This Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 6.00 pm, Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts will present a unique DOUBLE BILL – TWO BACK TO BACK HORROR FILMS, both centered on a Curse.
We start off with the 1957 "Science v/s Superstition” horror classic, 'Curse of the Demon” starring Dana Andrews (Laura; The Best Years of our Lives) as John Holden, a skeptic psychologist in a race against time to remove the demonic curse placed on him by devil cult leader Karswell, who he threatens to expose. With its stark images and economy of storytelling, this 82 minute thriller reminds us of how understated horror used to be in the B&W age.
Film: Curse of the Demon (1957) (Black & White)
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Run-Time: 1 hr 22 mins
We then continue with the vibrant and energetic modern update of CURSE OF THE DEMON with horror master Sam Raimi’s under-rated and misunderstood `Drag Me To Hell‘(2009)
Film: Drag Me To Hell (2009) (Color)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Run-Time: 1 hr 36 mins
On the surface it’s the same story as the 1957 film with upwardly mobile bank loan officer Christine (Alison Lohmann) trying to escape the curse placed on her by an old woman who she has evicted, but is the film really about that or is it about a young woman’s obsession with self-image as she tries to escape her bulimic past and her fear of eating disorders and weight gain? The debate rages and though it is a distinctly modern horror film, full of shock jump scares and dark humour, the doomed character at its center whose fate we genuinely care about and its pessimistic subtext continue to fascinate, amuse and haunt.
So join us this Wednesday to find out if John and Christine escape the curse of the demons or get dragged to hell.
PLEASE NOTE: This Wednesday’s screenings will begin at 6.00 pm sharp. There will be a 10-min interval between the films.