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The Dark Arts

Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?

The Death of Satan could have been a tragedy for the imagination, had he ever gone away... Faustian pacts are still legal tender in today's world, and alchemists just transformed into mad scientists, led by the inimitable Dr Frankenstein. But there's a problem with evil, and among film's most powerful demons, the demonised can also be found. Witches were tortured and killed by religious interrogators, but what if their magic was not so very black after all? Mankind's inhumanity and lust for power are usually the tell-tale heart of these stories of obsession, evil, the macabre, and the unknown darkness of the mind.

"The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster."

Severus Snape in Harry Potter

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The Dark Arts


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Suspiria 1977 18

Dario Argento’s phantasmagoric gothic nightmare blends operatic violence, disorienting dream logic and hyper-real visual to create a horror classic.

98 mins Italy Director. Dario Argento

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The Mask of Satan

The Mask of Satan 1960 15

Italian horror classic from acclaimed Italian horror auteur Mario Bava, about a beautiful witch Asa (Barbara Steele) who rises from her grave to take revenge upon her enemies.

Italy Director. Mario Bava

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The Beyond

The Beyond 1981 18

Lucio Fulci's Italian zombie-horror classic about a New Orleans hotel built upon one of the seven gateways to Hell.

Italy Director. Lucio Fulci

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The Shout

The Shout 1978 15

Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize was awarded to this unnerving drama about a man who claims to be able to kill people with a ‘terror shout’ learned from an Aboriginal shaman.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Jerzy Skolimowski

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Twins of Evil

Twins of Evil 1971 15

Chilling vampire horror from Hammer in which a pair of innocent twins come under the influence of the evil Count Karnstein.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. John Hough

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Seance on a Wet Afternoon

Seance on a Wet Afternoon 1964 PG

Bryan Forbes’ stylish psychological thriller about a medium who plans to kidnap a child and help the police solve the crime to bolster her reputation as a clairvoyant.

Great Britain Director. Bryan Forbes

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Frankenstein 1931 PG

The gothic horror that ushered in a wave of cinematic terror, starring Boris Karloff as the reconstructed monster with a human soul.

70 mins USA Director. James Whale

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Hands of the Ripper

Hands of the Ripper 1971 15

In Edwardian London, a series of gruesome murders match those of the Whitechapel Ripper, revealing an unlikely suspect.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Sasdy

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Witchfinder General
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Witchfinder General 1968 15

A witchfinder traverses 17th-century England executing those he suspects of witchcraft.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Reeves

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Where Has Poor Mickey Gone
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Where Has Poor Mickey Gone 1964

A fairground showman (Warren Mitchell) exacts a terrible revenge upon the hooligans who terrorise him in this haunting tale of mystery and magic

56 mins Director. Gerry Levy

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Anger Me

Anger Me 2006 15

Like all good magicians, the life and work of Kenneth Anger, the Magus of underground film, is crowded with mystery and myth.

72 mins Canada Director. Elio Gelmini

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Roger Corman on Edgar Allen Poe
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Roger Corman on Edgar Allen Poe

A childhood obsession helps define a career in filmmaking, from the author of ' How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime'.

United Kingdom

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The Devil Rides Out

The Devil Rides Out 1967 15

Dennis Wheatley's occult tale is given the Hammer treatment.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Fisher

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Dario Argento in Conversation
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Dario Argento in Conversation 2013

Shifting from critic to screenwriter to filmmaker, Argento covers his life, work and inspirations.

United Kingdom

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The Wicker Man (Q&A)
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The Wicker Man (Q&A) 2014

How an 'undistributable' chiller became an unmissable classic is one of the great film stories, told by its director, Robin Hardy.

United Kingdom

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The Fall of the House of Usher
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The Fall of the House of Usher 1950 PG

An eerie British version of the classic Poe chiller, strong enough for a rare 'H' (for Horrific) certificate.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Ivan Barnett

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Alice Cooper on Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
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Alice Cooper on Whatever Happened To Baby Jane 2014

One of cinema's more unlikely stories, Alice Cooper recalls living next door to a genuine legend, and using one of her films to kickstart his career.

United Kingdom

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Peggy Cummins on Night of the Demon 2013

Colourful and wonderful stories from the making of Jacques Tourneur's suspenseful favourite.

United Kingdom

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Prelude 1927

A man hallucinates being buried alive after reading an Edgar Alan Poe story.

United Kingdom Director. Castleton Knight

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Psychomania 1972 15

The greatest zombie-biker, toad-worshipping-Satanists horror in British cinema is an undisputed cult classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Sharp

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The Witches
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The Witches 12

Joan Fontaine stars as an ex-missionary drawn to investigate the sinister undercurrents beneath the surface of English village life.

Director. Cyril Frankel

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