Monday, April 29, 2013

Weird Ephemera: APACHES (1977).

Produced in 1977 by the British Central Office of Information, Apaches is the most notorious of all the Public Information Films, regarded by connoisseurs as being even more traumatizing than 1973's legendary Dark and Lonely Water.  Accidental deaths on farms had been on the rise during that period, and Apaches was designed to terrify children into being more prudent and careful.  Directed with considerable flair by John Mackenzie (who later made The Long Good Friday), the film raised both the artistic quality and body-count of the Pif, maintaining a slightly eerie and surrealistic mood throughout.  The six children who star were not credited, and have never been identified to this day.

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