The Masque of the Red Death (dir: Roger Corman, 1964, cert 15)
Roger Corman finally makes it to the Shock and Gore Festival with one of the great cult directors numerous Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, he made eight in total. More artsy than some of his other productions it features a charmingly sinister Vincent Price as satanist Prince Prospero, a gorgeous Jane Asher and some stunning cinematography from Nicolas Roeg. Part of the incredible Shock & Gore festival, check out or preview here.
Tue 31 Jul 8.15pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
High Rise (dir: Ben Wheatley, 2015, cert 15) on the top of the Rotunda
Ben Wheatley’s nihilistic adaptation of J G Ballard’s novel is a savagely glossy dystopian fable dripping in sumptuously beige seventies cultural artefacts. You’ll be harking for your hostess trolley, flying ducks and chicken in the basket to complement the gushing violence of Wheatley’s vision. Shock and Gore have provided the ideal way for Brummies to immerse themselves in the film with a screening in a penthouse suite at the top of The Rotunda. Canapes and drinkies await for Ballardian adventurers. Check out our Shock and Gore feature here.
Thu 2 Aug 9pm at The Rotunda, New St., Birmingham B2 4PA £19.50 squarespace.com
Global Shorts at Stirchley Baths
Another smattering of short movies curated by those fine fellows at Neighbourhood Shorts, who have teamed up with Stirchley Open Cinema to bring you twelve films from twelve different countries. It’s pay what you feel with all proceeds going to the Refugee Community Kitchen.
Fri 3 Aug 7.30pm at Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane, Birmingham B30 2JT Free (PWYF) www.facebook.com
In the Fade (dir: Fatih Akin, 2018, cert 18)
Diane Kruger puts in an astonishing performance as Katja Sekerci, seamlessly moving from bride, to victim and ultimately avenging angel, in Fatih Akin’s heavy duty thriller. It’s a role that earned Kruger a Best Actress award at Cannes and whilst the film does at times creak under the enormous weight of its increasing melodrama, Kruger is unmissable.
Sat 4 Aug t0 Wed 8 Aug at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Pandora’s Box (dir: G. W. Pabst, 1929, cert PG)
The greatest and most iconic female star of the silent age, Louise Brooks, gives one of her most memorable performances in the controversial and kinetically sensual Pandora’s Box, newly restored by the BFI. Brooks is mesmerising as the wide eyed show girl gone bad, bringing ruin to herself and all those around her. Not just one of the best silent films ever made, Pandora’s Box is one of the best films ever made, it’s that simple. Louise Brooks on the big screen may just be more than our hearts can bear.
Sun 5 Aug 2 pm at mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH £9 macbirmingham.co.uk
Sun 5 Aug 1130am at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Psycho (dir: Alfred Hitchcock, 1960, cert 15)
In Norman Bates and Psycho, Hitchcock created one of cinema’s most iconic killers and certainly its most famous murder scene, in a film that still manages to shock, the effect on contemporary audiences was seismic. The shift from tight heist film to unhinged horror is seamless and unsettling, look out for a cowboy hat wearing Hitch cameoing early on and always remember, a boy’s best friend is his mother.
Sun 5 Aug 8.30pm at Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Old Boy (dir: Park Chan-wook, 2003, cert 18)
A numbing cavalcade of extreme violence and kafkaesque pessimism as Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) tries to discover who has kept him locked up for fifteen years without reason. Breathtakingly bloody and probably the only film we’ve ever seen featuring a live octopus being eaten whole in a sushi bar.
Sun 5 Aug 7pm at Cafe Ort, 500-504 Moseley Rd, Birmingham B12 9AH £5 www.meetup.com
Published on: Fri 29 Jun 2018