Yes, it’s that time of year again and once again EMB will be present and correct at this year’s festival, bringing you reviews of anything we deem extreme, horrific or strange enough for your delectation!
Last year we brought you the skinny on Chan-Wook Park’s awesome Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Johnny To’s blistering Election and Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman’s fantasy extravaganza Mirrormask. We were also one of the first UK film sites to review Michael Haneke’s brilliant contemporary nightmare Hidden – three months before general release.
LFF tends to specialise in art house and world cinema releases rather than genre stuff but we’re a broad church here at EMB and judging by the mouth-watering showreel at last week’s launch there looks to be much to enjoy, in particular two movies from two legendary directors – William Friedkin and Paul Verhoeven.
Friedkin’s Bug is a creepy looking minimalist thriller, while Verhoeven has returned to his roots with Black Book – set during the final months of the Second World War and replete with the requisite sex and violence we have come to expect from the mad Dutch master.
We’re also excited about the Takeshi Miike’s prison murder mystery A Big Bang Love, Korean box office smash The King and the Clown, Andrea Arnold’s CCTV themed Brit thriller Red Road (which has already drawn favourable comparisons with Hitchcock and Haneke) and the anime inspired, porno-themed Princess, which looks set to be a definite talking point!
Keep checking back on the site for all the latest from the LFF throughout the festival.
The London Film Festival opens on 18 Oct with The Last King of Scotland and closes on 2 Nov with the new Alejandro (Amores Perros) Iñárritu film Babel.
Other non-horror gems to look out for include Shane Meadows This is England and the new Christopher Guest comedy For Your Consideration.