Masonic Temple: FROM MURDER TO MIND CONTROL

Location / Venue: Temple at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel

Descend into the eerie confines of a masonic temple for this devilishly unsettling combination of screenings and events: taking you from murder and mayhem into the sinister sinews of the brainwashed and their puppet-masters…

Saturday 4 July

SESSION 1 | Ticket Price: £10 | BUY TICKETS
1 PM | ELECTRIC SHEEP PRESENTS:

The Dead Eyes of London + Talk
Director: Alfred Vohrer | USA | 1961 | 104 min
Nothing is as it looks in this murder mystery lead by a mysterious reverend. Followed by a special talk on krimi cinema hosted by Electric Sheep’s Alex Fitch, who will be joined by author and critic Kim Newman, and author Jim 

Miskatonic Graduation
A ceremony for the graduates of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London
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SESSION 2 | Ticket Price: £10 | BUY TICKETS
4 PM | CIGARETTE BURNS PRESENTS:

The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (16MM)
Director: Sergio Martino | Italy | 1971 | 90 min
This deliciously macabre setting paired with a lustrous 16mm projection make this a rare opportunity to sample this devilishly entertaining 70s thriller as a millionaire dies in a mysterious freak accident leaving his widow set to enjoy the rich spoils.

EVENING SESSION | Ticket Price: £25 | BUY TICKETS
8 PM | MACABRE MASONIC MASQUERADE + SCREENING OF JUDEX
Director: Georges Franju | France | 1963 | 98 min
Join us for a macabre night of ballroom play, immersive cinema and murder mystery masquerade featuring a screening of Favraux’s thrilling pulp-hero remake of the 1916 French film serial of the same name.

 

Sunday 5 July

DEPROGRAMME: A MIND CONTROL EXPERIMENT
From the outer perimeters of cultism to the inner workings of governmental institutions bent on controlling their citizens, Deprogramme invites you to test your own capacity for mind control. Across a whole day, EEFF will be communicating with you through a series of screenings, talks and interactive indulgences. We will investigate the stories behind some of history’s most renowned sects, whether their leaders were eccentric megalomaniacs or at the centre of government control.

From the process of indoctrination to the terrible results of mind control, Deprogramme will lead you into thought experiments of the darkest order. It is your choice whether you follow.

Highlights include: An ex-cult member re-enacts their own past in Moonchild, a vicious act of violence on the Japanese metro in the shocking documentary A, a special insight into the world’s most famous deprogrammer, and an array of dissonance, public information films and subliminal messages. Further information to be communicated to you by telepathy, listen for the white noise. Be one of us.

SESSION 1 (12pm-4pm) | Ticket Price: £10 | BUY TICKETS
12pm | CIGARETTE BURNS PRESENTS:

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (16mm screening) 
Director: Don Siegel | USA | 1956 | 80 min
One of the most iconic horror classics ever made, Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers sees the sleepy California town of Santa Mira invaded by the ‘pod people’, duplicate replacement humans grown from plant pods from outer space. When a local doctor discovers the plot to replace the human race, he must race to stop the invasion before it’s too late. A brilliantly tense portrait of mass indoctrination and control, screened on gloriously atmospheric 16mm.

2pm | EEFF PRESENTS:

Moonchild
Director: Anne Makepeace | USA | 1983 | 60 min
Former cult members play versions of themselves in Moonchild, a very special kind of horror cinema in which art imitates life. Chris Carlson is invited to a sleepy retreat in California by a friendly woman he meets, and finds himself slowly being indoctrinated by the Moonies, led by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Turned into an automaton by his new leaders,a  group of ‘deprogrammers’ attempt to rescue him from this dar world of brainwashing. But what path will he choose?

Code Name: Artichoke
Director: Egmont Koch | USA, Germany | 2002 | 54 min
Frederick, Maryland. More than 40 years after his death, the body of former CIA scientist Dr. Frank Olson has been exhumed. Olson’s son Eric is convinced his father was murdered by agents of the American government because he wanted to leave the CIA. Dr. Frank Olson was an expert for anthrax and other biological weapons and had top security clearance. Forensic pathologists at George Washington University performed an autopsy and concluded that Olson probably was the victim of a violent crime. It has been eight years since the exhumation. Eric Olson is still searching for the reasons behind his father’s death in November of 1953. Eric was nine years old at the time. It’s a quest he inherited as the oldest of three children: to solve the mystery of their father’s death.

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SESSION 2 | Ticket Price: £10 |BUY TICKETS
4pm | EEFF PRESENTS:


Director: Tatsuya Mori | Japan | 1998 | 136 min
Aum Shinrikyo, the Buddhist sect led by Shoko Asahara responsible for the 1995 Sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway, becomes the subject of this riveting, horrifying documentary. Delve into the world of extreme brainwashing for dark, violent ends, and the code that lead to a group of people carrying out one of the most infamous terror attacks in recent history.

6pm | EEFF PRESENTS:

Day Night Day Night
Director: Julia Loktev | USA, Germany | 2006 | 94 min
A 19-year-old girl prepares to become a suicide bomber in Times Square. Of unknown origin, she speaks with a nondescript American accent. We never learn why she made her decision, only that she seems to be carrying out her attack with the cold precision of an acolyte. Perhaps the most definitive film made wince 9/11 on the subject of modern political violence, this is an unmissable, little-seen drama of nail biting tension, indoctrination and belief, which challenges our expectations of where ‘terrorists’ might come from, and dangerous meaning of ‘programming’ in the modern age; all ending in Times Square, at the moment of truth.

8pm | EEFF PRESENTS:

LATE ADDITION: My Friend Ivan Laphin
Director: Alexei German | Russia | 1985 | 100 min

As a police detective in Stalinist Russia, Ivan Lapshin (Andrei Boltnev) lives a life of extremes. At home in the communal flat he shares with other families, he is a considerate, genial presence. In his love life, he is trying to seduce a young actress (Nina Ruslanova), and is almost comically inept. But in his work life, he is unimaginably cruel and brutal to those individuals the state wants rounded up. His latest case involves tracking down a gang that trades in human meat. A classic, little seen satire of Soviet indoctrination and control.

BOTH SESSIONS | Special Price: £16.50 | BUY TICKETS



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