Friday Night Frights presents Franchise Thursdays

Phantasm + Phantasm II (Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm & other cast members in person!)

Director & cast members in person!
10/27/2011 - 7:45PM

Is there a more aptly named horror movie than the enigmatic Phantasm? Don Coscareli’s 1979 dream-logic masterpiece is one of the few films everyone can agree on that works without needing an explanation. Capturing the feeling of a youthful nightmare, its images of the flying silver murderballs and Angus Scrimm’s iconic “Tall Man” are ones you never forget. The film is a perfect storm of atmosphere and mood that captivated audiences in the late ‘70s, and has spawned a successful franchise with generations of fans. It’s also made an unlikely horror hero out of skullet-wielding ice cream man Reggie Bannister, a free-wheelin’, free-lovin’ dude with a real talent with a tuning fork. Plus, it has murdering midget minions, flying demon bugs and a gender-bending succubus — what more could you possibly want? Meet us at the mausoleum for a rare 35mm screening of both the original film, and its studio-backed, even-more-grisly sequel, Phantasm II! The funeral is about to begin…BOY! Schedules permitting, writer/director Don Coscarelli, Angus Scrimm (“The Tall Man”), David Arntzen (“Toby”) and Ken Jones (“The Caretaker”) will all be here in person at the Cinefamily for Q&As after the films!
Phantasm Dir. Don Coscarelli, 1979, 35mm, 88 min.
Phantasm II Dir. Don Coscarelli, 1988, 35mm, 97 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s trailer for “Phantasm” & “Phantasm II”!

Hellraiser Triple Feature (Hellraiser I, II & III, Tony Randel & Peter Atkins in person!)

The iconic franchise created by Clive Barker!
10/20/2011 - 7:30PM

Tony Randel (director of Hellraiser II) and Peter Atkins (writer of Hellraiser II & III) will both be here for a Q&A between the films!

Hellraiser (archival 35mm print!) – 7:30pm
Most peoples’ memories of the original Hellraiser involve a guy with pins sticking out of his head and hooked chains ripping people apart — but Clive Barker’s 1987 film is a much more strange and wonderful creation than that. Not content to deliver a typical stalk-and-slash, Barker created a nightmare noir rife with masochism, mutilation and murder. The iconic Pinhead and his merry band of Cenobites”are mere background players, despite what the film’s marketing suggests, and looking back in hindsight, this was the right choice. The real monsters in the film are human, and Barker’s assured direction, especially for that of a first-timer, makes their fevered psychosexual mania a palpable reality on film. But a horror movie cannot subsist on high-mindedness alone, and Hellraiser more than delivers in the grue and monster department, from flayed reconstituting corpse-men to wild, phantasmagorical demons. A true horror masterwork and the flagship of a beloved franchise, Hellraiser is a big-screen must-see for any horror acolyte. Join us — we have such sights to show you!
Dir. Clive Barker, 1987, 35mm, 94 min.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II – 9:15pm
That rarest of horror sequels: one that takes everything you loved about the original, and expands on it in every conceivable way. Barker’s influence is still felt in the story department, which allows for director Tony Randel to really swing for the fences; the action is now moved to an insane asylum, where a mad and perverse doctor seeks to open the doors to hell itself — in other words, a perfect set-up for a Hellraiser movie. A real delight of production design, world-building and that trademark Hellraiser S&M body horror, this is the one that has it all: fleshless femme fatales, flaying chains and more Cenobites for your pleasure and pain. An embarrassment of riches in awesome ‘80s horror FX and clever old-school camera trickery, this one really demands to be experienced as it was intended: bold, bloody and on the big screen. Come take a trip with us to hell — you’ll be ever so glad you did!
Dir. Tony Randel, 1988, HD presentation, 97 min.

Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth – 11:15pm
There’s nothing quite as exciting as a franchise flying wildly off the rails, and “wild” is indeed the word to best describe Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth, which is arguably the most purely entertaining of the entire franchise. Here, the Cenobite saga moves to the decadent Big City art scene(!), where all your burning questions about Pinhead (played as always by the unflappable Doug Bradley, here also kicking ass in a second role as his former corporeal self) will be revealed. This film follows the general rule of thumb for a Part III in its broad, go-for-broke shotgun approach — and the results are crazy, gory and all-around outrageous. There’s new wacky Cenobites to be had, S&M clubs to be massacred, and Hell On Earth to be unleashed! It’s the perfect carnival ride capper to your night of Hellraiser madness. In the words of Pinhead himself: it will tear your soul apart!
Dir. Anthony Hickox, 1992, HD presentation, 93 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s trailer for our “Hellraiser” triple feature!

Halloween II, A Nightmare On Elm Street III & Friday The 13th Part IV!

Three of the best major franchise sequels!
10/6/2011 - 7:30PM

Halloween II – 7:30pm
Halloween is a indisputable genre classic and the father of all slasher films, but 1981′s Halloween II is where all the elements congeal into one of the greatest horror franchises in cinema history. Picking up before the first film even ends, this sequel promises “more of the night he came home”, and boy, does it deliver! The Shape is back, and stalking an obviously-wigged Jamie Lee Curtis to the local hospital, where fresh victims await. Also returning is Donald Pleasance as Loomis, the shrink with a mad-on for Michael Myers; it is this patented Pleasancemania that really fuels this fun and gorier outing. Michael really gets crafty with his kills this time around, and his look and mannerisms are the best in the series outside of the original. John Carpenter’s influence can still be felt, and the film fits seamlessly with the original, thanks in no small part to Dean Cundey’s striking camerawork and the now-synthed-up Halloween theme. This gem from the golden age of slasher cinema demands to be re-evaluated on the big screen, so put on your coveralls and grab your favorite kitchen knife, for you’ve got a date with The Shape!
Dir. Rick Rosenthal, 1981, HD presentation, 92 min.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – 9:15pm
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge has its selling points (such as hilarious homoerotic subtext so palpable it barely qualifies as subtext), but Dream Warriors is the real launching point for the rest of the Freddy empire. Wes Craven returned to lend a hand with the script (as did “The Walking Dead” creator Frank Darabont), Heather Langenkamp and the mighty John Saxon returned to tie up their storylines, and the fantastical dream elements of the Freddy mythology were pushed to their limits! And though it would soon grow out of control in later films, it was here that Freddy first blossomed as “the merry prankster of horror.” Someone wisely realized that despite the film’s title, events didn’t need to be centered at 1428 Elm Street, so we shift to a psychiatric hospital for troubled teens, where the lovely Patricia Arquette discovers she has the ability to pull others into her dream and fight back against Mr. Krueger — cue superhero motif. Welcome to primetime, bitches!
Dir. Chuck Russell, 1987, 35mm, 96 min.

Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter – 11:15pm
Director Joseph Zito’s entry in the beloved slasher franchise is almost universally regarded as the best of the series, and deservedly so! Zito (who also directed the 1981 slasher classic The Prowler) takes the well-tread Friday the 13th formula and brings a level of muscular filmmaking heretofore unseen in the franchise, a skill that is augmented by the triumphant return of gore maestro Tom Savini in the make-up effects department. Add to that the presence of a fantastic cast which features Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman and the dude from The Last American Virgin and you have an unstoppable, Jason Vorhees-like juggernaut of a film.
Dir. Joseph Zito, 1984, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Halloween II”!
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Watch the “Nightmare on Elm Street III” Dokken music video tie-in “Dream Warriors”!
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Watch the trailer for “Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter”!
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