Friday, October 21st @ 7 & 9:30 pm
French auteur and prolific genre dabbler Olivier Assayas grapples with the dark side of the technological innovation we’ve experienced over the last two decades in this techno-horror double feature.
On Friday, October 21, 2022, experience the horrors of living in the internet age through the cold and glamorous gaze of the heroines in Assayas’s Techno-Horror, a double feature pairing the director’s 2016 fashion-forward ghost story, Personal Shopper at 7:00pm with his 2002 neo-noir spy thriller Demonlover at 9:30pm.
As digital technology has become an inescapable part of everyday life, filmmakers have started engaging with its effects on society, leading to a fascinating sub-genre of horror. Standouts range from established classics like David Cronenberg’s VHS-centric Videodrome (1983) to the first feature to be entirely set on a computer screen, Unfriended (2014) – and its far superior sequel, Unfriended: Dark Web (2018). Assayas isn’t the first director to imbue a tech-based uncertainty within his viewers, but the genre-spanning approach of his films has brought further attention and acclaim to techno-horror.
Both Personal Shopper and Demonlover were booed at Cannes but have aged incredibly well with audiences, speaking to just how ahead of their time they were. The juxtaposition of the films displays the director’s continued obsession with the ever-evolving modern world and all the unknown and terrifying possibilities it presents.
This double feature is programmed by Emma Greenleaf, FACETS Marketing Manager.