Horror-fest comes to the Poly

Spine-tingling short films

Spine-tingling short films

First published in Days Out

STEP into a silent world of horror this September at the Poly in Falmouth, as it |presents a series of short films made to make the spine tingle.

The arts centre will be screening films from the dawn of the 20th century, featuring new scores |especially commissioned by the Abertoir Horror Festival. The music has been |composed and performed by pianist Paul Shallcross, who will also lead introductions to each film.

The ‘screaming’ starts on September 27, tickets on sale, book now to avoid |disappointment... oh the |horror.

La Légende Du Fantome (1908)

A journey into the| underworld – a psychedelic cacophony of arresting |visuals, human lizards, grim reapers, demons and ghosts, all joined together by a demon’s chariot (a poorly disguised car) and a |narrative that would baffle Einstein. A memorable and barking mad experience.

Frankenstein (1910)

Filmed by the Edison Company in 1910, this was the very first example of Mary Shelley’s classic novel ever to be put on film. It |features a terrifying creation scene that still astounds today, even though the |distributors claimed they were toning down the “repulsive situations” of Shelley’s novel. A |fascinating landmark in film history.

Le Spectre Rouge (1907)

A demonic magician |performs a magic show in the depths of Hell itself, however his mistreatment of his female assistants incurs the wrath of a good spirit who starts to interfere. Some ground-breaking special effects are on display here (including miniature women in glass bottles) in this early example of a “trick” film which even predicts the invention of the TV.

The Jest (1921)

A fantastic British film from the “Grand Guignol” series. After his wife leaves him, an old man suffers for 40 years longing for her to return, until one day his fellow lodgers decide to play a vicious prank... By far the most modern of these films, it offers a narrative that could compete with the very best of today’s stories.

See www.abertoir.co.uk

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