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Dark Twisted Fantasy

Perverse fairytales and wayward visions meet, as Pasolini, Rivette, Cocteau and their fellow dreamers create films that burrow into memory.

Enter splintered worlds of desire and power - unsettling views on alternative ways of being.

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The Company of Wolves
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The Company of Wolves

Fantasy198495 minsDirector: Neil Jordan

Angela Carter and Neil Jordan's magical, radical take on Little Red Riding Hood.

Eden and After
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Eden and After

Horror196998 minsDirector: Alain Robbe-Grillet

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s sensual fantasy follows a group of students who enter a bizarre sado-masochistic realm after taking a mysterious drug.

La Belle et la Bête
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La Belle et la Bête

Fantasy194695 minsDirector: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Donnie Darko
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Donnie Darko

Drama2001113 minsDirector: Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly's astounding debut feature is a mix of stylish eighties veneer and existential horror starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the troubled teen who is haunted by a giant rabbit prophesying the apocalypse.

Theorem
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Theorem

Drama196898 minsDirector: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pasolini’s classic about a handsome, enigmatic stranger (Terence Stamp) who arrives at a bourgeois household and seduces an entire family.

Pink Narcissus
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Pink Narcissus

197165 minsDirector: James Bidgood

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

Orphée
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Orphée

Drama195095 minsDirector: Jean Cocteau

Magical retelling of the Orpheus myth by poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau.

Woman of the Dunes
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Woman of the Dunes

Animation & Artists Moving Image1964147 minsDirector: Hiroshi Teshigahara

Hiroshi Teshigahara's mystifying, serene and provocative fable about an entomologist who becomes trapped in a young widow’s desert shack.

Three Businessmen
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Three Businessmen

Comedy199981 minsDirector: Alex Cox

Alex Cox’s surreal and subversive comic fantasy about three men’s search for a meal that becomes a globe-trotting odyssey.

Blancanieves
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Blancanieves

Drama2011105 minsDirector: Pablo Berger

Pablo Berger’s imaginative black-and-white ‘silent’ movie relocates the story of Snow White to 1920s Spain – complete with bullfighting dwarfs

Belle de Jour
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Belle de Jour

Drama1967100 minsDirector: Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel's provocative classic about a bored and neglected housewife (Catherine Deneuve) risks her reputation to take up a daring new hobby.

Delicatessen
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Delicatessen

Comedy1990100 minsDirector: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jeunet and Caro's endlessly inventive and wildly enjoyable post-apocalyptic black comedy, about a sinister butcher and the circus clown who becomes his nemesis.

The Devil's Backbone
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The Devil's Backbone

Horror2001108 minsDirector: Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo Del Toro’s elegant and chilling ghost story, set in an orphanage for victims of the Spanish Civil War, which is haunted by the spectre of young boy.

The Beast
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The Beast

Comedy197598 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

Celine and Julie Go Boating
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Celine and Julie Go Boating

Drama1974194 minsDirector: Jacques Rivette

Jacques Rivette's exhilarating combination of theatricality, paranoia and 'la vie Parisienne' follows two young women as they enter a mysterious realm upon eating a magic sweet.

Street of Crocodiles
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Street of Crocodiles

Animation & Artists Moving Image198621 minsDirector: Brothers Quay

The Quays' best-known (and highest budgeted) short takes place in nightmarish netherworld populated by strange and sinister puppets.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne

Horror198191 minsDirector: Walerian Borowczyk

Udo Kier stars in Walerian Borowczyk's delirious erotic fever dream, which re-imagines Robert Louis Stephenson's moral tale as a deranged domestic sex farce.

Symptoms
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Symptoms

Drama197491 minsDirector: 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.