Final screening of Japanese Horror – “Audition” – 7/26/22

Concluding the series on Tues., July 26, is Takashi Miike’s “Audition” (1999). Infamous upon its release, “Audition” places the viewer in a corporate setting inhabited with corrupt, arguably sexually-repressed film producers. Casting has never been so important… or life threatening.

“Audition” was a New York Times Critic’s Pick in 2001. Critic Elvis Mitchell wrote, “The Japanese psychological horror film ‘Audition’ has been responsible for throngs of shaken filmgoers staggering out of theaters for the last year or so; it’s ‘Fatal Attraction’ with a sense of morality instead of a need to pander—specifically, the movie’s theme is the objectification of women in Japanese society and the mirror-image horror of retribution it could create.”

Suggested donation is $7 at the door.

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from Connecticut Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

Japanese Horror – “Cure” – 7/19/22

Cure,” released in 1997 and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, screens Tues., July 19. Viewers might find “Cure” (1997) familiar when seen through a procedural lens: a story that follows a detective’s woeful attempt at uncovering the mystifying secret behind a string of grisly murders.

NYC-based movie blogger Patrick Preziosi will be a special guest presenter for “Cure.” His Website is Triple Feature (triplefeature.substack.com).

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from Connecticut Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

Japanese horror film series continues with cult classic “House” Tues., July 12

Here at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, horror films aren’t just relegated to the cold, dark months of the year—we celebrate them all year round. So why not a horror film series in July, Mother Nature’s hottest offering yet? BVFCC would like to invite you to a Japanese Horror series in the midst of humidity, sweat, and muggy moods.

BVFCC launches a new film screening series, “4 Icons of Japanese Horror: From Mizoguchi to Miike—A Peek Into the Dark,” on Tues., July 5. Beginning with Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu” (1953), it proceeds chronologically on Tuesdays through “House” (1977), “Cure” (1997), and “Audition” (1999).

Each screening starts at 7 PM and admission is $7.

With our recent installation of an Asian Horror section, customers will be able to enjoy the dark corners of the film universe. By shining a spotlight on it this month, we’re showcasing some of the best of the best. Because this section is so varied, we decided to pick 4 films from a single country, Japan. Why Japan, one might ask? Japan has arguably the most storied and vast selection of truly masterful exercises in the genre. With these four films, we hope to illustrate the genius and/or madness the genre has to offer.

The 1977 film “House,” directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, screens Tues., July 12. “House” is a certified cult classic—wild and beyond comprehension. It’s an odd and charming take on the haunted house genre made famous by American directors such as Robert Wise and James Whale.

Support for this series has been provided to Best Video Film & Cultural Center from Connecticut Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.