This Halloween (yes, Halloween proper), make white trash look positively top drawer at our DESPERATE LIVING screening -- and attending dressed as your favorite John Waters character is STRONGLY encouraged. Hopefully this one will be our weirdest Wednesday yet... if everything goes according to plan.
This screening is the grand finale to a terrifying, weird, and utterly glorious month of Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday screenings, featuring such highlights as Cronenberg x2 with VIDEODROME and DEAD RINGERS, a singing and dancing Michael C. Hall in GAMER, and DR. CALIGARI, a New Wave reimagining of the silent classic.
** It's important to note that Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday screenings are only $10 and most will be presented in 35MM **
Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 9:45PM
Dir. Robert Clouse
Starring: Sam Groom, Sara Botsford, Scatman Crothers
Before these digitally shaped times, there were few options for portraying giant rats in film. DEADLY EYES had a fix we can appreciate - dress up Dachshunds in rat costumes! After devouring steroid-laced corn, rats in Toronto start feeding on the local population. From toddlers to the elderly, their appetite for human flesh does not discriminate! Can a high school basketball coach and a health inspector stop the beasts before they run rampant in the new subway system? We'll have a hell of a good time finding out! Hosted by filmmaker Jeff Springer. See his new documentary RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE earlier the same day!
1982 | 87 MIN | R | 35MM
Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 9:30PM
Dir. Jean Rollin
Starring: Brigitte Lahaie, Franca Mai
Jean Rollin was a master of erotic horror, but his artistic touch always prevailed over the lurid content. FASCINATION is among his best, with his frequent star Bridget Lahai as Eva, heading a group of women with a taste for blood. Men who stumble upon their castle are easily seduced, but when the women are crossed by thieves, Eva wields a scythe, looking fierce in a translucent robe. Beautiful and surreal, FASCINATION is a captivating cinematic experience. Hosted by writer/filmmaker Kristina Leath-Malin.
1979 | 80 MIN | NR
Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 9:30PM
Dir. David Cronenberg
Starring: Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Jeremy Irons
In DEAD RINGERS, David Cronenberg tells the chilling story of identical twin gynecologists—suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality—who share the same practice, the same apartment, the same women. When a new patient, glamorous actress Claire Niveau, challenges their eerie bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons' s tour-de-force performance—as both twins—raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity. Hosted by Daniel Goldhaber (director, CAM).
1988 | 116 MIN | R | 35MM
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS
Tuesday, October 30th, 9:30PM
Dir. Kevin Tenney
Starring: Amelia Kinkade, Billy Gallo, Linnea Quigley
At one point in this movie, someone says, “Eat a bowl of fuck! I AM HERE TO PARTY!” That pretty much says it all. In NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, a group of high school scumbags join together for the ultimate party at a funeral home on Halloween night. But little do they know that the mortuary is possessed by demons who want to eat their faces! Feeling like an R-rated version of FREAKS AND GEEKS mashed together with Lamberto Bava’s DEMONS, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS is filled with raging hormones, stale beer, sick burns, and interpretive dance. And also the super-heroic Linnea Quigley, who out-sasses anyone who gets in her way. If you’re looking for the perfect Halloween mood-setter, this is it. Hosted by filmmaker Ted Geoghegan (WE ARE STILL HERE; MOHAWK).
1988 | 90 MIN | R | 35MM
Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 9:30PM
Dir. Joseph Ruben
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Dennis Quaid, Max Von Sydow
POLTERGEIST and ALTERED STATES ushered in a siqq substrain of Eighties nightmares, including this idiosyncratic, SFX-laden rollercoaster. A psychedelic horror-thriller for the Spielberg Age, DREAMSCAPE’s charismatic lineup of Dennis Quaid, Kate Capshaw, Max Von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, George Wendt(!) and even TWIN PEAKS’ David Michael Kelly bonds strong with Joe Dante-adjacent shock tactics and a dude who morphs into a snake. Quaid’s a devil-may-care psychic(!!) with the superhero ability to infest a person’s dreams; cue vile villains, tender romance and overbaked visual style you can’t un-see. Drink some beers with this! Hosted by Bret Berg (AGFA).
1984 | 99 MIN | PG-13 | 35MM
Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 9:30PM
Dir. Stephen Sayadian
Starring: Gene Zerna, Laura Albert, Madeleine Reynal
A tribute to the original silent classic THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, but also a new wave sequel, director Stephen Sayadian, who under the pseudonym Rinse Dream worked on artsy hardcore porno like CAFE FLESH and NIGHT DREAMS, takes elements from Cronenbergian body horror, German Expressionism, pointy neon 1989 fashion, and Reagan-era culture to make a slam jammer of a bizarro movie. It literally has tits, witz and shits, and some of the best practical effects the era had to offer. The granddaughter of Dr. Caligari runs a clinic for psychosexual deviants using an experimental therapy that’s essentially a Frankenstein-style transfer of brain matter. Let’s all go on a Radiation Vacation together! Special digital screening of a new HD transfer straight from the director! Hosted by filmmaker Zach Clark (LITTLE SISTER).
1989 | 80 MIN | R
Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 9:30PM
Dir. William Asher
Starring: Bill Paxton, Bo Svenson, Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell
What movie has more "crazy aunt" screen time than SLEEPAWAY CAMP, is more oedipal than PSYCHO, and quite possibly more awesome than your brain can handle? It’s NIGHT WARNING, aka BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER! When baby Billy lost his parents in a horrifically magnificent car accident, Aunt Cheryl (Susan Tyrrell) raised him as her own. She’s grown quite fond of Billy, and now he’s all grown up, but a girlfriend (Julia Duffy) and a basketball scholarship threaten to take him away from her. Things only get worse when Aunt Cheryl kills a TV repair man in a fit of sexual frustration and the homophobic detective (Bo Svenson) is intent on putting Billy away for it. So of course she has to make sure that no one comes between her and her Billy. Oh, yeah -- Bill Paxton shows up at all the right times, too. Hosted by writer/programmer Marc Walkow.
1983 | 96 MIN | R | 35MM
Wednesday, October 31st, 9:30PM
Dir. John Waters
Starring: Edith Massey, Jean Hill, Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe
While most of John Waters previous movies have felt like they were taking place in an alternate universe, in reality they were all set in Baltimore. In DESPERATE LIVING we finally get a glimpse of a community that is wholly a construct of John Waters imagination: Mortville. In his first feature without Divine, he sends a housewife on the verge of a nervous breakdown (Mink Stole) and her maid (the formidable Jean Hill) on the lam to this twisted fairy tale community that is ruled over by cruel matriarch Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey) and her leather daddy servants.
Don't' get the wrong idea, though, this is still a John Waters movie so the production design is intentionally shabby (Carlotta's castle wouldn't look out of place on a mini-golf course or a high school renaissance festival), the costumes are loud and deliberately tacky, and things that are not normally eaten are eaten. Stole and Hill bunk with a lesbian couple (Susan Lowe and Liz Renay) as they navigate the twisted community of nudists, deviants, and weirdos. Is there any room for dignity and self-determination in a community where the queen regularly makes the citizens dress with their clothes on backwards just so she can parade down the street and laugh at them? Can a couple in love overcome surprise genital surgery? What is the best way to serve a sewer rat? All this and more will be addressed. Special Halloween night screening! Come dressed as your favorite John Waters character!
1977 | 90 MIN | R | 35MM