Sub-Cinema Halloween Special

Published October 24, 2012 by subcultureshanghai


Wednesday 31st October – Sub-Cinema Halloween Special

@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu

Entrance: 50rmb – includes hand screen-printed movie poster designed by Gregor Koerting

This year we are taking Halloween a little more seriously with a special screening of 2 incredible pieces of film, one from 1920’s Sweden and the other from 70’s Britain.

Doors will open at 8pm, with the first screening at 9.15pm. There will be limited tickets/seats available as we want everyone to be comfortable and have a good view of the screen. Once all the tickets have been sold, or 5 minutes before the first movie, the doors to Shelter will be closed, lights will be turned off and mobile phone coverage will be disabled.

Advance tickets will be available from Sub-Cinema every Tuesday night at Dada throughout October or you can email us at to reserve. Tickets are 50rmb, and include a special limited edition, silk screened art print designed by Idle Beats’ Gregor Koerting. These prints will only be available to ticket holders and will not be on sale/available anywhere else. Attendees will also have the first chance to purchase a second movie poster before it goes on general sale, and which will be unveiled by the artist on the night between the 2 movies.

The theme of the evening is ‘Witchcraft’, a belief that existed in some form (and in some places still does) in many cultures around the world. The first screening will be ‘Haxan’ from 1922, and this will be followed up by ‘The Blood On Satan’s Claw’ from 1971.

Haxan (1922)

Silent movie – Captions in Swedish with English Sub-Titles

Häxan (English title: The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th-century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatized sequences that are comparable to horror films.
In the version we will show, Bristol’s Bronnt Industries Kapital recently rescored the film adding even more to the already creepy and atmospheric style.

The Blood On Satan’s Claw (1971)

English language with English Sub-Titles

After a plowboy accidentally unearths the skeletal remains of a demonic creature, a cult of teenage devil-worshippers emerges in a 17th-century Cornwall farming community, led by the gorgeous temptress Angel Blake. Together, the children begin performing blood sacrifices in order to bring the skeletal demon back to life, and the superstitious locals attempt to use inquisition-style practices to put a stop to Angel’s cult.

A highly regarded piece of British cinema, yet rarely seen, this lush, moody horror is superbly written and is still as shocking as it was back in 1971. The film was originally intended as a three-part series, but was eventually edited down to one feature. Blood On Satan’s Claw ranks alongside ‘The Wicker Man’ and ‘Witchfinder General’ as one of the best horror movies to come out of Britain in the 1970’s. We are very excited to be showing this movie in the darkness of The Shelter.

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