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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: Argento's "Four Flies On Grey Velvet" (imported UK print!)

4/10 - 11:59PM
$12/free for members

For those only familiar with Dario Argento’s supernatural classics like Suspiria and Phenomena, Four Flies on Grey Velvet is absolutely required viewing. After a screenwriting stint on legendary films like Once Upon a Time in the West, Argento kicked off his directing career with the “Animal Trilogy”: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Cat o’ Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet. These early films find Argento at his most Hitchcockian, telling ripping thrillers that pushed the boundaries of the giallo genre before he evolved his style towards the surreal with 1975′s Deep Red. Four Flies is the twisted, woeful tale of a young musician (Michael Brandon) who accidentally kills a mysterious stalker. After receiving an envelope containing photographs of the murder, he’s pushed to the edge of sanity by increasingly terrible circumstances. But to imply that Four Flies is a “straightforward” thriller is a gross misunderstanding. Shocking, ludicrous, beautifully staged and set to a sharply funky Morricone score, it contains all the hallmarks of visual and narrative insanity that made Argento an international icon.
Dir. Dario Argento, 1971, 35mm, 104 min.

Watch Cineafmily’s original trailer for “Four Flies on Grey Velvet”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Sleepwalkers (director Mick Garris, co-stars Brian Krause & Madchen Amick, and Anders Holm of "Workaholics" in person!)

4/24 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Director Mick Garris, along with co-stars Brian Krause and Mädchen Amick, and Anders Holm from Workaholics (a huge fan of the film) all in person! Sleepwalkers marked the first of many collaborations between Stephen King and director Mick Garris, who would later go on to helm the TV versions of The Shining, The Stand and Desperation — and damn, is it a doozy. Brian Krause and the always-haunting Alice Krige star as a mother/son team of shape-shifting energy vampires whose natural form is a sort of were-cat. Not weird enough for you? How ’bout adding some highly-charged incest into the mix? Stir in a hot dollop of Twin Peaks‘ Mädchen Amick as the love interest/heroine, as well as many horror icon cameos from the likes of John Landis, Joe Dante, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper and Stephen King himself, and you’ve got an over-the-top saucerful of silly fun. As mentioned before, King and Garris would team up for many adaptations, but Sleepwalkers (an original screenplay) sees the dynamic duo at their whacked-out best.
Dir. Mick Garris, 1992, 35mm, 91 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Sleepwalkers”!