British Noir and Horror at the Hammer

hell driversLast night I went to see The Third Man at the Hammer and I was reminded of just what a fabulous film it is and how great it is to live in a city where you can watch classic and arthouse films on the big screen. So I’m sorry–you missed The Third Man, but there are still a half dozen other movies yet to screen in the “Footsteps and Fog” British noir series. Friday there are a pair of trucker noir movies, The Long Haul and Hell Drivers. Saturday’s offerings include The Clouded Yellow, a movie described as having “echoes of Gaslight,” as well as The October Man. And Monday finishes the series with The Noose and No Orchids for Miss Blandish, which Monthly Film Bulletin called “the most sickening exhibition of brutality, perversion, sex and sadism to be shown on a cinema screen.” I’m in.

And if you’re hungry for more Brit films with fog, the double feature on Halloween looks promising: The City of the Dead and The Skull. Satanic conspiracies, Marquis de Sade’s skull, witch burnings…what more do you need for a happy Halloween?

2 Replies to “British Noir and Horror at the Hammer”

  1. British and Noir, what an amazing combo. The Third Man is so good, I can and do watch it over and over. So many standout shots: the cat on the shoes, the length of the sewer tunnel, the tree-lined walk, the fingers. I’m going to try to catch some of these other films, thanks.

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