Saturday, October 13, 2007

Onar Films releases another Turkish Horror Classic!

As usual, Greek company Onar Films saves us from the boredom of Hollywood Hype Horror (The Reaping, anyone?) by releasing more turkish delights. And this time is 1995's Karanlik Sular (a.k.a. The Serpent's Tale, not to be confused with the Dark Waters remake, released in Turkey as Karanlik Su), a Temasa Film production directed by E. Kutlug Ataman.

Unique in many ways, and considered the best Turkish horror film by international reviewers, Karanlik Sular knows how to create an eerie and uncanny atmosphere where reason gives way to hallucination, poetry can turn into nightmare, and vice versa. In fact, it's a heady, twisting art-horror hybrid that takes as its theme nothing less than the meaning of life and death. Yes - it's like the Turkish version of the fabulous russian movie Viy!

The plot includes a woman whose son may be a vampire, an apocalyptic mystical scroll that belongs to a man who apparently died two years ago, an ancient Byzantine princess in the form of an 8-year-old vampire, ominous sects, a misty and metaphysical Istanbul... Well, it's better watched than talked about, but when watched it must be talked about!

Extras? Yes, sir. We have a long video interview with director Ataman, who discusses his influences both from Turkish history and European art cinema. He also claims not to care much for Turkish Fantastic Cinema, but does like Troma films! There's also still galleries, cast and crew bios and filmographies, and the usual bunch of Onar's highly amusing trailers.

Run, cause this turkish delight is limited to the usual 1.200 hand-numbered copies. And keep an eye peeled for their next releases, TARZAN ISTANBUL'DA and CASUS KIRAN.


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