A dark and haunting study in psychological horror, Symptoms takes us deep into the twisted mind of a damaged girl.
Helen, who lives alone, invites her new friend Anne to stay with her in a lonely house, lost in the English countryside. The house, the woods that surround it and the figures fleetingly glimpsed through its windows, all seem imbued with a deep sense of mystery. Helen appears to be hiding a secret and the more Anne tries to uncover it, the deeper she is pulled into its dark heart.
Symptoms was the official UK entry to the Cannes film festival in
1974 and was highly praised at the time. Subsequently the film sank into
obscurity and was recently listed as one of the UK's top 75 'lost films'.
This release, taken from the original negative and fully restored, brings
this quiet masterpiece back into view, where it can now be appreciated as
one of the most under rated films of the 1970s.
FEATURES:On Vampyres and Other Symptoms - documentary about Jose Larraz directed by Celia Novis
From Barcelona to Tunbridge Wells - TV profile of Jose Larraz
Interview with editor Brian Smedley-Aston
Interview with Angela Pleasence
Interview with Lorna Heilbron
Specially commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx