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Vincent Price, Final Cut encore, our midnight road trip begins!

Vincent Price, Final Cut encore, our midnight road trip begins!

Vincent Price, Final Cut encore, our midnight road trip begins!

 

The Cinefamily is a member-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission: to foster a spirit of community and a sense of discovery, while reinvigorating the movie-going experience.

Cinespia Salon:
THE FILMS OF BRUCE CONNER
CO-PRESENTED BY CINESPIA AND LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM 

Tickets – $14/$10 Filmforum members/free for Cinefamily members

The United States of Horror
SoCal: EQUINOX

“A first feature says a lot about a filmmaker. That’s certainly the case with ‘Equinox’ and Dennis Muren. The film is a great showcase for his remarkable creativity, ingenuity and determination.” – George Lucas
We’re kicking off this road trip through The United States of Horror with one of the great unsung SoCal journeys into the supernatural. Before SFX guru Dennis Muren became known for Star Wars, T2 and Jurassic Park, he was a Pasadena City College student desperate to make a monster movie in the Harryhausen tradition. The results of his years-long labor: an unabashed homage to classic monster films, which would in turn become a favorite of fledgling filmmakers, and would share many off-the-wall similarities with its later spiritual cousin The Evil Dead. Watch in terror as four goofy teens (including a young Frank Bonner of WKRP in Cincinnati) uncover an ancient book of evil secrets while picnicking in Bronson Canyon, unleashing a villainous park ranger named Asmodeus, a slobbering green behemoth and a Lovecraftian vision of Satan himself! Brimming with effective visuals that outdo the efforts of many Hollywood films of the era (courtesy of stop-motion whiz kids David W. Allen and Jim Danforth), Equinox is beginners’ filmmaking at its unbridled, enthusiastic best.
Dirs. Dennis Muren & Jack Woods, 1970, 35mm, 80 min.
Tickets – $12/free for members

The Silent Treatment:

Lon Chaney in THE UNHOLY THREE
CO-PRESENTED BY WARNER ARCHIVE.

Watch an excerpt from “The Unholy Three”!  
Tickets – $14/free for members

Lost & Found Film Club:

SHOCKTOBER: 16mm Scare Films!
This month’s sandwich is: Pizza Grilled Cheese
For October, it’s a special “SHOCKTOBER” program, featuring terrifyingly rare 16mms that shock and surprise to make their points. We’ll screen the most hilarious Halloween Safety film of all time, plus bloody workplace safety shorts, Angel Death (featuring Paul Newman speaking out about the horrors of PCP), the dental nightmare that is The Haunted Mouth, and much more!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Shocktober”!  
Tickets – $10/free for members
Arizona: WHITE OF THE EYE
(producer Brad Wyman in person!)

“Calling ‘White Of The Eye’ a thriller is rather like saying that Van Gogh’s ‘The Potato Eaters’ is a painting. Both descriptions are unquestionably correct and immeasurably insufficient.” – Leonard Klady, Los Angeles Times
Dir. Donald Cammell, 1987, 35mm, 110 min.

Special Events:

MAGIC KINGDOM PARTY CRASHAZ
(feat. free sneak preview of “Escape from Tomorrow”!)

Watch the trailer for “Escape from Tomorrow”!  
Nevada: TREMORS

One of the best American monster movies this side of the Fifties, Tremors perfectly balances farce and fright, cool dudes and badass beasties. Meet Val & Earl, bickering handymen in desolate Perfection, Nevada, a sleepy outpost about to be overrun by flesh-hungry subterranean worm beasts. Now our incredibly game cowboy combo (played by Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward) must face the mouthy creatures or be gobbled up, dusty grins and all. Non-stop, fast-paced fun, Tremors is packed-to-the-brim with B-movie gold: totally rad gross-out graboids, family-friendly gore, Big Trouble In Little China’s Victor “Egg Chen” Wong, plus a cast and crew clearly having the time of their lives. And, it’s the only state on our trip brave enough to showcase Family Ties’ Michael Gross and Reba McEntire as gun-crazed survivalists!Dir. Rob Underwood, 1990, 35mm, 96 min.

FINAL CUT: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
(encore one-week run!)
Friday, October 4th – Thursday, October 10th 

Watch the trailer for “Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen”!  
NorCal: THE MANITOU

“I was flying to London to oversee the scoring for ‘Day of the Animals’. At the airport in New York, I bought a paperback copy of ‘Manitou’. I read it straight through and knew it was a great film. I got off the plane in London and called one of my associates in Hollywood and said, ‘Sell the cars, hock the office equipment, do anything you have to do to get it, but get it today’.” – William Girdler, told to the Louisville Times, 1977
Dir. William Girdler, 1978, 35mm, 104 min.

The Price is Right: Vincent Price Matinees

THE FLY 
Standing side by side in the “seminal science-horror monsterpiece” department with Cronenberg’s landmark Eighties remake is this classic 1958 slice of terror. Directed by Kurt Neumann (Rocketship X-M) and starring our man Vincent Price, the original tale of a scientist who accidentally fuses his DNA with that of a common housefly was a total scream-inducing shocker to audiences of its day, and remains one of the iconic frightfests of all time. Featuring great performances and ghastly make-up effects, this Technicolor treasure pushed Atomic Age anxieties into the kinds of horrific places that are still fresh to this day. The Fly would be well worth celebrating even if it weren’t for the presence of Price – but who’s complaining? Hop in your teleporter and join us for this master class in slow-building dread!Dir. Kurt Neumann, 1958, DCP, 94 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Fly”!  
Oregon: JUST BEFORE DAWN
Dir. Jeff Lieberman, 1981, 35mm, 90 min. 
Idaho: THE BEING

Featuring no less than three Oscar-winners in the cast(!), this post-Alien smalltown shocker goes right for the throat, mixing fears of environmental disaster and an ooey-gooey killer mutant with touches of odd humor and a Jonathan Demme-esque flair for local color. In a potato-producing Idaho town, toxic waste that’s being dumped into the water has left the populace jittery, even as the politicians (like José Ferrer) and scientists (like Martin Landau) insist everything is fine – and as a radioactive man-thing continues to chomp down on the town’s teens, farmers and society mavens alike. This strangely fascinating hillbilly cousin to the likes of both C.H.U.D. and Larry Cohen’s then-contemporary output features buckets of neon sludge, and a cast of enough slumming celebs to give off the feel of an Irwin Allen disaster movie that’s somehow morphed into a ’50s monster-on-the-loose drive-in picture. Plus, director Jackie Kong slyly works in enough genuinely inspired surprises to keep everyone on their toes, including an utterly bizarre B&W nightmare sequence involving Landau and Laugh-In regular Ruth Buzzi that packs an unexpected surrealist punch.Dir. Jackie Kong, 1983, 35mm, 82 min. 

We want you to go to the movies. A lot. Being a Cinefamily member is more than just a tax-deductible donation and the knowledge that you’re supporting everything Cinefamily does to explore, preserve, and share the movies we all believe in. Because we appreciate your support, we have one of the most generous member benefit plans around. If you’re a member, you get to come to dozens of movies a month FREE, as well as exclusive Members-Only screenings, and, for our Black Card members, early admission. Donations can be paid for in installments of as little as $25 a month. JOIN NOW!   WHAT IS THE CINEFAMILY? 

The Cinefamily is an organization of movie lovers devoted to finding and presenting interesting and unusual programs of exceptional, distinctive, weird and wonderful films. The Cinefamily’s goal is to foster a spirit of community and a sense of discovery, while reinvigorating the movie-going experience. Like campfires, sporting events and church services, we believe that movies work best as social experiences. They are more meaningful, funnier and scarier when shared with others. 

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