Sunday, 1 April 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 98: Saturday Apr 7

Night of the Black Mass all-nighter: Roxy Bar and Screen, London Bridge, 11pm

This is a FilmBar 70 presentation. For more details this is a link to their Facebook page and this one takes you to their website. Here is the Filmbar70 film club's introduction to tonight's all-night feast of films featuring the Devil himself:

What better way to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ than to pay homage to his arch-nemesis, the Angel of Light himself – Lucifer. Throughout a night of desecration, death and eventual rebirth, Filmbar70 will be your guide as they enact certain rituals that will make the average Daily Mail reader’s blood BOIL.

Delights of the arcane and enchanted include visitations from mischievous imps, the consumption of dog food by disciples of decadence, ubermensch proto-Nazis being flayed alive and the majestic sight of a computer less advanced than a Commodore 64 unleashing the hordes of Hell. Ladies and gentleman – Filmbar70 bids you to join the coven and partake in the all-night ritual of The Night of the Black Mass.

Demons (1985) – Lamberto Bava
What spawn stalks the pathways of the inferno? Demons, that’s what! When these abominations of unspeakable corruption are unleashed from their fiery torment through the portal of the cinema screen itself, all Hell is let loose! Lamberto, son of the legendary Mario, moves Italian trash into the 1980’s with this adrenaline fuelled, blood soaked cacophony.

Evilspeak (1981) – Eric Weston
Don’t get mad, get EVIL. When uber-nerd Stanley Coopersmith is bullied beyond the brink of sanity, he finds his only friend blinking back at him from the screen of his computer. Yup, Beelzebub goes binary! A bona-fide video nasty upon its initial release, Evilspeak combines ‘state of the art’ computer imagery with copious beheadings – a winning mix indeed.

Satan's Blood (1978) – Carlos Puerto
Satan gets sexy in this Spanish serenade to sacrilegious excess. A truly steamy ride into the rarefied realm of Eurotica, ‘Satan’s Blood ‘is exactly the type of randy provocation that drove the more conservative members of societies’ congregation into a ‘Satanic Panic’ in the heated Seventies.

The Black Cat (1934) - Edgar G. Ulmer
Ulmer’s art deco excursion into necrotica features two legends of monochrome horror locked in a lethal chess game, culminating in the most stylish Black Mass yet witnessed. Haunting and incredibly perverse, ‘The Black Cat’ ranks as the most shocking of the Universal horrors, with Karloff’s suave Satanist setting the template for the urbane acolyte of darkness. 

Fear No Evil  (1981) – Frank LaLoggia
Back to high school with this bizarre labour of love, which mounts a spectacular battle between good and evil on a miniscule budget. Imaginative, inventive and featuring the strangest Satan put to screen, ‘Fear No Evil’ is truly a hidden treasure of the cult film fan.

Here's an extract from The Black Cat.

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