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.

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - Black Sunday

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6/3 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

The first official film by Italian horror maestro Mario Bava, Black Sunday remains one of the cornerstones of both Italian and Gothic horror, more than 50 years after its 1960 release. Considered wildly graphic for its day, the stylish and deeply unsettling film concerns the curse of a centuries old witch (played with voluptuous intensity in an icon-defining performance from Barbara Steele) who returns from the grave to wreak vengeance on the family whose ancestors burnt her at the stake hundreds of years prior. Dripping with atmosphere, Bava imbues every frame with an artistry that set the high standard for Italian horror, the spark fanned into flames by future genre masters like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci. More visually impressive and shocking than many of its classic horror contemporaries, Black Sunday is a vital film that demands to be seen on the big screen

Dir. Mario Bava, 1960, 35mm, 87 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - The Witches

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6/10 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

In what may be the strangest family flick collaboration on record, British auteur Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Bad Timing) teamed up with Jim Henson to adapt a book by the bizarre and beloved author of children’s fiction, Roald Dahl (The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach). The result—a darkly comedic and, frankly, kinda disturbing fairy tale that Dahl himself declared “utterly appalling”—is an eccentric masterwork that’s been both delighting and destroying kids of all ages for more than twenty years. It’s pure kindertrauma when a coven of witches try to rid Britain of youngsters by turning them into teeny-tiny, fuzzy four-legged mice. Fiendishly funny and devilishly magical, this fantastical nightmare even supplies a deliriously wicked, over-the-top turn from Angelica Huston and imaginative mouse-a-tronic puppetry from Henson’s creature shop… entertainment perfect for The Witching Hour!

Dir. Nicholas Roeg, 1990, 35mm, 92 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - The Craft

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6/17 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

A spiritual predecessor to Joss Whedon’s TV Buffy-verse—which mined the “high school is hell” theme for several seasons—The Craft tells the tale of a high school witch coven attempting to seduce a new and powerful recruit. With a ‘90s dream team cast of young actresses—including Fairuza Balk (in a scene-stealing performance), Neve “Party of Five” Campbell, and Robin “Empire Records” Tunney—this silly/spooky flick is a deft exploration of the fragile ecosystem of cliques and teenage ties that bind, made all the more tenuous with a blast of cool magick! As an added bonus, look forward to a rockin’ 90s soundtrack…

Dir. Andrew Fleming, 1996, 35mm, 101 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - Suspiria

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6/24 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

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Dir. Dario Argento, 1977, 35mm, 100 min.

ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - Inferno (w/ Leigh McCloskey & Irene Miracle in person!)

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7/1 - 10PM
$15/free for members

With an introduction by Leigh McCloskey, actor, author, and expert on the occult!

Foregoing conventional logic for pure nightmare dreamscape, Inferno finds director Dario Argento at the top of his game, and is the second film in his “Three Mothers” trilogy (directly following Suspiria). An American college student in Rome (Leigh McCloskey, frequent soap opera heartthrob and star of the infamous TV movie Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn) is called to New York to help his poet sister investigate the mysterious and supernatural history of her building. The threadbare plot serves as a springboard for some of Argento’s wildest set pieces (the underwater ballroom!), imaginative use of light and color, and continued exploration of visual alchemy propelled by a raging soundtrack (this time by Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson). With optical effects by Argento’s mentor, Italian grandmaster Mario Bava, Inferno is easily one of the most beautiful films in the Video Nasties canon — so don’t miss it loud ‘n large in 35mm!

Dir. Dario Argento, 1980, 35mm, 107 min.

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