More horror, for October. This week we feature two non-fiction films, which means these hauntings are for real!
My Amityville Horror
For the first time, child eyewitness Daniel Lutz recounts his version of the infamous Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. This is a gripping documentary that details the struggle behind growing up as part of a world famous haunting and shows that while Daniel’s facts may be other’s fiction, the psychological scars he carries are all too real.
The Castle Project
A gripping feature-length documentary exploring the hauntings, history, and renovation of the historic Croke Patterson Mansion in Denver, Colorado. There have been an uncanny number of deaths in the house including a documented suicide. As Brian and his team tackle the intimidating task of renovating the historic mansion, the workers begin to report sightings of apparitions, whispering voices, and peculiar odors.
More horror, in October!
Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son’s deep seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her.
In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman retreat to a cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other. But this most confrontational work yet from one of contemporary cinema’s most controversial artists is no mere provocation. It is a visually sublime, emotionally ravaging journey to the darkest corners of the possessed human mind.
*Extreme graphic content, viewer discretion is strongly advised*
Here’s a look at what the Offbeat Book Club will be discussing tonight:
This isn’t the gripping story that we’re used to reading from Stephen Booth. Maybe it’s because of the loss of familiar characters and the introduction of new ones as E Division goes through some major staff changes: Ben Cooper is now a DI and is still dealing with his grief over losing his fiancé; Diane Fry is a DS with Major Crime in Nottingham; Gavin Murfin has retired from the force and is looking for work in the public sector; and DS Sharma is new to E Division and Ben isn’t quite sure where his loyalties lie. When Mac Kelsey’s transport truck gets stuck under a bridge in the small community of Shawhead and the cab of his truck is covered in blood but he’s nowhere to be found, E Division is set the task of solving his disappearance. Meanwhile, other officers are attending the scene of an apparent suicide. When a link between Kelsey and the suicide, Scott Brooks, is found Ben starts looking back 8 years to the tragic death of Ashley Flynn, Brooks’ fiancé.
Though there isn’t the same frisson of excitement in this book as in previous ones, the very clever conclusion makes up for it.
Autumn and jazz- is there a more inviting combination of season and song? This week we have a film that explores more than just the art of the liner note, in “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”, the story of legendary journalist and jazz critic, Nat Hentoff. Though it’s not on our shelves just yet, keep an eye out for “Amy”, and discover why Amy Winehouse truly belongs in the pantheon of jazz singers.
The Pleasures of Being Out of Step
Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of ‘alternative’ journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.
The incredible story of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving, and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.
Jazz Icons Series
You do you know that we have these, right? The Jazz Icons series captures only the rarest, most intimate performances from some of the most musically important artists of our time. The audio and video quality of this collection is simply gorgeous, making each disc a sensory delight.