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NEW SHORTS: Tales of the Unexpected
Thu 14 Jan 18:30 Hackney Picturehouse (screen TBC)
Older viewers may remember the opening credits of the weekly TV series with its silhouetted dancer that promised horrific twists and turns in stories of murder and mayhem. Tonight’s films revisit such stories, from mysterious deaths and haunted rooms, subtle twists and creepy tales.
Film running order:
THE DARK ROOM Thomas Hescott 22 mins
LIFE AND DEATH OF THE INVISIBLE MAN Federico Urdaneta 8 mins
CERBERUS Remy Bazerque12 mins
THE DITCH Sheena Holliday 9 mins
VINTAGE BLOOD Abigail Blackmore 14 mins
ROOM 88 Mike Booth 9 mins
YOU ARE WHOLE Laura Spini 16 mins
BORIS IN THE FOREST Rob Hackett 13 mins
BORIS IN THE FOREST
Rob Hackett 13 mins
A black comedy about a Californian geek in search of his horror hero Boris Karloff.
Remy Bazerque 12 mins
A modern take on Greek Mythological Eternal Punishments, Cerberus is the tale of two brothers tormenting each other in a scenario they can't escape.
LIFE AND DEATH OF THE INVISIBLE MAN
Federico Urdaneta 8 mins
Simon lives alone in a musty flat. Every day he follows the same solitary routine, completely naked. He’s the Invisible Man. Once a week Maria cleans his house, unaware of his presence, of his infatuation. Today, however, an unwelcome stranger storms into the scene. Today, the Invisible Man dies.
Mike Booth 9 mins
A reclusive inventor (John MacCormick) is holed up in a New York hotel room where he's just finished work on his latest creation. But when he turns it on for the first time, he's met with unexpected results.
THE DARK ROOM
Thomas Hescott 22 mins
Augustus Pike woke covered in sweat and shuddering with shame. He was remembering a stupid remark he made at a party in 2005 to some people he didn’t really know. Augustus frequently encountered crippling bouts of latent embarrassment – for things that had happened two decades ago. Then one day he discovered a way to right the wrongs of his past.
Sheena Holliday 9 mins
What would you do if you ran someone over on an isolated road? A woman wakes up in a ditch with another woman, badly injured, beside her. As she tries to recall the events that led up to this moment, she is forced to face the consequences of her choices.
Abigail Blackmore 14 mins
A darkly comic tale about the owner of a quirky vintage shop who discovers her fiancé’s life is in danger when a cursed Ouija board comes into her possession, starring Indira Varma, Sophie Thompson and Michael Rosen.
YOU ARE WHOLE
Laura Spini 16 mins
Norman Pugg arrives in a sleepy British seaside town with a mission: to spread the word of The Children of the Mountain of the Star. However it seems that the local residents may have bigger problems than battling their spiritual confusions as Norman discovers a number of his prospective clients dismembered in their own homes. Mistaken for the serial killer and hounded by the police, Norman must persevere in order to bring wellbeing and clarity to a world where everything has stopped making sense.