Friday Night Frights

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Around the world, only a smattering of the best horror films come out in theaters, and gobs of great gore go softly into the night, never to be screamed at on the silver screen. In the past, Cinefamily has reserved just the month of October as an excuse to make merry in the macabre and delight in an onslaught of slaughter; and once All Hallow’s Eve has come and gone, our poor patrons must lurch back to their bloodless daily lives, secretly wishing that the terrifying times never need end. Well, fear not, for now every month is horrific at the Cinefamily! Midnight is the witching hour, and every other Friday night, Friday Night Frights brings you the finest cuts in upcoming horror and gruesome genre cinema, as well as devious picks from the repertory crypt, all with guests galore.

Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural

Lemora
2/24 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

It’s the rare horror film that can stand-toe-to-toe with dream logic classics like Suspiria and Phantasm, but Richard Blackburn’s 1973 film Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural is one of them. Part Alice in Wonderland, part Night of the Living Dead and part something else entirely, the film chronicles Lila Lee, a virginal young girl (played by Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith, who would later become a tragic figure in the LA drug scene) and her sexual charged encounter with a vampire queen who seeks to corrupt her very soul. Blackburn’s direction (he also cameos as a fire and brimstone preacher) is surprisingly assured for a first-timer, gradually evolving Lila’s journey into a Freudian nightmare of zombie-like ghouls, creepy sing-songy crones and most unsettling of all, her father. The very definition of an unsung gem, this is a film that begs to be discovered by fans of the freaky, horrifying and surreal.

Dir. Richard Blackburn, 1973, 16mm, 80 min.

They Live

They Live
3/10 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Upon its original 1988 release, John Carpenter’s Reagan era screed They Live went largely unsung; sure, smallish audiences thrilled to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Keith David’s endless knock-down, drag-out alley fight, and the general message of non-conformity was well received among the Carpenter-converted. But no one anticipated the film’s ever-building cult status, or how prescient it would be thirty years later. Chilling images of Carpenter’s skull-faced aliens and the film’s ominous slogans have inspired numerous artists (not the least of which is street artist/activist Shepard Fairey); to say that They Live has had a cultural impact beyond its initial release is something of an understatement. There is no horror movie more appropriate for our current political times, so it only seems fitting to revisit this masterful cinematic metaphor, and once again OBEY!

Dir. John Carpenter, 1988, 35mm, 93 min.

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April Fool's Day

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3/31 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

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Dir. Fred Walton, 1986, 35mm, 89 min.

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