By Ryan Keating-Lambert
This year in Prague’s gloriously tacky and low-brow Shockproof Film Festival, catch an eclectic mix of old and new, and trash and treasure from March 5 – 10 in Kino Aero. From John Carpenter and The Blob to lethal neighbourhoods and Lords of Chaos, missing this festival would by far be the most stupid thing you could do this year.
Cult classic screenings in the programme this year include the gross-out 1988 remake of The Blob (pictured) about the all-consuming shapeless terror from outer space, John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness, the mind-bending psychological horror starring Sam Neill, and Japanese anime series Urotsukidôji: Legend of the Overfiend – a hellish 18+ Freudian vision of torture and madness based on the erotic horror manga by Toshio Maeda.
For those seeking something a little more modern, opening the festival is Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords of Chaos – the anti-biopic biopic about metal band Mayhem and the rise of the Norwegian black metal scene in the ’90s, then there’s Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing, a stylised murder thriller with a touch of ’70s aesthetic and giallo-inspired soundtrack starring Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska, and Montreal film-based collective RKSS’s Summer of ’84 takes a look at the darker side of the seemingly normal and picture-perfect American neighbourhood through a bunch of adventurous but highly paranoid teenagers.
These are just some of the gems in this year’s festival, for full programme, tickets and other details, visit the Shockproof website.
Photo: Otrly Divak