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Symptoms 1974

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Symptoms 1974 15

90 mins United Kingdom Director. José R. Larraz

The official British Palme d'Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, Symptoms is a sophisticated modern gothic horror film exploring the themes of sexual repression and psychosis. José Ramón Larraz's dark and stylish film tells of a young woman (Lorna Heilbron) who is invited by her girlfriend (Angela Pleasence) to stay at her remote English country mansion. Events take a disturbing turn when a menacing groundkeeper (Peter Vaughan) interrupts their time together, and a woman's body is found in the mansion's lake.

Other than a limited theatrical release and a late-night screening on British television in the early 80s, Larraz's film has slipped into obscurity, and the original negative was long thought lost, assuring it a place in the BFI's 'Most Wanted' list. Following the rediscovery of the original negatives in 2014, the dark delights of Symptoms can finally be experienced again in this new restoration, undertaken by the Belgian Cinematek.

Directed by

José R. Larraz

Featuring

Lorna Heilbron

Peter Vaughan

Angela Pleasence

Genres

Drama

Collection

Forgotten Features Cult Cinema Halloween Closed Captions Classic Horror Classic Cannes Festival Mark Kermode Introduces

Certificate

15 Strong violence

Released

1974

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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