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.

The Wraith

the wraith
$12/free for members

Like it’s titular rider, The Wraith is one of the 80s more below-the-radar gems, and a tire-squealing, good-time ghost ride. Pre-winning (but really winning) Charlie Sheen plays a mysterious teen who comes to a desert town looking for love and maybe a lil’ vengeance, and finds an absurdly hot Sherilyn Fenn, who is being harassed by her murderous, street racing ex-boyfriend – played with scenery-chewing gusto by John Cassavetes’ son and future director himself, Nick Cassavetes. Got all that? To say more would spoil the fun; if you love 80s horror and/or motorcycle exploitation and you’ve somehow missed this turbo-charged thrill-ride, it’s time to rectify that with some high octane, big screen, beyond the grave vengeance!

Print courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.

Dir. Mike Marvin, 1986, 35mm, 93 min.

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