SpectreFest 2014 - Schedule

Co-presented by SpectreVision

 

 

SpectreFest: a hand-picked look at the latest and greatest in progressive genre films and forward-thinking music from around the world that challenge our grip on reality. SpectreFest: a place where unexpected elements of the fantastic gather together — offering cold shadows, distant melodies, forgotten memories and new hauntings. SpectreFest: a collaboration between Cinefamily and SpectreVision (the new production company founded/partnered by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller.)

 

BUY TICKETS ($12/free for members, unless otherwise noted.. Showtimes subject to change):
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Thurs, 9/4, 7:30pm (free w/ RSVP): The Guest (sneak preview, filmmakers in person!)

Tues, 9/16, 8:00pm: FREE SNEAK PREVIEW / OFFSITE @ VISTA THEATER (4473 Sunset Dr., 90027) – Tusk (L.A. premiere, Kevin Smith & cast in person!)

Thurs, 9/18, 7:30pm: Housebound (L.A. premiere!)

Thurs, 9/25, 7:30pm: White Shadow (L.A. premiere!)

Tues, 9/30, 7:30pm: The Golem (w/ live score by Jacaszek!)

Sat, 10/4, 9:00pm: Nacho Party! (feat. L.A. premieres of Open Windows & Confetti of the Mind: Nacho Vigolando Shorts)

Thurs, 10/9, 7:30pm: Dead Snow & Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (L.A. premiere, cast members in person!)

Thurs, 10/16, 7:30pm ($18/$10 for members): Show & Tell w/ Clive Barker & Nightbreed: Director’s Cut

Thurs, 10/23, 7:30pm: Metropolis (w/ live score by Chrome Canyon!)

Sat 10/25, 5:00pm: Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Spooktacular!

Wed, 10/29, 7:30pm ($15/free for members): Tales From Beyond The Pale: LIVE!

Thurs, 10/30, 7:30pm: Gremlins (30th Anniversary screening!) & “The History of PG-13″ Panel

Fri, 10/31, doors at 8:00pm (all tix $15): “CHILDHOOD HAUNTS” HALLOWEEN PARTY!

November 6-9: The Creeping Garden11/6, 7:30pm, 11/8, 7:30pm, 11/9, 9:45pm

Fri, 11/14, 10:30pm: Starry Eyes (director & more in person!)

 

SPECTREFEST / FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Starry Eyes (filmmakers & cast in person!)

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11/14/2014 - 10:30PM

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

Watch the teaser trailer for “Starry Eyes”!
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SPECTREFEST: Metropolis (encore, w/ live score by Chrome Canyon!)

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11/14/2014 - 7:45PM

One of the greatest films in the annals of sci-fi, musically accompanied by the return of one of Cinefamily’s favorite analog synth wizards! A time-honored, pioneering portrait of an Expressionist Tomorrowland, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis had it all (according to its original press release): “8 stars, 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald people, 250 children, 3,500 pairs of special shoes, 50 cars.” What it also contained was a brilliant distillation of the Germany’s unconscious Zeitgeist energies, as that country lurched toward fascism in the Thirties — not to mention a peerless batch of indelible images. As we celebrate Metropolis as yesterday’s fantasy of what tomorrow could be, we welcome Stones Throw recording artist Chrome Canyon as the temporal technician for the job. The solo project of New York artist Morgan Z (who touched down upon Angeleno soil last year to permanently reside alongside us), Chrome Canyon creates synth sounds that move between eras past and ages imagined — an aural palate that’s a whizz-bang accompaniment for Fritz Lang’s classic version of an alternate now.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Metropolis”!

SPECTREFEST: The Creeping Garden (11/9)

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11/9/2014 - 9:45PM

Co-presented by L.A. Makerspace. Slime Mold Maze designed and printed by Joseph Chiu of Toybuilder Labs.

The star of this psychedelic documentary exploration is neither animal nor mineral, vegetable — or even mushroom. They have no proven intelligence, yet are clinically logical in laboratory tests. They are slime molds. AND THEY LIVE AMONG US. Plasmodial slime mold: a viscous, strangely beautiful substance whose mysteries have seduced scientists and artists alike. And why, exactly, has this writhing, oozing, vividly colored organism so intrigued biologists, designers, mycologists, theorists, robotic engineers, and visionary artists around the globe? Filmmakers Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp take a thrillingly unconventional approach, as they combine the paranoid chill factor of a Seventies dystopian sci-fi with a lyrical visual eye and heavy-duty detective work to make something much, much more than your average science documentary. With appropriately haunting, gauzy music by Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man), The Creeping Garden elevates the study of slime molds into a poetic, cathartic take on our symbiotic connection with the natural world.
Dirs. Tim Grabham & Jasper Sharp, 2014, DCP, 81 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Creeping Garden”!
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SPECTREFEST: The Creeping Garden (11/8)

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11/8/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by L.A. Makerspace. Slime Mold Maze designed and printed by Joseph Chiu of Toybuilder Labs.

The star of this psychedelic documentary exploration is neither animal nor mineral, vegetable — or even mushroom. They have no proven intelligence, yet are clinically logical in laboratory tests. They are slime molds. AND THEY LIVE AMONG US. Plasmodial slime mold: a viscous, strangely beautiful substance whose mysteries have seduced scientists and artists alike. And why, exactly, has this writhing, oozing, vividly colored organism so intrigued biologists, designers, mycologists, theorists, robotic engineers, and visionary artists around the globe? Filmmakers Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp take a thrillingly unconventional approach, as they combine the paranoid chill factor of a Seventies dystopian sci-fi with a lyrical visual eye and heavy-duty detective work to make something much, much more than your average science documentary. With appropriately haunting, gauzy music by Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man), The Creeping Garden elevates the study of slime molds into a poetic, cathartic take on our symbiotic connection with the natural world.
Dirs. Tim Grabham & Jasper Sharp, 2014, DCP, 81 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Creeping Garden”!
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SPECTREFEST: The Creeping Garden (11/6)

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11/6/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by L.A. Makerspace. Slime Mold Maze designed and printed by Joseph Chiu of Toybuilder Labs.

The star of this psychedelic documentary exploration is neither animal nor mineral, vegetable — or even mushroom. They have no proven intelligence, yet are clinically logical in laboratory tests. They are slime molds. AND THEY LIVE AMONG US. Plasmodial slime mold: a viscous, strangely beautiful substance whose mysteries have seduced scientists and artists alike. And why, exactly, has this writhing, oozing, vividly colored organism so intrigued biologists, designers, mycologists, theorists, robotic engineers, and visionary artists around the globe? Filmmakers Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp take a thrillingly unconventional approach, as they combine the paranoid chill factor of a Seventies dystopian sci-fi with a lyrical visual eye and heavy-duty detective work to make something much, much more than your average science documentary. With appropriately haunting, gauzy music by Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man), The Creeping Garden elevates the study of slime molds into a poetic, cathartic take on our symbiotic connection with the natural world.
Dirs. Tim Grabham & Jasper Sharp, 2014, DCP, 81 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Creeping Garden”!
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Gremlins ("Preview Cut" encore!)

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11/4/2014 - 7:30PM

For tonight’s show, we’ll be screening the lone 35mm print of the Gremlins “Preview Cut”!

Watch the trailer for “Gremlins”!
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"Childhood Haunts" Halloween Party

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10/31/2014 - 8PM

Halloween is truly hallowed at Cinefamily — it’s both the right time to get down, and to celebrate our birthday. We opened seven years ago this week (Holy Hades, how time has flown), and we mark every Cinebirthday with an unforgettable, all-night audio/visual bash. This year, we reach out beyond what haunts us in our waking adult lives, to explore the depths of our collective childhood movie-watching subconscious in an original Cinefamily video mix. This signature Mondo video collision covers the hazy, freaky-deaky memories of these pivotal pieces of films and TV that pretty much screwed us up for life; this is a mix that’s been years in the making. Plus, a midnight ghost story performance by Chicago-based artist Lyra Hill (Brain Frame), previously-unseen terrifying animated shorts from Fox’s ADHD, a live set of dronescapes by Telecaves, and a return of our upstairs Oculus Rift lounge (this time, loaded up with “Satan’s Family Arcade” virtual reality realms fresh from the domes of L.A. gearhead dementoids Glitch City!) Did we also mention drinks, dancing and other ridiculous reverie?

Halloween is truly hallowed at Cinefamily — it’s both the right time to get down, and to celebrate our birthday. We opened seven years ago this week (Holy Hades, how time has flown), and we mark every Cinebirthday with an unforgettable, all-night audio/visual bash.
This year, we reach out beyond what haunts us in our waking adult lives, to explore the depths of our collective childhood movie-watching subconscious in an original Cinefamily video mix. This signature Mondo video collision covers the hazy, freaky-deaky memories of these pivotal pieces of films and TV that pretty much screwed us up for life; this is a mix that’s been years in the making. Plus, a midnight ghost story performance by Chicago-based artist Lyra Hill (Brain Frame), previously-unseen terrifying animated shorts from Fox’s ADHD, a live set of dronescapes by Telecaves, and a return of our upstairs Oculus Rift lounge (this time, loaded up with “Satan’s Family Arcade” virtual reality realms fresh from the domes of L.A. gearhead dementoids Glitch City.) Did we also mention drinks, dancing and other ridiculous reverie?

“CHILDHOOD HAUNTS” MONDO MIX
At the center of this year’s event is one of Cinefamily’s signature “Mondo” mixes (a homemade, long-form found footage montage that can blow your mind, put a smile on your face, renew/destroy your faith in humanity, and possibly change your life.) Locked away in the dusty corners of our memory banks, we all have a secret stash of half-remembered nightmarish moments from our early viewing habits that still, to this day, shake our spines. Everybody’s got ‘em. “All I remember is the clown in the window, holding the knife…”, “What’s the movie where the midget gets his fingers blown off?”, “There were some kids…and a bearded guy chasing after them with a potato peeler…” Did these films actually exist, or did we just dream them? Find out for sure, as we take you by the hand and konk your pre-pubescent noggin with a storm of vintage video vittles on the theme of CHILDHOOD HAUNTS!

LYRA HILL
It’s no hyperbole to say that Chicago’s Lyra Hill has pioneered a brand-new artistic medium: cartoonists performing their cartoons. Her regular live series Brain Frame has, over the last several years, given comixheads a place to interpret their work in front of an open-minded audience, incorporating elements impossible to reproduce on a printed page: costumes, cardboard, projection, puppetry, props, songs, soundscapes, speeches, primal screams, smoke machines, and/or more. For our Halloween bash, Lyra performs a psychosexual horror story called “Go Down”, which follows a young woman who buys a magic crystal, meets her boyfriend in a field, eats the crystal, and then hallucinates a death orgasm. Intense, hair-raising and kinda steamy!

Watch Cinefamily’s teaser trailer for our custom “Childhood Haunts” video mix!

SPECTREFEST: Gremlins (30th Anniversary, Joe Dante & more in person!) + "The History of PG-13" Panel

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10/30/2014 - 7:30PM

For tonight’s show, we’ll be screening the lone 35mm print of the Gremlins “Preview Cut”!

After the film, stick around for an in-depth panel discussion about the history of the MPAA’s “PG-13″ rating, and how Gremlins became the first film ever to receive it. Panelists include: Joe Dante (director, Gremlins), Mike Finell (producer, Gremlins), Stephen Farber (author, “The Movie Rating Game”) and Susan Nicoletti (MPAA ratings board member in the 1980s.)

DJ Dem Boyz will be here to spin tunes before the show!

Watch the trailer for “Gremlins”!
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SPECTREFEST: Tales From Beyond The Pale

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10/29/2014 - 7:30PM

From Glass Eye Pix — the studio that brought you The House of the Devil, Stake Land and The Last Winter — comes a loving homage to a time when horror and suspense were manifested in the minds of the audience, just as much as they were in the performances themselves. These audio dramas, performed before a live audience in the style of the old-school “Lights Out” chiller programs, take you on a journey through the shadows that hasn’t been traversed since the days of Orson Welles, Boris Karloff, and Vincent Price. Tonight’s program contains three macabre tales from authors Larry Fessenden, Glenn McQuaid and Clay McLeod Chapman — and in a totally immersive audio experience, features live music and foley effects (amazing how versatile a watermelon can be, when it comes to sound effects.) Cast members: Pat Healy (Cheap Thrills), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), A.J. Bowen (The Sacrement), Lance Reddick (The Guest), Joshua Leonard (Humpday), Kate Flannery (The Office) and Cooper Roth (Cooties). The estimable Chrome Canyon will provide music, and World’s Greatest Sound Designer Graham Reznick will supervise foley (yes, that is his official title.)

Watch the teaser trailer for “Tales From Beyond The Pale”!
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SPECTREFEST: The Babadook (L.A. premiere!)

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10/25/2014 - 8PM

“ ‘Do you want to die?!’ seven-year-old Samuel asks his stressed-out single mother, Amelia. She wonders if his question is a threat or a warning.” — Sundance Film Festival 2014

Is that cute little boy disturbed, or can he perceive realms we can’t see? Will his mother come back from the brink of sanity after a near-fatal crash? And what on earth is a Babadook?! These are but a few of the many questions posed by this critically-acclaimed Sundance 2014 horror brainbomb that unfolds like a twisted insomniacs’ tea party — one with Mommy Dearest, Freddy Krueger and The Omen’s Damian as guests of honor. Boasting impressive arcs and a devastating emotional undercurrent, this Jungian fairy tale inflicts the Bogeyman myth on a widowed single mother Amelia and her cute, yet disturbed six-year-old son Samuel, both led by past trauma to confront the Babadook: a Burton-esque, wolfish entity that infiltrates their dreams and, ultimately, their waking lives. Amelia’s blossoming from meek widow to possessed matriarch is a sight to behold, leaving us with the lingering question: are Amelia and Samuel are just unfortunate victims of demonic possession in contemporary Australian suburbia, or does the Babadook represent the darkness that exists within us all? Expect the answer to arrive in your nightmares, soon. DJ Tight Pants Purple Hair (KXLU 88.9fm) will be here to spin tunes before the show.
Dir. Jennifer Kent, 2014, DCP, 94 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Babadook”!

SPECTREFEST: Jerry Beck's Cartoon Spooktacular!

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10/25/2014 - 5PM

Animation historian Jerry Beck screams — err, screens a selection of strange, creepy Halloween-related cartoons using vintage prints in 16mm and 35mm that range from ghoulishly red Eastmancolor to gorgeously garish Technicolor. Prepare to be dazzled by animated witches, warlocks, goblins, pumpkin-heads, black cats and everyone from Koko The Clown to Casper the Friendly Ghost, as classic cartoon characters Oswald Rabbit, Flip The Frog and Popeye meet all the famous monsters of filmland. This selection of hellish tricks and horrific treats will more than satisfy your animated sweet tooth (err, fangs.) Be prepared, foolish mortals! DJ Auberi Zwickel (KXLU 88.9fm’s “Nosecats & Toescats”) will be here to spin tunes before the show.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Spooktacular 2014″!

SPECTREFEST: Metropolis (feat. live score by Chrome Canyon!)

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10/23/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the STANLEY FILM FEST. A 4-day horror celebration at the hotel that inspired The Shining. Come play with us.

After the show, stay for our absinthe bar on the back patio! One of the greatest films in the annals of sci-fi, musically accompanied by the return of one of Cinefamily’s favorite analog synth wizards! A time-honored, pioneering portrait of an Expressionist Tomorrowland, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis had it all (according to its original press release): “8 stars, 25,000 men, 11,000 women, 1,100 bald people, 250 children, 3,500 pairs of special shoes, 50 cars.” What it also contained was a brilliant distillation of the Germany’s unconscious Zeitgeist energies, as that country lurched toward fascism in the Thirties — not to mention a peerless batch of indelible images. As we celebrate Metropolis as yesterday’s fantasy of what tomorrow could be, we welcome Stones Throw recording artist Chrome Canyon as the temporal technician for the job. The solo project of New York artist Morgan Z (who touched down upon Angeleno soil last year to permanently reside alongside us), Chrome Canyon creates synth sounds that move between eras past and ages imagined — an aural palate that’s a whizz-bang accompaniment for Fritz Lang’s classic version of an alternate now.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Metropolis”! NOTE: this trailer contains last year’s Chrome Caynon-scored show of Metropolis; our correct screening date is 10/23/14.

SPECTREFEST: "Nightbreed": Director's Cut + Clive Barker pop-up gallery exhibit (10/21)

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10/21/2014 - 8PM

Doors at 7:00pm, so that you can experience the full power of our Clive Barker pop-up gallery exhibit on the back patio. Plus, we’ll open the patio after the film as well, for more gallery viewing time. As well, “Director’s Cut” producer Mark Miller & editor Andrew Furtado will both be in person for a Q&A!

The brand-new Blu-Ray release of NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (via our good friends at Scream Factory) hits the streets on October 28th. Pre-order your copy today!

Following Hellraiser, Clive Barker sought to create an even more outré, expansive universe full of mad creatures, swirling visuals and freaky-deaky sensuality, all based on his 1988 novel “Cabal.” The result: Nightbreed, one of the Nineties’ most unusual works of horror cinema, which asks the question: in the battle of Man vs. Monster — who’s really the monster? Craig Sheffer is the brooding punk who may or may not have committed a string of murders, and who crosses the forbidden subterranean threshold of Midan: the realm of an infinite number of shape-shifting beings. 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; the results are unhinged, dizzying and never, ever dull. In its original 1990 release, Barker’s vision was severely slashed, with whole subplots, characters and a musical number(!) removed. For the very first time in 25 years, you can now experience the director’s cut, with over 40 minutes of new footage in a reconstruction personally supervised by Clive.
Dir. Clive Barker, 1990/2014, digital presentation, 120 min.

Watch the trailer for “Nightbreed”!
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SPECTREFEST: "Nightbreed": Director's Cut + Clive Barker pop-up gallery exhibit (10/20)

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10/20/2014 - 8PM

Doors at 7:00pm, so that you can experience the full power of our Clive Barker pop-up gallery exhibit on the back patio. Plus, we’ll open the patio after the film as well, for more gallery viewing time. As well, “Director’s Cut” producer Mark Miller & editor Andrew Furtado will both be in person for a Q&A!

The brand-new Blu-Ray release of NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (via our good friends at Scream Factory) hits the streets on October 28th. Pre-order your copy today!

Following Hellraiser, Clive Barker sought to create an even more outré, expansive universe full of mad creatures, swirling visuals and freaky-deaky sensuality, all based on his 1988 novel “Cabal.” The result: Nightbreed, one of the Nineties’ most unusual works of horror cinema, which asks the question: in the battle of Man vs. Monster — who’s really the monster? Craig Sheffer is the brooding punk who may or may not have committed a string of murders, and who crosses the forbidden subterranean threshold of Midan: the realm of an infinite number of shape-shifting beings. 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; the results are unhinged, dizzying and never, ever dull. In its original 1990 release, Barker’s vision was severely slashed, with whole subplots, characters and a musical number(!) removed. For the very first time in 25 years, you can now experience the director’s cut, with over 40 minutes of new footage in a reconstruction personally supervised by Clive.
Dir. Clive Barker, 1990/2014, digital presentation, 120 min.

Watch the trailer for “Nightbreed”!
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SPECTREFEST: Show & Tell w/ Clive Barker + "Nightbreed": Director's Cut

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10/16/2014 - 7:30PM

Join us on the back patio during intermission, for the unveiling of our Clive Barker pop-up gallery exhibit!

The brand-new Blu-Ray release of NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (via our good friends at Scream Factory) hits the streets on October 28th. Pre-order your copy today!

SHOW & TELL – 7:30pm
When, in 1986, Stephen King proclaimed about tonight’s guest of honor “I have seen the future of horror, and its name is Clive Barker” — he wasn’t able to predict just how influential and supremely chilling Barker’s works across all mediums would be. Which makes the prospect of a Cinefamily Show & Tell with Clive such a juicy proposition. From thrift store finds to late-night Tivo, from foreign film bootlegs to home movies, from the popular to the perverse, Clive will take plunder his garage, attic and closets to take us on a personal tour of the audio/video/ephemera that has inspired him, delighted him, or just plain freaked them out.

NIGHTBREED: Director’s Cut – approx. 9:30pm
Following Hellraiser, Clive Barker sought to create an even more outré, expansive universe full of mad creatures, swirling visuals and freaky-deaky sensuality, all based on his 1988 novel “Cabal.” The result: Nightbreed, one of the Nineties’ most unusual works of horror cinema, which asks the question: in the battle of Man vs. Monster — who’s really the monster? Craig Sheffer is the brooding punk who may or may not have committed a string of murders, and who crosses the forbidden subterranean threshold of Midan: the realm of an infinite number of shape-shifting beings. 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; the results are unhinged, dizzying and never, ever dull. In its original 1990 release, Barker’s vision was severely slashed, with whole subplots, characters and a musical number(!) removed. For the very first time in 25 years, you can now experience the director’s cut, with over 40 minutes of new footage in a reconstruction personally supervised by Clive.
Dir. Clive Barker, 1990/2014, digital presentation, 120 min.

Watch the trailer for “Nightbreed”!
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SPECTREFEST: Dead Snow + Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (L.A. premiere, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer & filmmaker Tommy Wirkola in person!)

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10/9/2014 - 7:30PM

DEAD SNOW – 7:30pm
What’s better than a zombie movie? How about a tank-driving, gun-toting Swastika-emblazoned Fascist bastard of a zombie movie?! Indie horror filmmaking of the early day Raimi/Craven kind is alive and well in Norway; with 2009’s Dead Snow, Tommy Wirkola (who would later go on to helm the Hollywood flick Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) adds his icy touch to the kind of low-budget, high-concept gore which those celebrated forefathers made great. Utilizing all the classic set pieces — the remote cabin, a group of rowdy, randy students, the stranger at the door, a white-out blizzard which makes escape impossible — Wirkola adds high speed humor and bucket loads of blood to come up with a fresh powder take on the walking-dead genre.
Dir. Tommy Wirkola, 2009, 35mm, 91 min.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD – approx. 9:15pm
Director Tommy Wirkola, plus cast members Martin Starr & Jocelyn DeBoer in person! Picking up just a few moments after the first film left off, the brand-new Red vs. Dead offers a dizzy second round of fascist flesh feasters and Nordic black humor. Once again, the stark winter wonderland is stained crimson with the blood of innocents, as Colonel Herzog and his enraged battalion of decomposing National Socialists descend to enact ultra-violent revenge. With his fighting arm amputated and mysteriously replaced with a zombie-fied limb, Dead Snow’s protag Martin elicits the help of a motley group of American zombie film nerds (including our favorite Freaks and Geeks/Silicon Valley uber-dork Martin Starr) to take on the hordes of undead. Just plain good, goofy, gory fun!
Dir. Tommy Wirkola, 2014, DCP, 100 min.

Every ticketholder will receive a free copy of the “Dead Snow” comic book adaptation!

Watch the trailers for “Dead Snow” & “Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead”!
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SPECTREFEST: Nacho Party! (feat. L.A. premiere of "Open Windows", plus "Confetti of the Mind: Nacho Vigalondo Shorts")

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10/4/2014 - 9PM

Co-presented by FANTASTIC FEST

“You’ll hear names like Hitchcock and DePalma thrown around in discussions about Open Windows. Make no mistake; while such influences may be evident, what you’re left with after they’re processed through the wit and insanity of the man’s brain makes Open Windows pure Vigalondo.” — Brian Kelley, Fantastic Fest

Nacho Vigalondo & Sasha Grey in person, plus Elijah Wood via Skype! Oscar-nominated writer/director Nacho Vigalondo has quickly blossomed one of our favorite devious moviemaking minds. From his award-winning shorts to Timecrimes, to Extraterrestrial and beyond, his consistent knack for inventive plot devices that transform the mundane into the extraordinary ends up blindsiding his characters into the most thrilling of circumstances. To that effect, Open Windows — his most ambitious project yet — stars Sasha Grey and Elijah Wood as a film star and her ultimate fan, in a completely unique and endlessly creative thriller for our age that takes place entirely on a single computer desktop. After the break, we’ll dive into Drafthouse Films’ newly-released special Confetti of the Mind, a tour of Nacho’s most brilliant shorts collected for the first time, and personally curated by Nacho and his longtime collaborator Nahikari Ipina. Confetti is not optional.
Open Windows Dir. Nacho Vigalondo, 2014, DCP, 100 min.
Confetti of the Mind Dir. Nacho Vigalondo, various, DCP, approx. 60 min.

Watch the trailer for “Open Windows”!
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The Golem (w/ live score by Jacaszek!)

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9/30/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by the STANLEY FILM FEST. A 4-day horror celebration at the hotel that inspired The Shining. Come play with us.

After the show, stay for our absinthe bar on the back patio! A stark nightmare of technical imagery, exemplar of German expressionism, and a classic of the silent horror genre, The Golem is a gold standard onto which musicians of all eras have projected their deepest, darkest aural fantasies. Tonight’s live score by visiting Polish experimental wizard Jacaszek promises to be one of the most lush and terrifying of all. For the past decade, he’s painstakingly crafted collages of electronic textures and baroque instrumentation, as part of a new, resolutely modern chapter in classical music. These decaying samples, bursts of jagged melody and waking sci-fi dreamstates are a rapturous compliment to The Golem, as Jacasezk’s Eastern European sensibilities align perfectly with the film’s depiction of Prague in peril. Played by writer/director Paul Wegener, the astounding titular monster is molded from clay and brought to life by the Hebrew incantations of a rabbi wishing to defend a Jewish ghetto facing exile. The Golem displays comically literal obedience to the rabbi’s orders, successfully intimidating the aristocracy — but what will become of Prague now that a Golem lives within the city walls?
Dir. Paul Wegener, 1920, digital presentation, 91 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Golem”, w/ live score by Jacaszek!

SPECTREFEST: White Shadow (L.A. premiere!)

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9/25/2014 - 7:30PM

Co-presented by Chris Holmes. Filmmaker Noaz Deshe in person!

“Not merely an ancient tradition, the underground trade of albino body parts still pervades in Tanzania, ironically a country with one of the highest percentages of albinism in the world. Used primarily by witch doctors, these parts command thousands of dollars, offering tempting revenue for the working-class. In Noaz Deshe’s White Shadow, Alias, an albino adolescent, must navigate a world in which he’s not just an outsider, but actual prey. For him, survival means a constant watchfulness and protective isolation, even as he yearns for human connection, which he clandestinely cultivates with his cousin, and his young friend (and fellow albino) Salum. The film’s fractured, uneasy world zigzags between the village and the city, from transcendent flights of fancy to scenes of desperate brutality. But despite the pervasive, harrowing amorality of this world, it’s one not entirely bereft of hope, allowing Alias to grow into an identity beyond that of a hunted outcast.” (San Francisco Int’l Film Festival)
Dir. Noaz Deshe, 2013, DCP, 117 min.

Watch the trailer for “White Shadow”!
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SPECTREFEST: Housebound (L.A. premiere!)

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9/18/2014 - 7:30PM

If exemplary plot twists send shivers down your spine, then expect full-body ASMR tremors while watching Gerard Johnstone’s Kiwi spectacular Housebound. Troubled-to-the-core Kylie is put on house arrest in her childhood home for a botched robbery attempt, forced to cohabitate with her gabby mother and decidedly-silent stepfather. But old habits truly hard as Kylie’s disdain for everything deepens, and the spirits living in the walls surface. This tension lends to satisfyingly fresh genre moments (who hasn’t shuddered at the thought of Teddy Ruxpin speaking out of turn?), and opportunities for Johnstone to fool the audience again and again, without ever detracting from the potency of a female-driven scary movie that doesn’t pander to the Sexy-Victim archetype.
Dir. Gerard Johnstone, 2014, DCP, 109 min.

Watch the trailer for “Housebound”!
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OFFSITE @ VISTA THEATER / FREE SNEAK PREVIEW: Tusk (Kevin Smith, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment & Genesis Rodriguez in person!)

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9/16/2014 - 8PM

Registration for this event is now closed.

LOCATION: The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Dr., 90027. NOTE: This show does not take place at the Silent Movie Theater location. As well, seating for Cinefamily at this event is limited.

A chilling horror tale about the perils of storytelling, Kevin Smith’s brand-new Tusk follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past — only to discover the man’s dark secret involves a walrus. Kevin Smith, plus cast members Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez in person!

Watch the trailer for “Tusk”!
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FREE SNEAK PREVIEW / SPECTREFEST OPENING NIGHT: The Guest (filmmakers in person!)

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9/4/2014 - 7:30PM

Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett have been steadily rocking our world with their collaborative horrorshows A Horrible Way To Die and You’re Next — but they’re taking this thing to a whole other level with The Guest, which merges the mounting dread of Halloween and the firepower of The Terminator to produce a whipcrack genre paella feast. Something is most definitely up when steely-eyed army vet David (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey) shows up unannounced on the doorstep of a family in mourning over the loss of their son in Afghanistan — and becomes in rapid succession a sterling houseguest, their confidante and their fixer, with the taste of blood on his mind. “The real triumph here is what we’ve come to expect from Wingard and Barrett: undeniable enjoyment…There’s no shame in laughing when a real jerk gets his head smashed in and a high school haunted house is the perfect location for a bloody finale — even if the production design of said haunted house is cool enough to put Universal Studios to shame. Who cares? Just go with it.” (Twitch.com) Schedules permitting, Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett in person!
Dir. Adam Wingard, 2014, DCP, 99 min.

If you’re unable to join us for this special sneak preview, “The Guest” opens in theaters on Wednesday, Sept. 17!

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 “The Guest”!
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