Scary Stories in September
Young audiences are catered for in the BFI's blockbuster project Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, and the release of Scary Stories - the first of a raft of forthcoming BFI DVDs that have a Gothic theme - will thrill and chill them in equal measure. Released on 23 September 2013, this fourth volume from the Children's Film Foundation Collection contains three terrifying tales - The Man from Nowhere (1976), Haunters of the Deep (1984) and Out of the Darkness (1985) - accompanied by an illustrated booklet.
The Man From Nowhere is a beautifully told Victorian gothic thriller from acclaimed director James Hill (Black Beauty, Lunch Hour). Young orphan Alice has been invited by her rich uncle to live in his country mansion but she soon finds herself persecuted by the apparent visitations of an unsettling stranger. Who is this 'man from nowhere' and just why is he trying to scare her away?
The events in Andrew Bogle's Haunters of the Deep take place along the dramatic Cornish coastline. Intent on re-opening a disused tin mine, an American businessman ignores warnings about the site's grisly past. It's left to his bored daughter and local lad, Josh, to attempt a daring rescue when history threatens to repeat itself.
In Out of the Darkness, directed by John Krish (Captured, The Elephant Will Never Forget), a Derbyshire village is haunted by a tragic secret from the era of the Black Death. When the Neil family decides to buy a run-down cottage they are unaware that it was once inhabited by a plague-stricken family. Soon, the Neil siblings find themselves in the middle of a thrilling adventure, assisted by their friend Tom, and a local folklore expert (played by Michael Carter - The Keep, Return of the Jedi).
For over thirty years the Children's Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Newly transferred from the best available elements held in the BFI National Archive, these much-loved and fondly remembered films finally return to the screen after many years out of distribution in specially curated DVD releases from the BFI. The fifth volume of CFF films, Runaways, will be released in April 2014.
• Brand new High Definition transfers of all films
• Illustrated booklet with essays by The Man from Nowhere writer John Tully, actor Michael Carter and Rachel Moseley
Marking a first, this volume of CFF films will also be available to buy as an app from The Android Store on the same release date as the DVD. Containing all three films but not the illustrated booklet, the app will be priced at £4.99.