1214 – Tumbbad (2018)

timespace coordinates: 1918 – 1933 – 1947 Tumbbad village, western India (British Raj) / Pune

“The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not everyone’s greed,” Mahatma Gandhi (!)

Tumbbad is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language period horror film directed by debutant Rahi Anil Barve and co-directed by Adesh Prasad. Written by Barve, Prasad, Mitesh Shah and Anand Gandhi, who also served as the creative director, the film was produced by Sohum ShahAanand L. Rai, Mukesh Shah and Amita Shah. Starring Shah in the lead role as Vinayak Rao, it follows the story of his search for a hidden treasure in 20th century Maharashtra. Pankaj Kumar served as the director of photography while Sanyukta Kaza was its editor. Music. (wiki) 

The movie was shot for 6 years. The scenes shown in the city of Tumbbad which gets rain throughout the year was shot over 4 monsoons.

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1083 – The Wind (2018)

timespace coordinates: the Western frontier of the late 1800’s

The Wind is a 2018 American supernatural western horror film directed by Emma Tammi in her directorial debut. The film was written by Teresa Sutherland. It stars Caitlin GerardAshley ZukermanJulia Goldani Telles and Miles Anderson. (wiki)

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The character Emma seems to enjoy Gothic literature. Among the books from her collection that read aloud at various points in the film are Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ann Radcliffe‘s The Mysteries of Udolpho.

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“Towards evening, they wound down precipices, black with forest of cypress, pine and cedar, into a glen so savage and secluded, that, if Solicitude ever had local habitation, this might have been “her place of dearest residence”  (Ann Radcliffe)

833 – The Wicker Man (1973)

timespace coordinates: 1973  remote Hebridean island SummerisleTHE WICKER MAN - Australian Poster 1The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy. It stars Edward WoodwardBritt EklandDiane CilentoIngrid Pitt, and Christopher Lee. The screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, inspired by David Pinner‘s 1967 novel Ritual, centres on the visit of Police Sergeant Neil Howie to the isolated island of Summerisle, in search of a missing girl. Howie, a devout Christian, is appalled to find that the inhabitants of the island have abandoned Christianity and now practise a form of Celtic paganism.

In 2011, a spiritual sequel entitled The Wicker Tree was released to mixed reviews. This film was also directed by Hardy, and featured Lee in a cameo appearance. (wiki)

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793 – The Brothers Grimm (2005)

timespace coordinates: 1810s  French-occupied Germany

The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 adventure fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The film stars Matt DamonHeath Ledger, and Lena Headey in an exaggerated and fictitious portrait of the Brothers Grimm as traveling con-artists in French-occupied Germany, during the early 19th century. However, the brothers eventually encounter a genuine fairy tale curse which requires real courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. Supporting characters are played by Peter StormareJonathan Pryce, and Monica Bellucci.

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Pulp-horror, archaic science fiction and the darker aspects of folklore share a preoccupation with exhumation of or confrontation with ancient super-weapons categorised as Inorganic Demons or xenolithic artifacts. These relics or artifacts are generally depicted in the shape of objects made of inorganic materials (stone, metal, bones, souls, ashes, etc.). Autonomous, sentient and independent of human will, their existence is characterised by their forsaken status, their immemorial slumber and their provocatively exquisite forms. […] Inorganic demons are parasitic by nature, they […] generate their effects out of the human host, whether as an individual, an ethnicity, a society or an entire civilisation.
REZA NEGARESTANI, Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials

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