Following its world premiere in 1927, half an hour was cut from Fritz Lang's masterpiece and lost to the world.
Eighty years later a spectacular discovery was made when the footage was found in a small, dusty museum in Buenos Aires.
The film was then painstakingly reconstructed and digitally restored with a new recording of the original score. At last audiences could see the iconic futuristic fairy tale as Lang had envisioned it. Simply magnificent.
The best worst movie ever made! A successful banker, Johnny, is madly in love with his fiancée, Lisa, and intends to get married next month. His plans take a horrid turn when he finds out the truth about Lisa and the people surrounding him.
“The Citizen Kane of bad movies" - Entertainment Weekly
“A movie whose transcendent awfulness has made it a cult phenomenon and an audience-participation fixture along the lines of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” - Steve Rose, The Guardian
Director: Tim Burton.
Starring: . Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall. USA 1990. 105 mins.
In a creepy abandoned castle, an Avon Lady discovers Edward (Depp), the unfinished creation of kindly Franken-scientist (Price), in solitary mourning for his inventor/father whose untimely death has left him with scissors in the place of hands. Taking pity on this shy and innocent child-man, she adopts him into her suburban home. Naïve, artistic, and inescapably nonconformist, Edward learns that social and physical difference can inspire celebrity and mistrust in equal measure. Comedic and tragic in turns, this poignant celebration of a visionary spirit struggling to survive in an unforgiving world remains Burton’s most original and beguiling contemporary fairy story.
Director: Joe Dante.
Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates. USA 1984. 106 mins.
In Dante's classic comedy horror, young Billy’s father brings home an exotic animal named Gizmo from a Chinese pet shop. The furry little creature seems adorable, but Billy is told to follow three strict rules: don’t expose Gizmo to bright light, don’t get him wet, and don’t feed him after midnight. One by one the rules are duly broken, and pandemonium quickly ensues.
A horde of gleeful gremlins rampage across town, wrecking not just Billy’s home but also the high school, bank and local bar, shooting, drinking and breakdancing their way to a final showdown on Christmas morning.
The slapstick horror is both hilarious and gory, the puppetry and special effects are true ’80s-style over-the-top fun, the performances are charming – in short, GREMLINS remains as fresh, funny and slyly subversive as ever.