A film by José Ramón Larraz

The official British Palme d’Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, Symptoms is a sophisticated modern gothic horror film exploring the themes of sexual repression and psychosis.

Larraz’s dark and stylish film tells of a young woman (Lorna Heilbron) who is invited by her girlfriend (Angela Pleasence) to stay at her remote English country mansion. Events take a disturbing turn when a menacing groundkeeper (Peter Vaughan) interrupts their time together, and a woman’s body is found in the mansion’s lake.

Other than a limited theatrical release and a late-night screening on British television in the early 80s, Larraz’s film has slipped into obscurity, and the original negative was long thought lost, assuring it a place in the BFI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list. Following the rediscovery of the original negatives in 2014, the dark delights of Symptoms can finally be experienced again in this new restoration, undertaken by the Belgian Cinematek.

Extras:

  • Newly restored in 2k
  • On Vampyres and other Symptoms (Celia Novis, 2011, 74 mins): Feature-length documentary about director José Ramón Larraz focusing on two of his most acclaimed films, Vampyres and Symptoms
  • From Barcelona to Tunbridge Wells: The Films of José Larraz (Andrew Starke & Pete Tombs, 1999, 24 mins)
  • Interview with Angela Pleasence (2016): Interview with the film’s star
  • Interview with Lorna Heilbron (2016): Interview with the film’s co-star
  • Interview with Brian Smedley-Aston (2016): Interview with the film’s editor
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Illustrated booklet with new writing by Vanity Celis and full film credits

 

studio:
BFI
Run Time:
92 mins approx.
Director:
José Ramón Larraz
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Angela Pleasence

Peter Vaughan
Subtitle Languages:

English for the Hard of Hearing

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1
Theatrical Release Year:
1974
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
Free
Brand:
BFI

Symptoms - Dual Format (Includes DVD)

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A film by José Ramón Larraz

The official British Palme d’Or entry at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival, Symptoms is a sophisticated modern gothic horror film exploring the themes of sexual repression and psychosis.

Larraz’s dark and stylish film tells of a young woman (Lorna Heilbron) who is invited by her girlfriend (Angela Pleasence) to stay at her remote English country mansion. Events take a disturbing turn when a menacing groundkeeper (Peter Vaughan) interrupts their time together, and a woman’s body is found in the mansion’s lake.

Other than a limited theatrical release and a late-night screening on British television in the early 80s, Larraz’s film has slipped into obscurity, and the original negative was long thought lost, assuring it a place in the BFI’s ‘Most Wanted’ list. Following the rediscovery of the original negatives in 2014, the dark delights of Symptoms can finally be experienced again in this new restoration, undertaken by the Belgian Cinematek.

Extras:

  • Newly restored in 2k
  • On Vampyres and other Symptoms (Celia Novis, 2011, 74 mins): Feature-length documentary about director José Ramón Larraz focusing on two of his most acclaimed films, Vampyres and Symptoms
  • From Barcelona to Tunbridge Wells: The Films of José Larraz (Andrew Starke & Pete Tombs, 1999, 24 mins)
  • Interview with Angela Pleasence (2016): Interview with the film’s star
  • Interview with Lorna Heilbron (2016): Interview with the film’s co-star
  • Interview with Brian Smedley-Aston (2016): Interview with the film’s editor
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Illustrated booklet with new writing by Vanity Celis and full film credits

 

studio:
BFI
Run Time:
92 mins approx.
Director:
José Ramón Larraz
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Angela Pleasence

Peter Vaughan
Subtitle Languages:

English for the Hard of Hearing

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1
Theatrical Release Year:
1974
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
Free
Brand:
BFI

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