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Demons  /  Anguish

June 24, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Demons  (Italy, 1985)


Berlin moviegoers looking for cheap horror thrills get more than they bargained for at the opening of the Metropol, a mysterious movie palace seemingly sprung up overnight, when the supernatural carnage on screen spills out into the audience.  Italian giallo masters Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento deliver on the practical gore, scorching rock soundtrack and tongue-in-cheek heavy meta-commentary. 

35mm, color, in Italian with English subtitles, 88 min.  Production: DACFILM Rome.  Producer: Dario Argento.  Director: Lamberto Bava.  Screenwriter: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Ferrini.  Cinematographer: Gianlorenzo Battaglia.  Editor: Piero Bozza, Franco Fraticelli.  Music: Claudio Simonetti.  Cast: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Paola Cozzo.

Anguish  (Spain/U.S., 1987)


Spanish writer-director Bigas Luna deploys the movie-within-a-movie device as an unsettling sensory assault on cinematic voyeurism in this mind-tripping horror “double feature.”  As Anguish opens, a killer stalks the city, psychically controlled by his psychotic mother, but when the camera pulls back, that movie’s onscreen effects seem to have mentally ensnared an unstable moviegoer who also can’t resist the murderous mother’s commands.

35mm, color, in Spanish with English subtitles, 89 min.  Production: Luna Films, Pepon Coromina, Samba P.C.  Director: Bigas Luna.  Screenwriter: Bigas Luna.  Cinematographer: Josep M. Civit.  Art Direction: Felipe de Paco.  Editor: Tom Sabin.  Music: José Manuel Pagán.  Cast: Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul.

Print courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive

The Jerk Teaser

35mm, color, 3 min.

Print courtesy of the Packard Humanities Institute Collection at the Academy Film Archive

MPAA PSA with Charlton Heston

35mm, color, 3 min.