BUT A DIFFERENT DE PALMA FILM - 'PHANTOM' - WILL PLAY SUNDAY FOR THIS YEAR'S EDITION
The Swan Archives' Ari Kahan will be on hand to present "a very special screening" of Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise this Sunday night at Salem Horror Fest 2021, in Salem Massachusetts. However, in an article for The Advocate, Salem Horror Fest director Kay Lynch tells Rachel Shatto about being inspired by De Palma's Carrie:
Brian De Palma’s Carrie is considered one of the greats of the horror film genre. However, for Salem Horror Fest director Kay Lynch, catching it on late TV one night it was more than great, it was life-changing. “It was one of the first films I can remember ever feeling validated by,” she recalls. “The body horror in the shower, the insecurity, and rage. I felt so connected to her... I’ll never forget the palpitation in my chest. It was an emotional catharsis. That’s when I realized that horror could be a healthy way to face my darkness.” And for Lynch, the film festival, which is celebrating its fifth year this October, offers audiences an opportunity for that same kind of emotional outlet.
The festival, which screens a mix of repertory and independent premieres, first began as a response to the 2016 election. “I was angry, hurt, and scared. Knowing that there were millions of others who felt the same way, I wanted to devote myself to something that would foster community, creativity, and critical thinking,” Lynch, who saw it as an opportunity to fulfill the need for a specific kind of catharsis, said.. “[It’s] for anyone who reads the news and needs to scream bloody murder in a safe environment.”