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.
On Vampyres and Other Symptoms - documentary
about Jose Larraz directed by Celia Novis; From Barcelona to Tunbridge
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