All The Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium of Folk Horror
All The Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium of Folk Horror

Last October, I bought a five-film pass to the online Nightstream film festival. The main draw was a showing of Phil Tippett's morbid stop-motion masterpiece Mad God. The first film I saw,  however, was a 194-minute documentary on the history and breadth of the Folk Horror genre by Kier-La Janisse called Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror.

I watched the doc in three sittings. This was possible because the film has chapters which make for great stopping points. For me, the nearly three and a half hours long runtime was lengthened by frequently skipping back to catch the name of a film that was mentioned or shown on screen. There are over 225 films either mentioned or depicted to punctuate ideas, many quite rare. My watchlist grew significantly while watching.

After listening to the director's introduction to the feature for Nightstream, I looked into the box set release that would accompany the film's release, available on the publisher Severin's website. The set, which arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago, is massive and extraordinarily well-assembled.

Here's the description from Severin's product page:

The most comprehensive collection of its kind begins with the definitive genre documentary of our time, Kier-La Janisse’s award-winning Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched. From there, experience 19 of the best-known, least-known, rarely-seen and thought-lost classics of folk horror from around the world, all restored from the best available vault elements with Special Features that include short films, audio commentaries and exclusive featurettes. The ultimate genre exploration continues with the original Woodlands soundtrack by Jim Williams and a reading of the classic short story ‘The White People’ by actress Linda Hayden, as well as a 126-page illustrated book curated by Janisse and designed by Luke Insect featuring all-new writings by renowned film scholars, authors and historians.

Sheltered within a lovely ornamented slip case comes a portfolio of 12 Blu-Rays and 3 CDs, holding 20 feature films, 15 short films, and over 15 hours of special features. Each leaf of the portfolio has custom artwork pertinent to the film(s) it contains.

Those films are:

  1. Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (2021)
  2. Eyes Of Fire (1983) + extended director's cut, Crying Blue Sky
  3. The She-Butterfly (Leptirica, 1973)
  4. Witchhammer (1970)
  5. Viy (1967)
  6. Lake of the Dead (1958)
  7. Tillbury (1987)
  8. The Dreaming (1988)
  9. Kadaicha (1988)
  10. Celia (1989)
  11. Alison's Birthday (1981)
  12. She-Wolf (Wilczyca, 1983)
  13. Lokis, a Manuscript of Professor Wittembach (1970)
  14. Clearcut (1991)
  15. The Demon (Il Demonio, 1963)
  16. Dark Waters (1993)
  17. A Field in England (2013)
  18. Anchoress (1993)
  19. Penda's Fen (1974)
  20. Robin Redbreast (1970)

The shorts:

  1. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1972)
  2. Transformations (1972)
  3. Backwoods (2019)
  4. Ward (Štićenik, 1973)
  5. The Maiden’s Tune (Devičanska Svirka, 1973)
  6. Satan Triumphant (Сатана ликующий, 1917)
  7. The Queen Of Spades (Пиковая дама, 1916)
  8. The Portrait (1915)
  9. A White Spot In The Back Of The Head (1979)
  10. The Rabbit In Australia (1979)
  11. The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968)
  12. You Are on Indian Land (1969)
  13. Consume (2017)
  14. The Pledge (1981)
  15. The Sermon (2018)

As outlined in the extended description of the set, many of these films were either restored specifically for this collection or had their restorations released commercially for the first time through it.

All The Haunts Be Ours companion book
All The Haunts Be Ours companion book

Also housed within the case is a companion book that contains an introduction by Janisse, essays and history on the genre, as well as information about each film included in the set. Like the film, it's very well organized, illustrated, and features beautiful typography. It's a premium little book.

Both the book and portfolio fit perfectly into their case. I can only liken it to the packaging Apple is known for. The fit is measured with a machine-like precision. Removing these items entails a slow and satisfying, suction-like slide. Again, the word that comes to mind is premium. Unexpected for a set of pictures predicated on the natural and nasty.

Stickers that come included in the set.
Stickers that come included in the set.

As a fan of stickers, I appreciated these small tokens included in the box. I will try my best not to "save" these.

The detail doesn't stop at the physical either, The Blu-Ray discs carry the set's typography and graphics into the menus as well. Going so far as creating a custom FBI Anti-Piracy Warning banner to match.

My only complaint is that the discs store graphical PGS subtitles instead of something text-based like SRT. Adding these films to Plex was arduous enough without having to specifically pass through these much larger, uneditable subtitle files. A niche gripe, but one that has cost me a few hours.

I'm very impressed with this set. When I pre-ordered last year, I figured $170 was a steal just for the films contained. At $8.5/feature, it's a very good deal. What I didn't expect was for the box and its contents to be so well designed and for the book and additional features to be so bountiful in information. You'd think everything would be covered in the three and a half hour documentary, but you'd be wrong!

All The Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium of Folk Horror

The most comprehensive collection of its kind begins with the definitive genre documentary of our time, Kier-La Janisse’s award-winning Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched.

Buy from Severin Films

A complete product description from Severin Films

I'm archiving the full text of the release here in case the product page is later removed.

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All the Haunts Be Ours: A Compendium of Folk Horror [Blu-ray Box Set] (PRE-ORDER 12/7)

$170.00

Due to the painstaking work that went into putting this massive set together, we have updated our policies to cater specifically to the roll out of our brand new Folk Horror-themed box set, All the Haunts Be Ours, and the accompanying bundle, The Witches’ Bundle. Both the box set and the bundle will have their own uniquely themed, custom shipping boxes (as well as tube for the Woodlands poster in the bundle) and will begin shipping shortly after our upcoming Black Friday Sale (the official street date is December 7th). Because of this, we need to implement the following policy changes:

The Folk Horror Box Set and Bundle will be INELIGIBLE for Free Shipping. The Box set will have a shipping cost of $15 for Domestic customers (and $30 for International customers). The Bundle will have a shipping cost of $25 for Domestic customers and will be UNAVAILABLE* to International customers. We apologize for this inconvenience. These prices will ensure Priority Shipping for all Domestic customers and Protected Shipping for all International customers. *PLEASE NOTE: For International customers, the bundle contains multiple fragile and weighty items that would put the total weight over 5lbs, which can only be shipped via PRIORITY INTERNATIONAL. This comes with a $100 price tag. If you are willing to pay this hefty shipping fee for the bundle, then you need to reach out to us at orders@severin-films.com for invoicing, otherwise, the Bundle remains available only to U.S. customers.

The Box Set and Bundle can ONLY be purchased by themselves. You also CANNOT add your Folk Horror Box Set or Bundle to another existing order of yours. This includes a Black Friday order should you take part in that sale. You can buy multiple copies of the Box Set and Bundle but they will have to be purchased separately and still be charged for shipping. A reminder of this information will be featured in our eventual launch of our Black Friday Sale Policies.

Customers CANNOT cancel their Folk Horror pre-order once it has been placed. This is a standard policy with all of our pre-order items, but we wanted to make sure and bring this point up again, especially if a customer contests this policy with paypal or their bank, which will result in permanent expulsion from our website.

PRE-ORDER STREET DATE: 1/25/2022

EARLY SHIPPING START DATE: 12/7/2021

SKU: SEV7672BR

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The most comprehensive collection of its kind begins with the definitive genre documentary of our time, Kier-La Janisse’s award-winning WOODLANDS DARK & DAYS BEWITCHED. From there, experience 19 of the best-known, least-known, rarely-seen and thought-lost classics of folk horror from around the world, all restored from the best available vault elements with Special Features that include short films, audio commentaries and exclusive featurettes. The ultimate genre exploration continues with the original WOODLANDS soundtrack by Jim Williams and a reading of the classic short story ‘The White People’ by actress Linda Hayden, as well as a 126-page illustrated book curated by Janisse and designed by Luke Insect featuring all-new writings by renowned film scholars, authors and historians.


DISC 1:

WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED

Kier-La Janisse, USA, 2021


192 mins | 1.85 | Color | Region Free

English and Portuguese with English subtitles

Stereo

HD Digital Master


WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED explores the folk horror phenomenon and its culturally specific manifestations in international horror, from its first wave in the 1970s to today.


Special Features:


Video Introduction By Writer/Director/Producer Kier-La Janisse (9 mins)


Animating Folk Horror — A Conversation with Ashley Thorpe (12 mins)

Animator Ashley Thorpe discusses his processes and inspirations for the animated sequences he created for the film.


Outtake: What is Folk Horror? (2 mins)

Expanded definitions of folk horror cut from the film’s introductory sequence.


Outtake: Harvest Hymns — The Sounds and Signals of Folk Horror (22 mins)

Historians and Composers—including Marc Wilkinson, John Cameron, Jim Williams, Pentagram Home Video and more—weigh in on the sounds of folk horror from trad to electronica.


Outtake: Terra Assombrada — Expressions of Folk Horror in Brazil (7 mins)

Filmmaker Dennison Ramalho and Scholars Carlos Primati and Laura Loguercio Cánepa discuss the impact of Brazilian folk literature and songs on folk horror.


Folk Poetry (5 mins)

WITCHFINDER GENERAL star Ian Ogilvy and BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW’s Linda Hayden recite classic folk poems set to Super 8 footage.


Trailer


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DISC 2:


EYES OF FIRE

Avery Crounse, USA, 1983


86 mins | 1.85:1 | Color | Region Free

English Mono | Closed Captions

4K restoration from the original negative


The seminal American folk horror film, unavailable on home video for decades, now debuts in a new 4K restoration. A rogue 18th century preacher and his followers make their way downriver to establish a new settlement beyond the western frontier and encounter a forest enchanted by strange spirits that will bring an apocalyptic madness upon them.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Colin Dickey, Author of “Ghostland: An American History In Haunted Places”


The Secret Is In The Trees — “Nightmare USA” Author Stephen Thrower Interviews Avery Crounse (29 mins)


Crying Blue Sky

Alternate Longer Cut restored in 2K from Director’s personal 35mm answer print


Plus Bonus Short Films:


The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow (Sam Weiss, USA 1972) (13 mins)

Genre icon John Carradine narrates this atmospheric animated adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic story, newly scanned from 16mm for this release by educational film archive AV Geeks. Courtesy of Pyramid Films.


Transformations (Barbara Hirschfeld, USA 1972) (8.5 mins)

A fascinating feminist experimental film shot on location in Vermont about a group of witches performing white magic. Courtesy of the Vermont Archive Movie Project (VAMP). vamp.vtiff.org


Backwoods (Ryan Mackfall, UK 2018) (15 mins)

A scholar drifts from his path and finds himself in a house he takes for deserted. Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Picture In The House.” Courtesy of Myskatonic Films.


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DISC 3:


LEPTIRICA

Djordje Kadijevic, Serbia, 1973


65 mins | 1.33:1 | Color | Region Free

Serbian mono with optional English subtitles

HD master from Public Service Media Radio Television of Serbia


Based loosely on by Milovan Glišić’s classic 1880 Serbian vampire story After Ninety Years – which preceded Bram Stoker’s Dracula by nearly two decades – Djordje Kadijevic’s adaptation is a subversive, darkly erotic take on Glišić’s pastoral tale of a group of rural villagers beset upon by the infamous vampire Sava Savanovic, who has taken up residence in their local flour mill.


Special Features:


Radical Fairy Tales — Interview With Director Djordje Kadijevic


Plus bonus short films newly remastered in HD from archival film elements at Public Service Media Radio Television of Serbia:


Štićenik (Djordje Kadijevic,1973) (45 mins)

A terrified young man is being pursued by a mysterious man in black. He hides out in nearby mental hospital, but can he escape his fate?


Diary Of An Inmate (10 mins)

An interview with Štićenik actor Milan Mihailovic


Devičanska Svirka (Djordje Kadijevic,1973) (60 mins)

A man travelling through the countryside is drawn to a strange castle, which is reputed by the locals to be haunted. There he meets a beguiling young woman who ensnares him in her world of secrets.


Prisoner Of Song

An interview with Devičanska Svirka actor Goran Sultanovic


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DISC 4:


WITCHHAMMER

Otakar Vávra, Czechoslovakia, 1970


107 mins | 2:35:1 | Color | Region Free

Czech mono with optional English subtitles

HD restored master supplied by the Czech Film Center


Otakar Vávra’s film about 17th century witch hunter Jindřich František Boblig and the horrors he visited on the small village of Velké Losiny has been called an Eastern European counterpart to Michael Reeves’ WITCHFINDER GENERAL and Michael Armstrong’s MARK OF THE DEVIL.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Czech Film Historian And Curator Irena Kovarova


The Womb Of Woman Is The Gateway To Hell (22.5 mins)

A filmed appreciation by essayist and critic Kat Ellinger and film historian Michael Brooke. Courtesy of Second Run Films.


The Projection Booth Podcast (62 mins)

The renowned film podcast’s episode on WITCHHAMMER, with host Mike White and guest critics Samm Deighan and Rahne Alexander.


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VIY

Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov, Soviet Union, 1967


76 mins | 1.33:1 | Color | Region Free

Russian mono with optional English subtitles / English mono

HD restored master supplied by Mosfilm


Based on the classic novella by Nikolai Gogol, VIY remains the height of Soviet fantasy cinema. In 19th century Russia, a seminary student is forced to spend three nights with the corpse of a beautiful young witch. But when she rises from the dead to test his faith, it will summon a nightmare of fear, desire and the ultimate demonic mayhem.


Special Features:


From The Woods To The Cosmos — John Leman Riley On The History Of Soviet Fantasy And Sci-Fi Film (34 mins)


Trailer


Plus Bonus Silent Short Films: Satan Exultant (1917, 20 mins), The Queen of Spades (1916, 16 mins) and The Portrait (1915, 8 mins)


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DISC 5:


LAKE OF THE DEAD

Kåre Bergstrøm, Norway, 1958


77 mins | 2.40:1 | B/W | Region Free

Norwegian mono with optional English subtitles

Restored in 2K from the original negative


Considered a classic of Norwegian cinema, a group of colleagues venture to a remote cabin to look for a missing friend and are spooked by an old legend: that the cabin had belonged to a man who killed his sister and her lover and then drowned himself in the lake. Since then, it is said that anyone who stays in the cabin will be driven to the same fate.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Film Historians Jonathan Rigby And Kevin Lyons


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TILBURY

Viðar Víkingsson, Iceland, 1987


57 mins | 1.33:1 | Color | Region Free

Icelandic mono with optional English subtitles

Restored in 2K from the original negative at the Film Museum of Iceland


This made-for-TV film shares the Icelandic lore of the Tilbury, a creature who could be summoned by women in times of financial hardship and starvation. But the gifts of the Tilbury come with their own brand of destruction. Set in 1940, during the British occupation, a country boy discovers his childhood sweetheart is having an affair with a British soldier, but suspects it could be one of the evil creatures.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Director Viðar Víkingsson And Screenwriter Þórarinn Eldjárn, Moderated By Film Scholar Gudrun D. Whitehead


With Enough Tilbury Butter, Anything Is Good — Interview With Karl Ágúst Úlfsson


A Boy From The Country — Interview With Kristján Franklin Magnúss


White Spot In The Back Of The Head (Viðar Víkingsson, 1979) (33 mins)

This early student film from the director of TILBURY transposes the ghostly Icelandic legend of The Deacon of Dark River to 1970s France.


“The Moon Fades, Death Rides”

Viðar Víkingsson discusses the folkloric origins of White Spot In The Back Of The Head


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DISC 6:


THE DREAMING

Mario Andreacchio, Australia, 1988


90 mins | 1.85:1 | Color | Region Free

English mono | Closed Captions

Restored in 2K from best surviving 35mm positive print


When a group of Indigenous activists attempt to repatriate ancestral artifacts found in a cave on Australia’s Kangaroo Island, one of them is shot evading police and taken to a local hospital. When the patient dies in her care, the doctor attending to her experiences strange visions relating to violent events from the past.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Director Mario Andreacchio, Moderated By Film Historian Jarret Gahan


Trailer


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KADAICHA

James Bogle, Australia 1988


88 mins | 1.85:1 | Color | Region Free

English mono | Closed Captions

Mastered from only surviving broadcast quality video master


Though conceived as a commercial horror film, this tale of teens being condemned to death in their dreams by an Aboriginal magician as recompense for a housing development having been built on a sacred burial ground also serves as an admission of national guilt.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Director James Bogle, Moderated By Veteran Film Journalist Michael Helms (Fatal Visions)


The Final Girl Of KADAICHA (13 mins)

An audio interview with actress Zoe Carides, conducted by film historian Jarret Gahan.


Composing KADAICHA (17.5 mins)

An audio interview with composer Peter Westheimer, conducted by film historian Jarret Gahan.


Behind The Scenes Of KADAICHA (7 mins)

Recently-unearthed footage of director James Bogle and the cast and crew in a typical day on set.


Trailer


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DISC 7:


CELIA

Ann Turner, Australia, 1989


103 mins | 1.85:1 | Color | Region Free

English mono | Closed Captions

Restored in 2K from 35mm original negative


In 1950s Australia, after 9-year-old Celia hears the disturbing fairy tale of “The Hobyahs” in school, it colors her interpretation of real life conflicts such as her parents’ struggling relationship, the threat of communism and the country’s plague of rabbits. Ann Turner’s award-winning film paints a disquieting picture of innocence trying to make sense of the harsh and complex world around her through escape into dark fantasy.


Special Features:


CELIA And Me (40 mins)

A new interview with director Ann Turner


From Crawfords To CELIA (17 mins)

An interview with veteran editor Ken Sallows


The Rabbit In Australia (24 mins)

This short documentary produced by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO in 1979 traces the introduction of the European rabbit to Australia and subsequent attempts to control its population, which includes the rabbit cull of the 1950s that serves as the backdrop for Ann Turner’s CELIA.


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ALISON’S BIRTHDAY

Ian Coughlan, Australia, 1981


97 mins | 1.85:1 | Color | Region Free

English mono | Closed Captions

Restored in 2K from 16mm CRI


Getting its first official release since the VHS era, this Australian paranormal cult is unearthed! During a Ouija board session with her teenaged friends, 16-year-old Alison gets a message from beyond the grave not to go home for her 19th birthday. Fast forward three years later to the week of her 19th: she gets a call from her mother that they’re having a party to celebrate and they want her there… alone.


Special Features:


Extended Interviews From NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD With Producer David Hannay And Cast Members Joanne Samuel And Belinda Giblin


The Devil Down Under — Satanic Panic In Australia From Rosaleen Norton To ALISON’S BIRTHDAY

A new video essay narrated by film scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, based on her chapter of the same name from the book “Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s.”


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DISC 8:


WILCZYCA

Marek Piestrak, Poland, 1983


103 mins | 1.33:1 | Color | Region Free

Polish mono with optional English subtitles

Restored in HD from original negative by WFDIF in Warsaw


A domestic hit in Poland on first release, Marek Piestrak’s stunning wintry werewolf film is a sexually-charged folktale that pits a 19th century Polish patriot against the ghost of his unfaithful wife, who haunts him from beyond the grave as a she-wolf.


Special Features:


Unleashing The She-Wolf — An Interview With Director Marek Piestrak


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LOKIS: A MANUSCRIPT OF PROFESSOR WITTEMBACH

Janusz Majewski, Poland, 1970


100 mins | 1:66:1 | Color | Region Free

Polish mono with optional English subtitles

Restored in HD from original negative by WFDIF in Warsaw


A pastor and ethnographer visits a remote corner of 19th century Lithuania where folk customs associated with the area’s pagan past still have a hold on the population. There he finds himself the guest of a strange old family consisting of a sadistic Count and his mad mother, who—legend has it—was raped by a bear on her wedding night; the Count himself reputed to be the product of this bestial assault.


Special Features:


Wild Country Of The Were-Bear — An Interview With Director Janusz Majewski


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DISC 9:


CLEARCUT

Ryszard Bugajski, Canada, 1991


98 mins | 2.35:1 | Color | Region Free

English 5.1 / English 2.0 | Closed Captions

Restored in 4K from 35mm answer print


A white lawyer arrives to a remote area in Northern Ontario to defend Indigenous activists who are blocking a logging company’s clearcut of old growth on their land. A pacifist by nature, and perceiving himself as sympathetic to Indigenous concerns, he finds his values shaken when he is paired with an angry, rogue Indigenous activist named Arthur (Graham Greene) who insists on kidnapping the head of the logging company to take him deep into the forest—where he hopes to teach him the price of his destruction.


Special Features:


Archival Video Introduction By Director Ryszard Bugajski

Courtesy of Maria Mamona


Audio Commentary With Scholar And Anthropologist Shaawano Chad Uran (White Earth Anishinaabe)


Plus Bonus Short films:


The Ballad Of Crowfoot (Willie Dunn, 1968) (10 mins)

Often referred to as Canada’s first music video, Mi’kmaq/Scottish folk singer and activist Willie Dunn’s The Ballad Of Crowfoot is a powerful look at colonial betrayals, told through a striking montage of archival images and a ballad composed by Dunn himself about the legendary 19th-century Siksika (Blackfoot) chief who negotiated Treaty 7 on behalf of the Blackfoot Confederacy.


Audio Commentary For The Ballad of Crowfoot With Kevin Howes And Lawrence Dunn, Co-Producers Of Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology


You Are On Indian Land (Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell, 1969) (32 mins)

A landmark film that documents a 1969 protest by the Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) of Akwesasne, a territory that straddles the Canada–U.S. border. You Are On Indian Land screened extensively across the continent, helping to mobilize a new wave of Indigenous activism. It notably was shown at the 1970 occupation of Alcatraz.


Consume (Mike Peterson, 2017) (20 mins)

Inspired by true events, residential school survivor Jacob Wematim (Julian Black Antelope) struggles to hang onto his land and Indigenous identity as his personal demons resurface and manifest in the form of the Wendigo spirit.


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DISC 10:


IL DEMONIO

Brunello Rondi, Italy, 1963


98 mins | 1.85:1 | B/W | Region Free

Italian mono with optional English subtitles

Restored from the original negative at RAI TV in Rome


A stunning story of obsessive love, set in a rural Southern Italian village where Christianity has integrated many of the old superstitious beliefs. Daliah Lavi (THE WHIP AND THE BODY) plays Purif, who is distraught when her lover is betrothed to another. Her erratic behavior is interpreted as demonic possession—leading the villagers to turn against her with physical and sexual violence.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary By Film Historian Kat Ellinger


“The Kid From A Kibbutz” — Daliah Lavi And The Road To IL DEMONIO (27.5 mins)

A newly-commissioned video essay written and narrated by film historian Tim Lucas and edited by filmmaker and programmer Chris O’Neill


Once Upon A Time In Basilicata

Brunello Rondi biographer Alberto Pezzotta looks at IL DEMONIO and the themes that dominated the director’s eclectic career


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DARK WATERS

Mariano Baino, Russia/UK/Ukraine/Italy, 1993


89 minutes | 1.85:1 | Color | Region Free

Italian stereo with optional English subtitles

Mastered in HD from the original negative


In Mariano Baino’s groundbreaking debut, a young Englishwoman drawn to an island in the Black Sea in an attempt to discover her mysterious connection to a remote convent—a crumbling edifice that has been constructed over a labyrinth of Lovecraftian horrors.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Mariano Baino


Deep Into The DARK WATERS (50 mins)

The cast and crew recall the making of DARK WATERS in this archival documentary featurette.


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DISC 11:


A FIELD IN ENGLAND

Ben Wheatley, UK, 2012


90 mins | 2.35:1 | B/W | Region A

English 5.1 / English 2.0 | Closed Captions

HD Digital Master


During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle and are captured by an alchemist who forces them to help him find a hidden treasure. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group succumbs to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With Director Ben Wheatley, Producer Andy Starke And Sound Editor Martin Pavey


Letterboxd Magic Hour Episode One: Kier-La Janisse X Ben Wheatley (45 mins)

Ben Wheatley talks folk horror with WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED director Kier-La Janisse in this special online interview conducted for the release of Wheatley’s IN THE EARTH.


Please Hear Me — The Music of A FIELD IN ENGLAND (6 mins)

Composer Jim Williams and Ben Wheatley discuss the sounds and musical influences of A FIELD IN ENGLAND.


Ben Wheatley In Conversation With Pete Tombs (23 mins)

A fascinating discussion between Wheatley and film historian/author (“Immoral Tales,” “Mondo Macabro”) Pete Tombs that gets deep into the DNA of A FIELD IN ENGLAND.


Camera Tests (10.5 mins)


Trailer


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ANCHORESS

Chris Newby, UK, 1993


108 mins | 1.66:1 | B/W | Region A

Closed Captions

Mastered in HD by the British Film Institute


Based on the true story of Christine Carpenter, a 14th-century peasant who becomes transfixed by a statue of the Virgin Mary, and petitions to be walled into a cell attached to the church as a religious hermit. Alone in her cell she receives dark and sensual visions, while in the outside world, her defiant mother (played by musician Toyah Wilcox) is accused of witchcraft.


Special Features:


Lockdown 1329 (13.5 mins)

A new video essay by ANCHORESS director Chris Newby that explores parallels between COVID lockdown in the UK and Christine Carpenter’s experience as an anchoress, featuring outtakes from the film.


A Short Trip To Shere (2.5 mins)

ANCHORESS director Chris Newby documents the location of the real Christine Carpenter’s anchoress cell at St. James’ Church in Shere, England.


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DISC 12:


PENDA’S FEN

Alan Clarke, UK, 1974


90 mins | 1:33:1 | Color | Region A

English mono | Closed Captions

Mastered in HD by the British Film Institute


Alan Clark (Scum) directs David Rudkin’s epic tale of myth and identity whereby a sanctimonious Vicar’s son has a spiritual and sexual awakening after being visited by a series of angels, gargoyles, and the ghosts of Edward Elgar and a long-dead Pagan King. Penda’s Fen is the most magical of ALL British Folk Horror films, what Scholar Sukhdev Sandhu called “A lasting vision of heresy and pastoral horror.”


Special Features:


Audio Commentary by James Machin and Matthew Hale, Editors of the book “Of Mud & Flame: The Penda’s Fen Sourcebook”


The Landscape of Feelings: The Road to Penda’s Fen (16 mins) A Documentary on the making of Rudkin and Clarke’s groundbreaking Drama, featuring interviews with Writer David Rudkin and Producer David Rose as well as contributions from Clarke collaborators such as Writer David Yallop, Actor Sean Chapman and Playwright David Leland. Courtesy of The British Film Institute.


Plus Bonus Short Film:


The Pledge (Digby Rumsey, 1982) (22 mins) Based on the short story by early 20th Century Fantasy Writer Lord Dunsany, The Pledge concerns a group of Highwaymen who make a pact to save the should of their hanged partner. A dark, luscious film co-edited by an uncredited Peter Greenaway and featuring music by Michael Nyman. Courtesy of The British Film Institute.


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ROBIN REDBREAST

James MacTaggart, UK, 1970


76 mins| 1:33:1 | B/W | Region A

English mono | Closed Captions

Mastered from BBC protection tape master, the only surviving element


Veteran British chiller writer John Bowen penned this legendarily terrifying BBC teleplay, now considered a precursor to THE WICKER MAN. Nora Palmer moves to a quiet village in England after a break-up. The locals are warm enough at first, but their sinister intentions are gradually revealed. Is Nora paranoid or is she the center of a wicked pagan plot of indescribable horror?


Special Features:


Audio Commentary With William Fowler And Vic Pratt, Curators And Authors Of “The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film & Television”


Interview With John Bowen (12 mins)

The celebrated writer discusses his career and the origins of ROBIN REDBREAST. Courtesy of the British Film Institute.


Plus bonus short film:


The Sermon (Dean Puckett, 2018) (12 mins) In an isolated church community in the English countryside, a powerful hate preacher prepares to deliver a sermon to his flock, but his daughter has a secret that could destroy them all.


BONUS CDs:


WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

Composed by Jim Williams


THE WHITE PEOPLE

By Arthur Machen

Read by Linda Hayden

Music by Timothy Fife and Missionary Work


Arthur Machen’s hugely influential short story, first published in 1904, in which a discussion between two men on the nature of evil leads to the revelation of a mysterious Green Book—the diary of a young girl, in which she describes her initiation into a secret world of folklore and magic. Here the story is brought vividly to life with an incredible reading by Linda Hayden (BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW) and a remarkable original score.


ALL THE HAUNTS BE OURS — 126+ Page Book

Curated by Kier-La Janisse, this beautifully-illustrated book designed by Luke Insect features new writing by Andy Paciorek, Stephen Volk, Mitch Horowitz, Dawn Keetley, Sarah Chavez, Stephen R. Bissette and Dejan Ognjanović alongside a selection of illuminating archival pieces and a breakdown of all the films in the set.