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

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

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