THE FOR­BID­DEN ROOM

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Kevin Har­ley

re­leased 11 de­cem­ber 12a | 119 min­utes

Af­ter an open­ing lec­ture on bathing, mav­er­ick di­rec­tor Guy Maddin’s lat­est head trip dives into a mael­strom of giddy silent-era vi­sions. The re­sult un­furls like faded film stock’s way­ward ghost, its florid im­ages and cheeky in­ter­ti­tles mix­ing sink­ing sub­marines, ba­nana vam­pires, sen­tient vol­ca­noes… Fol­low the lava-like flow and slip­pery themes emerge, given fever­ish al­lure by deliri­ous vi­su­als and hys­ter­i­cal hu­mour. Lux­u­ri­ate in it like a steamy bath.

Black­pool was bet­ter than ever this year.

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