All month long, enjoy a fright from the 60s, 70s, and 80s!
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The Astro-Zombies (1968)
Newly Re-mastered in HD! A low-budget horror film that has it all… a mad astro-scientist (John Carradine, House of the Long Shadows) reviving corpses at his laboratory; two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robot zombies; a bloody trail of girl-next-door victims; Chinese communist spies; deadly Mexican secret agents led by the insanely voluptuous Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and intrepid CIA agent Wendell Corey (The Killer is Loose) hot on their trail and trying to figure it all out!
This cult favorite written, produced and directed by cult legend, Ted Mikels (One Shocking Moment, Blood Orgy of the She-Devils) melds into a high-powered fusion the films of Ed Wood, Russ Meyer and George Romero with undead cannibal gore chills… hot-pants sexploitation thrills… ’60’s sci-fi mumbo-jumbo and Cold War espionage intrigue.
91 minutes. NR.
“There’s bad, there’s very bad, and there’s Astro-Zombie bad.“
Ganja & Hess (1973)
Flirting with the conventions of blaxploitation and horror, 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), bestowing upon him 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 missing husband, she and Hess form an unexpected partnership. Together, they explore just how much power blood holds.
113 minutes. R.
“A blood-soaked masterpiece. One of the most profound, surreal and horrifying love stories ever made.“
“A sensual, scholarly, magic-realist exploration of black history and black desire.“
“A visionary filmmaker.“
“An underground classic! The most complicated, intriguing, subtle, sophisticated and passionate black film of the ’70s.“
Throughout his career, director Pete Walker was no stranger to controversy, but his 1974 film FRIGHTMARE sparked a firestorm of criticism from the protectors of public morals, who deemed it “despicable” (London Observer), “horrendous” (Evening News), and “a moral obscenity” (Daily Telegraph). In spite of the condemnation–or more likely, because of it–FRIGHTMARE has achieved almost legendary status in British horror history.
Sheila Keith stars as a former patient of a mental institution, who has settled down in a remote farmhouse, where she tells fortunes in her spare time. But the kind, maternal exterior conceals a dreadful monster, which the asylum, it seems, was unable to cure.
86 minutes. R.
“Frightmare is definitely one of the better slasher movies to emerge from the British cinema because its director not only wanted to scare you for eighty-five minutes, but also had something of a subtext beneath the buckets of blood and brains. It’s a sly trickle of subversion injected into a genre not normally known (even in its earliest days) for containing anything more than popcorn thrills, marking Frightmare (and the rest of the cinema of Pete Walker) as being ripe for rediscovery.“
Rawhead Rex (1986)
A Brand New 4K Restoration! He’s pure evil… pure power… pure terror! RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron (Donal McCann, December Bride) decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed – on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes, Gods and Monsters), an American historian on a working vacation with his family, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of RawHead Rex, but the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing. RawHead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster. Directed by George Pavlou (Transmutations) with a screenplay by horror legend Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions).
89 minutes. R.
“Rawhead Rex may not be the best horror film to be made, but it will likely be popular for fans of creature features or Clive Barker“
A Bay of Blood (Reazione A Catena) (1971)
One of the most influential horror films of all time, Mario Bava’s A BAY OF BLOOD (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve) is the spurting artery from which all future slasher films would flow.
When crippled Countess Federica is murdered at her isolated mansion, a gruesome battle ensues to secure the rights to her valuable property around the bay. Everyone, from illegitimate children to shady real estate agents, stakes a claim, only to be killed in increasingly bizarre ways, from simple shootings to impalement by fishing spear. The makeup effects are by Carlo Rambaldi, who would later earn Oscars for his work in Alien (1979) and E.T. (1982).
Initially scorned upon its original release because of its graphic violence, A BAY OF BLOOD eventually became a trendsetter, the model slasher film that Friday the 13th would emulate nearly a decade later.
84 minutes. R. In English and Italian with English subtitles
“The slasher subgenre owes a lot to A Bay of Blood, particularly it’s body count…It’s a film that absolutely delivers for rabid fans of splatter, but it does so with some clever changes to convention and a twisted sense of humor.“