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Around the world, only a smattering of the best horror films come out in theaters, and gobs of great gore go softly into the night, never to be screamed at on the silver screen. In the past, Cinefamily has reserved just the month of October as an excuse to make merry in the macabre and delight in an onslaught of slaughter; and once All Hallow’s Eve has come and gone, our poor patrons must lurch back to their bloodless daily lives, secretly wishing that the terrifying times never need end. Well, fear not, for now every month is horrific at the Cinefamily! Midnight is the witching hour, and every other Friday night, Friday Night Frights brings you the finest cuts in upcoming horror and gruesome genre cinema, as well as devious picks from the repertory crypt, all with guests galore.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Venom (New Restoration!)

5/20/2016 - 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.

DJ Mean Mr. Mustard spinnin’ live before the show!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Watch the trailer for “Critters 2″!
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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!

Watch the trailer for “Exorcist II: The Heretic”!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Bad Dreams (25th Anniversary screening, director & co-stars in person!)

Freddy Krueger meets Jim Jones!
5/10/2013 - MIDNITE

“Another of those foul teenage vomitoriums…Why do they make movies like this?” — Roger Ebert

Ever wonder what would happen if Freddy Krueger ran a Jonestown-style death cult? Wonder no more for 1988′s Bad Dreams is here to show you the way! This shocker from Andrew Fleming (who would later go on to make The Craft) takes a cue from A Nightmare On Elm Street and warp-speeds it straight to crazy-cult town. Genre icon Richard Lynch is the demon ghost of a charismatic ‘70s cult mastermind who, after torching his flock in a mass suicide, torments Dream Warriors alum Jennifer Rubin from beyond the grave — and that’s just the tip of the insane iceberg. Hallucinatory madness and gooey FX congeal to make this entry in the cult-movies-about-cults pantheon a true overlooked and overcooked classic; come walk the true path with us for this special 25th Anniversary presentation. Director Andrew Fleming, along with co-stars Dean Cameron and Jennifer Rubin, will be here at the Cinefamily in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Andrew Fleming, 1988, 35mm, 84 min.

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The Monster Squad (director Fred Dekker in person!)

Director in person!
4/19/2013 - MIDNITE

The Monster Squad was, is and always will be a waaaaay better kids’ adventure film than the glory-hogging Goonies, no matter what any ‘80s-nostalgia-loving film fan tells you. That’s because director Fred Dekker and co-writer Shane Black (creator of Lethal Weapon) know what kids really want — scary monsters! Dekker dusts off the Universal vaults for classic, yet fresh takes on Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Gill Man and the Wolf Man (who, it turns out, has nards!), and pits them all against a gang of wise-crackin’, foul-mouthed kids. Hilarity, hijinks and horror ensue, resulting in a delightfully spooky romp that’s well on its way to “unsung classic” status. Like The Wizard of Oz and It’s A Wonderful Life (yes, we’re going there), The Monster Squad was overlooked in its day, and until recently was only available on dusty old VHS. We’re putting those horrible days behind us by placing this monsterpiece back where it belongs — on the big screen. Director Fred Dekker in person!
Dir. Fred Dekker, 1987, 35mm, 82 min.

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A grisly Nordic folklore freakout!
4/5/2013 - MIDNITE

What do you say to a naked lady — especially one who emerges from a bathtub filled with a milky white substance, and a hose stuck in her mouth?” — Peter Martin, Twitch

The frozen Nordic wastes have been an excellent locale to set new horror films of the past few years (Trollhunter and Rare Exports being solid examples), and Thale is most devious of the bunch, drawing on gnarled, twisted Norwegian folklore to wave a supremely creepy tale/tail of the supernatural. In it, we follow two crime scene janitorial workers who uncover a mute, naked girl in one of the gore-soaked sites they’ve been hired to scrub. Said girl just happens to have a prehensile tail — and ancient, grisly weirdness ensues from there! Like the best indie horror films, Thale uses its limited means to its great advantage, as it piles on the claustrophobia and dread until you can feel the grip of a furry rear appendage closing around your own throat. A well-acted and smart shocker for your Spring jollies.
Dir. Aleksander Nordaas, 2012, digital presentation, 76 min.

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John Dies At The End (co-stars Chase Williamson & Rob Mayes in person!)

From the creator of Phantasm!
3/22/2013 - MIDNITE

“Big jokes, big gags, big setpieces, big monsters and bigger-than-life characters cram their way into every crevice of the 90-minute screen time, as if the world was about to end and this was their last chance.” — Alex Koehne, Twitch

If a horror flick that’s a cross between Buckaroo Banzai, Donnie Darko and Scott Pilgrim floats your boat — or if you just want to see the always-brilliant Paul Giamatti curse like a sailor, then you may have just found your new favorite midnight movie. Director Don Coscarelli (the demented mind behind Phantasm, The Beastmaster and Bubba Ho-Tep) brings his idiosyncratic style to the mind-bending novel by’s David Wong, and the results are a hilarious, clever, and frequently grotesque head trip. The tone’s set by the opening scene: a hypothetical logic problem involving a murder, a poorly-made axe, a giant insect, and a vengeful zombie. John Dies At The End then winds its crazy way through phantom doorways, a new drug that causes people to spontaneously explode, alien body snatchers, alternate realities, heroic dogs, a self-help guru/exorcist (Clancy Brown), a dogged cop (Glynn Turman), and David’s best friend: the titular and possibly doomed John. Totally fun stuff. Schedule permitting, co-stars Chase Williamson & Rob Mayes will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Don Coscarelli, 2012, digital presentation, 99 min.

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The ABCs Of Death (filmmakers in person!)

26 chapters of rapid-fire freakouts!
3/8/2013 - MIDNITE

From Poe to Lovecraft, from King to Barker, from EC Comics to Night Gallery, some of the best pieces the horror genre has ever offered up have arrived in short form — and herein lies the appeal and power of the mighty anthology film. Inspired by the classic “A-is-for-Apple” children’s book trope, Ant Timpson (New Zealand film archivist/programmer extraordinaire) and Tim League (of Drafthouse Films) have culled together a woolly bunch of 26 favorite genre filmmakers, assigned each of them a letter of the alphabet, and let their twisted minds run wild! These few insane minutes apiece beautifully range wildly in tone, pacing, and scope, as the diverse assortment of directors includes Ti West (The Innkeepers), Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (You’re Next), Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), Jon Schnepp (TV’s Metalocalypse), and even Marvel comic artist Kaare Andrews. You’ll love some, hate others, and likely be offended by at least half of the shorts, leaving The ABCs of Death as one of the most unique and conversation-starting horror experiences to grace theaters in a long, long while. Segment directors Marcel Sarmiento (“D is for Dogfight”) and Jon Schnepp (“W is for WTF?”) will be here in person for a Q&A!
Dirs. too many to mention, 2013, digital presentation, 123 min.

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Let's Scare Jessica To Death

The rare post-hippie 1971 creepfest!
2/22/2013 - MIDNITE

One of the great creepfests to indelibly burn itself into the brains of all insomniacs who watched late-night creature feature television in the ‘70s and ‘80s, John Hancock’s unheralded gem uses post-Sixties malaise to brilliant effect. An “unreliable narrator” tale a la Polanski’s Repulsion, the film concerns itself with the re-unraveling of an ex-mental patient (Zohra Lampert) when she, her husband and his hippy friend buy an isolated New England home in an effort to “live off the land”. Once they’re introduced to a free-loving stranger (the supremely sexy and spooky Mariclaire Costello) who brings with her lust, terror and death — the burn gets turned up to 11! Wisely foregoing onscreen violence in favor of some outstanding dread, this master class in hippie burnout horror is made extra-palpable by its positioning in the aftermath of the “free love” era, as our terrified heroine is not only spooked by what could possibly be zombies/vampires, but also the consequences of amorphous sexual pairings. Let’s Scare Jessica To Death rarely screens in public; don’t miss your chance to be supremely skeezed-out in glorious 16mm!
Dir. John D. Hancock, 1971, 16mm, 89 min.

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The Brood

The Cronenberg killer kid klassik!
2/8/2013 - MIDNITE

NOTE: our showtime of The Brood will actually start at 12:30am. Building upon the incredible little ouevre he had made for himself with Shivers and Rabid , Canadian master David Cronenberg rounded out the Seventies with the film that really knocked him into the horror stratosphere: The Brood. What on the surface seems like an “evil kid” movie in the Bad Seed mold is in fact a scathing indictment of the era’s self-help “Me Generation”, as we follow the institutionalized travails of crazed mom Samantha Eggar and the estranged husband trying to pry their daughter away from the influence of a therapist/guru (played with scene-stealing relish by Oliver Reed.) As the film builds to one of the most unforgettable “holy shit” climaxes in cinema history, Eggar’s fantastic slow-burn performance becomes an outward manifestation of the frustrations, fears and abject horror surrounding Cronenberg’s real-life divorce at the time — and remains one of the most malevolent portrayals of female evil in the genre. Don’t miss the opportunity tear the membrane sac off of mommy’s little monster in glorious 35mm!
Dir. David Cronenberg, 1979, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Brood”!

Near Dark (Joshua Miller & Jenette Goldstein in person!)

One of the best fanged flicks ever!
1/25/2013 - MIDNITE

1987 was an amazing year for young vampire love stories, with the release of both the flashy, angsty The Lost Boys, and this gritty ‘n gory western — one of the best fanged flicks ever filmed. Written by Eric Red (The Hitcher, Body Parts), and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (who would later win a Best Director Oscar with The Hurt Locker, and might again with Zero Dark Thirty), Near Dark was underappreciated at the time of its release, but is now regarded as a bona-fide cult classic, thanks in no small part to Bigelow’s muscular direction and Red’s crackling, ultraviolent script. Drawing from James Cameron’s stable of character actors (he and Bigelow were married at the time), the film boasts career-high performances from Lance Henriksen, Joshua Miller, Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright and a scene-stealing Bill Paxton as arguably the greatest loose-canon psycho redneck vampire of all time. Wrap it all up with an ethereal Tangerine Dream score and you have one of the best horror films of its time. Join us in re-appreciating this blood-soaked gem from a director still on top of her game! Co-stars Joshua Miller & Jenette Goldstein will be here for a Q&A!
Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 1987, 35mm, 95 min.

Watch the trailer for “Near Dark”!


We are going to eat you!
1/11/2013 - MIDNITE

NOTE: the actual start time of this show is 12:15AM. To horror/zombie fans, Lucio Fulci’s 1979 gut-muncher needs no introduction. An unofficial Italian sequel to George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Fulci’s jungle island freakout is truly its own beast, and is a horror tale that owes more to the classic voodoo iteration of the zombie rather than Romero’s modern-age reboot. But forget all that — as there’s a real reason this is regarded as a classic: the wonderful, wonderful gore and make-up effects that Fulci slathers onto the screen with reckless, joyful abandon. All of his stylistic trademarks are present: the creeping dread, the dream-logic hysteria, the eye trauma — all wrapped into one magnificent zombified package, and set to the relentless beat of a voodoo drum score (courtesy of Italian horror movie music stalwart Fabio Frizzi.) We didn’t have space to squeeze Zombie into this past October’s “Video Nasties” retrospective, so don’t miss your chance to see this staple of the genre in glorious 35mm. We are going to eat you!
Dir. Lucio Fulci, 1979, 35mm, 91 min.

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The Entity (30th Anniversary screening, composer Charles Bernstein in person!)

Poltergeist vs. I Spit On Your Grave!
12/28/2012 - MIDNITE

Ever wanted to see a mashup of Poltergeist and I Spit On Your Grave? If so, have we got an incredible movie for you: 1982′s ghost-rape masterpiece The Entity! When Barbara Hershey at her MILFiest attracts the unwanted attention of a randy specter lurking in her Spielbergian suburban abode, some seriously sexy paranormal activity goes down. Accompanied by truly disturbing layers of moody, jarring score work by Charles Bernstein, the film is a visceral rollercoaster of upside-down shocks. And like all good ghost stories of the era, this whack-a-doo supernatural thriller (directed by Sidney J. Furie, ringmaster of such diverse spectacles as Lady Sings The Blues, Iron Eagle and Ladybugs) is “based on a true story” — a fact lent credence by the on-screen presence of a crack team of parapsychologists, who usher in one of the most bat-shit “climaxes” you will see in a movie this (or any other) year. Come enjoy some ghost-coital/post-holiday cheer with us, as we indulge in the film Martin Scorsese’s listed as his #11 scariest flick of all time! Composer Charles Bernstein will be here to introduce the film, and to tell stories of his work scoring horror films in the 1980s like A Nightmare On Elm Street!
Dir. Sidney J. Furie, 1982, 35mm, 125 min.

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

Dagon (director Stuart Gordon in person!)

Stuart Gordon in person!
12/7/2012 - MIDNITE

Legendary horror director Stuart Gordon’s most faithful and unsettling cinematic trip to the H.P. Lovecraft well! Adapted from Lovecraft’s “Shadow over Innsmouth”, Dagon follows a group of vacationers stranded in a Spanish fishing village — one whose inhabitants seem controlled by a shadowy, malignant force. Things are “fishy” in more ways than one, and Gordon masterfully piles on the creeping dread and slimy shocks with the reckless conviction of one deeply steeped in Lovecraftian lore. Anchored by a performance from co-star Ezra Godden that seems lifted directly from the author’s fevered pages, Dagon is a wet and wild ride that gets weirder with each passing scene, leaving you with one of the most bizarre endings of any horror film of the 2000s and beyond. Criminally overlooked, this fish is still fresh, and is one you don’t want to get away — so climb aboard with us and director Stuart Gordon, producer Brian Yuzna and co-star Ezra Godden, who will all be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Stuart Gordon, 2001, 35mm, 98 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Dagon”!

Alien 3 ("Assembly Cut")

The dark debut of David Fincher!
11/16/2012 - MIDNITE

Coming off of the rah-rah bombast of Aliens, the world wasn’t ready for the darker, nihilistic world of Alien 3; here, David Fincher establishes the grimy aesthetic he later employed to unfettered praise with Se7en. Freed from the shackles of the franchise baggage that plagued its original release, this visually impeccable film, set on a hellish, backwater prison planet, can now be properly appreciated for what it is: a stark allegory on faith more in line with the original Alien than its celebrated predecessor. With a career-best performance by a shorn Sigourney Weaver, a cast filled chock-a-block with outstanding British character actors and a scenery-stealing turn by Charles S. Dutton, Alien 3 is now ready to take its place in the pantheon of great sci-fi horror films of the last few decades. Tonight, we screen the long-awaited “assembly cut”: the 2003 version that fleshes out characters and storylines left out of the theatrical version, and more closely represents Fincher’s original vision. Come witness the revival of this maligned gem in its proper glory.
Dir. David Fincher, 1992, HD presentation, 155 min.

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Alien (Director's Cut)

11/2/2012 - MIDNITE

A few months ago, the British Film Institute voted Vertigo Number One in their new 50 Greatest Films Of All Time. They were wrong. The best film of all time is Ridley Scott’s blockbuster classic Alien. You don’t have to be a sci-fi fan or a horror fan to love Alien, for it’s impossible to not recognize what a masterpiece of suspense and tension it is. The bastard child of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the starbound scarefests of the ‘50s, Alien is a perfectly cast, perfectly designed (in part by Swiss nutter H.R. Giger, who delivered the most terrifying movie monster of all time) and perfectly executed deep-space shocker that has inspired endless imitations and sequels but has never, more than three decades after its release, been matched — but you don’t need us to tell you that. You know and love Alien, so why not suit up in your grimiest space-trucker jumpsuit and join us for a rare screening of the 2003 director’s cut? In space, no one can hear you scream — again!
Dir. Ridley Scott, 1979, 35mm, 116 min.

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[REC] 3: Genesis

Gleeful found footage zombie carnage!
9/28/2012 - MIDNITE

Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero’s [REC] series has set the standard for “found footage” zombie horror, far outshining similar efforts by Hollywood and even zombie master George Romero himself — and [REC] 3: Genesis is the most giddy and playful entry of the series to date. The set-up is brilliant: a camera crew is filming a wedding when the zombie-cum-demon plague established in the former films erupts. The bride and groom are separated in the chaos, and the film tracks their crimson-soaked efforts to find each other in the sprawling, zombie-infested wedding hall. Part Evil Dead, part Four Weddings And A Funeral, [REC 3] is an all-out blast, with Plaza abandoning the restrictive first-person POV early on, letting the gruesome, gory events play out with the benefit of a “normal” camera view — and the results feel novel and fresh. This gorgeous film deserves to be seen on the big screen, where you can see every beautifully rendered dismemberment, and marvel at every dazzling head explosion. RSVP right away, because this is one wedding you’d be a fool to miss!
Dir. Paco Plaza, 2012, 35mm, 81 min.

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Maniac Cop 2 (director William Lustig in person!)

William Lustig in person!
9/14/2012 - MIDNITE

Finally, a sequel that doesn’t suck! The only thing better than William Lustig’s seminal urban terrorfest Maniac Cop is his Maniac Cop 2, which heads in the blissful direction where all good slashers should go — straight into the realm of the supernatural, as our undead psycho 5-O teams up with an equally menacing serial killer hobo! Featuring a gleefully over-the-top script by Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, God Told Me To) and direction by Lustig that comes at you at nearly every turn with its muscular effectiveness, this Part Deux is no cookie-cutter rehash of the original, for it’s a movie with more than usual on its undead mind: subversive anti-authoritarian themes, shocking violence, crazy twists and a joyfully sweaty/sleazy turn from pock-marked lothario Robert Davi. Add to that genre faves Bruce Campbell, Michael Lerner and the always-freakish face of Robert Z’Dar, and you’ve got the right to remain…dead! Don’t make us take you in for questioning; haul yourself into Cinefamily for a rare 35mm screening of this gem, with William Lustig in person!
Dir. William Lustig, 1990, 35mm, 90 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Maniac Cop 2″!

30 Days of Night

Beat the heat with snowbound vamp terror!
8/31/2012 - MIDNITE

Hollywood’s been “high concept”-crazy since the glorious excesses of the Eighties — but 2007’s 30 Days Of Night has arguably the best high concept ever for a mainstream horror film: for 30 days, an Alaskan town is plunged into total darkness, making it the perfect feeding ground for vampires. Even better, director David Slade’s film, based on a comic series written by Steve Niles, delivers entirely on the premise, with a magnificently bleak winter atmosphere and scary, savage (and thankfully non-sparkly) vampires. Add to this fantastic mix a solid cast of Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston and Ben Foster (in a wickedly creepy Renfield-like turn), and you have the one of the best snowbound horror films since John Carpenter’s The Thing. Naturally, we’re showing this chiller thriller in the dog days of August, so come beat the heat with us for 30 times the terror!
Dir. David Slade, 2007, 35mm, 109 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “30 Days of Night”!

The Descent

A crimson night of spelunking and splatter!
8/10/2012 - MIDNITE

One of the most effective fright films of the early 2000s, and arguably the best cave-horror movie of all time, Neil Marshall’s The Descent has been solidly scaring the shit out of audiences for almost ten years with its nerve-shattering suspense and teeth-clenching claustrophobia. Receiving a shower of resounding, well-deserved accolades from the horror fan community upon its original release, Marshall’s gory sophomore effort (his follow-up to the equally rad Dog Soldiers) put the British director on the map as a powerful voice in genre cinema. By deftly employing an all-female cast of cave explorers looking for kicks, the film elicits genuine sympathy from the viewer without ever feeling like a gimmick — a rare feat from a modern horror film. This, along with the true nature of what threat lurks in the caverns, are but a few of the many reasons why this is a contemporary classic. Most people missed The Descent in theaters, so this is your chance to rectify that by joining us for a crimson night of spelunking and splatter!
Dir. Neil Marshall, 2005, 35mm, 99 min.

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

House Of Wax (2005)

Gooey bucketfuls of imagination!
7/27/2012 - MIDNITE

This is indeed the House Of Wax remake featuring the hype-laden, gruesome on-screen demise (spoiler!) of gossip rag celebrity extraordinaire Paris Hilton — but that’s just the tip of the viscous, melting iceberg, for this twisted re-imagining of the 1950s Vincent Price frightfest delivers a wet, viscous punch that’ll leave fans of oily classics like Slither and the ‘80s version of The Blob thirsty for more. Director Jaume Collett-Serra (who would later go on to direct the also-great, also-crazy Orphan) more than delivers on the ick factor, with not only victims encased in wax — but an entire creaky, leaky mansion also constructed entirely out of the stuff. This is a full House of great kills, production design and gooey bucketfulls of imagination, all leading up to a body-melting climax for the ages. We’re giving this House a new lease — on death!
Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra, 2005, 35mm, 113 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “House Of Wax”!

Deep Blue Sea (director Renny Harlin in person!)

Renny Harlin in person!
7/13/2012 - 10PM

Sure, Jaws is cool and all, but you know what’s cooler than a giant killer shark? Genetically engineered super smart killer sharks, that’s what! Hollywood action-meister Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Mindhunters) knows how to deliver on a high concept premise, and Deep Blue Sea is Harlin delivering at his no-holds-barred best. With a stellar cast featuring Thomas Jane, LL Cool J, Stellan Skarsgard and Sam mutherfuckin’ Jackson, Harlin infuses a great B-movie set-up with his muscular chops, and the result is one of the most crowd-pleasing animal attack films of the ‘90s — and the only great shark movie since Jaws. Forget all those Sci-Fi Channel cheapies, ‘cause this is the real deal, overflowing with all the flesh-ripping, explosions and panicked swimming you deserve. Don’t miss this chance to see it with like-minded shark fin-atics, and best of all, Renny Harlin himself in person!
Dir. Renny Harlin, 1999, 35mm, 105 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Deep Blue Sea”!


The 1990 creepy-crawly classic!
6/29/2012 - MIDNITE

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “arachnophobia” as an “irrational fear of spiders” — but there’s nothing irrational about it: spiders creep everyone out, and no movie has made squirmier use of this psychological reality than this 1990 creepy-crawly “thrill-omedy” classic. Big city doctor Jeff Daniels takes a small town job, just as the offspring of an ultra-deadly Amazonian spider begin a quickly slithering invasion. From there, director/longtime Spielberg collaborator Frank Marshall goes for broke, exploiting everything we fear about the little eight-legged bastards — namely that there’s one lurking under your chair right now! Backed by John Goodman doing his best Bill Murray from Caddyshack, and Julian Sands doing his best Julian Sands, the film’s true triumph is its unparalleled spider wrangling, all accomplished prior to the CG revolution, which means real spiders skittering, jumping, dangling, and making your skin crawl! Some horror movies leave you scared to turn the lights off — but Arachnophobia will have you double checking your toilet, cereal boxes, and slippers for weeks to come.
Dir. Frank Marshall, 1990, 35mm, 105 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Arachnophobia”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS presents Juan of the Dead (sneak preview, director in person!)

First Cuban horror film in 50 years!
6/21/2012 - 7:30PM

Special Thursday night show presented by Friday Night Frights!!

Fifty years after the Cuban Revolution, a brand-new hostile takeover is taking place, but these rebels only want one thing: to chomp your flesh. Welcome to the very first independent film to emerge from Castro’s World in half a century! Our hero Juan is a shiftless procrastinator, but knows an opportunity to make a quick buck when he sees one — so when Havana is overrun with zombies, Juan bands his friends together to form a ragtag “cleaning service” militia, ridding households of unwanted, undead loved ones. Much like Romero’s late-‘70s gold standard in satirizing modern culture through zombification, Juan of the Dead takes every opportunity to hilariously skewer the everyday ins-and-outs of Cuban society, from the government classifying the putrid hordes as “dissidents”, to public transport that still runs regardless of the bloody carnage. And, it’s gloriously splatterific from top to bottom — would we have it any other way? Director Alejandro Brugués will be here in person for a Q&A after the film, moderated by Josh Miller and Sebastian O’Brien of Cinefamily’s Friday Night Frights!
Dir. Alejandro Brugués, 2011, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch the trailer for “Juan of the Dead’!
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From Beyond (director Stuart Gordon in person!)

Stuart Gordon in person!
6/15/2012 - MIDNITE

Every bit as colorful, gruesome and insane as his preceding seminal masterpiece Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond continues his legendary fascination with H.P. Lovecraft, as well as provide another amazing collaborative canvas for horror film icon Jeffrey Combs to strike with his riveting brand of ultra-impassioned performance. From Beyond tells the gooey tale of a pair of scientists discovering a new gland in the brain — one that happens to yank nightmarish creatures from another reality into our dimension. If that doesn’t already sound like enough fun, Dawn Of The Dead‘s Ken Foree gets thrown into the mix, as does uber-sexy Barbara Crampton (who spends most of her screentime traipsing around in BDSM fetish gear.) Wicked psychedelia, intense latex monster effects and all-out craziness ensues, resulting in one of the Eighties’ greatest lurid horror fantasias. You’d have to be stuck in a hellish alternate reality yourself to miss this rare screening, especially since director Stuart Gordon will be there in person!
Dir. Stuart Gordon, 1986, 35mm, 86 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “From Beyond”!

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Groove on the vibes of Dr. Phibes!
5/25/2012 - MIDNITE

Death is the utimate trip, so won’t you come groove on the vibes of Dr. Phibes? Horror icon Vincent Price is known for plenty of savage, spooky and shocking roles, but none are as far-out as his titular turn in The Abominable Dr. Phibes! In this epitome of cool U.K. horror from director Robert Fuest (The Final Programme, And Soon The Darkness), Price plays a phreaky phantom of the opera who’s got a bone to pick with the stuffy British doctors who allowed his beloved wife to die on the operating table. With the aid of his hot chick sidekick and his bizarro clockwork band, Phibes wreaks vengeance on the M.D.s with wacky and gruesome deaths inspired by — biblical plagues? Fuest imbues the ‘70s psychedelic proceedings with visual flair and gorgeous production design, making this an abominable in-theater experience you can’t miss!
Dir. Robert Fuest, 1971, 35mm, 94 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Abominable Dr. Phibes”!

Friday Night Frights presents Demons

A freaky funhouse of Italian demon gore!
5/11/2012 - MIDNITE

Taking its cues from Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead and ramping the madness up to 11, Demons pushes forward from the ‘80s Italian horror mold of basic giallo/slasher tropes to become a freaky, fucked-up funhouse of amazing grisly setpieces. Directed by Lamberto Bava (son of Mario Bava), and with a script written by maestro Dario Argento, Demons centers around a movie theater that’s screening a film about demons — during which the patrons become possessed by (you guessed it) demons! It’s meta-horror that pre-dates the meta-horror boom of the ‘90s/’00s, and frankly, it’s a million times more fun. Wacky characters, awesome monster make-up and gallons of grue abound, with its breakneck pace and non-stop gore gags making it a wild ride from frame one. A screening of this Satanic masterwork is rare indeed; we can’t promise you won’t get possessed, but we can promise you’ll love every sinful second!
Dir. Lamberto Bava, 1985, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Demons”!

Dr. Giggles (20th anniversary screening, Larry Drake in person!)

Larry Drake in person!
4/27/2012 - MIDNITE

Dr. Giggles is a film that has it all — mirth, murder, medical puns — which makes it all the more perplexing that it wasn’t declared a cultural touchstone upon its release in 1992. Starring Emmy-winning Larry “L.A. Law” Drake in the tittering, titular role, Dr. Giggles is the quaint story of a small town doctor who just wants to see his patients well and rested…in the morgue! This gleeful and gory late entry in the slasher pantheon is both hilarious and at times shockingly grotesque — and is well-deserving of a clinical re-evaluation on this, the 20th anniversary of its release. So put on your best blood-soaked scrubs and grab your sharpest scapel, ’cause the doctor is in…SANE! Dr. Giggles star Larry Drake will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Manny Coto, 1992, 35mm, 96 min. (35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Dr. Giggles”!

Watch the original teaser trailer for “Dr. Giggles”!
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Friday Night Frights presents Jason X (screenwriter Todd Farmer in person!)

Jason space!
4/13/2012 - MIDNITE

Pinhead and the Leprechaun may have beat him in the space race, but no earthbound slasher handled the challenges of star-slaughter with more wit and grace than Jason Voorhees in 2001′s space odyssey Jason X. What should be a one-joke riff is actually a constantly inventive satire of sci-fi/horror genre conventions, and even manages to take loving machete jabs at the F13 franchise itself without descending into all-out parody. The result: a photon blast that lives up to the promise of Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, and in some ways even surpasses it with inventive kills, glorious gore and a great cameo by David Cronenberg. Oh, and space boobs too! Truly the best of the “in space” slasher trend, Jason X was sadly underappreciated upon its release, but we’re thawing this gem out of cryosleep on Friday, April 13th, so you can enjoy it in all its theatrical g(l)ory. When it comes to killin’, Jason is the final frontier, so don’t miss this star trek — into terror! Jason X screenwriter Todd Farmer will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. James Isaac, 2001, 35mm, 91 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Jason X”!

Creepers (aka U.S. version of "Phenomena")

One of Argento's creepiest classics!
3/23/2012 - MIDNITE

Coming hot on the heels of his shock classics Deep Red and Suspiria, Italian horror maestro Dario Argento was at the height of his powers in the early ‘80s — and Phenomena, aka Creepers, plays as both a sort of greatest-hits package of the director’s best impulses and fetishes, and a brain-busting head-spinner that stands mightily on its own. A very young Jennifer Connelly stars as a psychic ingenue (with a love of creepy-crawly insects) who’s menaced by a giallo-style killer at a Swiss Academy for girls. Throw in a a razor-wielding chimp(!), a typically nutty Donald Pleasance, a stellar soundtrack featuring Iron Maiden, Motorhead and (of course) the inimitable Goblin — and you have one of the best psychotronic film freakouts of the era. Tonight, we’ll be screening Creepers, the original American release cut — but have no fear, as it’s considered by many to be the preferred, faster-paced version of the film. So come get your creep on with this ultra-rare 35mm screening of one of Argento’s creepiest classics!
Dir. Dario Argento, 1985, 35mm, 82 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Creepers”!

Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (cast/crew reunion screening!)

One of the zaniest horror sequels EVER!
2/17/2012 - 11:59PM

NOTE: This screening will start at 12:15AM, rather than the typical Friday Night Frights midnight start time.

Truly one of the zaniest and most wildly entertaining installments of any horror franchise EVER! In the grand tradition of later horror sequels (in which the mayhem relocates to some far-flung locale like outer space, da hood or the Big Apple), James D.R. Hickox’s Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest deliciously mutates Stephen King’s original story and brings the murderous culty whelps to the urban jungle of 90′s Chicago; child actor Daniel Cerny delivers an awesomely creepy performance as the pious Eli, who isn’t going to let the obstacles of city life get in the way of his harvesting of a corn demon to reap unholy vengeance on this mild, midwestern Sodom and Gomorrah. On top of that, his adoptive uncle just happens to be caught in the web of an…international corn conspiracy? Kernel for kernel, you can’t beat Urban Harvest‘s audacity or insanity — and, you’re in for a truly unique theatrical experience, as our Friday Night Frights screening marks the straight-to-video COTC3’s first theatrical screening in…possibly ever! Come stalk next to “He who walks behind the rows” for the most terrrifying, corntastic event of this harvest season! Director James D.R. Hickox, cinematographer Gerry Lively, writer Dode Levenson, Daniel Cerny (“Eli”) and Jim Metzler (“William”) will all be here to introduce the film!
Dir. James D.R. Hickox, 1995, HD presentation, 92 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest”!

Kill List (2/3, 11:59pm)

UK gangland action meets The Wicker Man!
2/3/2012 - 11:59PM

The most wickedly vibrant genre film to emerge out of England in years, Kill List is a tour de excessive force that deftly blends Wicker Man-style occult freakiness with pulse-pounding gangland realism.  Leading a cast full of breakout performances, Neil Maskell plays an increasingly bombastic and completely terrifying contract killer who comes out of an early retirement at the promise of a big payoff — handed to him by an organization more ominous than any such group of characters ever seen in the pantheon of gangster movies.  Throughout this constantly morphing cinematic melange, director Ben Wheatley (Down Terrace) injects scalding fresh blood by diving into a dizzyingly unpredictable succession of genres, from nuanced marriage drama to heat attack-inducing horror, all seamlessly stitched together with the visual and sonic flair of a true auteur.  Whether you worship at the altar of art house or the church of the midnight mass, Kill List will make you a convert.
Dir. Ben Wheatley, 2011, 35mm, 95 min.

Watch the trailer for “Kill List”!

Crawlspace (director in person!)

One of Kinski's most freakish performances ever!
1/20/2012 - 11:59PM

Equalling his turns in Woyczek or Aguirre: The Wrath of God for pure moment-by-moment mania, Klaus Kinski gives one of his career-defining performances as the uber-creepy Dr. Karl Guenther in the 1986 voyeur-tastic freakout Crawlspace! The film concerns an apartment building run by our madman Klaus, and the impossibly accommodating labyrinth of air ducts that allow the good doctor to spy on his tenants. No one can ooze creepiness like Kinski, and director David Schmoeller wisely milks this super-power for all it’s worth. The film is a loving and effective tribute to Psycho with a few nice twists up its sleeve, a fun ‘80s vibe, and a great score by regular De Palma collaborator Pino Donaggio. Plus, there isn’t a moment when Kinski’s face is onscreen that won’t make your skin crawl — with delight! Director David Schomeller will be at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. David Schomeller, 1986, 35mm, 80 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Crawlspace”!

New Year's Evil

Ring in the new year with Friday Night Frights!
12/30/2011 - 11:59PM

Blaze Sullivan is having a doozy of a stressful New Year’s Eve: the hip punk rock TV show she hosts, “Hollywood Hotline,” is doing a live broadcast; her son is whacked out of his gourd on drugs; and, a creepazoid ID’ing himself only as “Evil” keeps calling into her show to inform her that he’s killing “naughty girls” at midnight for each of the four time zones! Unique to the post-Halloween slasher boom in that it utilizes neither the Ten Little Indians unseen-killer gimmick nor the masked monster approach, New Year’s Evil is a perfect example of the ‘80s holiday-centric horror film. As well, Kip Niven gives a memorable performance as our handsome Ted Bundy-esque psychopath, Roz Kelly (“Pinky Tuscadero” from Happy Days) is our bizarre elder heroine, and the film’s portrayal of the “badass” punk scene is a hoot! To quote the punk-in-film encyclopedia “Destroy All Movies”: “If [all] that doesn’t sound like a goddamn masterpiece to you, then what are you living for?”
Dir. Emmett Alston, 1980, 35mm, 90 min.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

For Thanksgiving, the cannibalistic First Family Of Horror!
11/25/2011 - 11:59PM

When setting out to make the sequel to the scuzzy, visceral and wildly original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre — a film so incredible that pretty much nothing could compete with it — director Tobe Hooper made the bold choice of making the comedic subtext of the first film the overt text, resulting in this colorful, legendary ‘80s slice of satirical Americana written by fellow Texan filmmaking legend L.M. Kit Carson. In a film that shares more kinship with 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 heroine DJ 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 franchise, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a veritable feast of gags and gore. Besides, what more perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving can there be than with the cannibalistic First Family of Horror? Have a seat at the table — we’ve saved you a drumstick!
Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1986, 35mm, 89 min.

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