Lockdown watch: Garth Marenghi creator Matthew Holness on appropriate horror – and its antidote

Published on Apr 08, 2020

Lockdown watch: Garth Marenghi creator Matthew Holness on appropriate horror – and its antidote

Continuing our series in which artists suggest self-isolation cinema, the man behind Darkplace on why pandemic-related movies require music documentary offset

The best arts and entertainment during self-isolation

Alas, I watch little TV and rarely stream. My lockdown viewing is largely DVD-based and commences with an immersion in pandemic-related cinema that is sufficiently removed from the current crisis yet close enough in theme to temper my brain between news updates. Foremost among these is Phase IV, an exceptional 1974 science-fiction horror from renowned graphic designer Saul Bass. I pair this with its thematic and technical predecessor, The Hellstrom Chronicle, a 1971 fake “scare doc” employing similar macrophotography of insects, blowing them up, I warn you now, to terrifying proportions. Then, a succession of Shōwa-era Godzilla films, followed by Robert Wise’s sombre 1971 adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel The Andromeda Strain. This, unfortunately, proves an eco-horror too far and I opt instead for escapist fare.

Read full article at: The Guardian - Film News

Author: Matthew Holness