Monsters of Film 2019

Fatma Mohamed is marvellous as the eerie fashion shop clerk of In Fabric.

Monsters of Film is an annual genre film festival in Stockholm that started in 2012. I went in 2015, and then managed to come back this year when I’ve found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I saw five feature films and a shorts compilation in less than a week. Unexpectedly, one of the movies went straight into the select list of my all-time favourites!

  • In Fabric (2018). About a cursed dress, a depraved fashion store and their victims. Grade: Fucking Amazing! It’s scary, funny, sensual, sexy, surreal and yet relatable. I’m going to seek out more of Peter Strickland’s films!

Three of the feature films and the shorts block were also very good:

  • Code 8 (2019). Mutant superheroes are 2nd class citizens in a city with blanket surveillance and militarized policing. Grade: Great! This is the BIG scifi movie of 2019/20!
  • Extra Ordinary (2019). Driving school instructor and also exorcist in a small Irish town clashes with aging pop star and also black magician in this horror comedy. Grade: Good!
  • Achoura (2018). Morocco’s first big-budget horror film. Four childhood friends reconvene to fight dimly remembered supernatural horror. Good acting, cinematography, found sets, fx; confusing and overpopulated first act, not clear who the main characters are. Grade: Good!

And finally one that is better than expected given the era and genre in which it was made:

  • Night of the Demon (1957). American psychologist comes to England for a conference and to help investigate a Satanic cult. His scientific skepticism soon frays. This film is based on a so-so M.R. James story and is referenced in the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s opening song. Grade: OK, would have enjoyed it more without the ridiculously bombastic score.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

8 thoughts on “Monsters of Film 2019”

  1. Worth mentioning about Night of the Demon are that a) it was directed by Jacques Tourneur, best known for noir and horror movies, and b) scenes in which you actually see the demon were shot without Tourneur. It would have been a better movie without seeing the demon.

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  2. You can’t win.

    “There is a trade-off when it comes to growth hormone and IGF-1. Growth hormone and IGF-1 enhance muscle and cognitive performance but this comes at a cost: longevity. Reduced growth hormone and IGF-1 increase lifespan by increasing the expression of genes involved in stress resistance but at an expensive cost when it comes to muscles and brain.”

    But there is a way to circumvent the trade-off: by consuming in small doses things that would be toxic to you in high doses; specifically things that contain catechins and polyphenols – such as? Green tea, dark chocolate, turmeric, blueberries and red wine. Well, that’s what Rhonda Patrick says. Surely consuming lots of green tea and blueberries can’t hurt – they’re self-limiting, so you can’t OD on them.

    How do you increase growth hormone and IGF-1? Get a lot of sleep, exercise vigorously and take 30 minute saunas. Or you can do what Sylvester Stallone does and inject yourself with HGH (human growth hormone), but he’s nuts; or maybe in his case it’s an informed, carefully considered choice.

    BTW, increasing IGF-1 is strongly correlated with increased risk of cancer. So no, you really can’t win.


  3. This video is complementary to Rhonda Patrick’s (and he does note early on the increased risk of tumour growth from increasing IGF-1). So, the best answer is:
    1. If you are still young enough that your body is generating enough of these hormones to maintain or increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, keep your brain in good shape and your skin smooth, forget about it – you don’t need to do anything to increase your body’s natural production of HGH and IGF-1.
    2. If you are getting older, to the point that your body is no longer producing much of these hormones, you can pretty safely do things to boost your body’s production of the hormones – you are not going to be able to induce a very big increase in LGF-1 anyway, no matter what you do, so the increased risk of growing tumours is not going to be much, but the increase in HGH and LGF-1 could be enough that will help to maintain muscle mass, reduce fat and keep your brain working well and your skin with fewer wrinkles.
    3. Consume green tea, blueberries, maybe a bit of dark chocolate and some turmeric. Guzzling red wine has its own downsides.
    4. Do not even consider injecting HGH, even if your doctor recommends that you do (apparently some have been doing that). In a lot of countries it is illegal anyway (but not in the USA, which is why Sylvester Stallone got a big shock when he was arrested by Customs for having supplies of it in his luggage when he went to Australia).


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