The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival which opened its first annual event this past December has partnered with the Cervantes Institute to host the much anticipated "A Retrospective of Classic Spanish Horror Cinema" every Wednesday at 7pm from January 16 through March 6. The event kicks off with the screening of Alejandro Amenábar's chilling film Tesis (1996), a unique interpretation that presents secrets, crime and suspense in this Goya Award winner for Best Film. Nothing is as frightening yet absolutely brilliant than the featured works from filmmakers who have brought forth a classic cornerstone of cinema and have unleashed some of the most heart-wrenching moments in movie history.
JANUARY 16th at 7PM
TESIS (1996) - English Subtitles
Written and Directed by Alejandro Amenábar
Starring Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez and Eduardo Noriega
After a professor at a university dies while watching a film a student steals the videotape and discovers it is a snuff film depicting the death of a former student at the school. While investigating the situation a an underground snuff ring is discovered and the mystery puts lives in danger.
JANUARY 23rd at 7PM
¿QUIÉN PUEDE MATAR A UN NIÑO? (1976) - No Subtitles
Written and Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Starring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome and Antonio Iranzo
Also known as "Who Can Kill A Child?," the story follows a couple of English tourists who visit the island of Almanzora near the Spanish coast and upon their arrival only mute children occupy the area. They quickly realize that a mysterious entity possessed the youngsters which forces them to kill all adults, who are unable to defend themselves because "who can kill a child?"
JANUARY 30th at 7PM
BILBAO (1978) - No Subtitles
Written and Directed by Bigas Luna
Starring Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura
A Barcelona man is trapped in an unhappy marriage and soon becomes obsessed with Bilbao, a stripper and prostitute. His impulses and yearning for this woman proves deadly and causes nothing but tragedy.
FEBRUARY 6th at 7PM
EL DÍA DE LA BESTIA (1995) - English Subtitles
Written by Álex de la Iglesia
Directed by Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Álex de la Iglesia
Starring Àngel Jové, Maika Thienen and María Martín
A Basque priest discovers that the anti-Christ will be born on Christmas day in Madrid. With the assistance of a heavy metal music fan and the showman of a esoteric TV program he tries to learn more about the birth before the threat to mankind and religion is born.
FEBRUARY 13th at 7PM
LOS SIN NOMBRE (1999) - VHS/PAL No Subtitles
Written and Directed by Jaume Balagueró
Starring Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde and Tristán Ulloa
Five years after the death of her six-year-old daughter Angela, ex-cop and drug addicted Claudia discovers her child is still alive and is in need of saving before she is killed. As a former parapsychology reporter she must follow the clues to find Angela before it is too late.
FEBRUARY 20th at 7PM
EL ORFANATO (2007) - DVD/PAL English Subtitles
Written by Sergio G. Sánchez
Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona
Starring Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo and Roger Príncep
A woman turns her childhood home into an orphanage for disabled children and her son begins to communicate with an invisible friend before he disappears. With the help of parapsychologists she tries to discover the secrets of the home and find her son.
FEBRUARY 27th at 7PM
[REC] (2007) - DVD/PAL English Subtitles
Written by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza and Luis A. Berdejo