I hosted another night of films in Annesbrook on the 11th, all organised by Shane at 50% Human. We screened films and provided a meal for about twenty guests. As well as some Super 8 digests, Tim Hawkins and I had spent the afternoon assembling a rough cut of a horror movie to round off the night whilst Carmel managed the logistics. At midnight we were able to premiere our short film;
‘The Picture in the House’ is a loose version of the H.P. Lovecraft story that marked a transition from gothic horror to a more local New England sort of tale. This adaptation shifts the action from post-civil war America to Ireland, after our own civil war. A young anthropologist collecting folk tales on a tape recorder takes shelter in a remote Mayo farmhouse during a storm and begins to doubt the occupant’s hospitality as a fever takes hold. The old man of the house can be seen in the still below;
Imagine the mind-bending horror when the hideous old man from the film appeared at the screening!
As well as the home-made horror, we had a full programme of films, from a 10 minute trailer of ‘The Phantom Planet’ with a surf rock soundtrack to a hypnotic screening of George Méliés ‘Voyage Dans la Lune’ from 1902.
Just before dinner we gave the audience a condensed version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and for a classic Halloween flavour we screened some Hammer House classics, The Crimson Cult and The Devil Rides Out. You can get a flavour of the films from this trailer I made for the night;
I think everyone had a good time.