Our notorious all-nighters kick off AT 10.30pm in the bar WITH DJS, THE MANGAWALL AND BLIZZARD GAMES. EVERY All-nighter ticketholder getS a packed goody bag, festival chocolates and other treats including MAD DOG ENERGY LEMONADE!
Ahead of the Blu Ray release of the Spanish language films directed by Guillermo del Toro, we are delighted that Optimum Releasing has given us permission to screen them. And because we have a soft spot for it, we thought we would include one of his American films too.
We screen the following:
- PAN’S LABYRINTH
"A rare, bordering on unique piece of cinema, this film is a real triumph" - JONATHAN ROSS
"One of the finest chillers of the decade. A masterpiece" - Mark Kermode
- THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE
"Contains more substance and is executed with more style than a dozen Hollywood movies" - EMPIRE
"Squishy, slimy special effects make it yucky in the extreme. Great Fun" - NY Times
Prepare yourself for a night of bugs, beasts and brutes.
About the movies:
Del Toro’s chilling directorial debut won the Critic’s Week Award at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, marking him out as a formidable talent. Blackly comic and scary as hell, Cronos concerns Jesus Gris, an elderly antiques dealer who discovers an ancient mechanical device once belonging to a 16th century alchemist.
Shaped like a beetle, the device houses an immortal parasite which offers the ageing antiquarian the chance of eternal life. The cost? An extreme aversion to daylight and an agonizing thirst for human blood.
THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE
A deliciously dark horror, The Devil’s Backbone tells the tale of a remote Spanish orphanage during the final days of the Civil War whose young inhabitants are brutally terrorized by Santi, a decomposing spirit who stalks the building’s dark, decaying hallways. But as the film builds to its explosive finale, the children learn the true story of Santi’s death.
Produced by Pedro Almodovar and brilliantly shot by cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (Hellboy, Jackie Brown), The Devil’s Backbone marked Del Toro’s return to more personal film-making following the Hollywood-produced Mimic.
In many ways a companion piece to The Devil’s Backbone, Del Toro’s latest masterpiece is a combines magical fantasy with the harsh realities of the Spanish Civil War.
Pan’s Labyrinth follows Ofelia, a young girl uprooted to a remote military outpost commanded by her new stepfather, a general in Franco’s army. Powerless and lonely, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human after she discovers a neglected labyrinth behind the family home. There she meets Pan, a fantastical creature who challenges her with three tasks which he claims will reveal her true identity.
A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form.