Black Sunday 5

Metro Cinema, Ashton Under Lyne Saturday 02 March 1991

There was also another Black Sunday 5 event held in Edinburgh a few weeks earlier, with a slightly different selection of films.

Films Shown

  • Grim Prairie Tales
  • The Vanishing
  • Opera
  • Def By Temptation
  • Desperate Hours
  • Toxic Avenger 3
  • Mortal Passions
  • Nightwish
  • ???
  • Predator 2

Arthur's Review of Black Sunday 5

After an absence of 5 months, Black Sunday was back again for part 5 and, after the excellent line up of the last festival, so were Arthur and Mr E. Once more Mr E's generous parents provided weekend accommodation and a personnal chauffeur service to and from the venue (in a nice Jag with leather seats as well).

The format was the same as normal (why change it if works?) and Arthur took his usual spot on the balcony for another night of 10 films (he only bought a program on this occasion, which has been scanned in below). As the evening progressed it became clear that the line up wasn't as good as previous festivals but that didn't necessarily matter as a bad film could still be fun and the constant heckling certainly helped keep everyone awake. But that's not to say that some of the films weren't worth seeing.

The opening film, Grim Prairie Tales, was quite enjoyable even if it was a slightly sub standard Creepshow rip off, featuring 3 short stories as told by 3 cowboy-style travellers sat round a camp fire. The Vanishing, although very slow and quite hard going to watch (especially when reading subtitles in the small hours of the morning) had a gripping climax that left everyone feeling a bit shaken (this was the original Dutch film and not the American remake with its cop out ending).

Opera was the highlight of the evening. It's not often you get to see a Dario Argento film on the big screen in all its uncut glory. The slow motion scene with the bullet spiralling through the spy hole in the door, through the eye of the woman looking into the spy hole and out the back of her head and finally striking her telephone at the end of the hall was truly magnificent.

Films such as Toxic Avenger 3, Def by Temptation and Nightwish all fitted into the "enjoyable trash" category and Mortal Passions was so appallingly bad the entire audience laughed at it for pretty much the whole film (The film starred Zach Galligan who was famous for being the main character in Gremlins and was about next door neighbours having affairs and killing each other to hide their illicit secret romances).

More mainstream films were represented by Desperate hours (a kidnap themed drama film starring Anthony Hopkins and Mickey Rourke) and Predator 2, which was the closing film of the night and rather unsurprisingly, went down rather well. Again Arthur is sure there was one more film in the line up but can't for the life of him remember what it was.