and The Seventh Seal, the film has absolutely no pretensions beyond being a thoroughly endearing entertainment, and succeeds admirably despite the pastiche of incongruous conventions.'
Rod McShane


Here is the trailer

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Time Out review of Demons of the Mind:

'Peter Sykes' first feature, an exotic Wildean horror story, visually as extravagant and tantalising as a decadent painting: rose petals drop lightly over corpses, an emaciated and incestuous brother and sister communicate through a keyhole dividing their sickrooms, a father hunts and shoots his children in the woods. These are some of the surreal fragments around which the plot revolves, and the script by Christopher Wicking is a striking attempt to introduce new themes and ideas to British horror.'
David Pirie

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