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A carefully curated collection of pizza party classics, fist explosions, international adrenaline-pumpers, ‘80s funbombs, white-hot laugh factories, total freakazoids and more. But this is no MST3K chucklethon; this is a dedicated study of all that is, and can be, AWESOME. Nothing makes us happier than: 1) B-list pics delivering A-list thrills; and 2) the glorious time when the weathered faces of Warren Oates and Charles Bronson were marquee idols. Kick off your weekend in style with your newest cinematic obsession! Follow Heavy Midnites on FB and Twitter!

 

HEAVY MIDNITES: Twelve Monkeys

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9/12 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Settle in for a sci-fi scorcher, a meticulously-constructed, labyrinthine mind-shocker so hot it’ll flip your top and have you questioning your own reality. A vision launched from the genius of Brazil director Terry Gilliam, Twelve Monkeys is inspired chaos, a poetic hallucination of a dark future (and past) that’s a potent mix of time travel adventure and lunatic fantasy that works both as a manic fever dream and a thrilling whodunit. When Bruce Willis is sent back in time to investigate a deadly plague, he’s catapulted too far and hospitalized as insane. You know what they say, science isn’t an exact science. Featuring an intense and convincingly grungy Willis, a mile-a-minute, deliriously hyper and hypnotically wall-eyed Brad Pitt plus Madeleine Stowe as a psychiatrist / audience surrogate trying to piece it all together. Add Gilliam’s precisely designed landscape that packs more visual information into a single frame than most films attempt in their entire runtime, ambitiously wild ideas that demand multiple viewings and the spirit of Chris Marker’s La Jetée, and you’ve got yourself an absolute stunner.

Dir. Terry Gilliam, 1995, 35mm, 129 min.

HEAVY MIDNITES: Axe & Kidnapped Coed Double Feature (w/ Dir. Frederick Friedel in person!)

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9/19 - 10:30PM
$14/free for members

One of the most famed mysteries from the exploitation underworld exposed! Before disappearing from the film world for nearly 30 years, writer/director Frederick R. Friedel crafted two low budget hits that rocked the drive-in circuit. And in one of those HOLYFUCKINGSHIT / ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunities, the outsider auteur is flying in to screen his movies in 35mm plus discuss the insane stories behind his enigmatic career. Trust us, this will be a night to dismember.

AXE

Razors! Rape! REVENGE! Perfectly balanced in the Cinefamily sweet spot between arthouse and grindhouse, Axe is a perverse blast of chintzy, art-horror realism that no one eulogizes, but everyone should. In other words, it’s one of the best kept secrets in vintage exploitation. Lisa and her paralyzed grandfather live in a desolate Gothic home. A few rapist-killers stop by for a visit. Guns are waved. Demands are made. Everyone acts like a stoned extraterrestrial. Then, Lisa grabs her AXE! Towing a fine line between affecting techniques and disorientating mood, Axe is an amalgam of gritty, exploitive joy. It’s like the Overlook Hotel from The Shining was relocated to the town from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then given a makeover by Jean Rollin. With lots of synths. Crafted with confidence by director Frederick Friedel and produced by sleaze kingpin Harry Novak, Axe is one of the most notable and unique obscurities in the wild ‘n wooly Video Nasty canon.

Dir. Frederick R. Friedel, 1977, 35mm, 72 min.

KIDNAPPED CO-ED

Decades ago an unforgettable film came not from Hollywood, but from the Carolinas — one in which star-crossed lovers are sullied by sexual sadism, in which hayseed sincerity is tarnished by pitch black humor, and Rockwellian idylls are rife with grisly crime. No, not Blue Velvet; ten years before Lynch patented his blend of naive noir, Frederick Friedel birthed Kidnapped Co-Ed. Jack Canon (a perfect Clint Eastwood/Harry Dean Stanton hybrid) hijacks heiress Leslie Ann Rivers for her daddy’s money, but a disturbing detour leads the unlikely couple deep into the heart of darkest America, where unspeakable thrills await. Friedel’s Stockholm Syndrome fairytale is incandescent with unthinkable images, uproariously (and intentionally) funny dialogue, heartbreaking romance and irresolvable mystery; that it doesn’t enjoy Twin Peaks-level fame is a crime worse than kidnapping.

Dir. Frederick Friedel, 1976, 35mm, 76 min.

HEAVY MIDNITES: After Hours (30th Anniversary!)

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9/26 - MIDNITE
$12/free for members

Martin Scorsese’s coke-fueled black comedy fever dream rides high on manic energy like a laser blast, a thrilling masterclass in cinematic propulsion, a completely out-there exercise in style, birthed through his frantic frustration over the initial collapse of his adaptation of The Last Temptation of Christ. After Hours is one of Scorsese’s best films, one of the all-time great “all night” movies, and a wild exploration of New York that will leave you breathless. Griffin Dunne leads an all-star cast (Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara, Cheech & Chong and more!) through a seemingly endless and Kafkaesque trip through the city, a bizarre nightmare that ratchets up the agitation, excitement, lunacy and laughter to surreal levels as it bounces from one screwball idea to another, somehow tying in plaster of Paris bagel-and-cream-cheese paperweights, burglary, an ice cream truck and even a crude drawing of a shark biting off a man’s erect penis. It’s that frickin’ good!

Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1985, 35mm, 97 min.

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