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

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

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9/26/2014 - 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!)

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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”!

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: 28 Days Later

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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!)

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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!)

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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!)

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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!)

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6/27/2014 - MIDNITE

CO-PRESENTED BY SHOCK TILL YOU DROP

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!)

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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!)

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5/30/2014 - MIDNITE

Co-presented by SCREAM FACTORY and FANGORIA

“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!)

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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!)

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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

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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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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Razorback

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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

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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!)

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2/21/2014 - MIDNITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1/24/2014 - 11:59PM

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

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

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

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Dead Alive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The unsung horror MVP of 2013!
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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.

Watch the trailer for “You’re Next”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: We Are What We Are (free sneak preview!)

Deadly and delicious!
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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.

Watch the trailer for “We Are What We Are”!
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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Pitch Black (director David Twohy in person!)

Powered by high-octane Diesel!
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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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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS & DOUG BENSON'S MOVIE INTERRUPTION: Evil Dead

It will rain blood on Doug & Co.!
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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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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Magic

Anthony Hopkins is a real dummy!
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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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FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Battery

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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!
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7/26/2013 - MIDNITE

PRESENTED BY SCREAM FACTORY

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!
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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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Watch the legendary excerpt of Isabelle Adjani going bat-shit crazy in “Possession”!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: 100 Bloody Acres (presented by Friday Night Frights)

Free show of new Aussie horror comedy!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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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Thale

A grisly Nordic folklore freakout!
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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!
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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 Cracked.com’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!
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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!
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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!
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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.

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

One of the best fanged flicks ever!
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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.

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Zombie

We are going to eat you!
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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!
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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!
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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.

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Alien 3 ("Assembly Cut")

The dark debut of David Fincher!
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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)

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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!
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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.

Watch the trailer for “[REC] 3: Genesis”!
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Maniac Cop 2 (director William Lustig in person!)

William Lustig in person!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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”!

Arachnophobia

The 1990 creepy-crawly classic!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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 Voorhees...in space!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.

Watch the trailer for “New Year’s Evil”!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

For Thanksgiving, the cannibalistic First Family Of Horror!
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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.

Watch the trailer for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2″!
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The Beast Within (Phillipe Mora & Paul Clemens in person!)

Director and star in person!
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11/11/2011 - 11:59PM

The Hollywood machine was quick to find new and goopy ways to insert monsters inside of our bodies, in the wake of Alien — and, not content to make just another Alien knockoff, director Philippe Mora took the concept to a whole new level with the cult classic The Beast Within. It posits what we’ve all asked ourselves at one point or another: what would happen if I were raped by a monster? Equal parts possession movie, werewolf movie and grindhouse sleazefest, this early ‘80s gem is anchored by a strong cast featuring Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch and a fearless performance by beast spawn/lovelorn teen Paul Clemens. It also features some of the coolest monster make-up and transformation effects of the period: pulsating bladder and slimy latex that demands to be seen on the big screen, and will still make you squeamish nearly thirty years later. Satisfy your inner beast with us, Friday Night Frights-style! Schedules permitting, Philippe Mora and Paul Clemens will join us for a Q&A after the film!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Beast Within”!

The Oregonian (L.A. premiere, director in person!)

The wildly unpredictable Sundance fave!
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9/23/2011 - 11:59PM

“Bold, impressionistic, possi­bly symbolic or maybe just nuts, The Oregonian follows a young woman (Lindsay Pulsipher of “True Blood”) as she wakes up from a car crash to find the world has gone horribly wrong. With its startling sound design and Reeder’s backwoods, David Lynch-esque world view, the film never the less fits comfortably within what seems to be one of the subtexts of Sundance films this year: ‘Am I crazy, or is this the apocalypse?’ ” — Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

There is a place where the skies are wide and the forests are thick — to say nothing of completely strange. You can lose yourself forever in these woods. Here you’ll meet truckers with serious problems, and old women with unspeakable powers. You may even make a furry friend. Just be sure to stay quiet. Spend some time with a woman from Oregon, who is lost on the road and running away from her past. Now she has a chance to experience everything the grotesque Northwest has to offer, whether she likes it or not. If you are familiar with Calvin Lee Reeder’s surreal horror shorts Little Farm and The Rambler, then you know you are in for some thick atmosphere in The Oregonian. Reeder is a king of ambiance, using color and sound to creep you out as much as the sinister characters do. The moody, tense vibes will make you laugh, too. Come in, sit down, and get lost. Writer-director Calvin Reeder will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Calvin Reeder, 2011, HD presentation, 81 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Oregonian”!
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The Gate (plus Q&A w/ director Tibor Takacs!)

From the golden era of cinema’s small horrible creatures!
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9/9/2011 - 11:59PM

From the golden era of cinema’s small horrible creatures (Gremlins, Ghoulies, Gary Coleman, etc.) comes The Gate, a film which remains just as genuinely spooky and cool as from when it first primed your childhood nightmares! In his feature debut, Stephen Dorff plays a precocious kiddie who accidentally unleashes the gate to Hades in his Spielbergian suburban backyard. Exploring the same haunting, hallucinatory territory of Phantasm or the original Evil Dead, and containing a very large number of indelible freaky images, The Gate is special due to its comittment to unsettle you; not satisfied with merely presenting a torrent of demonic little homunculi (portrayed incredibly by actors in suits rendered tiny and hellish through forced-perspective and other camera tricks), director Tibor Takács also turns up the moody burn to a fever pitch, and doesn’t skimp on the legitimate, non-kid-friendly scares. Also, it is a well established fact that any movie that uses a Satanic Heavy Metal record as a plot device is awesome. Don’t be late…for The Gate! Director Tibor Takács will join us via Skype for a Q&A before the film!
Dir. Tibor Takacs, 1987, 35mm, 85 min.

Watch Friday Night Frights’ trailer for “The Gate”!

Clive Barker's "Nightbreed"

Clive Barker's lost 1990 horror freakout!
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8/26/2011 - 11:59PM

Nightbreed is a rare breed indeed, the sort of gleeful, kitchen sink monster movie you just don’t see made nowadays. Directed by Clive Barker and adapted from his own novel “Cabal”, Nightbreed tells the tale of a rock n’ roll rebel (played by a brooding Craig Sheffer) who may or may not be guilty of a string of brutal murders, and who also happens upon a literal underground society of monsters. Did we mention that David Cronenberg plays his therapist in a deliciously perverse, scene-stealing performance? Hijinx and an onslaught of good old-fashioned latex creature make-ups ensue, and the results are unhinged, dizzying and never, ever dull. The film was Barker’s follow-up to his seminal Hellraiser, but it was sorely neglected at the time of its release in 1990. Now you have a chance to rectify that gross injustice by seeing it as it was meant to be seen — in a dark room full of like-minded, questionable weirdos! Come join us in Midian, where the monsters live!
Dir. Clive Barker, 1990, 35mm, 102 min.

Watch our trailer for “Nightbreed”!

Candyman (director Bernard Rose in person!)

Bernard Rose's chilling Clive Barker adaptation!
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8/12/2011 - 11:59PM

Be it a horde of zombies, or one particularly large mutated lizard, the source of terror in a horror film with an urban setting generally requires a large volume of monster(s) to be effective — but the Big City has its fringes too, often hidden in plain sight. Therein lies the simple genius of Bernard Rose’s urban ghost tale Candyman, which takes the seeds of Clive Barker’s Lovecraftian short story “The Forbidden” and bears horrifying fruit by transplanting it to inner-city Chicago. Rose turns the infamous Cabrini–Green housing project into a world just as removed, mysterious and steeped in folklore as any backwoods or Old World village, as grad student Virginia Madsen’s investigation into a local boogeyman known as The Candyman (Tony Todd, in a chilling, career-defining performance) plays just as much on our dread of the supernatural as it does on our societal dread of the ghetto. With the help of composer Philip Glass, Rose crafts one of the most frightening and overtly artistic mainstream horror films of the modern era, by turns equally Gothic, romantic and bloodily baroque. Come summon the Candyman with us as he was meant to be summoned: on the big screen! “Sweets to the Sweet…” Bernard Rose will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Bernard Rose, 1992, 35mm, 99 min.

Watch our trailer for “Candyman”!

The Kindred (director Jeffrey Obrow in person!)

A slice of vastly underseen horror FX mastery!
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7/29/2011 - 11:59PM

The golden age of practical horror movie FX had a relatively brief but gloriously bladder-pulsating run starting in the late ‘70s until the early ‘90s, when the CGI revolution quickly transformed the entire cinema landscape. Produced during the heart of this era, the vastly underseen The Kindred deserves a second life, for not only does its shocking transformation effects match those of An American Werewolf In London, The Thing and The Howling — but its crazed original plot is a rarity for a film produced during the endless ‘80s slasher sequel goldrush. The story concerns John, whose mother is a renowned scientist. On her deathbed, John’s mother instructs him to destroy all her lab notes, before accidentally blurting out that he has a brother. Naturally, John and some friends venture to his mother’s lab, wholly unprepared for what they’ll find. In addition to its fantastic grisly grue, The Kindred also features two Oscar-winning actors: A Streetcar Named Desire‘s Kim Hunter and that great chewer of scenery, Rod Steiger! Schedule permitting, co-director Jeffrey Obrow will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dirs. Jeffrey Obrow & Stephen Carpenter, 1987, 35mm, 91 min.

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Alligator

Robert Forster battles a giant reptile on the streets of Chicago!
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7/8/2011 - 11:59PM

If the animal attack genre has a Holy Trinity — then Jaws is God, Orca is Christ and Alligator is the Holy Ghost. This masterwork (scripted by John Sayles!) takes the urban myth of the “alligator flushed into the sewer” and follows it to its natural payoff — namely, a giant alligator rampaging through Chicago. But what makes this film stand tall among its peers is a central performance by Robert Forster as the down-on-his-luck-cop-obsessed-with-his-hair-loss who just so happens to be the guy to go mano-y-gator with the scaly antagonist. Director Lewis Teague shows some real ingenuity in making the real-life gator look huge; it’s the kind of clever trickery that is so sorely lacking in today’s era of crummy CGI SyFy Channel creature quickies. Best of all, Alligator’s chock full of rampaging fun — there’s a scene involving a child and a swimming pool that you won’t soon forget — and a heartfelt sincerity that elevates it to the status of timeless creature classic. Later, Alligator!
Dir. Lewis Teague, 1980, 35mm, 89 min.

 

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CINEFAMILY SENIOR PROM: Carrie + Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

A double shot of prom-themed horror, plus live dance party!
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6/24/2011 - 8PM

Corsage? Check. Streamers? Check. Tiara? Check. The wild anticipation that tonight might be the night you finally get to third base? Absolutely — ‘cause it’s prom time!!!! Calling all geeks, jocks, princesses, and weirdos: whether prom is one of your most cherished memories, or whether you were too busy getting high/studying/making out/crying to go in the first place — now is your chance to do it again (or for the first time), but ten times better! With booze and friends! Bring your high school sweetie, a gaggle of girlfriends, or roll stag to the first annual Cinefamily Senior Prom! Have some punch (hope no one spiked it!), get your prom photos taken with your BFFs, scarf down some Pazzo Gelato and — let’s not forget — dance the night away in-between our two prom-themed horror features, with DJ Tuna on the decks!. Make it a night to remember! Here’s the lineup:

Carrie – 8:00pm
The ultimate high school horror film, Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s first novel Carrie proved to be a rare perfect blend of story and artistic vision. De Palma really pulls off a balancing act here, deftly juggling comedy, melodrama and horrific hysteria, making it seem effortless all the while. He’s at the top of his camera spinning, split-screen lovin’ game here — the climactic pig-blood prom freakout will forever remain an iconic moment in the pantheon of horror. The cast is also stellar, led by young, hot Sissy Spacek, batshit crazy Piper Laurie, and rounded out by strong turns from Nancy Allen, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley and a pre-fame John Travolta. If you’ve never seen this masterpiece on the big screen, now’s your chance! If you miss this one — they’re all going to laugh at you!
Dir. Brian de Palma, 1976, 35mm, 98 min.

Senior Prom Dance Party – 10:00pm
After Carrie, the front row couches slide to the side, and the dance party begins, with DJ Tuna spinning tunes deep into the night!

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II – midnight-ish
Wisely departing from the slasher angle of the original 1980 Prom Night — which, by 1987, was essentially the product of a different era — Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II forges its own territory — by shamelessly aping A Nightmare On Elm Street via Carrie! The results are wildly entertaining without veering into the almost-inevitable camp direction that most horror films would soon head; veteran Canuck director Bruce Pittman knows what he’s going for and achieves it with style. The story follows the resurrected ghost of ‘50s psychic/prom queen/slut Mary Lou, as she possesses a hapless ‘80s teen girl in order to reap revenge on those who wronged her decades ago. The film has its tongue planted firmly in cheek as evidenced by character names like Henenlotter and Carpenter, and it has no trouble keeping the gory good times going — and if that’s not enough, it also features a wacko performance from perennial ‘80s horror hanger-on Michael Ironside (Total Recall, Scanners). This is one prom you don’t want to skip!
Dir. Bruce Pittman, 1987, 35mm, 97 min.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (brand-new HD restoration!)

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5/27/2011 - MIDNITE

Would you believe us if we told you there was a time, not so long ago, when broadcast television produced great and scary original horror films? It’s true; Friday Night Frights would never lie to you! To prove it, we’re screening the landmark 1973 movie-of-the-week chiller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, about a young woman who inherits her recently deceased grandmother’s house, only to discover that the old place has a nasty pest problem: disturbing, murderous miniature demons who only show their hideous, twisted visages at night. This truly creepy slice of classic telly stars Kim Darby (from the original True Grit), and marks one of the final performances from workhorse character actor/Preston Sturges regular William Demarest (The Lady Eve, Sullivan’s Travels). Though the film was released theatrically in Europe under the name Nightmare, presenting it on the big screen is a wonderful and rare treat that only enhances the film’s sense of itchy dread — plus, we’ll be screening Warner Brothers’ brand-new HD restoration. So come gasp, shriek and soak in the vintage terror before the Guillermo del Toro-produced studio remake of Don’t Be Afraid… hits theaters this summer!
Dir. John Newland, 1973, DigiBeta, 74 min. (Re-mastered archival video [from the long-lost camera negative] courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection)

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Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

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5/13/2011 - MIDNITE

Jason Voorhees clearly never received Dr. Suess’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” as a gift growing up, because — despite surviving a supposed drowning, then being partially killed thrice, and officially killed thrice more — over the course of seven films the guy never left Crystal Lake. Hell, by contrast, after only six entries the Leprechaun had gone to L.A., Vegas, outer space, and tha Hood (twice) — which is why the glorious Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is such a silly inevitable treat, for the big guy is practically burstin’ to get out! Not only does VIII feature the most offable cast of expendables yet, but it also contains some of the most insane and ridiculous kills of the entire franchise (rooftop boxing practice, anyone?) Come kick back with us on Friday, May 13th as we revel in pure hockey-masked absurdity and destruction with one of our fave Jason sequels — plus, come early for a pre-show montage of every single previous Friday the 13th kill!
Dir. Rob Hedden, 1989, 35mm, 100 min.

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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Stake Land

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4/22/2011 - MIDNITE

Like the undead lovechild of Zombieland and The Road, fest sensation Stake Land is the perfect antidote for the emo-teen vampires of Twilight. These vamps don’t sparkle like couture in the sunlight, and they sure as hell don’t want you to love them — they’re dirty, scary bloodsuckers who’ve become the dominant predators in a post-apocalyptic hell. And it seems vampires aren’t the worst thing out there, as our band of travelers (rounded out by genre favorite Danielle Harris and Kelly “Top Gun” McGillis) run afoul of a religious cult with nefarious designs of their own. Like all good horror yarns, what makes Stake Land special is the characters and the situations, and the film delivers with strong performances and unexpected twists. It all translates into a rockin’ good time for anyone who has ever loved Mad Max, but wished there were more vampires in it!

Dir. Jim Mickle, 2010, 98 min.

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Body Parts (20th Anniversary screening, director Eric Red in person!)

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4/15/2011 - MIDNITE

Cinema’s long-standing fascination with limbs that rebel against their owners dates all the way back to the ‘20s, with The Hands of Orlac — but Eric Red (creator of The Hitcher and Near Dark) flat-out perfected the formula with Body Parts, a white-knuckle manic thriller woefully underseen upon its release in the horror-challenged early ‘90s, but densely ripe for rediscovery. Jeff Fahey plays a scientist who loses his arm in an auto accident, only to get a replacement “part” from a deceased (you guessed it!) serial killer. What makes Red’s take on the idea stand out is the masterful way he ratchets up the tension; the guy knows how to styishly tighten the screws ‘til the wood is stripped, never letting up. Add to that one of the all-time astounding car chase setpieces, as well as Fahey’s crazed, inspired performance (which could honestly give Jack Nicholson’s turn in The Shining a run for its money), and you have yourself a bonafide hidden treasure. Writer/director Eric Red will be here at the Cinefamily for a Q&A after the film!

Dir. Eric Red, 1991, 35mm, 88 min.

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (Chiodo Brothers in person!)

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4/1/2011 - MIDNITE

The Chiodo Brothers trio are masters of the wondrous and sadly fading art of special effects puppetry. Their handiwork (pun intended!) has spanned decades, from the toothy fur balls in the Critters franchise to the gun-toting, epically vomiting marionettes in Team America: World Police — and in 1988, the planets aligned to let the brothers pool their collective creativity/borderline madness into their own feature film. The result: the dementedly hilarious gonzo classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space, about a sinister race of ugly-as-hell alien clowns hellbent on harvesting lipsmackin’, delicious humans. Effortlessly tapping into the freaky-funny nature of clowns, the Chiodos offer up a sideshow of loony danger with balloon animal guard dogs, deadly fun houses, human ventriloquist dummies, flesh-eating cotton candy, a pitch-perfect teeter-tottering theme song by The Dickies — and Animal House’s John Vernon doing what he does best: grumbling about punk kids! The Chiodo Brothers will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!

Dir. Stephen Chiodo, 1988, 35mm, 88 min.

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