Friday 10th June // Village of the Damned (1960) +TALK: Cosy Catastrophes

Original poster design // Adam Howard

When the inhabitants of the peaceful English village of Midwich suddenly fall into a trance-like sleep, the women of child-bearing age wake up to discover they are pregnant. The resulting offspring, six girls and six boys, are all born with striking blonde hair and prove to be highly intelligent. But when they begin to display telepathic powers, Professor Gordon Zellaby (George Sanders) suspects that their intentions are malevolent, and sets out to discover their true nature…

Wolf Rilla // UK 1960 // 12 // 77mins

“Compelling, creepy and often unbearably tense… this British near-classic is a sci-fi treat.”
Radio Times

“One of those little science fiction movies that, once seen, is never forgotten.”

“The atmosphere and pace are superbly handled, and the performances of the sinister, inhumanly intelligent ‘children’ never falter.”
Time Out

“Chilling performances and a restrained, eerie atmosphere make this British horror both an unnerving parable of its era and a timeless classic.”
Rotten Tomatoes

The film will be preceded by a talk from Andrew M. Butler, managing editor of Extrapolation and the Chair of Judges for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, who will explore how John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos (1957), adapted as Village of the Damned (1960), is both subversive and unsettling.

Where: The Castle Cinema, First Floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
When: Friday 10th June // 1900


Friday 8th July // Looker (1981)

Shortly after Beverley Hills plastic surgeon Dr Larry Roberts (Albert Finney) performs a series of minor alterations to a group of supermodels, three of the four models die in mysterious circumstances. Under suspicion by the police, Dr Roberts takes matters into his own hands and teams up with Cindy Fairmont (Susan Dey), the last of the group still alive, to investigate the model’s employer, Digital Matrix, a research company that has developed a revolutionary new advertising technology…

Michael Crichton // US 1981 // 12 // 93mins

“Ahead of its time in many ways… as much a criticism of our society’s fixation on conventional attractiveness as it is a sci-fi actioner.”
-Birth. Movies. Death.

“A slick-looking, paranoid nightmare about our society’s increasing dependency on computers and the awful things that might happen to us if the people who make computers join forces with the people who decide what we’ll see on television.”
-New York Times

“Your standard murder mystery, a takedown of corporate America, a romantic comedy, and a sci-fi thriller.”
-Bloody Disgusting

“With a solid gumshoe approach to its futuristic swagger, Looker and its computer-generated images is yet another futureshock warning from Michael Crichton.”
-Reel Reviews

“Way before he cloned dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, writer/director Michael Crichton played with similar themes for this underrated blend of techno horror and suspense.”
-Radio Times

Where: The Castle Cinema, First Floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
When: Friday 8th July // 1900

Friday 12th August // Midnight Special (2016)

After rescuing his son, Alton, from a fundamentalist sect who are convinced his supernatural abilities are the key to their salvation, Roy (Michael Shannon), Alton, and their bodyguard Lucas (Joel Edgerton) go on the run for their lives. But what starts as a desperate escape from a fearless cult soon attracts the attention of the FBI who believe the boy to be a threat to mankind’s very existence. With the trio’s fate hanging in the balance, Roy will stop at nothing to keep his son from harm and uncover the truth behind his powers, a discovery which could change the world forever…

Jeff Nichols // US 2016 // 12 // 112mins

“Jeff Nichols’s gripping cosmic thriller has it all – a superb cast, gritty realism and a final-act reveal that will amaze you.”

“It builds slowly through wrenching family drama to imaginative sci-fi sustained as much by heart and emotion as thrilling special effects.”
-Radio Times

“Nichols has managed to combine that Spielbergian feel of something magical we’ll never quite understand with a family story that is utterly involving and moving. This is something special.”

“Director Jeff Nichols and star Michael Shannon team up to deliver a modern science fiction classic.”
-Little White Lies

“Soulful sci-fi. A tribute to ’80s classics, but with a 21st-century twist: Close Encounters of a new kind.”

Where: The Castle Cinema, First Floor, 64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, E9 6DA
When: Friday 12th August // 1830