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Horror Unleashed

When:

Sat 29 Aug 2015, 2:30pm–4:00pm
Sat 29 Aug 2015, 4:30pm–6:00pm
Sat 29 Aug 2015, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Wed 2 Sep 2015, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Thu 3 Sep 2015, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $8.00
  • Concession: $6.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Website:

"Horror Unleashed! – A celebration of the dark and fantastic films of Kiwi enfant terrible David Blyth"

Come – on a journey into the dark and fantastic cinema of New Zealand's enfant terrible, David Blyth, for the first major retrospective of films from this controversial director.

Much maligned by local morals campaigners, and film critics, Blyth's work has been awarded and championed by cinematic magicians Alejandro Jodorowsky and Ken Russell. The films revealed to them a director who joyously broke boundaries with his challenging visions of sex and death, which were amongst the first that celebrated the exploitative B-movie genre of gothic cinema in New Zealand.

Many of these films are unknown, unseen, at home – yet they have been awarded at festivals all over the world. This is particularly the case with "Death Warmed Up" (1984), described by Jodorowsky as "an apocalypse of slaughter," which has achieved cult status.

Also included are Blyth's first "underground" film, "Angel Mine" (1978); the whimsical family-friendly pantomime "Grampire" (aka "Moonrise," 1991), starring "The Munster"'s Al Lewis;

two transgressive documentaries that celebrate the world of BDSM, "Bound for Pleasure" (2002) and "Transfigured Nights" (2007); the graphically disturbing "Wound" (2010); and the ethereal, supernatural Chinese romance, "Ghost Bride" (2013).

(Please note that these films - apart from "Grampire" - contain scenes that may disturb some people.)

Programme:

* Wednesday 26 August, 6pm:
Grand opening and screening of "Death Warmed Up"
(free admission)

* Thursday 27 August, 7pm:
"Angel Mine" & "Circadian Rhythms"

* Friday 28 August, 7pm:
"Bound for Pleasure" & "Transfigured Nights" – A BDSM Double-Bill

* Saturday 29 August, 2:30pm:
"Grampire"

* Saturday 29 August, 4:30pm:
"Ghost Bride"

* Saturday 29 August, 7pm:
"Wound"

* Wednesday 2 September, 7pm:
"Wound"

* Thursday 3 September, 7pm:
"Death Warmed Up"

Visit the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision website for full screening details.

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