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Arrow presents Coffin Joe, Short Film Shockers and more this February

Key highlights this February on the essential, alternative streaming service ARROW include a second season of films from the legendary Brazilian director José Mojica Marins, a devilish double-bill from Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia, a season of wonderfully weird short films, Valentine’s Day done ARROW-style, and much more.

In February, ARROW presents a season of bite-sized shocks in the form of the very best wild and weird short films, including Smile, the extraordinarily imaginative and disturbing award-winning short from director Joanna Tsanis; as well as The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras, a Welsh language folk horror film about modern Wales, rooted in the country’s rich mythology, shot on 16mm and featuring a score by Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan from The Super Furry Animals; and ab adaptation of the famous short story by W.W. Jacobs, The Monkey’s Paw, produced by the newly revived Hammer Films, and sure to send a shiver up the spine. Be careful what you wish for!

Also not to be missed in February is Back Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe: Part Two, with more films from legendary Brazilian filmmaker José Mojica Marins, who wrote, directed and starred in a series of outrageous movies from 1964 to 2008, including the rarely-seen When the Gods Fall Asleep, where messianic cult figure Coffin Joe sets out to right wrongs, expose corruption and end social unrest; the luridly titled The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures, Hellish Flesh and Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind; Embodiment of Evil, where Marins returns to the role that made his name one last time, as Coffin Joe emerges onto the streets of São Paulo in 2008; and the fascinating documentary Inside the Mind of Coffin Joe.

There’s also a pair of unmissable cult films from Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia, the jet-black chiller comedy Day Of The Beast; and Perdita Durango, novelist Barry Gifford’s prequel to Wild at Heart, starring Oscar nominee Rosie Perez and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem and The Sopranos star James Gandolfini.

Seasons in February include The Radiance Collection, a selection of films – from Yakuza to French serial killers to giallo to mafia thrillers – from the brand new label that specialises in rediscovered cinematic gems and offbeat classics; Filmmakers on Filmmaking, featuring interviews and commentaries from ARROW’s vast library of extras that feature some of the coolest and smartest filmmakers in the world discussing their craft; This Means War, a collection of battle-hardened movies so good you’ll be left shell-shocked; Jill Gevargizian Selects Vol. II, with The Stylist director choosing her favourites from the ARROW catalogue, including A Tale of Two Sisters, Blade of the Immortal and Crimes of Passion; and Billy Butcher Selects, where the iconic illustrator lines up some gruesome horrors for your delectation, including Hellraiser and Demons.

New Titles – From February 2

  • The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras – 2023
  • The Monkey’s Paw – 2022
  • Itch – 2021
  • Smile – 2021

From February 5

  • The Day of the Beast – 1995
  • Perdita Durango – 1997

From February 19

  • When The Gods Fall Asleep – 1972
  • The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures – 1976
  • Hellish Flesh – 1977
  • Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind – 1978
  • Embodiment of Evil – 2008

Sharp Shorts

Featuring the very best wild and weird short films, Sharp Shorts is the place to be for quick fixes of micro features that will leave you in shock and awe.

Creepy, classy, stomach-churning, jaw-dropping, award-winning and even those that have gone on to become full features, Sharp Shorts is the best place to get a shot of Cult if you only have minutes to spare. But be warned, you could also very easily become sucked into spending hours at the mercy of some of the best short filmmakers around!

Titles Include: Itch, The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras, Smile

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