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October 20, 21, 23, 25

The Old Dark House

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The Old Dark House

James Whale / 1932, USA
75min / Digital

New 4K Restoration! Frankenstein director Whale turned J.B. Priestley’s novel "Benighted" into a nerve-jangling tale that became the template for all spooky-house chillers to come. Stranded travelers stumble upon a strange old house, and find themselves at the mercy of a highly eccentric and potentially dangerous family. This atmospheric thriller features an unforgettable post-Frankenstein horror role for Boris Karloff, as the hulking, disfigured butler Morgan. Also starring in early-career roles are Melvin Douglas, Charles Laughton, Raymond Massey and Gloria Stuart of Titanic.

“The greatest of all horror films. Nothing better in this vein has ever been done, before or since." Classics of the Horror Film, William K. Everson

“Glorious… do what you can to see the horror classic on the big screen again.” Edgar Wright

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon, Wed: 7pm
Sat: 330pm


October 20-26

The VVitch

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The Witch

Robert Eggers / 2015, USA-UK-Canada-Brazil
92min / Digital

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest - within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately - animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member's faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. Writer/director Robert Eggers' debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival - winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition - painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria.

"Robert Eggers' uncompromising directorial debut is a bracingly new experience that boils with the primordial fever of America's original sins." Slate

"The Witch immediately joins the pantheon of great horror movies..." NPR

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon, Wed: 845pm
Sat: 5pm & 7pm
Sun: 8pm
Thur: 7pm


October 21 & 26

Rawhead Rex

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Rawhead Rex

George Pavlou / 1986, Ireland-UK-USA
89min / Digital

NEW 4K RESTORATION! Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. The film follows Rex's cross country rampage, while a man struggles to stop it. Written by Clive Barker and directed by George Pavlou.

Showtimes:
Sat & Thur: 9pm


October 22

Rawhead Rex

2nd Annual Scarecrow Video Weirdo Horror Triple Feature

Various directors / 1980-1990
300min / VHS

Scarecrow Video returns once again to the Grand Illusion to present a triple feature of some of the weirdest, cheapest, unbelievable trash cinema ever to get mercilessly poured into your brainhole. It's a cold hard guarantee that you've never seen anything like the three secret movies we'll be twisting you up with this year. Vengeful punkers, twist endings, multiple Satanic cults, a heroic Ron Swanson-lookalike, killer kids, and memorable theme songs are just some of the symptoms in store for you!

Showtimes:
Sun: 2pm
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October 24

Damsels of Doom: Horror B-Movie Double Feature

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Damsels of Doom: Horror B-Movie Double Feature

Presented by the Sprocket Society
Various directors / Various years, USA
Approx. 180min / 16mm

One night only! A special double bill of classic B-movie chillers from the 1950s and '60s, plus spooky shorts before each feature -- all on 16mm film. Plus door prizes!

In the Roger Corman production QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966), Earth scientists detect a distress call from an alien spaceship that has crashed on Mars. A team of astronauts (including a young Dennis Hopper) investigates, finding a lone survivor: a mysterious green-skinned alien who is as alluring as she is mute. On the flight home, they soon discover she is actually a space vampire! Trapped between worlds, who will win the battle to survive?! Incorporating eye-popping effects footage lifted from a Soviet space opera, director Curtis Harrington transcends his tiny budget to craft a memorably atmospheric sci-fi horror gem.

"One of the more eerie space-films of the era...positively chilling." Cinema Retro

PLUS! A SECRET SECOND FEATURE! Another rarely-screened AIP classic: a mind-controlled woman is transformed into a blood-thirsty primordial monster! Not to be missed!

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm
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October 27

Effects

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Effects

Dusty Nelson / 1980, USA
84min / Digital

A mesmerizing D.I.Y. frightmare from the dawn of the Eighties. 4K scan from the only surviving 35mm print by the American Genre Film Archive! This underseen meta-horror stars three of George Romero's close friends from Pittsburgh: Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead) and John Harrison (Creepshow). Cobbled together with a truckload of heart, this eerie De Palma riff has a casual hangout akin to Robert Altman. It's a low-budget horror film about a low-budget horror film gone very, very wrong. As the cast and crew's madness settles in, a second crew clandestinely makes "the ultimate horror picture": real victims, real blood, real death. In a Roy Scheider-like slow-burn performance, Joe Pilato stars as a cameraman targeted as the next victim -- or was his cast to be snuffed from the very beginning?.

"The DAY FOR NIGHT of horror." Focus on Film

"An unsettling climax that takes 'illusion vs. reality' to disturbing lengths." Mondo Digital

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm


October 27

The Hidden

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The Hidden

Jack Sholder / 1987, USA
98min / 35mm

30th ANNIVERSARY! 35MM PRINT! There's a power-mad space slug slithering among (and through) the innocent citizens of L.A., and it's up to a hardboiled cop (Michael Nouri) and a detective from way up north (Kyle MacLachlan) to stop it in this wonderfully straight-faced sci-fi action flick.

"by turns sleek, reckless, and smoothly effective, like a Ferrari with a psycho killer at the wheel." Time Out

"Its virtues are ones that you almost never encounter in movies of this sort; it's really a unique little item -- if there's such a thing as punk soulfulness, then this movie has it." Washington Post

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
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October 28 & 29

Kill Baby Kill

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Kill Baby Kill

Mario Bava / 1966, Italy
86min / Digital

NEW RESTORATION! In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the Dr. Eswai is called by Inspector Kruger to a small village to perform an autopsy on a woman who has died under suspicious circumstances. Despite help from Ruth, the village witch, Kruger is killed and it is revealed that the dead woman, as well as other villagers, have been killed by the ghost of Melissa, a young girl who, fed by the hatred of her grieving mother, Baroness Graps, exacts her revenge on them. Dr. Eswai, along with Monica, a local nurse, are lured into a fateful confrontation at the Villa Graps...

"In director Mario Bava lies one of Italy's most important film talents. Kill, Baby...Kill! is a small masterpiece of its kind, comparing favorably with the late Val Lewton's horror programmers of the '40s. [It's] handled so skillfully as to revitalize the genre." Variety

“[This] new restoration brightens the corners of Mario Bava’s superb gothic 1966 freak-out, crisply rendering each open grave, rotting skull, Limeade cobweb, and tendril of swirling mist.” The Village Voice

Showtimes:
Sat: 430pm
Sun: 8pm


October 28 & 30

Ganja & Hess

Ganja & Hess

Bill Gunn / 1973, USA
113min / Digital

Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and the horror cinema, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent film GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original treatise on sex, religion, and African American identity. Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) stars as anthropologist Hess Green, who is stabbed with an ancient ceremonial dagger by his unstable assistant (director Bill Gunn), endowing him with the blessing of immortality, and the curse of an unquenchable thirst for blood. When the assistant’s beautiful and outspoken wife Ganja (Marlene Clark) comes searching for her vanished husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power there is in the blood. Later recut and released in an inferior version, the film has been restored by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Film Foundation, and mastered in HD from a 35mm negative.

“One of the most literate, allegorical, and evasive of all horror films.” - David Walker and Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

“AN UNDERGROUND CLASSIC... the most complicated, intriguing, subtle, sophisticated, and passionate Black film of the Seventies.” - James Monaco, American Film Now

"...the most ambitious 'black movie' of its day and a milestone for indie film-making in the US." Time Out

"Fascinating & disturbing...like the greatest films of the horror genre i taps hidden reservoirs in our collective unconscious for its power" The Village Voice

"Possesses the haunted quality of a waking nightmare." The A.V. Club

Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

Showtimes:
Sat: 645pm
Mon: 845pm


October 28

Terror on the Menu

Terror on the Menu

Presented by VHS Über Alles
1972, USA
90min / VHS

Winning a free summer vacation in a contest she never entered, Regina spends a few weeks at the Red Wolf Inn. Apparently, the innkeeper is the best cook ever, and has a creepy way of making sure all the girls in her care are gaining weight and getting enough fresh air and exercise. When Regina's new hotel friends keep leaving without saying goodbye, she finds out the truth...TERROR IS ON THE MENU!!! ONLY $2!!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


October 29

Nature Gone Amok 35mm Triple Feature Pizza Party

Nature Gone Amok 35mm Triple Feature Pizza Party

Various directors / 1976-1980
300min / 35mm

Sometimes Mother Nature has had it with humans. Join us for films in 35mm and pizza!

Showtimes:
Sun: 2pm
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October 30

Otto; Or, Up With Dead People

Otto; Or, Up With Dead People

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Bruce LaBruce / 2008, Germany-Canada
94min / Digital

Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis. He wanders the streets of the city, never sleeping, until one day he auditions for a zombie film. The director, an eccentric bohemian, begins making a film about Otto, while simultaneously shooting a film about a gay zombie revolt against consumerist society. As the final, orgiastic scene of the film is being shot, Otto struggles to access the human emotions buried beneath his zombie exterior, including memories of his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. Toying with genre conventions, LaBruce combines different media, including a humorous film-within-the-film, while creating a new, sexy, hyperpoliticized zombie mythology in OTTO; OR; UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE. Bruce LaBruce is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer hailing from Toronto, Canada. He helped launch the so-called Homocore or Queercore movement with the production of homo punk fanzines and Super 8 movies. Many of LaBruce’s films have become cult favs including HUSTLER WHITE and THE RASPBERRY REICH. Often using pornography as a starting point to examine sexual politics and homosexual radicalism, LaBruce’s films push boundaries and genres. His most recent films include REFUGEE’S WELCOME and THE MISANDRISTS. **No one under 18 will be admitted**

“One of the more disciplined entries in the LaBruce oeuvre, OTTO is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart.” New York Times

Showtimes:
Mon: 645pm


October 31

The Old Dark House

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Bad Taste

Peter Jackson / 1987, New Zealand
92min / 35mm

30th ANNIVERSARY! 35MM PRINT! Peter Jackson writes, directs and stars in this classic horror-comedy! The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Showtimes:
Tues: 8pm
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November 2

Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive

Takashi Miike / 1999, Japan
105min / digital

In Dead or Alive, tough gangster Ryuichi (Riki Takeuchi) and his ethnically Chinese gang make a play to take over the drug trade in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by massacring the competition. But he meets his match in detective Jojima (Show Aikawa--a cross between Nic Cage and Chow Yun-Fat), who will do everything to stop them.

“A pivotal project in the development of Miike’s sensibility. For someone on his wild and amazingly dexterous wavelength, these films represent nirvana: a hit of pure aesthetic cocaine.” Slant

“[Godard’s] BREATHLESS for a new century.” Tom Mes, Midnight Eye

Showtimes:
Thur: 7pm


Opens November 3

Blade of the Immortal

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Blade of the Immortal

Takashi Miike / 2017, Japan
140min / Digital

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...

Showtimes:
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December 8-28

It's A Wonderful Life

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It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra / 1946, USA
130min / 35mm

Our 47th consectutive engagement!

“It’s a great -- really great -- film, so densely well made that to watch any three minutes is to realize how paltry the vast majority of movies are by comparison.” Richard T. Jameson

“The epiphany of movie sentiment and a transcendent experience.” Dave Kehr

Showtimes:
TBA


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