Justified & Ancient
- Apr 26, 2015
- Reaction score
- East Norfolk coast
Such a good film. I fear I became a little obsessed with it for about six months. I first saw it at 3 a.m. on a portable screen, in the Suffolk woods...with Mr. Wheatley present...nice ehAh yes! Witchfinder General meets Shrooms.
I enjoyed AFIE too.
Coincidentally I watched another Wheatley film last night - High Rise.
Not folk horror (adaptation of classic Ballard dystopian novel) but hugely entertaining.
High Rise is great. German Shepherd barbecued on apartment balcony.Such a good film. I fear I became a little obsessed with it for about six months. I first saw it at 3 a.m. on a portable screen, in the Suffolk woods...with Mr. Wheatley present...nice eh
Not seen "High Rise". Huge fan of Ballard and Wheatley so couldn't stand the possibility of me not liking it!
While having a pint in London with a friend of mine who is quite the film buff and writes occasionally for the magazines and newspapers, I referred to it as 'Hipster Horror' - because that's kind of what it feels like to me. He's quite into this whole Folk Horror thing but bought the coinage off me for a pint of stout and a steak pie.I've watched, from a distance, this new Folk Horror thing as it's grown. Don't much care for it- despite being interested in a lot of the same things. Seems a bit hip...a bit cliquey. I'm naturally repelled from groups. ANd I'm with Groucho when it comes to clubs...
Ha- brilliant- it's not just me then! I'm with you 100% mate.I referred to it as 'Hipster Horror' - because that's kind of what it feels like to me.
Nice isn't it. There's some good stuff in there...some not so good stuff.I really like the illustration on the cover of that book.
The people dying of unexplained chemical burns was pretty horrible. And waking up to see... that in your bedroom was pretty freaky. The whole thing's freaky.I was going to mention Penda's Fen - but then I wondered if it was really horror; it's years since I saw it, and maybe I'm just misremembering it - but I don't recall it being particularly horrible.
The BFI released a spiffing, fully restored Blu-ray and DVD of it last year.I was also going to mention Penda's Fen (mentioned it in the Fortean films thread a couple of weeks ago) as I suspect it fulfills the criteria, but I'm going to have to watch it again, not having seen it since - I guess - it was first on. Back in the dim and distant past...
Like I say, it's a while since I saw it and I may be misremembering things. But looking at some of the online reviews I see the word 'mystical', and I'm often oddly unengaged by work to which that term applies itself - which is my fault, not theirs.The people dying of unexplained chemical burns was pretty horrible. And waking up to see... that in your bedroom was pretty freaky. The whole thing's freaky...
I was also thinking of The Owl Service last night. I went through quite a tumultuous period in my very early teens - a little earlier than most people seem to suffer their teenage angst, and I associate this series with that time of my life. It affected me quite deeply - not in a negative way, but I couldn't watch it for years afterwards without feeling something of that period.Thanks for the head's up.
Will watch Penda's Fen on YouTube later.
Perhaps the TV adaptation of Garner's "The Owl Service" would also fall into this category...
I doubt you'd be disappointed. It's very faithful to the spirit of the book.Not seen "High Rise". Huge fan of Ballard and Wheatley so couldn't stand the possibility of me not liking it!
That's really weird - although the name Fuchsia means absolutely nothing to me, I've definitely heard that album before & it all seems strangely familiar. I think a friend must have had a copy years ago. I haven't heard it in decades.If we're talking music to accompany folk horror, may I suggest these two:
I doubt it'll make much difference to your enjoyment of the film but Britt had an arse double in the legendary writhing singing scene.If you are talking about the original Wicker Man then I would suggest it is definitely Fortean in its imagery harking back to an ancient time of druids, celts and pagans. Where as the hollywood remake with Nick Cage was utter rubbish made even more so by the lack of Britt Ekland in it.
The original film had quite an effect on me when I saw it for the first time as a boy ... although maybe the fact that Britt Ekland's clothes keep falling of had something to do with it
Which would mean I'll stick with the book thenIt's very faithful to the spirit of the book.
Don't know Fuschia but that Comus album is fucking amazing. Dark shit.If we're talking music to accompany folk horror, may I suggest these two:
It's closer to the spirit of Wheatley and Jump's view that Ballard was predicting the Thatcherism of the 1980s (cue cringeworthy clip at the end by way of overexplanation) than it is to Ballard's amused interest in mankind reverting to barbarism to move forward. I did like it, but it's not quite Ballard (just as Crash wasn't).I doubt you'd be disappointed. It's very faithful to the spirit of the book.
Maybe if the viewer is a city dweller, but not always. Blood on Satan's Claw has no connection to cities whatsoever, the Alan Garner works tend strongly towards the rural, heck, even the Hayley Mills horror/thriller Deadly Strangers barely mentions any city.On folk horror in general, does it represent the city dweller's sense of alienation from the countryside?
I was wondering the same - whether the genre itself, or those elements that have been cherry-picked from the past to create what apears to be a relatively recently brewed genre, represent a modern urban anxiety about the countryside and our rural past - a rural past which the vast majority of our ancestors were part of, but which very few of us now experience in any way that could be described as similar. Not that the individual works involved are all themselves woven around an urban/rural conflict, but that the genre taken as a whole may contain elelments of this....On folk horror in general, does it represent the city dweller's sense of alienation from the countryside?