Drama, black comedy, art film or body horror? Or a bit of each? Greenaway’s second major film A Zed & Two Noughts is possibly the most abstract of the bunch from this period and not without a lot of lush visual detail.
The Servant (1963) packs a lot of social commentary, observations on British society at the time, good dialogue and some great cinematography.
So… a camp, stylized 80s musical film about a snooker match of which one of the players is a vampire you say? Billy The Kid and the Baize Green Vampire — the name alone draws up a lot of curiousity and that’s pretty much how I got around to watching it.
Common themes, aesthetics and ideas run between these two films, released around the same time period, involving children battling the fine lines between reality, dreams and nightmares.
The Shout is an atmospheric 1978 film into a category I call “British folk horror”, soundtracked by Tony Banks of Genesis.