3.38 – KILL LIST (2011) and Ritual Punishment

This week’s film is the incredibly disturbing ? don’t watch it if your constitution is in any way delicate; it will stay with you ? Ben Wheatley film KILL LIST. We talk about how this film takes a while to get going, but when it does ? oh boy! Also on the agenda today: social realism, Lovecraftian horror, and religious symbolism.


Next Week
Our next Ben Wheatley film is A FIELD IN ENGLAND, available here:
This Week’s Media
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988): Robert Zemeckis, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018): J.A. Bayona, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard
TROLLPLAY (2018): Alice Fraser, Cal Wilson, Sami Shah
Recommendations
UTOPIA (2013?14): Marc Munden, Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins
STRIKE (2017?): J.K. Rowling, Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger
DOOMSDAY (2008): Neil Marshall, Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins
THE WICKER MAN (1973): Robin Hardy, Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee
Footnotes
Firstly, there’s more on social realism in cinema here: http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/1037898/index.html. These articles are good on folk horror and the like: http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/where-begin-folk-horrorhttp://www.bfi.org.uk/news/10-great-british-rural-horror-films. We talk about the mundanity ? or banality ? of evil, and there’s much more on that idea here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/02/07/hannah-arendt-the-banality-of-evil. If you’re not familiar with Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, as mentioned by Rob, there’s much more here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu. Finally, this is the Mark Gatiss series to which Rob refers (sadly no longer available on the iPlayer): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_History_of_Horror.