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This August, enjoy twice as much horror, blood and fangs, as we bring out the double threat that is Vampires AND Werewolves. Tune in every night from August 4 on SBS 2. You've been warned...
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SBS Movies, Presented by
Marc Fennell

7 Aug 2016 - 2:39 PM  UPDATED 18 Aug 2016 - 9:37 AM

Sunday 4 August

Only Lovers Left Alive

8:30pm, SBS 2
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M
UK/France/Germany/USA, 2014
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin
What's it about?
Tilda Swinton stars as 3000-year-old hipster vampire, Eve, who reunites in Detroit with her long-time lover, the reclusive underground musician Adam (Tom Hiddleston), after his depression reaches new lows. That is until their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska). Gorgeously shot and marked by director Jim Jarmusch's signature brand of downtown cool and deadpan humour, Only Lovers Left Alive is a deliciously romantic vampire film for adults. 

Tilda Swinton interview: Only Lovers Left Alive
Only Lovers Left Alive ★★★★ review

  

Monday 8 August

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

8:30pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 2014
Language: Farsi
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh
What's it about?
Iranian new wave director Ana Lily Amirpour offers us a wild mash-up of the genres with this hip and stylish black and white vampire/western movie, starring Sheila Vand as The Girl, a sassy loner who roams the streets on a skateboard she stole from a kid. The unsuspecting object of her affections is Arash, a handsome James Dean-type who is dealing with his own family issues. In the off-kilter world they inhabit, a touching and unconventional relationship develops.

Thirst

10:20pm, SBS 2
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MA15+
Korea, 2009
Language: Korean
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Hae-sook, Kim Ok-bin
What's it about?
Iconic Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) is not known for doing things in half measures, and he proves it once again with his horror movie Thirst, a story of lust, obsession and revenge, in which a priest becomes infected by the deadly Emmanuel virus and develops an unlikely penchant for blood and sex. As his moral framework begins to crumble, he descends into a maelstrom of sexual depravity and bloodletting. 

Thirst ★★★ ½ review

 

Tuesday 9 August

We Are the Night

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
Germany, 2010
Language: German
Director: Dennis Gansel
Starring: Jennifer Ulrich, Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss
What's it about?
In this stylish and sexy vampire movie by the director of the The Wave, 18-year-old Lena is turned into a vampire by Louise, leader of a beautiful and deadly female vampire trio. While at first, she enjoys the freedom, the luxury and the parties that come with her new lifestyle, the murderous blood-lust of the other vampires soon proves too much for her. When she falls in love with Tom, a young undercover cop, she decides to leave the group, but she quickly faces the wrath of Louise, who's in love with her and is intent on not letting any of it happen.  

 

Wednesday 10 August

Night Watch

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
Russia, 2004
Language: Russian
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Mariya Poroshina, Konstantin Khabensky, Jeanna Friske
What's it about?
In contemporary Moscow, the other-world battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness unfolds. For centuries, the undercover members of the Night Watch have policed the world's Dark Ones – the vampires, witches, shape-shifters and sorcerers that wage treachery in the night – while the Dark Ones have a Day Watch that in turn polices the forces of Light. The fate of humanity rests on this delicate balance between good and evil, but an ancient prophecy predicts that a powerful 'Other' will rise up and be tempted by one of the sides, plunging the world into a renewed war between Dark and Light.  

Night Watch ★★★ review

Day Watch

10:35pm, SBS 2

MA15+
Russia, 2006
Language: Russian
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Aleksei Chadov, Konstantin Khabensky, Gosha Kutsenko
What's it about?
In this sequel to Night Watch, representatives from each of the great powers in an ancient war, Light and Darkness, continue to do battle following the events of Day Watch. The protagonist Anton is wanted for murder, on the run and troubled by the fact his son and the woman he loves are fighting on opposing sides.

 

Thursday 11 August

Let the Right One in

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
Sweden, 2008
Language: Swedish
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Lina Leandersson, Kare Hedebrant, Per Ragnar
What's it about?
This extraordinary film, which was remade in the US as Let Me In, is about a lonely boy who is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar’s life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt twelve-year-old Eli. However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to put two and two together and realises Eli might just be exactly what she seems.

Let the Right One In ★★★★ ½ review

 

Friday 12 August

Fright Night

8:30pm, SBS 2

M
USA, 1985
Language: English
Director: Tom Holland
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
What's it about?
In this 1985 horror classic by Tom Holland (Child's Play), teenager Charley Brewster starts harbouring suspicions that his new neighbour, the charming Jerry Dandrige, might actually be a vampire. But no one believes him, and Charley sees no other solution that to turn to washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charley's favourite TV show, Fright Night. Together, they set out to destroy the blood-thirsty creature, but things don't quite go to plan. A funny and scary flick, that benefited from great make-up and special effects (for the time) by the team that worked on Ghostbusters

 

Saturday 13 August

Byzantium

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
UK, 2012
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley
What's it about?
Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) and Clara (Gemma Arterton), two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels. Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a 'pop-up’ brothel.

 

Sunday 14 August

The Company of Wolves

8:30pm, SBS 2

M
UK, 1984
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden
What's it about?
Adapted by Neil Jordan and author Angela Carter from stories in Carter's anthology The Bloody Chamber, The Company of Wolves gives an hallucinatory, Freudian charge to the Little Red Riding Hood story. In her dreams, a young girl finds herself in a fairy-tale world where her kindly old grandmother (Angela Lansbury) presents her with a red cape and the advice to beware of men whose eyebrows meet. 

 

Monday 15 August

Cat People

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 1982
Language: English
Director: Paul Schrader
Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard
What's it about?
After years of separation, Irina (Nastassja Kinski, Paris Texas, Tess) and her minister brother, Paul (Malcolm McDowell), reunite in New Orleans in this erotic tale of the supernatural. When zoologists capture a wild panther, Irina is drawn to the cat - and the zoo curator (John Heard) is drawn to her. Soon, Irina's brother will have to reveal the family secret: that when sexually aroused, they turn into predatory jungle cats. A smart, sexy and scary movie set to David Bowie's Putting Out Fire.

 

Tuesday 16 August

When Animals Dream

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
Denmark, 2014
Genre: Horror
Language: Danish
Director: Jonas Alexander Arnby
Starring: Lars Mikkelsen, Jakob Oftebro, Sonja Richter
What's it about?
Scandinavian superstars Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) and Sonja Richter (The Keeper of Lost Causes) star in this modern horror fairy tale. Sixteen-year-old Marie lives on a small island with her seriously ill mother and her father, who takes care of the family. But suddenly mysterious deaths happen and Marie can feel something strange happening to her body.

When Animals Dream ★★★★ ½ review

 

Wednesday 17 August

The Howling

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 1981
Language: English
Director: Joe Dante
Starring: Christopher Stone, Patrick Macnee, Dee Wallace-Stone
What's it about?
The Howling is often considered as one of director Joe Dante's best movies (with Piranha and Gremlins), thanks to its fantastic special effects and humourous references to classic horror cinema. This fantasy-thriller follows a television newswoman, who after a bizarre and near-fatal encounter with a serial killer, is sent with her husband to a remote mountain resort for treatment. But the other residents are not what they seem.

The Howling ★★★★ review

 

Thursday 18 August

The Pack

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Horror
Language: French
Director: Franck Richard
Starring: Émilie Dequenne, Yolande Moreau, Benjamin Biolay
What's it about?
This grim and efficient horror film stars Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta) as Charlotte, a young woman alone on a road trip through the desolate French countryside. On an isolated side road, she picks up Max (Benjamin Biolay, Personal Shopper), a hitchhiker, who disappears in the bathroom of a truck-stop restaurant a few miles later. Puzzled, Charlotte comes back at night to look for him but gets caught by La Spack (the terrific Yolande Moreau, Seraphine), a singular woman in charge of an odd pack. Charlotte quickly realises she’s next on the menu.

The Pack ★★★ ½ review

 

Friday 19 August

Brotherhood of the Wolf

MA15+
France, 2001
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
One of the most expensive films ever produced in France, Brotherhood of the Wolf mixes the genres with impressive martial arts and horror scenes. Based on the French legend of a mysterious creature that terrorised the Gévaudan region between 1764 and 1767, this flamboyant film follows naturalist Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) and his native American companion Mani (US martial artist Marc Dacascos) as they are sent to hunt for a murderous wolf-like beast, which sees them cross paths with a brooding one-armed count (Vincent Cassel), his lovely sister (Emilie Dequenne) and an intriguing madame (Monica Bellucci). 

Watch The Movie Show original review

 

Saturday 20 August

An American Werewolf in London

MA15+
USA, 1981
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter
What's it about?
Lauded at the time of its release for its outstanding make-up effects, this cult "scary-funny" movie by John Landis (who subsequently shot Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' video) follows two American college students on a backpacking holiday in England. When they are attacked by a werewolf, only one of them, David, survives and is taken to the hospital in London. But his dead friend soon appears to him in his dreams (in various stages of decomposition), and warns David that he was infected and that he will be turning into a werewolf at the next full moon.

 

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