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Movie: November

In a poor Estonian village, a group of peasants use magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, and a young woman tries to get a young man to love her. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Ganja & Hess

[TRAILER] After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: The Borderlands

[TRAILER] A team of Vatican investigators descend upon a church in a remote area to demystify the unusual happenings, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined. AKA Final Prayer. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Messiah of Evil

[TRAILER] A young woman (Mariana Hill) searching for her missing artist father finds herself in the strange seaside town of Point Dune, which seems to be under the influence of a mysterious undead cult. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: Demon

[TRAILER] Peter (Itay Tiran) receives a piece of land as a gift for his upcoming wedding. While preparing the property to build a home for his new family, he finds human remains in the ground. He decides to keep the discovery to himself so that all of the wedding arrangements can go on as planned. However, the deeper he tries to keep his secret, the more he seems to be under control of something -- or rather someone -- and from then on very strange things begin to happen. A clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Onibaba

[TRAILER] While her son, Kichi, is away at war, a woman (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) survive by killing samurai who stray into their swamp, then selling whatever valuables they find. Both are devastated when they learn that Kichi has died, but his wife soon begins an affair with a neighbor who survived the war, Hachi (Kei Satô). The mother disapproves and, when she can't steal Hachi for herself, tries to scare her daughter-in-law with a mysterious mask from a dead samurai. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 21, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: You Won't Be Alone

In an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, a young girl is kidnapped and then transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 11, 2022 - 1 comment

Play for Today: Robin Redbreast (1970)  Season 1, Ep 9

Robin Redbreast, Broadcast on Play for Today in 1970 on BBC1, is an early folk horror film. After a breakup, Norah (Anna Cropper) moves to a remote country cottage for a change of scenery, where she encounters some eccentric locals, a handsome, younger male gamekeeper, and a sense that she has their keen interest. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Oct 21, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Hagazussa

A maturing young girl and her mother live isolated in the 15th Century Alps, shunned from the local villagers, when the mother falls ill and delirious from plague. As the mother's health declines and takes her, the girl finds herself carrying on alone into adulthood to fend for herself as she was raised. [more inside]
posted by 2N2222 on Oct 2, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Moloch

38-year-old Betriek (Sallie Harmsen) lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 31, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Tilbury (1987)

In 1940, when there are British forces in Iceland, a country boy goes to Reykjavik to work for the army and to find what became of his childhood sweetheart. He soon discovers that she's having an affair with a British soldier. Moreover, he starts to suspect that the soldier, instead of being an officer and a gentleman, is in fact a very peculiar kind of monster. [more inside]
posted by rodlymight on Mar 27, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Psychomania (1973)

An amiable, psychopathic leader of a violent teen motorbike gang is spurred by his mother, a Satan-worshiping spiritual medium, into committing suicide and returning to life as an "undead" [CW: Suicide] [more inside]
posted by rodlymight on Mar 21, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Leptirica

A young man wants to marry the beautiful daughter of a landowner who refuses to allow the marriage. To prove his worth, the young man accepts the job of miller after an infamous local vampire kills the previous miller. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 12, 2022 - 3 comments

Book: The Changeling

A modern take on the changeling legends from Victor LaValle, the author of the Hugo-nominated Ballad of Black Tom. [more inside]
posted by mark k on Feb 9, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Dark Waters

A young Englishwoman investigates the disappearance of her friend and her own murky past when she travels to a mysterious convent on a barren island. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 1, 2022 - 4 comments

Movie: Clearcut

A white lawyer finds his values shaken when he is paired with an angry Indigenous activist (Graham Greene) who insists on kidnapping the head of a logging company to teach him the price of his destruction. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 27, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Eyes of Fire

A preacher is accused of adultery and he and his followers are chased out of town and become stranded in an isolated forest which is haunted by the spirits of long dead Native Americans. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 22, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Lake of the Dead

A group of friends venture into the Osterdal forests to join Liljan's brother Bjørn at his remote cabin. Liljan's suspicion that her brother is in danger are confirmed when they arrive to find his dog dead and no sign of him. The gang is spooked further by a legend associated with the cabin: that a man who lived there once killed his sister and her lover and then drowned himself in the lake. Since then, it is said that anyone who stays in the cabin will be driven to the same fate. Norway's first horror film. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 13, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

From writer/director Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films comes "a seductive mega-text" (Indiewire) through the history of folk horror. Exploring the rural roots, occult creeds and cultural lore that continue to shape international cinema, this SXSW Audience Award winning documentary features clips from over 200 films and interviews with more than 50 filmmakers, authors and scholars. Severin Films presents this "astounding achievement" (Screen Anarchy) that Rue Morgue calls "an unprecedented journey into where folk horror has been, where it's going and ultimately what it says about humanity." [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 10, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Dark August

A man accidentally runs down a young girl and has a curse placed on him by the girl's father, an occultist. He goes to a spiritualist for help in fighting the curse. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 9, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Viy

A young seminary student is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in the church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him. Classic folk horror from Russia, 1967. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 8, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: The Amityville Horror

George Lutz (James Brolin) and his wife Kathleen (Margot Kidder), move into their Long Island dream house with their children only for their lives to be turned into a hellish nightmare. The legacy of a murder committed in the house gradually affects the family and a priest is brought in to try and exorcise the demonic presence from their home. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 8, 2022 - 17 comments

Movie: The Stone Tape

Broadcast on BBC Two as a Christmas ghost story in 1972, the story concerns a team of scientists who move into their new research facility, a renovated Victorian mansion that has a reputation for being haunted. The team investigate the phenomena, trying to determine if the stones of the building are acting as a recording medium for past events (the "stone tape" of the title). However, their investigations serve only to unleash a darker, more malevolent force. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 7, 2022 - 13 comments

Movie: Witchfinder General

England, 1645. The cruel civil war between Royalists and Parliamentarians that is ravaging the country causes an era of chaos and legal arbitrariness that allows unscrupulous men to profit by exploiting the absurd superstitions of the peasants; like Matthew Hopkins, a monster disguised as a man who wanders from town to town offering his services as a witch hunter. Vincent Price stars in the seminal folk horror classic. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 2, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Gaia

A park ranger takes shelter with two survivalists after an attack by mysterious creatures in a primordial forest. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 15, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: In the Earth

As a deadly virus ravages the world, Dr. Martin Lowery embarks on a mission to reach test site ATU327A, a research hub deep in the Arboreal Forest. The arduous journey, guided by park scout Alma, is set back by a nighttime attack that leaves the two bruised and shoeless. When they run into Zach, a man living off the grid, they gratefully accept his help. Zach's intentions aren't exactly what they seem, however, and a path out of the forest and into safety quickly fades as the line between myth and science blurs. A new film by Ben Wheatley. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 11, 2021 - 8 comments

Movie: The Blood on Satan's Claw

The unearthing of mysterious beastly remains causes the teens of a 17th-century English village to slowly convert into a coven of devil worshipers. An early classic of filmic folk horror. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 7, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: The Fog

Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses a mystical fire; and hitchhiker Elizabeth discovers the mutilated corpse of a fisherman. Then a mysterious iridescent fog descends upon the village, and more people start to die. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 24, 2021 - 10 comments

Movie: Alison's Birthday

During a ouija board session, teenage Alison is warned something terrible awaits her during her 19th birthday.
posted by miss-lapin on Oct 9, 2021 - 4 comments

Movie: Candyman

The Candyman (Tony Todd), a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student (Virginia Madsen) researching the monster's myth. Directed by Bernard Rose. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 29, 2021 - 11 comments

The Third Day: Saturday - The Son  Season 1, Ep 2

Jess and Sam take time to get to know each other. The Martins continue to dodge questions by answering them. Sam Appears to be in less and more danger than he's aware of. Our mystery deepens when Sam finds the coroner who did his son's autopsy living on the island. The night concludes with hasty decisions all around, and Epona's might be the worst of all. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Sep 25, 2020 - 2 comments

Movie: Midsommar

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. (IMDB)
posted by Countess Elena on Jul 4, 2019 - 69 comments

Movie: Apostle

In 1905, a man travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister who has been kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult. Stars Dan Stevens (Legion) and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex). Written and directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption). A Netflix original. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 25, 2018 - 7 comments

Requiem: Matilda  Season 1, Ep 1

Cellist Matilda Grey finds a box at her mother's house containing press cuttings regarding the disappearance of a little girl, Carys Howell, twenty-four years earlier in the Welsh village of Penllynith. Accompanied by her friend Hal Fine she travels to the village to unravel the threads of her past. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose on Feb 13, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: A Field in England

Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. [more inside]
posted by naju on Aug 31, 2015 - 22 comments

Movie: The Wicker Man

Cult film club: Edward Woodward stars as Sergeant Howie, a naive young police officer sent to Summerisle, a secluded island off the coast of Scotland, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan. When he arrives there, he finds a very tight-knit community that is mistrustful and hostile to outsiders. Soon, Howie begins to realize that the town might be a strange pagan cult, one given to unbridled sexuality and possible human sacrifice. Seeking an audience with the oddly civilized Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee), Howie hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery, but instead he finds something more shocking than he could have ever imagined. [more inside]
posted by maxsparber on Oct 13, 2014 - 10 comments

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