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The ritual has begun, the wise ones are ready to impart their knowledge, and a sacrifice is inevitable… the folk horror genre sets its tales of mystery and horror amid the dangerous beauty of the natural world. Breaking boundaries between psychological horror and folklore, this haunting, intriguing facet of horror storytelling never fails to stir the imagination. The Folk Horror Postcard Set captures imagery from six classic folk horror movies, leading you through lush natural landscapes that echo with screams of terror. This collection of folk horror movie postcards is a perfect addition to your collection of horror movie memorabilia, and with only 100 sets worldwide, the chosen ones who secure them are going to be lucky indeed.
Folk horror exerts a strange pull on us. The combination of natural beauty, ancient mysticism and looming threat gives this type of movie a unique power, while the abundant stories of older, wilder times mean there’s never a shortage of new scares for filmmakers to bring to the screen. The six cards in the Folk Horror Postcard Set feature the kind of intricate, hypnotic artwork that seems to characterise the genre; carefully restored to look their very best, these folk horror movie postcards celebrate six very different entries in the genre. Who knows what you’ll find if you go down to the woods today? Chances are it won’t be friendly.
As you’ll see from the lusciously reproduced poster artwork in the Folk Horror Postcard Set, we’re drawn like moths to the flame, unable to resist the lure of arcane knowledge and willing to risk it all for a glimpse of forbidden truths. The folk horror genre is filled with shifting shadows, half-heard noises and a sense of communion with antediluvian forces. The untamed natural world isn’t all about verdant beauty; folk horror shows us that if you stray too far from the path, monsters won’t take long to find you. Yet as you’ll see from this folk horror cinema postcard collection, you don’t need to evil can just as easily take very human form.
The six cards in the Folk Horror Postcard Set are a sight to behold, perfect for looking at by the light of an eerily flickering candle as something with hooves roams around outside. They’re printed to A6 size (105 x 148mm) on robust 350gsm silk stock. Matt lamination on both sides gives them a rich sheen, making them perfect as an offering to whatever primal force you may be attempting to appease. While the richly reproduced poster art adorns the front of each card, the reverse features a vintage-style design that you can use to write down a message to a friend, perhaps a series of important runes. You’ll get the best results writing on these folk horror film postcards using a fine gel ballpoint or fine felt-tipped pen.
The Folk Horror Postcard Set features artwork from the following movies:
- Night of the Demon (1957): this iconic adaptation of M R James’ story ‘Casting the Runes’ has lost none of its impact, boasting an atmosphere of invisible threat that won’t let go even after the last frame. That piece of inscribed paper has a life of its own, and if you won’t get a warm welcome at the Hobart farm, the poster art – seen here with the movie’s alternative title Curse of the Demon – certainly promises something more fiery.
- Onibaba (1964): hypnotic and erotic, this chilling Japanese entry into the folk horror canon has symbolism and tension packed into its fourteenth-century setting. Themes of jealousy, consumerism and desire, all played out in a nightmarishly claustrophobic field of tall grass and punctuated with moments of terror, create an unsettling atmosphere perfectly captured in the poster art.
- Witchfinder General (1968): it’s not the witches you have to be afraid of in Michael Reeves’ evergreen story of cruelty and persecution. Vincent Price shows that you don’t need supernatural powers to terrify innocent citizens – more conventional means can be just as effective, and the results are clear to see. This postcard’s lushly apocalyptic artwork features the alternative title The Conqueror Worm.
- Cry of the Banshee (1970): Vincent Price is hunting witches again, with plenty of attendant violence, but this time the magical threat is very real indeed, as this piece of dramatic and evocative poster art shows. The witches are prepared to defend themselves, and there’s no stopping the creature they summon, so make sure you listen out for the Cry of the Banshee…
- The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971): all kinds of unpleasantness awaits in this sinister and aggressive movie whose poster art is as enigmatic as it is unsettling. Linda Hayden stars as the charismatic, lethal Angel Blake, not afraid to shed some blood in her quest to raise a demon.
- The Wicker Man (1973): this harrowing classic shows that even in the modern age, you can’t ignore the needs of the harvest. The remote island setting makes this story of deceit and pagan sacrifice all the more eerie, while its blistering final sequence remains seared into your mind long after the credits have rolled.
There are mysteries to unfold and secrets to be told – the Folk Horror Postcard Set is a beautiful way to tap into the mysteries of this enthralling, spine-chilling genre. Let the beautiful poster artwork inspire a return to familiar movies, or a brave venture into new territory. You’ll have to be quick though, as with only 100 sets worldwide, these are a rare treasure indeed, and sure to attract all kinds of attention…