The American Cinematheque has a great month of horror offerings in August with showings at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres. Here’s a peek at what they have lined up …
Friday, August 6 – 7:30 PM Director Gordon Hessler in person with a Vincent Price Double Feature at the Egyptian Theatre. They’ll be showing The Oblong Box from 1969, which was loosely adapted from an Edgar Allan Poe story. Following up with be Scream And Scream Again from 1970, a moody, fast-paced thriller that delivers, as the movie poster promises, “Triple distilled horror … as powerful as a vat of boiling acid With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Judy Huxtable.
Friday, August 13 – 7:30 PM When Spielberg Was 25 and Lucas Was 27: Early Films at the Aero Theatre. Catch Duel, 1971, on the big screen. Originally broadcast as a television film and later expanded for theatrical release, Spielberg’s Duel is a classic. Follow up with Lucas’ THX 1138, 1971. This was his first (and most adult) picture, painting a bleak, dehumanized future where every person is given pills to quiet emotions, eliminate sex drive, increase work production and prevent the questioning of authority.
Saturday, August 14 – 7:30 PM Director Tobe Hooper will appear in person to share two of his masterpieces at the Aero Theatre. First up is 1981’s The Funhouse. This stylish and atmospheric slasher centers on four teenagers who unwisely set up camp at a carnival funhouse for a night of cheap thrills. And if that doesn’t chill you, follow it up with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974. One of the best American horror films of all time. Discussion between films with director Tobe Hooper, moderated by Mick Garris.
Friday, August 20 – 7:30 PM This is Zombie Weekend and it opens with a double feature: Dead Alive, 1992, the poisonous bite of a Sumatran rat monkey leads to an out-of-control zombie epidemic in Peter Jackson’s deliriously entertaining gross-out fest. And that’s followed by Cemetery Man (aka Dellamorte Dellamore), 1996, which adapts Tiziano Sclavi’s darkly humorous graphic novel Dylan Dog into this eccentric, sumptuously photographed zombie film.
Sunday, August 22 – 7:30 PM Another double feature: Night Of The Living Dead, 1968, George Romero’s unqualified masterpiece pits a handful of citizens holed up in a farmhouse against a newly revived horde of flesh-eating zombies. And that will be followed by Zombie, 1979, where a zombie epidemic breaks out in the Caribbean and non-stop carnage ensues in this classic gorefest from horror maestro Lucio Fulci.
Saturday, August 21 – 7:30 PM More zombies at the Aero Theatre with a double feature of Evil Dead II, 1987, with Bruce Campbell returning to battle demons in the woods in a sequel that tops the original Evil Dead for sheer speed and inventiveness. And on the heels of that will come Army Of Darkness, 1992, the third Evil Dead movie sends Bruce Campbell back in time to 1300 to battle skeletons with his chainsaw and shotgun.