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Experiments in Terror 3

Director(s): Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, various

Theatrical Release: 2008


Genre(s): Horror, shorts, Avant-Garde

Countries: USA

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Running Time: 99m.

Striking for the third time, EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR 3 unleashes another hallucinogenic orgy of the uncanny, the dreadful, and the macabre. Employing a mesmerizing montage of terrifying tropes and fiendish footage, our kino-coven conjures more than a bewitching hour of visionary cinema. Pounding a stake through the heart of genre convention, this shocking program expands the cinematic language of fear, breaking the chains of narrative logic and leaving only the black void of the infinite unconscious. Featuring:

- Manuelle Labor (D: Marie Losier, 2007, 10m) - Two sisters, five brothers, a doctor and two nurses and the miraculous birth of a pair of hands..but whose hands are they? "Marie, that shot of the hands coming out o' your womb is a dilly!!! What an honour to be born of you! your son, Guy." - Guy Maddin

- Born of The Wind (D: Mike Kuchar, 1961, USA, 24m) - "A tender and realistic story of a scientist who falls in love with a mummy he has restored to life... 2,000 years as a mummy couldn't quench her thirst for love!" -George Kuchar. Starring Donna Kerness, Bob Cowan, Janice Jones. This film was preserved by Anthology Film Archives through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

- Satan Claus (D: J.X. Williams, 1975, USA, 3m) - "In the mid-Seventies, I was working as a projectionist for this crummy movie theatre in downtown LA. The owner owed me six weeks back wages and when I ask him for the money, the scumbag has the gall to inform me that I'm getting laid off Christmas week. If he'd known my reputation for mischief, he might have thought twice about it. On my last day of work, I had to project a Christmas matinee for kids. Before the main feature, I added an unannounced opener to the program called "Satan Claus". I fled the theatre right after my film ended but I heard the owner had to refund the entire box office. Even then, several outraged parents filed a lawsuit against the theatre. Merry Christmas, you cheap bastard!" - J.X. Williams

- The Psychotic Odyssey of Richard Chase (D: Carey Burtt, 1999, USA, 6m) - Using mainly dolls like Todd Haynes' Superstar, Burtt's film dramatizes the true story of "The Vampire of Sacramento," cannibal-killer Richard Chase, from his childhood, through his mental deterioration, to his ghastly crime spree, trial and death. "Explores the nether regions of the psyche as manifested via the darkest forms of paranoia, psychosis, and insanity. Jack Sargeant

- Terror! (D: Ben Rivers, 2007, USA, 24m) - A love letter to the genre which got me into film in the first place-these films in particular, which I saw when I was about 10-12, due to a dodgy video shop owner in my village who seemed to enjoy pushing these films onto our young minds. His shop, by the way, was in the basement of the Methodist church-I don't think they had any idea what was coming out of their cellar.

- The Red Door (excerpt) (D: Jason Bognacki, 2008, USA, 10m) - A blood-drenched psychological mystery through the distorted gaze of Lynda and her fantasy self, Loma - heroines who both try to redeem Lynda from a tragic past. Described as a modern 'Giallo' the film takes the viewer through a dark and visually striking journey set in the streets of Hollywood and in the bent mind of its heroine(s). The Red Door is slated to be completed as a full length feature in the second quarter of 2008.


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