OFFSCREEN ON TOUR 2022 | Offscreen
A selection of several films at different locations.
Nicolas Cage moves his family to a New England farm to breed alpacas, but when a meteor crashes in their yard it exercises a baleful purple-tinged influence over the local flora and fauna, plunging them into a body horror nightmare. Lovecraft’s classic comes to the screen in all its mind-blowing cosmic terror.
+ short film Transfer (Jonas Govaerts, BE, 2021), introduced by the director
1976: A timid British sound engineer (the superb Toby Jones) arrives in Italy to work well outside of his comfort zone on a mysterious giallo picture, mixing blood-curdling screams with the grotesque sounds of hacked vegetables. Daringly original and masterfully constructed, this inspired homage to the likes of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, also recalls the claustrophobia of Brian De Palma’s Blow Out in its audacious celebration of the minutiae of sound design.
A writer tries to control his agonising flatulence as he observes the power struggle between the head of an institute for alimentary performance art and the sonic catering collective in residence. Britain's most original auteur stirs deadpan comedy, surrealism and social anxiety into a glorious situationist satire.
After a 10-year absence, a gangland enforcer returns to wreak bloody vengeance on ex-colleagues for reasons duly revealed in flashbacks. Neil Maskell (Kill List) anchors the ultra-violence with a performance of implacable menace in this low-budget British shocker that gets darker and more unsettling by the minute.
A sleazy, ambiguous pervert called Mr Kurita engineers three encounters in which his uninhibited talk about the aphrodisiac qualities of Japanese dishes (natto, tofu, ramen) excites the libidos of his "victims". No explicit sex here, but this funny, clever erotic triptych will leave you stimulated and salivating.
In the near future, solar flares trigger earaches so excruciating that it drives the afflicted underground, among them Léa (Asia Argento). Ten years later, the adolescent son she left behind catches sight of a woman who resembles his mother. A strange and compelling sci-fi containing Belgian DNA.
Californians lose their hair and turn into psychokillers in this 70s horror classic. Could it be connected to the politician now running for Congress? Zalman King (later to direct softcore cheese like Wild Orchid) plays the hapless hero, caught at so many murder scenes the cops naturally assume he’s the killer.
Filmmaker Stuart Gordon is inextricably linked to cosmic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. For this year's "Offscreen on Tour", Nickolodéon has selected his Lovecraft adaptations Re-Animator & From Beyond.
A would-be assassin descends into a hellish dystopia in this animated feature from an Oscar-winning effects visionary. It's a stop-motion smörgåsbord of squished corpses and gruesome autopsies, where subhuman entities are trapped in an endless cycle of atrocity. Bosch, Bruegel and Svankmajer would surely approve.
"Why did they pick home videos to destroy mankind?" Kevin Dillon ("The Blob") plays a video store clerk who stumbles across an alien plot to distribute a hokey old 50s SF film that brainwashes viewers into killing each other. The 80s-tastic action also features aerobics, futuristic lamé costumes, and disco carnage!