[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]A[/eltdf_dropcaps]s it does every year, every horror film fan’s favorite aspect of our program returns. Traditionally screened among the gravestones of the Municipal Cemetery, this year Movies with Mummy presents a special edition made up of films from our Spotlight Country, which for several decades has gained a reputation for horror film, leading it to become a hotbed for stories to remake as Hollywood films. The inaugural session of the program will feature films by Nobuhiko Obayashi and Takashi Miike, both renowned directors of experimental and horror cinema.
Takashi Miike’s Kuime is probably his most technically accomplished film. The story is about a group of theater actors rehearsing an adaptation of a 200-year-old legend. With a worthy aesthetic of Gothic literature, nasty and provocative scenes in which the blood serves as a metaphor for the world, dilution of reality thanks to the play between the obvious and silences, and the mixture of supernatural horror and Japanese noh theater tradition, Kuime is a dense film about murder, betrayal and revenge.
Nobuhiko Obayashi is the Japanese master of the cult of surrealist films, and as one of his signature works, Hausu seems like a horror movie made by a talented alien trying to impress an audience. The film, an extravagant hallucination in a bad trip that mixes innocence and horror as well as ghosts and psychedelia, traces a schoolgirl and six of her classmates on a trip to her aunt’s cottage. This aunt starts devouring the girls in strange ways.