B-to-Z at Cinematek
Every last Friday of the month, Offscreen screens two rarities in Cinematek, uncovered from the darkest recesses of the archive. Two B-to-Z films with a common theme, presented as a double bill for the price of a single ticket.
Like every year, the B-to-Z of March is linked to the festival. With famous schizophrenics as this month's theme, we present “Dr. Jekyll and His Women”, Borowczyk's highly personal and sexualised version of the classic story. A second split personality can be found in “Psycho II”, a bold undertaking to produce a sequel to Hitchcock's masterwork, but the result is much better than you'd think!
22 years after the incidents of the first film, an apparently cured Norman Bates is released from the institution. He returns to the Bates Motel, and soon the killing recommences... A surprisingly strong sequel, written by Tom Holland (“Fright Night”) and directed by Richard Franklin (“Roadgames”).
To celebrate his engagement, Dr. Jekyll (Udo Kier) organises a dinner party at his house. But when Mr. Hyde turns up, the socialite party turns into a chaotic, incendiary orgy of rape and murder. Borowczyk's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's book is highly sexualised and deeply unsettling.