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.

Body Bags (w/ producer Sandy King Carpenter in person!)

body bags
4/28 - MIDNITE
$14/free for members

Considering that it is a team-up between John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, the horror anthology Body Bags has become something of a lost and forgotten film. Originally dreamt up as a TV series (Showtime’s attempt to match HBO’s Tales From The Crypt), the film shows off Carpenter and Hooper’s love of horror and comedy — with an oddball cast ranging from character actors like Stacy Keach and David Warner, to pop stars Sheena Easton and Debbie Harry, and a cavalcade of horror icons like Roger Corman, Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and more – with Carpenter himself taking on the ghoulish role of our Crypt Keeper-esque horror host! Carpenter is clearly having a blast with the film (in front of and behind the camera), and now that horror anthologies are all the rage again, it is the perfect time to exhume this weirdo gem on the big screen!

Dirs. John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, 1993, digital presentation.

Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III

5/12 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Co-presented by Blumhouse

After Tobe Hooper steered the Chainsaw franchise into gonzo comedy with number two, director Jeff Burr brought back the backwoods terror with Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. In 1990 the slasher boom of the 80s was in its death throes and aside from a clever and memorable Excalibur spoof trailer this film was largely overlooked – which is a shame because it’s a fast, fun, and twisted entry. A couple on the rocks run afoul of our now extended chainsaw clan – which features a deliciously oily pre-fame Viggo Mortensen, slimy support from Tom Everett, and a heroic turn by horror superstar Ken Foree. Plus, the chainsaw itself gets an upgrade – and boy is it a doozy. A gruesome good time and a must-revisit for the whole skin mask wearing, people eating, chainsaw wielding family.

Dir. Jeff Burr, 1990, 35mm, 85 min.

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