Experiments In Terror (DVD)
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A collection of independent, avant-garde shorts from the early 1960s up to the present that test the boundaries of horror and terror. Includes the award-winning Austrian film, Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky, 1999, 10 mins.), a cinemascope wonder that lifts scenes from Sidney J. Furie's 1981 horror flick The Entity and turns them into a visually arresting, abstract mediation on dissolution and rupture; Tuning the Sleeping Machine (David Sherman, 1996, 13 mins.), which uses images and figures from classic horror films to examine early cinema's fascination with the subconscious; Ursula (Lloyd M. Williams, 1961, 13 mins.), a lurid tale filmed in 16mm about a young girl's torment at the hands of her cruel mother. Winner of the Gold Medallion at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival for Best Scripted Film and Best Special Effects for Sustained Horror; Dawn of the Evil Millennium (Damon Packard, 1986, 21 mins.), a gory lampoon of Hollywood horror films shot on Super 8mm; Journey Into the Unknown (Kerry Laitala, 2002, 5 mins.), a colorful, abstract meditation on a murder and revenge; The Virgin Sacrifice (J.X. Williams, 1974, 9 mins.), a 16mm acid-trip back to the late '60s about the Queen of the Black Witches and her voluptuous virgins who invade Satan's realm. Also includes vintage trailers, a promo for a film made with Psychorama subliminal messaging, and The Haunted Mouth, a tooth decay movie narrated by Cesar Romero.
| 1961-2002, Color and B&W, 100 mins.