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.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Venom (New Restoration!)

5/20 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Blue Underground

Catching the tail-end of the “animals attack” boom started by Jaws, Venom, from 1981, gives the genre a welcome, crime-story/home invasion twist. Set in a London townhouse, the story involves a scheme to kidnap an asthmatic boy, who just so happens to have recently acquired a deadly Black Mambo snake by accident, which gets loose in the London townhouse’s vents. Oh wait, did I mention the cast features a who’s who of international superstars, including Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Susan George, Sterling Hayden and Micheal Gogh??!! Things get Ten Little Indians as the snake picks off the kidnappers one by one, allowing director Piers Haggard to deftly ratchet up the hissing, slithering tension. In a world lousy with Sharknados and Sharktopuses, this real-deal creature feature deserves a revisit. If fear is what your craving, Venom is the antidote!

Dir. Piers Haggard, 1981, Digital Presentation, 93 min.

Watch the trailer!

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