Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s film was chosen by THOMAS KIDDER, Projectionist!
“The creepiest Disney film ever to grace the screen … it remains a rich and vivid treasure.” – Charlotte Richardson Andrews, Guardian
Legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part II) directs this imaginative and delightfully bizarre sequel to the 1939 Hollywood classic, The Wizard of Oz, spinning a tale of the dark aftermath of Dorothy’s journey to the magical land. Arriving back home, young Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) is deemed insane and her memories of Oz are dismissed as delusions. After escaping from a mental hospital, Dorothy returns to Oz, only to find that it’s now a dramatically changed place, and that all her old friends are missing, turned to stone, or worse. Menacing Wheelers swivel around a broke-down Emerald City, vain witch Mombi (Jean Marsh) adores her walk-in chamber of human heads, and the nefarious Nome King (Nicol Williamson) has spread terror throughout the land. With the help of her pet talking chicken and new friends Tik-Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead, Dorothy sets out to once again save Oz from seemingly unstoppable villains, rescue Princess Ozma and restore the Emerald City to its former glory. Hailed by fans as the most faithful film adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s vision (loosely based on the author’s second and third Oz novels), this creepy cult classic features an incredible array of masterful, handmade (and Oscar-nominated) special effects, incorporating stop-motion, puppetry, robotics, and quite possibly a touch of actual wizardry! (Dir. by Walter Murch, 1985, USA, 113 mins., Rated PG)