The Queen’s Film Theatre‘s programme for September is now available and it includes listings for the exciting series of screenings we have planned as part of ‘A Fiend in the Furrows’. Hammer’s Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and Tigon’s The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) will be screened in the weekends leading up to the conference, while Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) and a double bill of 1970s television, Red Shift (1978) and The Ash Tree (1975) are showing over the conference weekend.
QUATERMASS AND THE PIT
SAT 6 SEP DIR: ROY WARD BAKER UK 1967 1 HR 33 MINS
HORROR/SF CAST: ANDREW KEIR, BARBARA SHELLEY, JAMES DONALD
In Nigel Kneale’s third Hammer adventure for Prof. Bernard Quatermass, the streets of modern London are haunted by an ancient evil. The discovery of five million year old fossilized hominids and a Martian spacecraft during the excavation of Hobbs End underground station reactivates the spectral apparitions of local folklore.
THE BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW
SAT 13 SEP DIR: PIERS HAGGARD UK 1971 1 HR 32 MINS
HORROR CAST: PATRICK WYMARK, LINDA HAYDEN, BARRY ANDREWS
In 17th century England, a ploughman turns up remains of a fiend in the furrows, reviving forgotten horrors and old superstitions, as the devil himself regenerates his skin on the bodies of local children. The rural landscapes, bleak in winter and blossoming in spring, are beautifully photographed by Dick Bush.
VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS
FRI 19 SEP DIR: JAROMIL JIREŠ CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1970 1 HR 13 MINS
FANTASY/DRAMA CAST: JAROSLAVA SCHALLEROVÀ, HELENA ANYŽKOVÀ, PETR KOPŘIVA
Jaromil Jireš was a key figure of the legendary Czech New Wave. The cultural revival of the mid-60’s witnessed a resurgence of interest in Gothic and fairy tale literature of the 1930’s avant-garde. Jireš 1970 film, made two years after the Soviet suppression of the ‘Prague Spring’, is an adaptation of Vítězslav Nezval’s surrealist novel. The dreamlike narrative tells of teenage Valerie’s fantastical progression to adulthood and her recurring encounters with magical beings, witches, vampires, and the living dead, alongside puritanical authority figures. The cinematography, art direction, and Luboš Fišer soundtrack create a potent evocation of lost innocence.
SUN 21 SEP DIR: JOHN MACKENZIE UK 1978 1 HR 15 MINS
DRAMA CAST: STEPHEN PETCHER, LESLEY DUNLOP, KEN HUTCHISON
Alan Garner’s adaptation of his complex 1973 novel for the BBC’s Play for Today is set in Mow Cop, Cheshire in three different time periods. A stone artifact is the trigger for the cyclical repetition of events on the site, forming an emotional correspondence between moments in time and space.
THE ASH TREE
SUN 21 SEP DIR: LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK UK 1975 32 MINS
HORROR/DRAMA CAST: EDWARD PETHERBRIDGE, BARBARA EWING, LALLA WARD
M.R. James’s short story was adapted by David Rudkin (Penda’s Fen) for the BBC series A Ghost Story for Christmas. The skillfully interweaving narrative relates the powerful influence of a local witch on two generations of the Fell family, as natural cycles of death and rebirth are contaminated by murrain.
Download the full QFT September programme here.