SLEEPAWAY CAMP
Feb
25
11:58pm11:58pm

SLEEPAWAY CAMP

At The New Beverly Cinema... 

From the golden era of the slasher comes a summer camp stab-a-thon stacked with creatively gruesome kills, deliciously devilish dialogue and an eye-bulging collection of short shorts, half shirts and feathered hair. Following a childhood trauma, shy Angela Baker is shipped off to camp to get a new lease on life. But when her introverted demeanor invites ridicule, her fellow campers begin to die one by one in a violent trail of terror leading to the most jaw-dropping, mind-shattering finale in the grand history of shock cinema.

“The slasher era’s most bizarre and wondrous footnote… There’s an animating intelligence to Sleepaway Camp, too, or at least the brio to push the slasher subgenre into unexpected, outrageous new territory. There are great films and then there are magical films, glorious oddities that pop up sui generis out of nowhere. Sleepaway Camp falls squarely into the latter category.” – Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

DIRECTOR: Robert Hiltzik

STARRING: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

YEAR: 1983

RATED: R

COUNTRY: USA

FORMAT: 35mm

RUNNING TIME: 84 minutes

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Eraserhead / Raising Arizona
Feb
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Eraserhead / Raising Arizona

At The Egyptian Theater...

ERASERHEAD! 35 mm! 40th Anniversary!

Filmmaker and artist David Lynch burst on the scene in the late ’70s with this disturbing avant-garde masterpiece. Put-upon Everyman Henry (Jack Nance) – he with the Brillo hairdo – shambles resignedly through a dark, industrial urban landscape. When he joins Mary X (Charlotte Stewart) in a nightmare parody of working-class connubial bliss, and she subsequently gives birth to their mutant calf child, we realize there is no return ticket from this descent down the rabbit hole. “May be the greatest debut by an American director after CITIZEN KANE.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid; “Nerds in space. Mutant babies. Domestic derangement. Radiator ladies. Inexplicable seizures. Enigmatic orifices. Weird routines. The hardcore bizarre and ineffably beautiful. … Awesome. … One must also hear it … the soundscape of ERASERHEAD opened a vast new dimension.” - Nathan Lee, The Village Voice. 

1977, Janus Films, 89 min, USA, Dir: David Lynch

RAISING ARIZONA! 30th Anniversary!

This staggeringly hilarious chronicle of the romance between inept bad boy Nicolas Cage and straight-arrow cop Holly Hunter was an unexpected follow up to the Coen brothers’ chilling BLOOD SIMPLE. The kidnap scheme that follows when the loving couple learn they can’t conceive kids is guaranteed to provoke more laughs per minute than any American comedy since the heyday of 1930s screwball cinema. With John Goodman and William Forsythe.

1987, 20th Century Fox, 94 min, USA, Dir: Joel Coen

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A Cure For Wellness
Feb
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

A Cure For Wellness

At The Aero Theater...

In this psychological thriller from director Gore Verbinski (THE RING), the ambitious Mr. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is dispatched to a "wellness center" in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company's CEO, only to discover that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. As he begins to unravel the center’s terrifying secrets, Lockhart’s sanity is tested when he is diagnosed with the same strange illness that holds all the other guests in thrall. Costarring Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth.

*****Discussion following with director Gore Verbinski. This program is free with RSVP to Members, who will receive an invitation.*****

2017, 20th Century Fox, 146 min, Dir: Gore Verbinski

 

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Dario Argento All-Nighter
Jan
13
to Jan 14

Dario Argento All-Nighter

At The New Beverly Cinema...

Terror goes mondo Italiano on Friday the 13th with a full night dedicated to the dark visions, kaleidoscopic nightmares and gloved killers of macabre maestro Dario Argento. Thrill to a diabolical collection of beautifully staged murders, neon-hued dreamscapes, crimson-soaked mysteries and jaw-dropping finales, all backed by a relentless, pulse-pounding beat. The lineup will remain top secret until the films unspool on screen during our descent into the singular mind of a true horror master.

DIRECTOR: Dario Argento

COUNTRY: Italy

FORMAT: 35mm & 16mm

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Reefer Madness
Jan
7
to Jan 8

Reefer Madness

At The New Beverly Cinema...

The best known of all “drug scare” films, Reefer Madness was originally financed by a church group as a cautionary morality tale titled Tell Your Children. Soon after the initial release it was acquired by notorious B-movie producer Dwain Esper and retitled for the exploitation market, and then revived again in the early 1970s when its ridiculously over-the-top depictions of the dangers of marijuana use made it a cult hit on the midnight movie and college circuit.

DIRECTOR: Louis J. Gasnier

STARRING: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White

YEAR: 1936

COUNTRY: USA

FORMAT: 35mm

RUNNING TIME: 64 minutes

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Beyond The Door & Snow Beast
Jan
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

Beyond The Door & Snow Beast

At The New Beverly Cinema...

BEYOND THE DOOR

Following William Friedkin’s The Exorcist there was a surfeit of demonic possession knock-offs flooding local cinemas, some from the USA but most from Europe. Italy unleashed dozens, highlighted by director Ovidio (The Visitor) Assonitis’ Beyond the Door. Juliet Mills (Hayley’s sister), a young housewife living with her husband (Gabriele Lavia) in San Francisco, is possessed by the devil and impregnated with what may be Satan’s son. A mysterious, bearded Richard Johnson (The Haunting) shows up from Juliet’s past to help deal with the nefarious goings-on. Surely he will get to the bottom of things… or will he? The film did boffo box office.

“In the later stages… when Jessica begins to turn green and talk like the Big Bopper, the movie’s just conventionally disgusting. We get green vomit, brown vomit, blood, levitations and other manifestations of the devil… It’s all trash, but it’s scary trash.” – Roger Ebert

DIRECTOR: Ovidio G. Assonitis

STARRING: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Elizabeth Turner, David Colin Jr.

YEAR: 1974

RATED: R

COUNTRY: Italy/USA

FORMAT: 35mm

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

SNOW BEAST (BO SVENSON IN PERSON!!!)

Owners of a Colorado ski resort attempt to minimize the impact when several skiers go missing. Sheriff Paraday (Clint Walker) has an uneasy feeling. When a bitterly disillusioned former gold medalist skier (Bo Svenson, Walking Tall 2) and his fed-up TV reporter wife (Yvette Mimieux) arrive, the crisis really escalates, especially when the town’s Winter Carnival is attacked by the hungry snowman. Something’s got to be done about this Snowbeast! Writer Joseph Stefano (Psycho, the original “Outer Limits”) does what he can with a familiar premise in this Jaws-on-the-ski-slopes programmer.

“This particular Bigfooted one is quite perturbed, wrenching faces, eating people, and taking names.” – Bleeding Skull!

DIRECTOR: Herb Wallerstein

STARRING: Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Robert Logan, Clint Walker, Sylvia Sidney

YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY: USA

FORMAT: 16mm

RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

 

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New Year's Evil (1980)
Dec
31
12:59pm12:59pm

New Year's Evil (1980)

AT THE NEW BEVERLY CINEMA...

Ring in the New Year with Cannon Films’ sleazy slasher classic! As a new wave tv special rocks the airwaves, a deranged maniac makes obscene phone calls to the disc jockey host, threatening a murder as the clock hits twelve in each time zone. As the body count rises in this deliriously entertaining holiday bloodbath, our punk rock heroine may be next on the killer’s grisly midnight hit list.

 

DIRECTOR

Emmett Alston

STARRING

Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace, Grant Cramer

YEAR

1980

RATED

R

COUNTRY

USA

FORMAT

35mm

RUNNING TIME

85 minutes

 

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