UNSEEN! UNSCREENED!! OBSCENE!!!: L.A. Premieres of Unknown 20th Century Terror Ragers - HACK-O-LANTERN & SLIME CITY double feature (w/ cast & filmmakers in attendance)!

RIDE THE BLADE!! From hallucinogenic 3D nightmarescapes to guitar-shredding Satanists to cannibalistic mutant infants, SpectreFest now reaches into the endless vortex of anti-human film to present DEBUT L.A. SCREENINGS (and a few WORLD premieres!) of the most criminally under-rated and overdriven movies of the ’60s through ’80s. This six-film weekend is a relentlessly entertaining annihilistic bloodride through the hallowed history of subversive masterpieces, presented by their creators and hitting Hollywood’s big screen for the first — and maybe ONLY — time EVER!
(Curated and presented by Zack Carlson from Bleeding Skull! Video / Fantastic Fest.)

We’re kicking off our half-dozen horrors with a double feature of under-appreciated, black-hearted creature screechers from 1988. Whether you’re hungry for hellfire or thirsting for gratuitous goop, this dual blast of late ’80s hate-rage will satisfy your unholy needs to the infinite megamax:

Massacre Video presents HACK-O-LANTERN
West Coast Premiere! Not available on DVD!
Stars Gregory Scott Cummins, Producer Raj Mehrotra and additional cast in attendance!

THE UNSUNG APEX OF HEAVY METAL HORROR! Young Tommy is visited by his grandfather (Hy Pyke), a devil-worshipping pumpkin salesman who hands him a mystical amulet. Fifteen years later, the boy has grown into a rock-obsessed junior hellmaster, still under the thumb of his oppressive, occult grandpap. Tommy’s misanthropic individuality is illustrated by a distaste for shirts, a pickled fetus shrine, and Dio-flavored voodoo hallucinations. Tommy’s all-out war with his family, the townspeople and himself will reach a crescendo when innocents are doomed to Hell-flavored slaughter on Halloween night! Like the best movies of its era, HACK-O-LANTERN is a triumph of limited means. The gore is powerfully presented, the production quality is inexplicably strong and a few of the performances are worthy of some kind of major award; especially from lead Gregory Scott Cummins and camera-lovin’ superham Hy Pyke. The latter was a brilliant, screen-chewing spazz who unleashed similar gumption via small roles in frugal features like SLITHIS and LEMORA: A CHILD’S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL. As the satanic, incest-obsessed Gramps, Pyke is given his first starring role and takes it to an illogical zenith, completing an ideal explosion of ’80s SatanoRage!

Dir. Jag Mundhra, 1988, 35mm, 87 min

L.A. Premiere! Original Extended Cut, not available on DVD!
Director Gregory Lamberson and Star Robert C. Sabin in attendance!

Learn the ancient occult secrets of flesh control with NYC’s greatest unheralded scum opera! Upright student Alex has just moved into a suspiciously affordable Brooklyn apartment, where his elderly landladies spend their evenings chugging day-glo fluid in the basement, and his metalhead neighbor has relentless sex with shrieking men. Soon, Alex is caught up in the mysterious hysteria, and begins transforming into a dripping, ripping, bandaged cannibal psychopath. This fearlessly goopy sewer train drags us down the same pulsating passageways as revered classics BASKET CASE and STREET TRASH, but was shot on 16mm by a pioneering filmmaker with an empty wallet and a skull full of impossible ideas. All of them are brought vividly to life in a protoplasmic rain of mayhem, witchery, lust, autonomous body parts and neon slime. Featuring one of the most shocking, outrageous finales of any gore film, SLIME CITY is the ultimate in hyper-advanced bleccchh!

Dir. Gregory Lamberson, 1988, 16mm, 87 min

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!