A long-lost scare flick to round off your evening of horror at the Hippodrome.
Debonair man of leisure James Kirkham is keen to travel the world before settling down with his fiancée Eve. On the eve of his departure the couple are kidnapped from a society ball and taken to a mansion populated by strange freaks and monsters, held prisoner by the mysterious master of the house… none other than Satan himself!
This riotous – and on occasion salacious – movie is bags of fun. Think Carry On Devil Worship crossed with The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and you get the general idea. The film’s subject matter was clearly a favourite of the director Benjamin Christensen who was already a veteran of the genre having achieved great success and notoriety with Haxan (1922), an unsettling and unique history of witchcraft and demonology.
Dir. Benjamin Christensen | US | 1929 | N/C 12A | Italian intertitles with English surtitles | 1h 10m
With: Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, Sheldon Lewis
Performing live: Jane Gardner (piano) and Roddy Long (violin)
Screening material courtesy of Cineteca Italiana
Note: if the event is shown as ‘sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.
If you like this try: The Penalty (horror with Lon Chaney)