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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: Graduation Day (WORLD PREMIERE of brand-new restoration!)

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9/26 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by VINEGAR SYNDROME.

Nestled snugly in the cradle of the early-’80s slasher boom, Graduation Day is a perfect crystallization of what was wonderful and sleazy about that golden age of exploitation. Possessing all the scummy charm and blow-dried-and-feathered nostalgia of Sleepaway Camp, this 1981 film from Herb Freed (director of Haunts and Beyond Evil) functions as a decent whodunit, while never sacrificing great kills or peepshow nudity. Telling the tale of a fencing-masked killer stalking gymnasts on the eve of their high school sayonara, Freed’s camera stalks the victims in wonderful, stumbling POV sequences that would later become target fodder for horror-challenged critics like Siskel & Ebert. But we, the converted, know better. Graduation Day is now getting the full, glorious 4K restoration transfer, courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome — but before you catch the new Blu-Ray, peep the film with us as it was meant to be seen on the big screen.
Dir. Herb Freed, 1981, DCP, 96 min.

Watch the trailer for “Graduation Day”!
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