The Sorcerers (Reeves, 1967): Hackney Picturehouse, 8.15pm
Here's the introduction to what looks a great evening: London psycho-geographical writer Iain Sinclair celebrates his 70th
birthday year with the showing of 70 films he handpicked that relate to
his work. Hackney Picturehouse is delighted to present the inaugural
event of the series with a screening of "The Sorcerers", Michael Reeves'
1967 Boris Karloff science fiction/horror classic, followed by a rare
cinema screening of the first of Iain & Chris Petit's made for TV
trilogy - 1992's "The Cardinal & The Corpse". "The Cardinal &
The Corpse" features a cavalcade of the 'reforgotten' including footage
of Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock & Robin Cook (aka Derek Raymond) and
east end poet/writer/activist Emanuel Litvinoff. Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore & Chris Petit will be on hand to read sections of their work and discuss the films.
Time Out review:
Perhaps the much-touted multiplex generation of movie-brat directors who
purport to care so much about British genre cinema should take a look
at this picture some time. Reeves directed his first feature when he was
only 23, already displaying the virtuosity which would make its most
astonishing manifestation in Witchfinder General. The story,
adapted from John Burke's novel, follows an ageing couple, the
Monserrats (Karloff and Lacey), who have devised a contraption that
allows them to control the minds of others and vicariously experience
the world through them. This has a particular kick when they find young
prey in the form of Ogilvy to experiment on. As the Monserrats play
audience to their victims' living scenarios, which the couple write to
their own perverse specifications, this psychedelic horror film deals
with the apparatus of cinema, and it still puts the mind in a spin.
Here is the trailer.