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FOLK HORROR

Folk Horror thrives in liminal spaces, in the gaps between worlds, in landscapes of rough earth and gnarled, old trees with humming pylons stretching overhead. In the half-imagined things glimpsed in wooded shadows out of the corners of eyes making hiking visitors quicken their step. 

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Director: Robin Hardy

Starring: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Diane Cilento. 

Runtime: 88 min. 

THE WICKER MAN 1973

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child. A conservative Christian, the policeman observes the residents' frivolous sexual displays and strange pagan rituals, particularly the temptations of Willow (Britt Ekland), daughter of the island magistrate, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). The more Sergeant Howie learns about the islanders' strange practices, the closer he gets to tracking down the missing child.

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THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW 1971

When a mysterious corpse is accidentally dug up by a boy in a small town, a group of local teens starts acting very strangely. The adolescents, led by a girl named Angel (Linda Hayden), are convinced the corpse was once possessed. Hoping to get in touch with the devil through the body, the teens act out a series of demonic rituals that causes a stir among the townspeople. When word of the satanic activity spreads, certain parents start trying to lock up the kids behind the spooky stunts.

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Director: Piers Haggard

Starring: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews. 

Runtime: 97 min.

 
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VIY 1967

Viy is generally considered the most famous Russian horror film – and the only one known to be produced during the Soviet era. 

In this delightful film based on the Gogol tale of the same name, a young priest attempts to save the soul of a witch with which he has a sordid backstory. The film begins with the young monk , Khoma, wandering through the countryside on leave from his monastery. Lost in the dark, he is able to spend the night in an old woman’s barn. However, she turns out to be a witch. After an altercation between them, Khoma slays her, expecting that to be the last he sees of her. 

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Director: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov

Starring: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, 

Aleksey Glazyrin

Runtime: 77 min. 

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Director: Robert Eggers

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie. 

Runtime: 92 min. 

THE VVITCH 2015

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest—within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately—animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

 

In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness.

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