Friday Night Frights


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 Tenant

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8/4/2017 - MIDNITE

Of Roman Polanski’s noted apartment trilogy – which also includes Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, his 1976 capper The Tenant is often given the least attention, which is a shame as it may be his most personal and harrowing. A Kafkaesque descent into madness and paranoia, the film concerns the claustrophobic apartment-based interactions of a Parisian transplant, played by an uncredited Polanski himself, and the neighbors who may or may not be conspiring against him. Aside from the flop-sweat-inducing tension and palpable sense of escalating panic, the film is a dizzying whirlwind of subtext, both sexual and political – and the sort of perfectly focused tonal pastiche that only a master with Polanski’s skill could pull off. With Melvyn Douglas, Shelly Winters, a bewitching Isabelle Adjani, and a shock ending that is as hilarious as it is horrifying, The Tenant will take up permanent residency in your shattered nerves.

Dir. Roman Polanski, 1976, 35mm, 126 min.

Night of the Creeps (with director Fred Dekker in person)

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7/21/2017 - 10PM

Director’s cut!

Though it was overlooked during the busy summer movie schedule of 1986, Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps has gone on to become a quintessential cult classic. A loving homage to the B movies of the 1950s, Dekker’s winningly gruesome horror comedy mashes up elements of atomic age sci-fi, Romero zombies, slashers, and 80s teen comedy, magically landing on a recipe for pure fun. Leads Jason Lively and Steve Marshall have a great rapport as best buds dealing with a campus infested with space slug-controlled zombie schoolmates, with B movie leading man Tom Atkins bringing the funny as the quipping alcoholic detective who finds himself caught up in the madness, leading to some of the film’s irresistibly quotable lines. A perfect summer movie, Night of the Creeps has proved highly influential, inspiring James Gunn’s pre-Guardians of the Galaxy creepfest, Slither. The good news is that we’re throwing a rare screening of the director’s cut with special guests… the bad news is that they’re dead!

Dir. Fred Dekker, 1986, DCP, 88 min.

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Death Line (aka Raw Meat, w/ Gary Sherman, David Ladd, Paul Maslansky, and Jay Kanter in person)

7/14/2017 - 10:30PM

Restored director’s cut!

A good cannibal film is best when rare, and for many years there was none rarer than Death Line, or as it was known here in the states, Raw Meat. Thankfully, due to home video, horror fans have been able to discover Gary Sherman’s wondrously bleak and gruesome 70s shocker, finally unearthed from its subterranean depths. The set-up is absolutely brilliant – far beneath the London streets, in Victorian catacombs, the last of a lineage of cannibals (the terrifyingly feral Hugh Armstrong, in a role nearly played by Marlon Brando!) prowls for fresh meat, pursued by a police detective played by the great Donald Pleasance. Sherman masterfully milks his setting for suffocating claustrophobia and dread, climaxing in a stomach-wrenching, gore-shock of an ending that will burn itself into your mind forever… and possibly leave you with some unholy cravings of your own. Join us for this filmic feast in the rarest of presentations – on the big screen!

Dir. Gary Sherman, 1972, DCP, 87 min.

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Jennifer's Body (with director Karyn Kusama in person!)

6/23/2017 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by Blumhouse

“In this movie, hell is actually two girls, embroiled in the fiendish complexity of a deep female friendship. The fact that one of them is a boy-eating demon is, believe it or not, secondary.” – Mary Pols, Time Magazine

Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body stands as one of the aughts most fun horror outings, and a strong exploration of female empowerment and sexuality. Inspired by the high school horror comedies of the 80s, the film concerns the relationship between teenage besties (Megan Fox and the luminously vulnerable Amanda Seyfried), one of whom is possessed by a demon after partying with an emo rock band. Armed with a crackling Diablo Cody script and rife with quotables, Kusama brings a pitch-perfect sense of direction, knowing just when to back off the laughs and bring on the suspense, violence, and horror. Smart, sexy, and scary as hell, Jennifer’s Body is a future cult classic and well deserving of your re-inspection.

Dir. Karyn Kusama, 2009, 35mm, 102 min.

The Wraith

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6/9/2017 - MIDNITE

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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Tales from the Hood (with Rusty Cundieff in person!)

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5/26/2017 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by Secret Sixteen

Produced by Spike Lee and directed by Rusty Cundieff, Tales from the Hood is a horror anthology that offers something unique – namely the perspective of young, urban African Americans circa 1995. With four EC comics-inspired morality tales woven around a framing device set in an inner city funeral home (run by a wonderfully Crypt Keeper-esque Clarence Williams III), Cundieff and co-writer Darin Scott move between funhouse scares and serious, real-world problems – from police abuse of minorities to child abuse to gang violence to a Corbin Bernsen fronted KKK (!) – keeping their message pointed without ever sacrificing gory good times. With a slammin’ soundtrack boasting 90s hip hop heavyweights like Wu Tang Clan and Grave Diggaz, and a solid cast featuring Wings Hauser, David Allan Grier and Michael Masse, Tales From the Hood rolls deep while scaring you silly. Still topical and well-deserving of a venerated place in the horror anthology vault of horrors.

Dir. Rusty Cundieff, 1995, 16mm, 98 min.

The Silence of the Lambs

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5/19/2017 - MIDNITE

Jonathan Demme left behind a legacy of great films, including arguable crowning jewel, The Silence of the Lambs. Winning Oscars in the top 5 categories, including best director and best picture – an unheard of feat for a “horror” film – its central performances by Jodie Foster (as FBI profiler Clarice Starling) and Anthony Hopkins (as the now iconic Hannibal Lecter) put both actors squarely on the A-list. An adaptation of the second novel in Thomas Harris’ best-selling series, Lambs finds big moments in quiet scenes, allowing Foster and Hopkins to play off each other unforgettably, wringing high-wire tension and rich emotion from something as simple as a probing conversation. It’s a watershed film, one that set the bar for police procedurals and spawned a new sub-genre of serial killer movies – a trend that exploded in the 90s and kickstarted many a great director’s career. With Demme’s sudden passing it’s only right to honor his monumental talent by screening his most celebrated masterpiece, and to hear the screaming of the lambs once again.

Dir. Jonathan Demme, 1991, DCP, 118 min.

Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (w/ writer David Schow and cast members Ken Foree and William Butler in person!)

5/12/2017 - MIDNITE

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.

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

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4/28/2017 - MIDNITE

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.

King Kong

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4/14/2017 - MIDNITE

Unfairly maligned as a lesser Kong, the Dino De Laurentiis-produced, John Guillermin-directed 1976 King Kong is actually a ton of fun. Starring a smoking hot Jessica Lange, a pre-Lebowski, long-haired and bearded Jeff Bridges, and a great love-to-hate Charles Grodin performance, this Kong doesn’t try to remake the ‘33 classic note for note, but rather updates it for the “Me Generation” of the 70s. Cinema’s most beloved giant gorilla – brought to life by some incredible Rick Baker suits and massive to-scale animatronics – is captured as a by-product of an oil company’s greed, and meets his fate on top of the World Trade Center. Add to that a stirring score by John Barry and you have a Kong that stands tall in the pantheon of giant monster cinema, and is deserving of a big screen re-evaluation!

Dir. John Guillermin, 1976, digital presentation, 134 min.

April Fool's Day (w/ director Fred Walton, cast & crew in person!)

3/31/2017 - MIDNITE

With Fred Walton, Clayton Rohner, Ken Olandt & Deborah Goodrich in person!

Before Scream knocked the genre into the realm of post modernism, Fred Walton’s April Fool’s Day was the definitive deconstruction of the slasher film. Riding high on a cresting wave of holiday-themed killers, Walton’s film is a deft comedy with enough scares and kills to satisfy horror fans while also boasting production values that far exceed most low budget fare of the era. Also surprising is the cast of notables; Deborah “Valley Girl” Foreman, Amy “Friday the 13th Part 2″ Steele, Thomas “Back to the Future” Wilson and Ryan O’Neal’s son Griffin who was later convicted for manslaughter in the death of Francis Ford Coppola’s son! A rollicking genre-bender with a killer twist, this 80s classic demands to be celebrated every April 1st, so don’t be a fool – join us!

Dir. Fred Walton, 1986, 35mm, 89 min.

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666athon: An all night horror marathon!

3/24/2017 - 7:30PM

It only seems fitting for Friday Night Frights to celebrate its 6th anniversary with another high-concept all-nighter – the 666athon, a celebration of Part 6′s! Only the most determined horror franchises reach a 6th installment, so the choices are sure to be off-the-wall and gore-iffically insane. We’re keeping our programming a secret, but you can count on seeing some of your franchise faves as well as unexpected entries and strange cobwebbed corners of the horror landscape. The world has gone to hell, so why not lean into 2017 with a Part 6 all-night marathon! Get caffeinated and lose your minds with us!

Bill Paxton, We Love You (Off-site at the Regent)

3/19/2017 - 8PM

Co-presented by Spaceland and Alamo Drafthouse

Off-site at the Regent! Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm.

Bill Paxton remains one of our favorite movie actors of all-time. It is impossible to see him onscreen and not smile. Join us in celebrating his enduring legacy with a screening of Frailty (his directorial debut from 2001), preceded by a very special video tribute.

“Bill leaves such a void… It was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect….He was a good man, a great actor, and a creative dynamo. I hope that…people will take a moment to remember this wonderful man, not just for all the hours of joy he brought to us with his vivid screen presence, but for the great human that he was. The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him.” — James Cameron

They Live

They Live
3/10/2017 - MIDNITE

With a pre-screening set by DJ Nadie

Presented in conjunction with Fight the Power!

Upon its original 1988 release, John Carpenter’s Reagan era screed They Live went largely unsung; sure, smallish audiences thrilled to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Keith David’s endless knock-down, drag-out alley fight, and the general message of non-conformity was well received among the Carpenter-converted. But no one anticipated the film’s ever-building cult status, or how prescient it would be thirty years later. Chilling images of Carpenter’s skull-faced aliens and the film’s ominous slogans have inspired numerous artists (not the least of which is street artist/activist Shepard Fairey); to say that They Live has had a cultural impact beyond its initial release is something of an understatement. There is no horror movie more appropriate for our current political times, so it only seems fitting to revisit this masterful cinematic metaphor, and once again OBEY!

Dir. John Carpenter, 1988, 35mm, 93 min.

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The Devil's Candy (FREE sneak peek w/ Ethan Embry in person!)

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3/6/2017 - 10:30PM

Director Sean Byrne put Tasmania on the horror map with his lauded debut The Loved Ones, and his long awaited follow-up The Devil’s Candy does not disappoint. Moving from straight suspense to the realm of the supernatural, The Devil’s Candy focuses on a family that has moved into their Texas dream house only to find it inhabited by a Satanic force – but don’t be fooled, that broadest of strokes description is as rote as this movie gets. Anchoring the film is an almost unrecognizable Ethan Embry as the longhaired and bearded dad who is teaching his punked out daughter (Kiara Glasco) to love thrash/death metal and pine for a Flying V guitar. When the always unsettling Pruitt Taylor Vince – playing a former occupant who is still in the grips of the house’s demonic influence – shows up offering such a guitar, things get scary and weird right quick. Performances are stellar across the board (including mom Shiri Appleby) and Byrne once again proves himself a master of ratcheting tension, unexpected twists, and unusual but recognizable family dynamics. This is a must see for horror fans, especially those who love a good Satanic heavy metal tale.

Dir Sean Byrne, 2015, DCP, 90 min.

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Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural

2/24/2017 - MIDNITE

It’s the rare horror film that can stand-toe-to-toe with dream logic classics like Suspiria and Phantasm, but Richard Blackburn’s 1973 film Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural is one of them. Part Alice in Wonderland, part Night of the Living Dead and part something else entirely, the film chronicles Lila Lee, a virginal young girl (played by Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith, who would later become a tragic figure in the LA drug scene) and her sexually charged encounter with a vampire queen who seeks to corrupt her very soul. Blackburn’s direction (he also cameos as a fire and brimstone preacher) is surprisingly assured for a first-timer, gradually evolving Lila’s journey into a Freudian nightmare of zombie-like ghouls, creepy sing-songy crones and most unsettling of all, her father. The very definition of an unsung gem, this is a film that begs to be discovered by fans of the freaky, horrifying and surreal.

Dir. Richard Blackburn, 1973, 16mm, 80 min.

The Dead Zone

2/10/2017 - MIDNITE

King and Cronenberg collide! The Dead Zone came out in 1983 during the height of the Stephen King craze (same year as Cujo and Christine), and remains one of the very best King film adaptations – thanks to the deft work of David Cronenberg, in one of his few big budget Hollywood forays. It was also a career defining showcase for Christopher Walken, then still a rising star. Walken brings his ghoulish stare and signature staccato to the role of schoolteacher Johnny Smith, who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers – and is then driven to try to assassinate a corrosive Presidential candidate (played with oily glee by Martin Sheen) after having a vision that he’ll bring about a nuclear holocaust. You’ll never look at a pair of scissors the same way again!

Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983, DCP, 103 min.

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The Hitcher (w/ director Robert Harmon in person!)

1/27/2017 - MIDNITE

The Hitcher is a picture-perfect nightmare played out on celluloid, praying upon our TV-fed paranoia and the strange familiarity of the open road — that last no man’s land. Pursued by an inescapable, mythic-yet-mundane villain played by method-acting madman Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell is plunged into an Americana-infused anxiety dream from which there is no respite – if only he’d heeded his mother’s advice: “never pick up hitch-hikers.” With a starkly compelling script by mastermind Eric Red (Body Parts) and beautiful sequences of sun-drenched, desert driving insanity from director Robert Harmon, this masterpiece of ’80s horror is an existential thrill ride, highlighting the terror and vulnerability of being in transit, of being between two points, and of being nowhere at all. The only barrier between you and the savage world is the weak, metal frame of your car — which ain’t enough to stop a shotgun wielding fiend from taking you on one explosive journey right into the grinning mouth of madness. Buckle up!

Dir. Robert Harmon, 1986, 35mm, 97 min.

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Friday the 13th Part III (w/ Larry Zerner, Dan Farrands & Peter Bracke in person!)

1/13/2017 - MIDNITE

With actor Larry Zerner in person! Plus, Dan Farrands & Peter Bracke (of Crystal Lake Memories)!

While the first two entries of the Friday the 13th film series solidified the slasher sub genre as a horror staple, it wasn’t until Friday the 13th Part III that the iconic element of the franchise itself was cemented. It is here that iconic slasher Jason Voorhees acquires his trademark hockey mask, an image that ranks among horror’s most memorable, and an unmatched staple of Halloween costumes from 1982 to the end of time. Directed by part II’s Steve Miner, this installment was originally presented in 3D – the first for a slasher movie – and as a result the film is a hoot to watch (even in 2D) as every scene is staged for maximum eye-popping effect. The story itself is more teens being menaced by Jason, this time at a lake house adjacent to the mutated killer’s stomping camp grounds, with the standouts being the 3D, gore effects and memorable characters, like Shelly, the group’s pudgy, Jew-fro’d prankster. Most fans rank this among the series’ best, and it would be a crime to let a Friday the 13th go by without reveling in its standard-setting glory.

Dir. Steve Miner, 1982, digital presentation, 95 min.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Free sneak peek w/ Emile Hirsch in person!)

12/16/2016 - MIDNITE

Autopsies are well-charted territory in the horror genre, but the genius of The Autopsy of Jane Doe is that Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal manages to expand the autopsy scene itself into a feature-length exercise in terror and suspense. Anchored by top-tier thespians Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as a father/son mortician team, Øvredal gets a lot of creepy mileage from the beautifully realized funeral home setting — a rich, shadowy atmosphere awash in dread — as well as the gruesome procedure of the autopsy itself. Øvredal also has a strong script to work from (by Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Niang), which deftly leads to a climax that is both surprising and horrifyingly inevitable. Come see what will surely rank as one of this year’s strongest horror efforts. In theaters December 21st.

Dir. André Øvredal, 2015, DCP, 99 min.

NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

Cinefamily is a non-profit. All of our donating 1-year “Black Card” members get priority entry to our free shows. A Cinefamily membership is the perfect way to both support the theater, and to gain access to the early-entry line.

God Told Me To + The Stuff (w/ Larry Cohen in person!)

11/25/2016 - 10:30PM

Double feature with director Larry Cohen in person!

Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!

GOD TOLD ME TO (“whisper cut”)

In a lot of ways 1976′s God Told Me To remains the quintessential Larry Cohen film. A “genre film” in a truest sense, it blurs the lines between other kinds of exploitation fare as only Cohen can do. What starts as a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about a rooftop sniper quickly turns into a horror movie, then sci-fi, and then incorporates a corrupt cop subplot—all before crescendoing in a trippy super-powered freakout, all in the guerilla-shot vérité New York City that he became famous for. The film, originally titled Whisper, was set to be scored by Bernard Herrmann, but in order to get a special tax credit, Cohen needed to do an advanced screening. So, he produced a 35mm print (sans score) and screened it for one week in one theater in Oregon. Bernard Herrmann died tragically, less than 24 hours after the screening and Frank Cordell was hired to score the film, it was recut, and eventually titled God Told Me To—leaving this original 35mm print a strange anomaly for a movie that never was. Never released on any format or screened again, Cohen has dug up this mystery print (“The Whisper Cut”) for a very special show.

Dir. Larry Cohen, 1976, 35mm, Approx. 90 min.


It’s sub-Gaian goo so good it’ll tingle your taste buds and enthrall your mortal husk to serve its greater purposes! It’s pink and pint-sized, deadly and delectable, and you won’t mind gobbling it up, because it’s The Stuff, and enough… is never enough. Larry Cohen serves up another scoop of social commentary-laden comedic horror so ambitious and so delicious that your critique-o-meter will be teetering between “genius” and “madness,” as the world is dominated by an evil dessert product bent on controlling the minds of everyone on Earth! With incredible melting marshmallow FX, spot-on parodies of pop culture commercials—and a nutty cast of characters including SNL alum Garrett Morris as the kung fu-wielding “cookie king of New Jersey,” Paul Sorvino as the bonkers extremist militia man, and our eternal fave Michael Moriarty as an industrial saboteur hired by the failing ice cream companies of the world to investigate the evil alternative to America’s favorite confection. So dawn your bib and get ready to dig in to one of the greatest gems of gonzo horror!

Dir. Larry Cohen, 1985, 35mm, 93 min.

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Prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Doomsday (w/ director Neil Marshall in person!)

11/11/2016 - 10:30PM

Director Neil Marshall made his bones in the horror genre, so when he veered off on a different path, genre-wise, with 2008′s Doomsday, he brought his sensibility for violence and gore along for the ride. The resulting film is a thrilling mash-up of The Road Warrior, Escape From New York, with a little bit of 28 Days Later and even Excalibur—so to call it unhinged in the best possible way is something of an understatement. Rhona Mitra is at the center of the proceedings as a badass sent into walled off Scotland—now an apocalyptic war zone—to find the cure for a world-decimating virus. Marshall cranks up the action and never lets up, pitting Mitra’s Eden Sinclair against cannibalistic punks, medieval knights, and even a crazy Malcolm McDowell, as the scientist who reportedly holds the key to save humanity. This is a film that failed to find its audience upon release, but deserves a re-evaluation in a post Mad Max: Fury Road world—and there’s no better way to do that then with a theater full of rabid, flesh-hungry punks. Plus, the man himself, Neil Marshall!

Dir. Neil Marshall, 2008, 35mm, 105 min.

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The Pit

10/14/2016 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles

Lost in the wave of great horror films of the early 80s, Lew Lehman’s The Pit is a title any lover of creepy kid movies should know and cherish. It tells the story of young Jamie and his stuffed bear Teddy, who urges him to perform depraved acts, not the least of which is feeding people to diminutive monsters that live in the titular woods-enshrouded pit. It’s basically the movie Ted–only good. Lehman masterfully captures that wonderful sleazy vibe that had dissipated by the late 80s, and is no slouch when it comes to laying down the scares and suspense. But the film’s real MVP is Sammy Snyder’s appropriately off-putting Jamie, a character that sits comfortably in the pantheon of murderous cinematic children, right alongside Nancy Kelly’s The Bad Seed and Macaulay Culkin’s The Good Son. Do as Teddy demands and join us in The Pit, won’t you?

Dir. Lew Lehman, 1981, DCP restoration, 96 min.

Poltergeist III

9/30/2016 - MIDNITE

CAROL ANNE! In horror franchises, the third entry is typically where things get gloriously crazy, and thankfully Gary Sherman’s Poltergeist III is no exception. Transporting the saga of the ghost-beleaguered Freeling family (minus all but one original Freeling) from the suburbs to a Trump Tower-inspired Chicago high rise, Sherman’s 1988 sequel chronicles Carol Anne’s (Heather O’Rourke in her final role) continuing battle with the specter Reverend Kane and his jolly band of evil spirits. Poor Carol Anne only has her distracted millionaire uncle (Tom Skerritt), his kid-unfriendly wife (Nancy Allen) and their boy-crazy teen daughter (Laura Flynn Boyle) to help her fend off the titular poltergeists, who spend a lot of their time voguing in the reflections of mirrors, windows, puddles…you name it. It’s a beautiful clusterfuck of dizzying nonsense that may not live up to the heights of the Spielberg-shepherded original, but is still a hell of a lot of campy ’80s fun and a great kickoff to the Halloween season. Plus, you get to hear the name CAROL ANNE yelled at least 60 times in one sitting, so it’s a win-win.

Dir. Gary Sherman, 1988, 35mm, 98 min.

A Cat in the Brain (New Restoration!)

8/26/2016 - MIDNITE

A movie so meta that Wes Craven’s New Nightmare barely seems referential in comparison–Lucio Fulci’s (The Beyond, The New York Ripper) Cat in the Brain showcases this prolific filmmaker’s unerring ability to turn the slimmest thread of a story into an insane, cluster-fuck of a film, filled to the brim with enough blood, sex, despair, sly artistry, and hyper-violence to make the most seasoned gorehound squirm. Instead of crafting a new story, Fulci (playing himself) recycles scenes and ideas from his filmography as a killer stalks and tortures him, restaging moments of terror and carnage that he himself created years before. With indulgent descents into sadomasochism, vivisection, cannibalism, and, naturally, a pinch of Nazism, Cat in the Brain marks one of the strangest, most absurd, worthwhile and messy entries in the canon of Italo-horror cinema.

Dir. Lucio Fulci, 1990, DCP Restoration, 87 min.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (w/ Dir. Ernest Dickerson & John Kassir in person!)

7/22/2016 - MIDNITE

Released with little fanfare under the “Tales from the Crypt” banner, Demon Knight has since earned a reputation of being one of the great overlooked horror treasures of the 1990s. Directed by Spike Lee’s cinematographer Ernest Dickerson (who would later go on to direct enjoyable genre fare like Bones and Surviving the Game, as well as crucial episodes of The Wire, Dexter, and The Walking Dead), Demon Knight is the rare horror comedy that perfectly straddles the line between gleeful, bloody carnage and gut-busting laughs. Dickerson’s camerawork is crafty and confident, and his tale–of a church/boarding house besieged by treasure-seeking demons–is aided by a stellar cast featuring William Sadler, CCH Pounder, Thomas Hayden Church, Dick Miller and Jada Pinkett Smith. But the real secret weapon is the film’s central villain: a rootin’ tootin’ demon cowboy played with the trademark, off-kilter weirdness of the one-and-only Billy Zane. Rich in spooky atmosphere and carnival house thrills, this is one crypt tale too big for television… so help us unearth it again on the big screen!

Dir. Ernest Dickerson, 1995, 35mm, 92 min.

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7/15/2016 - MIDNITE

True to its tagline, Pieces is “exactly what you think it is,” and what it is is awesome. Directed by Spanish filmmaker J. Piquer Simón, this 1982 slasher comes to the party offering copious gobs of gore and a healthy serving of leering sleaze. The heartwarming tale of a boy who just wants to make his own jigsaw puzzle out of human body parts, Simón stages the blood-soaked carnage with the same gleeful perversity of the film’s murderous, childlike killer. Bad dubbing, reckless scenes of violence, and a black gloved slasher give the film a bastard Giallo feel, and the synth-heavy music by “Cam” veers amusingly between effective, pulsing suspense and whacked-out goofball cheese. Come join us for a stabbing, hacking, chain-sawing good time with this true exploitation classic!

Dir. Juan Piquer Simón, 1982, 35mm, 85 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - Inferno (w/ Leigh McCloskey & Irene Miracle in person!)

7/1/2016 - 10PM

With an introduction by Leigh McCloskey, actor, author, and expert on the occult!

Foregoing conventional logic for pure nightmare dreamscape, Inferno finds director Dario Argento at the top of his game, and is the second film in his “Three Mothers” trilogy (directly following Suspiria). An American college student in Rome (Leigh McCloskey, frequent soap opera heartthrob and star of the infamous TV movie Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn) is called to New York to help his poet sister investigate the mysterious and supernatural history of her building. The threadbare plot serves as a springboard for some of Argento’s wildest set pieces (the underwater ballroom!), imaginative use of light and color, and continued exploration of visual alchemy propelled by a raging soundtrack (this time by Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson). With optical effects by Argento’s mentor, Italian grandmaster Mario Bava, Inferno is easily one of the most beautiful films in the Video Nasties canon — so don’t miss it loud ‘n large in 35mm!

Dir. Dario Argento, 1980, 35mm, 107 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - Suspiria

6/24/2016 - MIDNITE

Both the pinnacle of his career and of the giallo subgenre, Dario Argento’s Suspiria ranks in the pantheon of the greatest horror movies of all time, and with damn good reason. Masterfully employing dream logic (the script was co-written by then wife Daria Nicolodi) and gloriously garish lighting techniques, the film is a true modern fairy tale that tells the story of a ballet student (Jessica Harper) who transfers to a German dance academy only to find it is run by a coven of murderous witches. Argento’s command of shock and suspense is on full display in every blood-soaked scene, but the true secret weapon of Suspiria is the unbelievably scary and propulsive score by the prog rock band Goblin. It all adds up to that rare witches brew: a perfect horror experience, and one that demands its spell be cast on the big screen.

Dir. Dario Argento, 1977, 35mm, 98 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - The Craft

6/17/2016 - MIDNITE

A spiritual predecessor to Joss Whedon’s TV Buffy-verse—which mined the “high school is hell” theme for several seasons—The Craft tells the tale of a high school witch coven attempting to seduce a new and powerful recruit. With a ‘90s dream team cast of young actresses—including Fairuza Balk (in a scene-stealing performance), Neve “Party of Five” Campbell, and Robin “Empire Records” Tunney—this silly/spooky flick is a deft exploration of the fragile ecosystem of cliques and teenage ties that bind, made all the more tenuous with a blast of cool magick! As an added bonus, look forward to a rockin’ 90s soundtrack…

Dir. Andrew Fleming, 1996, 35mm, 101 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - The Witches

6/10/2016 - MIDNITE

In what may be the strangest family flick collaboration on record, British auteur Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Bad Timing) teamed up with Jim Henson to adapt a book by the bizarre and beloved author of children’s fiction, Roald Dahl (The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach). The result—a darkly comedic and, frankly, kinda disturbing fairy tale that Dahl himself declared “utterly appalling”—is an eccentric masterwork that’s been both delighting and destroying kids of all ages for more than twenty years. It’s pure kindertrauma when a coven of witches try to rid Britain of youngsters by turning them into teeny-tiny, fuzzy four-legged mice. Fiendishly funny and devilishly magical, this fantastical nightmare even supplies a deliriously wicked, over-the-top turn from Angelica Huston and imaginative mouse-a-tronic puppetry from Henson’s creature shop… entertainment perfect for The Witching Hour!

Dir. Nicholas Roeg, 1990, 35mm, 92 min.

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Friday Night Frights - Black Sunday

6/3/2016 - MIDNITE

The first official film by Italian horror maestro Mario Bava, Black Sunday remains one of the cornerstones of both Italian and Gothic horror, more than 50 years after its 1960 release. Considered wildly graphic for its day, the stylish and deeply unsettling film concerns the curse of a centuries old witch (played with voluptuous intensity in an icon-defining performance from Barbara Steele) who returns from the grave to wreak vengeance on the family whose ancestors burnt her at the stake hundreds of years prior. Dripping with atmosphere, Bava imbues every frame with an artistry that set the high standard for Italian horror, the spark fanned into flames by future genre masters like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci. More visually impressive and shocking than many of its classic horror contemporaries, Black Sunday is a vital film that demands to be seen on the big screen

Dir. Mario Bava, 1960, 35mm, 87 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Venom (New Restoration!)

5/20/2016 - MIDNITE

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.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

4/8/2016 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by Scream Factory!

No film can compete with the scuzzy, visceral terror of Tobe Hooper’s original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so when setting out to make the 1986 sequel, Hooper boldly chose to lead with the comedic subtext of the original. The results are the colorful and wildly entertaining Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, a film more akin to funhouse splatter flicks like Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive than its immediate predecessor. Hooper assembles a great cast with genre star-making turns from Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams (as the sexy DJ Heroine Stretch) and original Chainsaw alum Jim Siedow, but the real casting coup is the inclusion of gonzo Dennis Hopper as the chainsaw wielding sheriff gunning for revenge on Leatherface and his kin. Arguably the most fun and re-watchable of the Chainsaw franchise, Texas Chainsaw 2 is a veritable feast of gags and gore. Have a seat at the table, we’ve saved you the choicest cut!

Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1986, 35mm, 101 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Baskin (Free Sneak Peek!)

3/16/2016 - 10:45PM

Opening at Arena Cinema April 1st

In the world of modern horror cinema, Turkey hasn’t been known as a major player, but Can Evrenol and his film Baskin are bound and determined to change that. Baskin (translated as police raid) is a deceptively simple story that follows a grimy, greasy, machismo and psychological trauma fueled crew of Turkish policemen as they break every rule in the horror film canon (splitting up, investigating exactly what that sound was, etc…). A refreshingly original horror film, Baskin repurposes the style and attitude of grindhouse cinema of the late 70s/early 80s, absolutely reveling in the inevitable demise of its protagonists. Visceral and surreal,, Baskin is a joyously sickening descent into hell, and culminates in some of the best use of Satan in cinema in the last decade.

Dir. Can Evrenol, 2015, DCP, 97 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Serpent and the Rainbow

2/26/2016 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by Scream Factory

One of Wes Craven’s more underrated horrors, 1988′s The Serpent and the Rainbow is a classy supernatural thriller, more comfortable in the company of The Exorcist than A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, or Last House On the Left. The story of a doctor (the always dependable Bill Pullman) who travels to Haiti to create an anesthetic from a voodoo drug, The Serpent and the Rainbow favors tension and atmosphere over guts and grue, but that doesn’t make it any less terrifying a ride. Featuring one of the most harrowing live burials ever committed to film, Craven’s assured directing and a tight script make this one of the best movies about voodoo zombies to date. Help us bang the drum and wake the dead in appreciation of this top-shelf chiller from a recently passed master.

Dir. Wes Craven, 1988, 35mm, 98 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: There's Nothing Out There + Copycat (w/ Dir. Rolfe Kanefsky in person!)

2/12/2016 - MIDNITE

If any horror film could said to be ahead of it’s time, it would be Rolfe Kanefsky’s There’s Nothing Out There. The premise itself — teens partying in a forest-bound cabin being menaced by a malevolent and murderous force — is nothing new. But by making the main character a horror fan who’s extensive knowledge of the genre helps him spot the signs of impending doom, the film prefigures the post-modern, post-Scream boom by a good 5 years. But as cool as that is to acknowledge, the fact is that Kanefsky’s film is a fun, gory ride in its on right that delves out laughs and scares in equal measure and worthy of its own place in B movie history. The true definition of an under-appreciated gem, it’s high time this movie gets a little of the recognition it richly deserves.

Also being shown is Copycat, a short documentary that lightheartedly covers the connections and possible influence on Wes Craven’s trailblazing, post-modern Scream franchise.

Dir. Rolfe Kanefsky, 1991, 35mm, 91 min.
Dir. Charlie Lyne, 2015, DCP, 8 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS presents Southbound (Free Sneak Preview with filmmakers!)

2/2/2016 - 7:30PM

Opens at the Laemmle Feb. 5th!

with filmmakers in person!

Along a dusty, bleak, mobius strip-esque highway-going-nowhere we meet two battered and bloodied guys running from something or someone assuredly not of this world, an all-girl band broken down on the highway and the family of weirdos who assist them, a man desperately trying to do the right thing in a wonderful Twilight Zone-ish tale, and a brother trying to “save” his sister from a hellish small town (assisted by Larry Fessenden’s voice on the radio), all housed in Southbound’s sinister universe.

In the world of omnibus horror films, it is markedly rare to find a film with a story so cohesive, intelligent, and stylistically consistent as this refreshing group effort from three directors and one collective (largely the creative crew behind the V/H/S films), delivering some delectable gore and gross out moments, along with a healthy dose of comedy to make it go down smooth.

Dir. Roxanne Benjamin | David Bruckner | Patrick Horvath | Radio Silence, 2015, DCP, 89 min.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Still Alive at 5 All Nighter!

1/15/2016 - 7:30PM

As this is an all night marathon, admission will be rolling. Meaning come on by any time and there might be space!

Save your monstrous appetite for terrifyingly tasty treats out on the patio between films!

Live Set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!

Friday Night Frights was created to fill a void. While the ‘normals’ may satiate their appetite for horror movies on the big screen with annual October visits, once Halloween is over the true horror fans must return home for their freaky fixes. So in January of 2011 Friday Night Frights set out with the simple, ghoulish goal to provide a year-round theatrical home for horror. Since then they’ve showcased movies old and new, introduced virgin eyeballs to genre classics and fringe obscurities, and run the gamut from a classy in-depth evening with Wes Craven, to the cast and crew reunion of Children of the Corn III the world never asked for but secretly needed. “Won’t you run out of horror movies to screen?” some had asked at the beginning. And yet there are still so many cinematic graves to be exhumed. Friday Night Frights is Still Alive at 5. To celebrate FNF’s fifth anniversary, only one thing seemed fitting of the occasion — if you guessed an all night marathon consisting entirely of the fifth installments of various horror franchises, then you’re correct! After all, Part 5 is generally when most horror franchises go completely off the rails. An apt metaphor for the madness we all hope 2016 will hold.


12/4/2015 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SCREAM FACTORY

Before Christine and Maximum Overdrive there was…The Car! One of the wildest and weirdest of the post-Jaws unstoppable killing machine boom of the late 70′s, The Car takes the simple and brilliant premise of a driverless car on a murder rampage to its most awesome and hilarious conclusion. Director Elliot Silverstein (Cat Ballou, A Man Called Horse) brings his flair for Westerns to this modern day tale of vehicular manslaughter, aided by the sturdy, manly presences of James Brolin and Ronny Cox. But what you’ll really appreciate is how gonzo crazy the movie is from bumper to bumper, a literal non-stop thrill ride with a dash of supernatural horror tucked in there under the hood. It’s a rare treat to catch this on the big screen, so pop the top down, rev the engine and take this monster for a ride!

Dir. Elliot Silverstein, 1977, 35mm, 96 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Dog Soldiers (w/ Dir. Neil Marshall in person!)

11/20/2015 - MIDNITE

Before he roared onto American shores with his monster-spelunking classic, The Descent, British action/horror auteur Neil Marshall cut his teeth with Dog Soldiers, a werewolf battle royale that stands toe-to-toe with his later works like Doomsday and Game of Thrones. A tale of what happens when a pack of werewolves takes on a British Army squad out on exercise in the Scottish Highlands, Marshall’s debut feature is like The Howling on steroids, as filtered through James Cameron’s Aliens. Starring Trainspotting‘s Kevin McKidd and the great Sean Pertwee, Dog Soldiers originally debuted stateside on the SyFy channel (!), a crime against cinema we plan to rectify with a full-on theatrical showing. And the best part? Marshall himself will be attendance for this once-in-a-lifetime, howl at the moon event!

Dir. Neil Marshall, 2002, 35mm, 105 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Blue Sunshine (4K Restoration w/ Dir. Jeff Lieberman in person!)

11/6/2015 - 10:45PM

Jeff Lieberman, while not a household name, has nevertheless crafted some memorable horror films in his decades-spanning career, the most memorable of which is arguably Blue Sunshine. One of the wildest in the hippie horror subgenre, it concerns the fallout from an Electric Kool Aid acid test that resurfaces years later in the form of balding, murderous maniacs. Slathered in that awesome 70′s grime, the film is equal parts horrifying and humorous, anchored by the central performance from sleaze-peddling auteur and future 9 1/2 Weeks director Zalman King. Only in recent years has the masterpiece that is Blue Sunshine begun to be appreciated, so you don’t want to miss your chance to dose up and take this rare and freaky trip, with Lieberman in person! Get in the spirit of the film and shave your head (COMPLETELY) for free admission!

Dir. Jeff Lieberman, 1978, 4K DCP Restoration, 94 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Tales of Halloween (Q&A w/ Mike Mendez, Axelle Carolyn, Andrew Kasch, Dave Parker, John Skipp & Kristina Klebe in person!)

10/16/2015 - MIDNITE

Nothing beats a good horror anthology, except maybe a good Halloween horror anthology! With that in mind, we’ve got a real treat (no trick) for you — Tales of Halloween, a brand new anthology films from 10 of horror’s greatest living directors! Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, the Devil — all manner of things that go bump in the night are featured in 10 different tales focus on the terrorizing of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. Sure to become a perennial of the season, the film is delicious candy bowl of genre stalwarts and rising stars, with contributing directors including Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera; Saw II, II, IV), Neil Marshall (The Descent: TV’s Game of Thrones), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider) Paul Solet (Grace) and Lucky McKee (May; The Woman). A cast including Adrienne Barbeau, Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Barbara Crampton, and Caroline Williams, not to mention acting turns from Joe Dante and John Landis, a drinking-game-worthy slew of cameos, and music from Lalo Schifrin (creator of the Mission Impossible theme!).

Dir. Darren Lynn Bousman, Axelle Carolyn, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Neil Marshall, Lucky McKee, Mike Mendez, Dave Parker, Ryan Schifrin, John Skipp & Paul Solet, 2015, DCP, 92 min.

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FNF: The Last Friday on the Left: A Tribute to Wes Craven feat. The Hills Have Eyes, Stranger in our House & The Last House on the Left (w/ Michael Berryman in person!)

9/25/2015 - 7:30PM

Wes Craven left the world of horror with so many indelible, iconic images—most notably as the father of both the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises—but he also was an indie maverick of B-movie cinema, as evidenced by his early work: scrappy, 70′s drive-in staples that comfortably shared screen space with the likes of Tobe Hooper and George Romero. Namely, The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and Last House on the Left (1972)—depraved, socially-minded, starkly funny nightmares where normal American families are tormented by desert mutants (Hills) or raping, murdering hippies (House). But it wouldn’t be enough just to show those two classics to honor the passing of a giant, so we are throwing in an ultra-rare 16mm screening of Craven’s 1978 TV movie Stranger in Our House, aka Summer of Fear, starring Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and Fran Drescher (The Nanny)! It’s a triple-feature tribute to one of the true masters of horror, so come get Craven with us!

The Hills Have Eyes
Dir. Wes Craven, 1977, 16mm, 86 min. (TV Version)

Stranger in our House
Dir. Wes Craven, 1978, 16mm, 100 min.

The Last House on the Left
Dir. Wes Craven, 1972, 35mm, 84 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Roddy Piper Tribute Feat. They Live & Hell Comes to Frogtown (w/ Sandy King & Randall Frakes in person!)

9/18/2015 - 10PM

Live Set from DJ Mean Mr. Mustard!

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper was the first wrestling superstar to become a legitimate actor, paving the way for many others, including the now A-list Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His most famous big-screen role, in John Carpenter’s seminal masterpiece of Reagan-era paranoia, They Live, is Nada, a homeless everyman trying to navigate a Los Angeles that has been secretly taken over by skull-faced aliens. With an unforgettable Piper/Keith David smackdown at its center, the film went on to become a cult classic and its “OBEY” message was adopted (ironically) by famous street artists like Shepard Fairey.

Lesser known but no less noteworthy is Hell Comes to Frogtown, a post-apocalyptic tale in which Piper plays Sam Hell, the last man on earth with viable sperm, who for some reason is sent into a forbidden zone run by mutant frogmen. Best high concept pitch ever? Come help us honor the passing of this legend of both screen and wrestling arena with a once-in-a-lifetime double feature!

Dir. John Carpenter, 1988, DCP, 93 min.

Dir. Donald G. Jackson & R.J. Kizer, 1988, Digital Presentation, 86 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Sentinel (w/ the author of The Sentinel novel Jeffrey Konvitz in person!)

9/11/2015 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by Scream Factory.

For a glorious period of the 70′s, following the success of The Exorcist, the supernatural thriller was king in horror cinema, many of them featuring beautiful women tormented by malevolent entities. Of this crop, one of the most unsettling and wonderful is Michael (Death Wish) Winner’s 1977 brain-melter The Sentinel. Starring Christina Raines as the harried beauty, an absurdly star-studded supporting cast (Chris Sarandon, Beverly D’Angelo, Jeff Goldblum, Eli Wallach, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith, Jerry Orbach, Ava Gardner, Jose Ferrer and Christopher Walken!) and real, honest-to-goodness sideshow freaks, the sheer “wow” factor boasted by the film is frankly second to none. The story centers around a New York City brownstone that is also a portal to hell (but hey, the rent is reasonable!), and by the film’s dizzying climax you too will feel as though you have been delivered into this freakish and terrifying dimension — of total awesomeness! This is one of those 70′s horror gems that gets unfairly overlooked time and time again, so don’t make that mistake and join us for a rare, 35mm screening!

Dir. Michael Winner, 1977, 35mm, 92 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: God Told Me To - The Whisper Cut

8/21/2015 - MIDNITE

In a lot of ways 1976′s God Told Me To remains the quintessential Larry Cohen film. A “genre film” in a truest sense, it blurs the lines between other kinds of exploitation films as only Cohen seemed to do. What starts as a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller about a roof-top sniper, quickly turns into a horror movie, then sci-fi, incorporates a corrupt cop subplot, all before crescendoing in a trippy super-powered freakout. Yet Cohen guides it along a simple organic narrative evolution — all set in the guerilla-shot vérité New York City that he became famous for. When Cohen was putting the film together, it was originally to be titled Whisper, and was to be scored by Bernard Hermann. In order to get a special tax credit, Cohen needed to do an advanced screening. So he produced a 35mm print and screened it for one week in one theater in Oregon. Then, as the story goes, Bernard Hermann died tragically less than 24 hours after the screening, unable to score the film. Frank Cordell was hired to score the film, it was recut, and eventually titled God Told Me To — leaving this original 35mm print a strange anomaly for a movie that never was. Never released on any format or screened again, Cohen has dug up this mystery print (“The Whisper Cut”) for a very special show.

Dir. Larry Cohen, 1976, 35mm, Approx. 90 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: It Follows + Disasterpeace (Dir. David Robert Mitchell in person!)

8/7/2015 - 10PM

co-presented by Berserktown

Live performance by Disasterpeace!

After a highly successful jaunt on the festival circuit (including Toronto, Sundance and AFI Fest), the indie horror smash It Follows is a breath of fresh, tense air, with a constantly-turning Rubik’s Cube conceit that we couldn’t get enough of. “Stuck with a sexually transmitted serial haunting after a romantic night out, a beautiful nineteen year-old finds herself pursued by a legion of malevolent, lumbering phantoms that will pursue her forever — unless she passes the curse onto someone else. In the light of day she is stalked, attacked by half-naked figures that none of her friends can see. These apparitions are driven by a single desire: to see her dead. Director Mitchell handles teenage sexuality in a non-exploitative and sensitive manner, allowing his characters to make sympathetic choices, yet maintains a chilling atmosphere of dread and suspense amidst the decaying suburbs of Detroit, creating a relentless and deeply creepy monster chase that culminates in a fresh and freaky final showdown.” — Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Dir. David Robert Mitchell, 2014, DCP, 100 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Christopher Lee Tribute Feat. Horror of Dracula & Dracula A.D. 1972

7/24/2015 - 10:30PM

Of all the great performances Sir Christopher Lee gave over his eight-decade career, none was more memorable and iconic than that of Count Dracula.Though dismissive of the role in later years, Lee imbued his take with a fearsome sexuality that the Universal Studios Draculas could only dream of, cementing him as the standard-bearer for the character from the 1950′s onward. Though he did branch out on one occasion to play a true-to-the-novel version for Jess Franco, the rest of Lee’s Dracula performances fell under the proud Hammer banner, so it is there that we turn to honor the life and passing of one of horror’s all-time greats. Horror of Dracula is Lee’s first time in the cape and was the closest to a “classic” Dracula tale that Hammer attempted. The film, directed by Hammer auteur Terence Fisher, is lush and frightening and features supporting turns from Michael Gough (Batman 89′s Alfred) and Lee’s perennial on-screen nemesis, the equally iconic Peter Cushing. Then, we flash-forward to the swinging 70′s to join young hippies looking for Drac-infused kicks with Dracula AD 1972, a less classic but equally enjoyable fright-fest/freakout, also co-starring Cushing. It’s a double-dose of classic Christopher Lee Dracula so pop in your fangs and come pay tribute to the man!

Dir. Terence Fisher, 1958, 35mm, 82 min.

Dir. Alan Gibson, 1972, 35mm, 96 min.

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7/10/2015 - MIDNITE

Jack Sholder’s The Hidden is that rare treat for horror fans; a late 80′s genre film with a great cast, great premise and gonzo attitude that is largely overlooked, even by those who seek out this sort of fare. Starring a pre-Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri as LA cops on the trail of a body-hopping killer, the movie innovates story elements that would be pillaged by studios later to lesser effect (Jason Goes to Hell, Fallen) doing so with the run-and gun recklessness of 80′s era exploitation. The cast, rounded out by Clu Gulager, Richard Brooks and Lin Shaye, commit to their roles as if it’s Shakespeare, and the awesomely silly plot reveals push the movie straight into the sublime. This glorious gem rarely, if ever, screens, so you really, really don’t wanna miss it.

Dir Jack Sholder, 1987. 35mm, 96 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Brain Dead (1990, director Adam Simon in person!)

6/26/2015 - MIDNITE

Long before the Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney paradox, many casual filmgoers had trouble keeping the careers of Bill Paxton and Bill Pullman straight. It was a simpler time. And the two Bills seemed spiritually connected by this confused association. Yet, shockingly, in their long and storied careers as characters actors and leading men, Paxton and Pullman have only appeared in one film together — not unlike the lone white whale film that Gene Hackman and Michael Caine appeared in together. Fittingly, the Paxton-Pullman Link is 1990′s twisty-turning, mind-bending, dark puzzle Brain Dead. Written and directed by Adam Simon (creator of TV’s Salem), the film stars Pullman as Dr. Rex Martin, a gifted neurosurgeon who is approached by his old high school friend Jim Reston (Paxton) to operate on a schizophrenic mathematician named Halsey (Harold and Maude’s Bud Cort), who has information lost in his brain that Reston’s company needs. Soon after the surgery, Martin’s life and mind start to unravel. Is he becoming Halsey? Was he always Halsey? Funny, head-scratching and unpredictable, Brain Dead is an ambitious small independent horror film and a lost gem begging to be rediscovered.

Dir. Adam Simon, 1990, 35mm, 85 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Q the Winged Serpent

6/12/2015 - MIDNITE

Q, or Q the Winged Serpent, sees shlockmaster Larry Cohen at the height of his high-concept powers. The 1982 film concerns the exploits of a giant flying lizard (the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, naturally) that nests in the famed Chrysler building for an extended vacation of killing native New Yorkers. A pair of cops (played by genre favorites David Carradine and Richard Roundtree) investigating an Aztec murder cult are drawn into the winged serpent’s path, and from there things get appropriately nutty.But the true highlight of the film is a whacked-out performance by Cohen’s main man Michael Moriarty as a diamond thief who longs for a career as a jazz pianist. Like all giant monster flicks this demands to be seen on the big screen, so come celebrate with us for a rare theatrical showing.

Dir. Larry Cohen, 1982, 35mm, 93 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Madman (brand-new restoration, producer Gary Sales and star Paul Ehlers in person!)

5/29/2015 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by VINEGAR SYNDROME

Producer Gary Sales and star Paul Ehlers in person! “Hangs you up, breaks your neck / Swings the axe, chops your head / Bloody stump, gushing red / Body jerks, till your dead.” So waxes the theme song of Madman Marz, the titular creeper of Joe Giannone’s 1982 deep-cut slasher flick Madman. Originally designed as a film about the East Coast urban legend Cropsey, Giannone was forced to change his script after The Burning (also about the bloody carnage of Cropsey) was released. But the world was better for it, since we now have the legend of Madman Marz — now a total maniac who murdered his family and who will supposedly appear if you call out his name near his old cabin. Of course, a foolish and curious camp counselor does just that, unleashing a gory massacre. Wonky and oddly wonderful, Madman is a must-see to round out your slasher subgenre education. Front-and-center in this film is actress Gaylen Ross, whose only three onscreen roles happened to be in this, Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow.
Dir. Joe Giannone, 1981, DCP, 88 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Piranha - The Ultimate Edition

5/8/2015 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SECRET SIXTEEN.

Our screening comes from the lone 16mm print of Piranha: The Ultimate Edition, a new fan edit which includes scenes only found in the TV broadcast version! In the bloody, movie biz-altering, blockbuster wake of Jaws, an ocean of cheapo sea-creature features rushed in to chomp out their share of the ferocious fishploitation market. The very best of these was Corman’s 1978 jam Piranha, directed by up-and-comer Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs), and written by master scribe John Sayles, who balanced an “indie darling” filmmaking career with Corman flicks like Alligator and Battle Beyond the Stars. Starring Keenan Wynn, Kevin McCarthy, Barbara Steele and Dante stalwart Dick Miller, the plot finds weaponized piranha bred by the military set loose on a resort water park, resulting in some major teeth-chomping bloodshed. Dante’s love of 50′s sci-fi/horror and playful sense of mayhem make the film a rare delight — a knockoff that’s just as fun as the original, with fledgling SFX guru Rob Bottin’s puppet fish as a wonder to behold.
Dir. Joe Dante, 1978, 16mm, approx. 104 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Piranha”!

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

4/24/2015 - MIDNITE

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”!

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

4/10/2015 - 11:59PM

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: Spider Baby (archival 35mm print!)

3/27/2015 - MIDNITE

Our screening comes from a beautifully restored 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive! Somewhere between the Addams Family and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre sits Spider Baby, Jack Hill’s 1967 cult masterpiece. Starring a flop-sweated Lon Chaney Jr., and a shockingly fresh-faced Sid Haig (Rob Zombie’s lead freak of choice for House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects), this drive-in era brainbomb concerns an inbred family of adults who have a disease that causes them to mentally regress into murderous, cannibalistic children. When greedy relatives arrive to dispossess them of their home — well, let’s just say things do not go well for the greedy relatives. Powerfully grisly for the time, Spider Baby (aka The Maddest Story Ever Told) is that rare gem that remains largely undiscovered while still having a huge influence on the horror genre going forward, over everything from the aforementioned Chainsaw and The Hills Have Eyes to more recent favorites like Martyrs and We Are What We Are. But most of all, it’s just a crazy good time.
Dir. Jack Hill, 1967, 35mm, 81 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Spider Baby”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Dust Devil & Hardware (filmmaker Richard Stanley in person!)

3/13/2015 - 10:30PM

Richard Stanley & more in person. The evening’s double bill features the “Final Cut” version of Dust Devil, and the world’s only UNCUT 35mm print of Hardware! Having only directed (in full) two narrative feature films, Richard Stanley is nonetheless regarded as a true auteur based on the merits of Hardware (1990) and Dust Devil (1992). Never satisfied to coast on genre expectations, Stanley’s films are apocalyptic head-trips that deliver on violence and thrills while remaining uniquely cerebral and even philosophical; there is literally nowhere this filmmaker is afraid to take his stories or his audience. After the disastrous events that led to the dissolution of his version of The Island of Dr. Moreau (a tale incredibly documented in the doc Lost Soul, also playing at Cinefamily this month), Stanley largely went into seclusion, surfacing only to direct documentaries, shorts and segments of anthology films. But with the release of the documentary shining a new light on this visionary filmmaker, there’s no better time than the present to go back and experience his earlier, un-compromised (as presented by us, anyway) masterpieces.
Dust Devil Dir. Richard Stanley, 1992, HD presentation, 108 min.
Hardware Dir. Richard Stanley, 1990, 35mm, 94 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Dust Devil” & “Hardware”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Tales From The Darkside - The Movie (director in person!)

2/20/2015 - MIDNITE

Director John Harrison in person! Though it takes its name from the Eighties T.V. horror anthology show, Tales From the Darkside: The Movie is semi-officially known among fans as the true second sequel to George Romero’s Creepshow. Featuring segments penned by Romero and his Creepshow cohort Stephen King, the 1990 film — directed by regular Romero collaborator John Harrison — is a more-than-worthy successor to the zombie maestro’s previous anthology effort, and boasts a stellar cast featuring Christian Slater, Julianne Moore, Debbie Harry(!) and an unweathered, pre-Reservoir Dogs Steve Buscemi. The stories run the gamut from classy horror to freaky monster and goofy gore, but all are handled with the same lightness of tone that made both Eighties horror so great and anthology films so much fun. This one didn’t get a lot of love upon its original release, so help us make up for that by spending a little time on the darkside!
Dir. John Harrison, 1990, 35mm, 93 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Tales From The Darkside: The Movie”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Wyrmwood - Road of the Dead (co-star Luke McKenzie in person!)

2/13/2015 - MIDNITE

Co-star Luke McKenzie in person! Zombies invade the Australian Outback in this brain-splattered, Mad Max-meets-the-undead thrill ride. When an apocalyptic event turns everyone around him—including his wife and daughter—into marauding zombies, everyman mechanic Barry arms himself to the teeth, soups up his car, and hits the road in order to rescue his sister from a deranged, disco-dancing mad doctor. Bursting with high-octane car chases, crazy-cool homemade weaponry, and enough blood-and-guts gore to satisfy hardcore horror fans, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead takes the zombie flick to bone-crunchingly berserk new heights.
Dir. Kiah Roache-Turner, 2014, DCP, 92 min.

Watch the trailer for “Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Cemetery Man (archival 35mm print!)

2/6/2015 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

Even in the weird and colorful landscape of Italian horror, Michele Soavi’s Dellamorte Dellamore — or, Cemetery Man, as it was known upon its stateside release in ‘94 — stands on a weird little island all its own. Following the day-to-day routine of Rupert Everett (The Importance of Being Earnest, My Best Friend’s Wedding) as a cemetery groundskeeper whose job entails re-killing the dead that rise nightly from their graves, this shockingly gory film also veers into both surreal romanticism and screwball comedy, while never being jarring or tone-deaf. Soavi, a protégé of Argento, really knows how to fill these frames with atmosphere, while Everett’s performance invokes a more wistful and lovelorn version of Ash from the Evil Dead films. A must-see on the big screen for horror fans, zombie fans, and those into the strange and wonderful.
Dir. Michele Soavi, 1994, 35mm, 105 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Cemetery Man”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Vampire's Kiss (Blu-Ray release party!)

1/30/2015 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SCREAM FACTORY.

Producer Barry Shils in person! Join us for a special 35mm screening of one of our fave horror comedies — and don’t forget to pick up the new Scream Factory Blu-Ray release of Vampire’s Kiss, coming out February 10th.

Before American Psycho took on the Eighties yuppie mantle as a horror metaphor, the vastly underseen and fantastically funny Vampire’s Kiss covered nearly identical territory with equally “biting” results. Coming from an era already ripe with cult classics, this unpredictable ride — from an eminently quotable and laugh-out-loud hilarious script by After Hours scribe Joseph Minion — deftly skewers upwardly-mobile NYC culture like no other, and was one of the first (and very best) films to utilize Nicolas Cage going full-tilt gonzo. The results, including Cage bravely demonstrating a bit of real-life cockroach eating, are unforgettable — but Vampire’s Kiss is more than just an exercise in gleeful insanity, as there are true moments of shock horror, a nerve-wracked performance by an endlessly tormented Maria Conchita Alonso, and a turn from Jennifer Beals at her vamped-out sexiest.
Dir. Robert Bierman, 1988, 35mm, 103 min..

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Vampire’s Kiss”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Waxwork (director Anthony Hickox & star Deborah Foreman in person!)

1/16/2015 - MIDNITE

“[Displays] a sincere love for the horror classics to which it pays tribute, even going so far as to shoot a Night of the Living Dead-inspired sequence in black and white to match its source material.” — Slant Magazine

Director Anthony Hickox & star Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl in person! The wax museum has always been a fertile playground for horror, and the most fevered entry in this wicked little subgenre has to be Anthony Hickox’s Waxwork, a low-budget shocker that takes the core “trapped in a wax museum” concept and breathes new life into it, pun intended. Starring Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and Deborah Foreman (Valley Girl), the film — a glorious pastiche of comedy, classic monsters and splatter — was successful enough on home video to spawn a zany, time-hopping sequel. But you aren’t stuck watching this finely crafted simulacrum at home — dust off your favorite replica and join us for a real live 35mm screening.
Dir. Anthony Hickox, 1988, 35mm, 95 min.

Watch the trailer for “Waxwork”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Late Phases (co-star Lance Guest & filmmakers in person!)

12/12/2014 - MIDNITE

Co-star Lance Guest (The Last Starfighter), plus writer Eric Stolze & producer Zak Zeman in person! Is there a popular monster archetype as under-served than the werewolf? Unless you lived through 1981 for both An American Werewolf in in London and The Howling, quality lycanthrope films have been few and far between. Joining the ranks of plucky independents looking to save the subgenre like Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps, Late Phases marks the English-language debut of up-and-coming director Adrián García Bogliano (Penumbra, Here Comes the Devil). Actor/writer Nick Damici (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) stars as a blind Vietnam vet placed into a retirement community by his son (Ethan Embry.) When one of his neighbors is killed by a wild animal, the vet suspects something far more sinister lurking about than just his fellow retirees. The film also boasts a strong, varied cast of Tom Noonan, The Last Starfighter‘s Lance Guest, Gilligan’s Island‘s Tina Louise — and best of all, you won’t find any Twilight-style, four-legged “were”wolves here, for these critters are the full-on bipedal variety. Come get your howl on!
Dir. Adrián García Bogliano, 2014, DCP, 95 min.

Watch the trailer for “Late Phases”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Shock Waves (brand-new restoration, plus director Q&A!)

11/28/2014 - MIDNITE

Director Ken Wiederhorn joins us for a Q&A via Skype after the film! It’s the underwater Nazi zombie flick that cares: Shock Waves, presented in a brand-new restoration courtesy of the very hard-working folks at Blue Underground. Brooke Adams is the survivor of an ill-fated vacation cruise, during which her ship runs aground on Peter Cushing’s tropical SS hideaway — a Floridian isle on which he breeds zombies from the bodies of his deceased Aryan soldiers. Lurking beneath the water, this self-appointed Death Corps is ready to drag new visitors to a very soggy death! Shock Waves is one of those buried treasures horror fans love to discover and recommend to their friends; the surreal, dreamlike setting plays like a cross between Lucio Fulci’s Zombie and the haunted wastelands of Val Lewton, while the detached, somnambulist performances — coupled with a skin-crawling electronic score — make for a unique and unsettling experience.
Dir. Ken Wiederhorn, 1977, DCP, 90 min.

Watch the trailer for “Shock Waves”!
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SPECTREFEST / FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Starry Eyes (filmmakers & cast in person!)

11/14/2014 - 10:30PM

Schedules permitting, directors Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch, producer Travis Stevens and stars Alexandra Essoe & Pat Healy in person. Plus, DJ Jenn Kirk (KXLU 88.9fm) will spin tunes before the show! Imagine if you put Zulawski’s Possession in a blender with Altman’s The Player(!), added a dash of Suspiria and a just a touch of Rosemary’s Baby…the awesome resulting concoction would be Starry Eyes, the feature debut of screenwriting/directing team Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmeyer. It concerns the the big-screen dreams of a young acting hopeful, as she tries to navigate the shark- (and as it turns out, demon-) infested waters of Hollywood while also contending with her Silverlake slacker friends. Anchoring this descent into madness is a mesmerizing performance by relative newcomer Alex Essoe, who’s game for all the body horror, violence and gut-wrenching gore Kolsch and Widmeyer demand of her — which, here, thankfully, is a lot. This film is a true shocker, and is clearly the bloody blossoming of several soon-to-be-famous genre voices — so get in on the ground floor with us in exalting this stunning new work of horror.
Dirs. Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch, 2014, DCP, 98 min.

Watch the teaser trailer for “Starry Eyes”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Stuart Gordon's "Dolls" (Blu-Ray release party, director Stuart Gordon and more in person!)

11/7/2014 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SCREAM FACTORY. Director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna in person. Scream Factory’s brand-new Blu-Ray of Dolls hits the streets on November 11th!

When you combine the mini-monster fetishes of producer extraordinaire Charles Band with the Re-Animator team of Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna, you get Dolls — and the results do not disappoint. Arguably the best of the “tiny terror” genre (which includes Critters, Ghoulies and Child’s Play), this gleeful 1987 shocker details a stormy night of terror, when a group of hapless travelers take shelter in the house of a kooky elderly couple. A couple who also happens to specialize in making murderous, sentient toys. Gordon imbues the effective premise with his usual flair and keen eye for staging, and the effects work by genre legend Carl Buechler bring the killer dolls to life in a way that would make Chucky jealous. Though it did get a very small domestic theatrical release, the film is better known as a vanguard of the early straight-to-video boom, so getting to see it on the big screen in 35mm is a rare treat.
Dir. Stuart Gordon, 1987, 35mm, 78 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Dolls”!

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

9/26/2014 - MIDNITE

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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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Pumpkinhead (Blu-Ray release party, cast & crew in person!)

9/5/2014 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SCREAM FACTORY
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One of the brightest spots in overlooked ‘80s horror is this backwoods horror monsterpiece from master creature designer/SFX guru Stan Winston (The Terminator, Jurassic Park, Aliens.) Distribution issues kept this film from attaining the following of the big franchise slashers, but Winston’s brilliantly realized titular demon would eventually find its place in the tortured psyches of horror lovers, and go on to finally spawn a franchise of its own. Inspired by an obscure poem, Pumpkinhead is a tale of redneck revenge that transcends into the realm of mythic fairy tale, anchored by a tragic and career-defining performance by genre legend Lance Henriksen. Add to that a classic horror atmosphere, a haunting, harmonica-laced score and a surprisingly strong supporting cast of menaced and menacing teens — there really is so much here to love. It even has a horrifying child death! An experience that only gets better with age, Pumpkinhead begs to be seen on the big screen, so join us, Haggis the Witch and Ed Harley down at the holler. We’ve got ourselves a demon to raise! Co-star Jeff East, plus Alec Gillis (creature co-designer) and Tom Woodruff Jr. (creature co-designer, Pumpkinhead suit performer) in person.
Dir. Stan Winston, 1988, 35mm, 86 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Pumpkinhead”!


8/22/2014 - MIDNITE

Time flies when you’re having fun; can you believe it’s been over a decade since Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later hit the horrorsphere like a rage virus, and changed the zombie genre forever? Its core concept — that a man wakes up in a hospital to find the world decimated by plague — has been imitated ad nauseum, and the deployment of “fast zombies” (though technically not “zombies” in the film’s context) has become standard operating procedure for apocalyptic horror in the indelible wake of the film’s 2002 release. Shot on consumer-grade digital video, Boyle’s masterpiece has an urgency that the found footage genre wishes it could capture, while never sacrificing anything in regard to special effects, production value, or sheer blood-soaked beauty. Add to that career-defining performances by Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Naomie Harris, and you have an experience that earns every critical accolade that defines a modern classic. We feel it’s high time to get our rage on, and revisit this milestone on the big screen, so come gnaw on your neighbor’s leg and join us!
Dir. Danny Boyle, 2002, 35mm, 113 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “28 Days Later”!

FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: At The Devil's Door (director Nicholas McCarthy in person!)

8/15/2014 - 11:59PM

“There’s one moment that spooked me where a dresser drawer opens. That’s it. Just a drawer opening. That’s how potent the overall sense of dread is in ‘At the Devil’s Door’. A drawer gave me a wicked bad case of the willies.” — Patrick Cooper, Bloody Disgusting

Writer/director Nicholas McCarthy’s 2012 film The Pact was a deftly spooky thriller that excelled at the art of the unexpected twist. Nick’s brand-new film continues in that tradition and ups the ante considerably with a tight script and stark visuals that balance grounded drama with the pulse-pounding of house haunting and demonic possession. McCarthy pulls the rug out from under the viewer at the right moments time and time again, while masterfully escalating the dread and shocks; held down by strong performances from actresses like Naya Rivera (Glee) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full Of Grace), At The Devil’s Door proves that a filmmaker need not bank on big studio money to create an atmospheric and terrifically scary piece. One of horror’s most promising and twisted new minds, Nick McCarthy will be in here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Nicholas McCarthy, 2014, DCP, 91 min.

NOTE: To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

Watch the trailer for “At The Devil’s Door”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Motel Hell (Blu-Ray release party, filmmakers & more in person!)

8/8/2014 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SCREAM FACTORY

Co-writers/producers Robert & Steven-Charles Jaffe, plus co-stars Paul Linke, Monique St. Pierre & Rosanne Katon in person! Complete with an infamous dueling chainsaw showdown, Cheers regular John Ratzenberger and scratchy-voiced radio legend Wolfman Jack, Motel Hell remains an engaging cult oddity that yearns for new blood. Vincent (western star Rory Calhoun) and his sister run the charming Motel Hello, along with a popular smoked meat product line: “It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters.” Of course, said critters include people unlucky enough to get planted up to their necks in the motel’s garden — fattening up until they’re prime sausage material. A real surprise at the dawn of the slasher era, Motel Hell first grabbed attention when its disturbing image of a maniac in a bloody pig mask wielding a chainsaw landed on the cover of Fangoria, causing the issue to get pulled from stands. Many assumed it was another Tobe Hooper-esque variation, but it’s really one of the most twisted black-comedy horror films in mainstream American cinema, closest in spirit to fare like Parents and Eating Raoul. Real juicy fun, with a curtain-dropping line of dialogue for the ages.
Dir. Kevin Connor, 1980, 35mm, 102 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Motel Hell”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Changeling (director Peter Medak in person!)

7/11/2014 - MIDNITE

Schedule permitting, director Peter Medak in person! Now this is how you do a ghost story. At a time when movie theaters were deluged with blood-and-thunder FX spectacles, this satisfying thriller starring the typically excellent George C. Scott quietly slipped in and scared the daylights out of unsuspecting audiences. The subject matter harks back to the great turn-of-the-century English ghost stories which used suggestion and elegant plotting to chill the reader, and thanks to its earnest performances and numerous hair-raising sequences, the film has barely dated one bit since its release in 1980. Scott stars as a classical composer new to town, who rents a sprawling mansion from the local historical society in which to work on his latest opus. Still recovering from the shocking death of his wife and child, Scott doesn’t quite know how to take it when loud pounding noises emanate from within the walls every night, windows mysteriously shatter, and the discovery of a hidden room unearths a music box with a chilling connection to John’s latest piece. A high point in the directorial career of Peter Medak (The Ruling Class), who here displays style to burn: the simple image of a cobweb-covered child’s wheelchair becomes an unforgettably sinister apparition, and of course there’s “the ball”…but viewers will be better off discovering that one for themselves…
Dir. Peter Medak, 1980, 35mm, 107 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Changeling”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Blob (1988, director Chuck Russell in person!)

6/27/2014 - MIDNITE


Schedule permitting, director Chuck Russell in person! In the pristine wake of great atomic-era horror remakes (Carpenter’s The Thing, Cronenberg’s The Fly) came the lesser celebrated but no less delightful 1988 remake of The Blob. Filtered through the mad minds of screenwriter Frank “Shawshank Redemption” Darabont and director Chuck Russell (the team also responsible for the superior Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors), the ‘50s schlockfest Blob morphed into a state-of the-art ‘80s gore FX-travaganza that still has to power to shock and turn stomachs more than 25 years on. Starring bad-boy Kevin Dillon (Entourage) and the seemingly ageless Shawnee Smith as small town teens on the run from the titular amorphous monster, this fast-paced, gloopy gross-out surprises with its ability to endlessly entertain, and to escalate the madness until the pink stuff is oozing from your shattered skull. Gear up with us for a gelatinous good time in 35mm!
Dir. Chuck Russell, 1988, 35mm, 95 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Blob”!

Friday The 13th: A "Tommy Jarvis" Triple Feature (Pt. 6 director Tom McLoughlin in person!)

6/13/2014 - 7:30PM

Part VI: Jason Lives – 7:30pm (director Tom McLoughlin in person, plus special back patio surprise after the film!)
Part V: A New Beginning – approx. 10:00pm
Part IV: The Final Chapter – approx. 11:45pm

We wouldn’t leave you hanging on Friday the 13th, would we? At the blackest core of the Friday the 13th saga (now in its fourth decade, wow!), there stands a storyline that still fascinates and boggles us: the famed “Tommy Jarvis trilogy”. Part IV: The Final Chapter first introduced the character of a plucky young horror aficionado who happened to outwit Master Voorhees with a machete to the rotten skull — but, in the aftermath of more and more dead bodies, had Tommy succumbed to murderous madness himself, or was Jason still on the scene, dispatching the sweet touch of death onto any copulating teen, blotto’d backwoods bystander or other whacko in his path? One of the great things about this trilogy, aside from the gaggle of gleeful gore, is that, despite the obvious F13 formula (teens + Jason = death, and lots of it), each entry has its own unique flavor, thanks to the distinctive directorial visions of Joseph Zito, Danny Steinmann and Tom McLoughlin. Travel back in time with us as we trace Tommy’s Proustian odyssey in reverse, from adulthood back into innocent prepubescence — all in one sitting, all on glorious 35mm!
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives Dir. Tom McLoughlin, 1986, 35mm, 87 min.
Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning Dir. Danny Steinmann, 1985, 35mm, 92 min.
Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter Dir. Joseph Zito, 1984, 35mm, 91 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for the “Tommy Jarvis Trilogy”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Sleepaway Camp (Blu-Ray release party, cast members in person!)

5/30/2014 - MIDNITE


“Of Felissa Rose…she was only fourteen at the time, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better performance of a shy, bullied and kinda sad teenage girl anywhere. Those death glares she gives the bitchy prissies…classic.” — Andrew Thompson, Legless Corpse

Join us for a special 35mm screening, in celebration of Scream Factory’s brand-new Blu-Ray release hitting the streets on 5/27. Plus, co-stars Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten in person! Next to Friday The 13th and The Burning, Sleepaway Camp completes the holy trinity of primary-source summer camp slashers. While Robert Hiltzik’s shocktastic enforcer may have been the latecomer of the group, it benefits from its elders’ wisdom by giving you exactly what you want from the subgenre: scummy dudes, jiggling girls, and a touch football field’s worth of sanguinary wreckage. From the tight shorts and half-shirts amongst nearly all of the cast, to the sleazy, voyeuristic camera evoking ‘70s De Palma by way of Meatballs, this is grimy, time-honored viewing. But nothing, and we do mean nothing, can prepare you for the jaw-dropping finale: an iconic twist-ending that loses absolutely none of its horrifying impact even after multiple viewings. Take that, M. Night Shyamalan!
Dir. Robert Hiltzik, 1983, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Sleepaway Camp”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Death Spa (rare uncut 35mm, filmmakers in person!)

5/16/2014 - MIDNITE

When the ‘80s first arrived, two very important brand-new cultural touchstones — the slasher film and the workout video — both hit the culture with a resounding bang, so it was purely natural that the two would eventually combine into one perfect entertainment package. Though this film was not the first to forge into this brave new territory (that honor belongs to 1987’s Killer Workout), Michael Fischa’s magnum opus about a health club that may or may not be possessed by a vengeful spirit is arguably the superior work(out.) What Death Spa understands is that you’re here to see people get horribly mauled by gym equipment, and it delivers on this premise with widely grinning abandon. Co-starring horror legend Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Death Spa is one of those late-’80s video store gems that demands with all the forces of hell to be unearthed — so what better way to enjoy it than with a once-in-a-lifetime screening of the world’s only UNCUT 35mm print (with all its MPAA-cursed gore intact), plus producer Jamie Beardsley, editor Mike Kewley and screenwriter Mitch Paradise in person!
Dir. Michael Fischa, 1990, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the trailer for “Death Spa”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Critters 2 (director Mick Garris, cast members & SFX gurus The Chiodo Brothers in person!)

4/25/2014 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

Director Mick Garris, cast members (Liane Curtis, Scott Grimes and Tom Hodges) & FX gurus The Chiodo Brothers all in person for a Q&A before the film! We love fully embracing the old sequel maxim of “bigger and better”, for when it comes to the realm of horror, those two Bs always mean the addition of a third: “bonkers”. The original Critters — a clever combo of alien invasion tropes, gleeful gore and sphere-shaped little meanies — was forced into rewrites to distance itself from Gremlins, but emboldened by Critters’ success, Critters 2’s braintrust was free to explore the ravenous, villainous Crites with manic abandon. Young Scott Grimes returns to Grover’s Bend to spend Easter with his grandmother, only to discover that he failed to fully eradicate the previous Critter-festation. As the insane Crites run amok through the whole town, we get even more aliens, crazier kills, and a randy evolution of our shape-shifting alien bounty hunters. It’s a full-on feeding frenzy — with a massive, Voltron-esque Super Critter-ball to boot! The gonzo good times are gleefully brought to life by FX artists the Chiodo Brothers (Killer Klowns From Outer Space), and the film also marks the first theatrical outing from stalwart writer-director Mick Garris (creator of TV’s Masters of Horror.) Come roll into the Cinefamily for the main course!
Dir. Mick Garris, 1988, 35mm, 86 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Exorcist II - The Heretic

4/11/2014 - MIDNITE

There are two types of people — those who labor under the delusion that Exorcist II: The Heretic is an inferior follow-up to a horror classic, and the enlightened few who understand that John Boorman’s 1977 sequel is just the sort of delirious, wildly unpredictable phantasmagoria that’s sadly lacking in our current cinematic landscape. Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) is back as a blossoming teenager trying to come to grips with a demon-possessed past by being mindfucked by therapist Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest) and her positively nutty “synchronizer” strobe-light device. Add to that dizzying psychedelic sequences, an incredible Ennio Morricone score, James Earl Jones in a locust hat, and a sweaty, drunken turn by Richard Burton as a priest hot on the Devil’s trail and you’ve got — well, we still have never really been able to figure out what we’ve got here, but the experience of it is singularly awesome. Look, only Cinefamily is brave enough to champion this brain-boiler, so do as Pazuzu commands and get your ass to the theater to revel in this inspired madness — the power of Christ compels you!

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3/21/2014 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by WARNER ARCHIVE

It goes without saying that Razorback is the greatest monstrous-pig-on-a-rampage film of all time — but what kicks Russell “Highlander” Mulcahy’s 1984 film into highly special territory is its deluge of weird and wonderful artistic flourishes. Not content to sit back on his laurels and simply deliver an Aussie Jaws rip-off, Mulcahy imbues this simple man-vs.-nature premise with the same sort of hallucinatory glee he also employed to great effect in Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” and “Union of the Snake” videos, Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” video, and too many others to mention here. Add to that his natural Australian tendency to go gonzo with the violence and the gore, and you’ve got yourself one wild boar of a good time. Razorback is very rarely every screened theatrically, so don’t miss your chance to see this in gluttonous, glorious 35mm!
Dir. Russell Mulcahy, 1984, 35mm, 95 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Razorback”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Little Shop of Horrors

3/7/2014 - MIDNITE

Feed me, Seymour! Directed by Muppets genius/alum Frank Oz, this dazzling pop culture oddity remains near and dear to us — so come tap your feet and chomp your neighbor’s flesh as we take in this scenery-chewing musical classic in all its big-screen glory. Much like the monstrous form of its carnivorous villain Audrey II, Little Shop of Horrors mutated from a ‘60s Corman cheapie into a hit Broadway musical, and then onto a horror/comedy with a cult following of its own. This 1986 treasure boasts a star-studded comedic cast (Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, Christopher Guest), whiz-bang puppeteering FX and a show-stopping soundtrack — a perfect concoction that dazzles you with ingenuity while never skimping on the humor or horror. The secret to Oz’s success, aside from knowing his way around a giant puppet, is that he keeps the film firmly (ahem!) rooted in its midnight movie origins, while fully embracing the razzle-dazzle spectacle of big Broadway-style setpieces.
Dir. Frank Oz, 1986, 35mm, 94 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Little Shop of Horrors”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Starship Troopers (writer Ed Neumeier & FX guru Phil Tippett in person!)

2/21/2014 - MIDNITE

“[A] ruthlessly funny and keenly self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism. The fact that it was and continues to be taken at face value speaks to the very vapidity the movie skewers.” — Calum Marsh, The Atlantic

With this incredibly constructed 1997 sci-fi saga, mad Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven wraps up his gonzo dystopian triptych that began with Robocop and carried through into Total Recall. In many ways, Starship Troopers is the most devastatingly satirical of the three, using Robert Heinlein’s straightforward ‘50s novel as a jumping off point to gleefully skewer our conflict-minded, gung-ho culture. Clearly cast for their TV-idol good looks, stars Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards and Neil Patrick Harris anchor this wild ride, allowing the brilliant, soap opera/space-opera script by Ed (Robocop) Neumeier to be more biting than just a balls-out bug-battle. At first, shortsighted ‘90s audiences didn’t understand that the film was a send-up at the time, but thankfully true cinema lovers have come around to appreciating this gory gross-out of a cult classic for all its rich, outlandish rewards. Ed Neumeier & Phil Tippett in person!
Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1997, 35mm, 129 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Starship Troopers”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Kingdom of the Spiders (director John "Bud" Cardos in person!)

Shatner vs. an eight-legged horde!
2/7/2014 - 11:59PM

Kingdom of the Spiders is here to give you a double dosage of the willies — both the creepy crawly variety, and the greatest Willie of all: Shatner! This camp classic from director John “Bud” Cardos (the man behind seriously fun genre fare like The Day Time Ended, Mutant and The Dark) teams the beloved eco-paranoia of the late Seventies with the greatest of all man-vs.-nature tropes: the Jaws Factor of a town refusing to shut down a tourist event, despite, in this film’s case, of a murderous spider proliferation. We’re not talking those lame, modern CGI murder-spiders — these are real tarantulas, baby! Add to that the undeniable magic of the Shat, and you have one of the bug-nuttiest skin-crawlers to ever put the Sci-Fi Channel’s creature feature catalog to shame. John “Bud” Cardos will be here in person for a Q&A before the film!
Dir. John “Bud” Cardos, 1977, 35mm, 97 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Kingdom of the Spiders”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Night of The Demons (Blu-Ray release party, director & cast in person!)

1/24/2014 - 11:59PM

PRESENTED BY SCREAM FACTORY. Co-presented by Shock Till You Drop.

“Eat a bowl of f***! I am here to PARTY!” A crimson-soaked synthesis of everything that was great about late-‘80s horror, Night of the Demons is a blast of high energy. Using the time-honored premise of teenagers looking for kicks at a spooky house, director Kevin Tenney draws from the same horror-comedy well as Evil Dead 2 and Return of the Living Dead. Here, it’s all about the gags, the gore and the good times: on the night of Halloween, ten teens decide to bust out the kegs (and the boners) for a throwdown/séance at an abandoned funeral parlor, which works out for them about as well as a Dukakis presidential bid. What sets Night of the Demons apart is its female horror icon in the form of possessed weirdo Angela — and the infamous scene involving scream queen Linnea Quigley, her boobs and a seriously strange application of lipstick doesn’t hurt either. You owe it to yourself to to catch this one in glorious, goryous 35mm — one of the best of its era, and rarely screened. Director Kevin Tenney & makeup effects artist Steve Johnson, along with cast members Donnie Jeffcoat, Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell, Amelia Kinkade, Hal Havins, Jim Quinn and Billy Gallo, will all be here in person for a Q&A before the film — plus, Scream Factory giveaways!
Dir. Kevin S. Tenney, 1988, 35mm, 87 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Night Of The Demons”!


The craziest gorefest in the history of cinema!
12/27/2013 - MIDNITE

Years before Peter Jackson was winning Oscars for family-friendly fare about cuddly Hobbits, he made this wildly enjoyable blood-drenched zombie comedy: one of the best pieces of splatstick ever made. After sharpening his blades with the lo-fi Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles, the New Zealander co-wrote and shot this mad, over-the-top opus warning us all about the dangers of being bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. Once that happens to the lead guy’s mother — well, let’s just say Bactine and bedrest ain’t gonna save her. Thus begins a cavalcade of squirting pus jokes, zombie babies, preening spleens, and possibly the bloodiest climax ever filmed — who knew a lawnmower had a “zombie” setting?
Dir. Peter Jackson, 1992, 35mm, 97 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Dead Alive”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Psycho II (writer Tom Holland in person!)

Norman Bates meets the Eighties slasher!
12/6/2013 - MIDNITE

Screenwriter Tom Holland & editor Andrew London in person for a Q&A before the film! The thought of a sequel to his classic Psycho must’ve made old Hitch roll over in his grave, but he needn’t have worried — for Psycho II, from director Richard Franklin (Patrick, Road Games) remains one of the best and classiest affairs of the Eighties slasher boom. Featuring a clever, twisty script by Tom Holland (who would later go to direct not only the original Child’s Play, but also the equally clever Rear Window riff Fright Night), Psycho II honors the Hitchcock tenet of suspense while giving modern audiences the shock and gore they rightfully deserve. Anthony Perkins reprising his starring role as a twitchy Norman Bates certainly doesn’t hurt, nor does the addition of Meg Tilly as the new object of Norman’s knife-wielding affections, and an all-around stellar supporting cast including Psycho alum Vera Miles as the vengeful sister of original victim Janet Leigh. Do as your mother tells you and get to this rare 35mm screening — we don’t want to have to lock you in the fruit cellar!
Dir. Richard Franklin, 1983, 35mm, 113 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Psycho II”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Return of the Living Dead 3 (20th Anniv. screening, director & writer in person!)

Grunge-era gore smorgasbord!
11/22/2013 - MIDNITE

The punk rock bastard child of Romero’s “Dead” series, the Return of the Living Dead franchise has carved out its own loving corner of the zombie cinematic universe, buoyed by the classic status of Dan O’Bannon’s original. Carrying on in the series’ rock n’ roll tradition, Brian (Re-Animator) Yuzna’s Return of the Living Dead 3 pares the undead apocalypse down to a tight little twist on Romeo and Juliet, subbing teen angst for zombie infection. Melinda Clarke plays one of the sexiest and most badass zombies in history, un-living life as a Trioxinated teen on the run with her grunge-rockin’ boyfriend. Yuzna wisely keeps the gore, the gross-out gags and the good times flowing, making this entry easily one of the most enjoyable of the series. Released during the early-’90s straight-to-video boom, this little sickie rarely gets theatrical play anywhere in the world, so don’t wanna miss this 20th Anniversary opportunity to see it on the big screen. Director Brian Yuzna & writer John Penney in person!
Dir. Brian Yuzna, 1993, 35mm, 97 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Return of the Living Dead 3″!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: You're Next (filmmakers & cast in person!)

The unsung horror MVP of 2013!
11/8/2013 - MIDNITE

Director Adam Wingard, writer Simon Barrett & co-star A.J. Bowen in person! The moviegoing world did itself a grave disservice when it missed out on You’re Next this past summer, for few knew that it was one of the cleverest and most well-crafted horror flicks of the year. A festival darling back in 2011, Adam Wingard’s lean and mean little shocker took a few years to make it to cinema screens, and may have been hurt by the proliferation of “home invasion” horror that You’re Next resembles on cursory glance. But Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett have a lot more on their mind than just another “Ten Little Indians” with animal masks; they’ve constructed a twisty tale that is equal parts satire, suspense, shock and delight-inducing violence. If you missed this gem in its brief theatrical run, don’t shoot yourself with a crossbow — as you can rectify the situation by joining us for a one-night re-appreciation of 2013′s unsung horror MVP.
Dir. Adam Wingard, 2011, 35mm, 96 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: We Are What We Are (free sneak preview!)

Deadly and delicious!
9/20/2013 - MIDNITE

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. All current 1-year “Black Card” Cinefamily members get first entry. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended.

Continuing an unbroken streak of finely crafted, grippingly real and bleak horror indies that started with Stakeland and Mulberry Street, director Jim Mickle has burgeoned into a fully-formed, remarkable auteur with the deadly and delicious We Are What We Are. Concerning the shocking religious practices of a small town family, this brand-new gothic nightmare (based on the Spanish film of the same name) expertly balances quiet family drama with a steadily building dread, climaxing in one of the most squirm-inducing finales of recent memory. Like a P.T. Anderson of horror, Mickle’s strength is in his mise-en-scène and his confidence in his characters — here a fact firmly reinforced with an impeccable cast led by Tarantino stalwart Michael Parks and a barely recognizable Kelly McGillis (Top Gun). But what you’ll really take away from We Are What We Are is its brilliantly unsettling story and the masterfully savory way it unfolds. So put on your Sunday finest and join us at the supper table, because we’re serving up heaping bowlfuls of terror!
Dir. Jim Mickle, 2013, DCP, 100 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Pitch Black (director David Twohy in person!)

Powered by high-octane Diesel!
9/6/2013 - 11:59PM

There’s something out there in the dark — and it’s high octane Diesel! Before xXx and the Fast and the Furious saga, there was Pitch Black, a lean, mean horror/sci fi actioner starring a soon-to-be superstar Vin Diesel in the early career-defining role of badass space thug “Riddick”. Directed by David Twohy (who’d labored in the sci-fi/horror salt mines for years with The Arrival, Warlock and Waterworld), Pitch Black marries the winning Aliens formula with the (budget-saving) hook of setting the story on a planet plunged indefinitely into darkness. It’s easy to see why the Riddick role endures: Diesel makes for a great action hero with his shaved head, copious muscles and cool, silvery eyes that allow him to see in the dark. Pitch Black’s cast is rounded out with great bit players like Cole Hauser, Rhada Mitchell and Keith David, but it’s Diesel, the snappy script and the cool hammer-headed alien beasties that really make it sing. Before delving back into the world of Riddick with the brand-new namesake blockbuster, peep the original on the big screen with us. Writer/director David Twohy in person!
Dir. David Twohy, 2000, 35mm, 110 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Pitch Black”!


It will rain blood on Doug & Co.!
8/23/2013 - MIDNITE

The next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, where Doug and his friends (who, in the past, have included everyone from Brian Posehn to Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis) chill on the front row couches, mics in hand, and say whatever hilarious thing pops into their heads while a movie of their choosing unfolds on the screen. Doug & Co. better break out the umbrellas, for it will rain blood when they tackle the 2013 re-boot of Evil Dead!
Dir. Fede Alvarez, 2013, DCP, 92 min.

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Anthony Hopkins is a real dummy!
8/23/2013 - 9:50PM

There is nothing more truly terrifying than the dead, soulless gaze of a ventriloquist dummy, and in the pantheon of dummy horror, 1978′s Magic remains the big-screen standard-bearer. Ever since 1945’s Dead of Night, stories of malevolent dummies have been a consistently effective means of creeping out viewers simply by having a dummy slowly turns its head or speak of its own accord — but Magic has more on its mind. Directed by Richard Attenborough (whose follow-up film was the bone-shattering Gandhi), and starring a young Anthony Hopkins as the madness-descending ventriloquist “Corky”, Magic takes the inherently creepy motif and turns it into a study of derangement worthy of Hitchcock’s Psycho. Rounding out the cast are Burgess Meredith as Corky’s long-suffering agent, and Ann-Margret as Corky’s soon-to-be-suffering girlfriend, but the real star of the show here is “Fats”: a cartoonish, unsettling carved Hopkins facsimile with a strangulated voice reminiscent of the Cryptkeeper. With its unrelenting creepiness and slow-burn suspense, Magic is a chillfest for the ages — so don your coattails, top hat and best monocle and join us, dummy! Plus, DJ set by The Koreatown Oddity before the film!
Dir. Richard Attenborough, 1978, 35mm, 107 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Magic”!


8/9/2013 - 11:59PM

“There are as many horror fans who loathe zombie movies as there are those who love them. Described as an ‘anti-zombie zombie movie’, ‘The Battery’ is the most reinvigorating take on this overworn subgenre I’ve seen in ages.” – Kier-La Janisse, Fangoria

Accomplished for a staggeringly low $6,000, writer/director Jeremy Gardner’s debut feature re-invents the post-apocalyptic zombie film through sheer simplicity. We follow two former baseball players, Ben (also Jeremy Gardner) and Mickey (Adam Cronheim), cutting an aimless path across a deserted post-zombiegeddon New England. Ben has embraced their feral, lawless, nomadic lifestyle — and Mickey clings to the hope of salvation, dreaming of a bed, a girl, and a safe place to live. Bleak, funny, disturbing, and inventive (like the best no-budget cinema) The Battery succeeds powerfully by turning its limitations into strengths — and in an era where the been-there-done-that cinematic zombie realm is now mostly judged on the quality of its SFX gore and makeup, The Battery is a subversive breath of fresh air.
Dir. Jeremy Gardner, 2012, digital presentation, 101 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Incredible Melting Man (Blu-Ray release party, director in person!)

Director in person!
7/26/2013 - MIDNITE


A gleefully gonzo and gooey gross-out, The Incredible Melting Man is a singular theatrical experience that truly lives up to its crazed, pulpy title. Originally intended as an homage to the great “atomic age” horrors of the Fifties, William Sachs’s clever satire was recut by its original distributor to cash in on the horror craze, imbuing the insanity concerning an astronaut exposed to outer space radiation with a legitimate feeling of dread possibly otherwise lost in the edit. The centerpiece here is the sublimely icky make-up work by Rick Baker, the SFX genius on the cusp of breaking big with An American Werewolf In London and numerous other unforgettable ‘80s films. The titular Melting Man is a truly revolting sight, and you can imagine Baker giggling behind the camera as the character devolves and dissolves with every passing scene. Scream Factory is releasing this beautiful slab of mayhem on stunning Blu-Ray on July 30th — come celebrate this exultant occasion with us, as we hold an extremely rare 35mm showing in all its face-melting resplendence. Filmmaker William Sachs will be here for a Q&A before the film!
Dir. William Sachs, 1977, 35mm, 84 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS' "Sam Neill Madness Trilogy": Possession

Sam Neill out-crazies Isabelle Adjani!
7/5/2013 - MIDNITE

Capturing the energy generated when two people whose lives are so intensely fused and woven are forcibly split, Possession is an emotional nuclear explosion. If all we were given were its operatic and shamanistic performances by leads Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, its impossible-to-describe music by Andrzej Korzynski, and its masterful, hyper-kinetical ballet of camera choreography — all delivered with the force of a long-repressed traumatic memory — then Possession would already be the best film about divorce ever filmed. But when the angels and demons of our inner nature are literally incarnated in phantasmagorical form — the kind requiring the talents of Oscar-winning creature FX master Carlo Rambaldi (who, instead of making a cutey-pie “E.T.”, concocts a tentacled Lovecraftian octo-sex-demon) — you have the kind of explosively cathartic and entertaining experience that leads to movie-lover nirvanic bliss. Welcome to Possession, your new favorite movie.
Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1981, 35mm, 123 min.

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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: 100 Bloody Acres (presented by Friday Night Frights)

Free show of new Aussie horror comedy!
6/24/2013 - 10:30PM

NOTE: This show is free (first-come, first-serve). To help us track attendance and limit waiting line size, you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. One registration per person. All current Cinefamily members get first entry. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat. Early arrival is highly recommended. Doors will open 30 min. before showtime. No one will be admitted after the film has begun.

Who says America is the authority on evil hillbillies and rural horror? Sure, we kicked things off with Deliverance, but it doesn’t get any more terrifyingly “backwoods” than Australia — with the vast majority of its mass a spooky, arid wasteland. In the new horror comedy 100 Bloody Acres, brothers Reg (Damon Herriman of Justified) and Lindsay Morgan have stumbled upon a secret “recipe” to help their organic fertilizer business: adding dead car crash victims to their product. Out in the middle of nowhere, no one asks too many questions — but lately, supply has been running low. That is, until Reg stumbles upon three city-slicker travelers stranded on the side of the road, and he decides that maybe the Morgan Bros. should consider using fresh ingredients. Funny, gory and refreshingly clever, 100 Bloody Acres marks the feature debut of a great new talent in the international horror community: brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes.
Dirs. Cameron Cairnes & Colin Cairnes, 2012, digital presentation, 91 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS' "Sam Neill Madness Trilogy": Event Horizon

Sam Neill rips his own face off!
6/21/2013 - MIDNITE

In space, no one can hear Sam Neill scream! Amongst a somewhat uneven period for filmic horror (the late-’90s), one titanic thrillride still stands outlandishly tall, in a knee-deep puddle of viscera: 1997’s Event Horizon, the Hellraiser-meets-Alien mashup. A strong turn from schlockmeister Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil), the film catapults the simple haunted house concept into, space and executes it arguably more effectively than most space opera horror films, including some of the later Alien sequels. Featuring an interstellar cast led by sinister and increasingly insane science officer Sam Neill (are you seeing a pattern here?), Event Horizon concerns a mysteriously returned starship, and a dimensional rift which may or may not be a doorway to Hell. The images Anderson conjures are truly frightening, and as Sam & Co. unravel under the ship’s malevolence, the zero-G gore flies free in some of the most warp-driven setpieces of the decade. Reserve your seat now on this space-ride to terror you won’t soon forget; there’s horror on the Horizon!
Dir. Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997, 35mm, 95 min.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS' "Sam Neill Madness Trilogy": In The Mouth Of Madness (producer Sandy King in person!)

Sam Neill is completely bananas!
6/7/2013 - MIDNITE

The most underrated of John Carpenter’s forays into Lovecraftian-style horror (alongside The Thing and Prince Of Darkness), the gleefully batty In The Mouth Of Madness is a prime vehicle for star Sam Neill to reach the outer limits of beautifully gibbering frenzy. Amongst oddball entries like Children of the Damned and Escape From L.A. in Carpenter’s later filmography, ITMOM has emerged as a career highlight, gaining considerable estimation over the years. Using a Stephen King-esque horror writer as a jumping off point, Carpenter weaves a tense, trippy tale full of freakish abominations, nightmare scenarios and wonderfully unhinged performances; you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a sweat-soaked Neill descend into frothing mania. Old-school latex n’ gore fans will delight at the madness on display here, and as the plot gets more and more twisted, so do the images springing from Carpenter’s fevered imagination. This is a rarely screened horror classic, so why not join us and ol’ Sammy-boy for a quiet night in Hobb’s End? We have only this question to ask: Have you read Sutter Cane? Producer Sandy King in person!
Dir. John Carpenter, 1994, 35mm, 95 min.

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I Drink Your Blood

Dirty-hippie death cult shenanigans!
5/24/2013 - MIDNITE

“What do you get when you throw LSD-dropping devil worshippers, shotgun-packing children and old men, rabid dogs, zombies, and heaping piles of severed limbs into a blender?” — Steve Habrat, Anti-Film School

The only thing scarier than a dirty hippie in the early Seventies was a dirty-hippie death cult — a fear that the outré, impossibly daffy I Drink Your Blood exploits to maximum Manson-hysteria effect. The cultural remnants of the Manson Family’s “Helter Skelter” murders casts a long shadow over this freak-fest, but director David E. Durston pushes things further than even Charlie & Co. could conceive, with a plot involving meat pies, rabies and copious amounts of drugs. Like a brown acid trip in a blood-soaked charnel house, this is a trash landmark well worth of its status as a drive-in/Times Square legend. Starring super-siren Lynn Lowry (Shivers, Score, The Crazies) and a gloriously unhinged performance from wild-eyed Indian actor/dancer Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury as cult leader “Horace Bones”, this is one grody trip you don’t want to miss.
Dir. David E. Durston, 1970, 35mm, 90 min.

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