Triskell Arts Cinema runs Tobe Hooper special

Rare chance to see director's early work

by Jennie Kermode

Eggshells poster
Eggshells poster

There are few names more important in the history of horror cinema than that of Texas Chain Saw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, so fans will be excited by the chance to catch some of his hard-to-find early works this month thanks to a partnership between Watchmaker Films and the Triskell Arts Cinema in Cork. Available to online viewers worldwide, the package of films and special features will help to support the cinema and aims to provide an interesting shared experience for viewers during lockdown.

The package is centred on Hooper's 1969 film Eggshells, an experimental film about hippies which might not include the same kind of scares or the gore for which he would become famous but has the same focus on fantasy as allegory. Lost for many years, it has since been restored. Also included are short films The Heisters (1964) and Down Friday Street (1966), plus filmmaker commentary for Eggshells and an audio recording of a Q&A about the film which took place at the cinema in 2018.

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