The Caroline Gardens Chapel, a former asylum in Peckham, played host to a double bill screening of international horror films, including Benjamin Christiansen's foundational work of horror, the Danish cinema classic Häxan and Nobuhiko Obayashi's psych-horror film Hausu. The space is a Victorian chapel that retains its stained glass despite extensive bombing during the Second World War.
About the venue
The Caroline Gardens Chapel was the chapel for a complex of alms house for retired publicans built in the 1830s. Despite extensive bombing during the Second World War, the stained glass remained and today the space is a vibrant arts venue.
About the films
Häxan was Denmark's most expensive film when it was released in 1922. It's easy to see why, with its richly imaginative vignettes that throw together stop-motion demons, devils in spectacular make up cavorting, elaborate dioramas and stunning semi-documentary recreations of Medieval life. To read more by Duncan Carson about the history of Häxan, click here.
Facing declining ticket sales in the lucrative youth market, Toho Films gave director Nobuhiko Obayashi (until then known for his avant-garde videos and innovative commercials) the opportunity to produce his debut feature, a youth-courting Japanese answer to Jaws. The results, reportedly co-scripted with his pre-pubescent daughter, were wild, imaginative and wholly original. A dazzling oddity, Hausu tells the story of a carnivorous house and a group of school girls who dare to cross its doors. To read more by Duncan Carson about the history of Hausu, click here.