In time, the works of those writers – William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor – were adapted to cinema, and before long filmmakers were producing original works that riffed on gothic tropes. The swampy landscapes, remote communities and hoodoo mysticism of the South have provided fertile ground for chills, thrills and intrigue in everything from Charles Laughton’s seminal The Night of the Hunter (1955) to last year’s True Detective. This month-long season gathers some of the best and darkest Southern Gothic films, from classics like To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Luis Buñuel’s The Young One (1960) to lesser-known oddities like Louisiana-set gore-fest Eaten Alive (1977).
|What||Southern Gothic: Love, Death and Religion in the American Deep South|
Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XT | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
01 May 15 – 31 May 15, 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
|Price||£12.10 or £9.35 concessions (discounts for members)|
|Website||Click here to book via the BFI’s website|