Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Dodgem Logic 4

The conclusion of my article - The Planners and the Planned: Sightlines on the Legacy of Modernist Planning and Development in Northampton - features in the brand new issue of Alan Moore's Dodgem Logic, out now. Should you be braced for major blood loss promised by today's swingeing announcements, you may be interested to know that the official site is offering free postage & packing in the UK until the end of June. Once again, a pleasure to be involved.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

"I Have A Feeling That Something Is About To Happen....Something Final"

As a somewhat belated response to the superb Radiophonic-related screen grab smorgasbord on show over at A Sound Awareness, Toys And Techniques and Unmann-Wittering last month, I thought I'd return the favour.

Recovered from a 1989 Central region broadcast Beta recording, this is Symptoms, an eerie 1974 psycho shocker from Spanish director Jose Larraz, more famous for the erotic horror Vampyres. It stars the weirdly glacial, doll-like Angela Pleasence (daughter of Donald), and features plenty of the genre's touchstones - insinuated lesbianism, a crumbling manor house etc. It was entered for the Cannes Film Festival, but its relative failure apparently affected Larraz deeply.

Symptoms remains a real rarity: it's probably never been on TV in the UK since, and you'll have to pay over the odds for an import DVD if you really want to see it. I'd go into greater detail on the film, but the first five minutes is all that's survived on this particular recording. The lovely title sequence however is a hauntologist's wet dream. A decent review plus background can be found here.

On a tangential note, the mental terror of England's participation at the World Cup is one of many points up for dissection at Minus The Shooting, to which I'm delighted to have been invited to contribute in the hallowed company of Zone Styx Travelcard, K-Punk and others.