Spring Breakers cover up for their Finnish debut.

The biannual Night Visions film festival spring edition takes a bow from 11-14 April in Helsinki’s Andorra, Bio Rex Lasipalatsi and Kino Engel.

Once again showcasing the finest horror, fantasy, science fiction, action and cult cinema, cinemagoers are privy to Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Already gathering notoriety for its bikini clad violent excesses, audiences are also in for what might be James Franco’s most out there performance yet, as a gangster sporting a mouthful of gold teeth, tonnes of ‘tude and a handgun.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father David, Brandon Cronenberg’s firstborn Antiviral is another draw for the festival, offering sci-fi thrills that hope to reach the heights of his father’s cerebral body horror.

Meanwhile, those wishing to uncover what Japanese maestro Takashi Miike is up to these days need look no further than the thrills of Lesson of the Evil. Here Miike’s popular high school teacher hatches a plan in order to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body.

Night Visions Back
to Basics 2013

11-14 April

Meanwhile, veteran director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 ​​hours) make a welcome return to the big screen for the first time in six years, directing a very pumped up Sylvester Stallone in the actioner Bullet to the Head. Finally, rounding out this quartet of highlights this spring, the recent passing of British director Michael Winner (Charles Bronson-starrer Death Wish) will be honoured during the festival.

James O’Sullivan