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Horror of AMA: Part II

October 25th, 2013 § Leave a Comment

Oh boy oh boy, Goblin was a hell of a good show. I saw GI folks, Scarecrow folks, SIFF folks, all breeds of the Seattle cinephile cognoscenti. And we were there to witness as the greatest of Italian synth proggers visited Seattle for the first time ever. But it was not the first time Goblin’s blend of the beautiful and the eerie graced the eardrums of the rabid horror and film buffs present one week ago, and it won’t be the last.

How do I mean? Why at the very least we have not one but two nights of 35mm Goblin and Argento goodness with DEEP RED, playing Mon the 28th and Tue the 29th here at the GI. More fortuitous timing I can’t imagine, and all y’all who were there with me at Neumos last Friday best come in and keep the Goblin goodness pelting your ears while Argento’s crimson pelts your eyes.

Ohhhh, I get it. Blood.

Ohhhh, I get it. Blood.

But of course, it’s not all roses. The egg that got cracked to make this omelet was the loss of MANIAC COP 1 + 2, and a sorrowful loss it is. I’m considering drowning my sorrow in Bruce this evening at the Cinerama.

What else is playing this week(end)? Only one of my favorite horror movies of all time, with my favorite resurrection scene of all time. If you’ve seen the film, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, my god see HELLRAISER now! 35mm, whatever better time to try. And if you enjoy, watch NIGHTBREED, another film by Clive Barker from around the same time that I am also quite fond of. It stars David Cronenberg for goodness sake!

Enough about NIGHTBREED, more about HELLRAISER. This film belongs in a very particular canon of incredible 80s horror, looking to other horror fiction written by British writers (particularly in comic books). I would place HELLRAISER among the Swamp Thing run of Alan Moore and Sandman by Neil Gaiman as touching something just outside of the normal everyday modern world. In fact, Alan Moore’s John Constantine (first appearing in Swamp Thing) character’s long-running HELLBLAZER serious shares not a dissimilar title, no?

The face that launched a franchise.

The face that launched a franchise.

Anyway, we’ve got two incredible prints to show you this week. And you’ve got two days a piece to watch them. So do it now! These are two of the greats.

If you need something more comedic, THE VCR THAT DRIPPED BLOOD II on Wed the 30th promises to great time. I loved it last year. The Monster Show, The Monster Show!

—playing The Walking Dead game series, great way to spend October, dan

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