The qualification of folk horror applied to cinema reflects the influence in their plots of the ancestral folkloric heritage of different cultures. In recent years, films like Troll Hunter (2010), The Witch (2015), Border (2018) and the Basque movie Errementari (2017) bear witness to the heyday of this trend which blossomed in the British Isles of the 60s and 70s.
Related there to the Celtic and the Middle Ages, the term can also be applied to works drawing on traditions of different origin: Pre-Colombian America, Asia, the myths of Scandinavian countries, etc. The rural world, paganism and witchery are some of the ingredients of these fascinating stories linked to the human being's most ancient fears.
In this retrospective, the Festival will include both iconic films –I Walked With a Zombie (1943), The Wicker Man (1973), The Last Wave (1977)– and others less well known.
In addition, the publishing house Hermenaute, in collaboration with the Festival, will publish a special edition entitled: Folk Horror: Lo ancestral en el cine fantástico, coordinated by Jesús Palacios.