Stay up all-nite at the sickest, scariest, most scream-errific cinematic slaughterhouse you’ve ever seen! It’s guaranteed to curdle your blood, raise your hair and give your gag reflexes a real workout, so all scaredy cats need not attend! Thrills and chills await you throughout the night as we unleash SEVEN hand-picked horror classics that are so scandalously shocking, the only way to hold on to your sanity is to keep repeating to yourself – “it’s only a movie, it’s only a movie, it’s only movie …”
PLUS: Scary shorts, trashy trailers, ghoulish trivia games and prizes, horrifying drink specials, freaky food surprises (HINT: it’s full of meat!) and collectible barf bags for all chickens with weak stomachs!
This year’s line-up:
7:00pm: Friday the 13th / Unrated UK Cut! / 35mm Print!
“A landmark horror film … a near perfect slasher that set the pace for an entire genre … bloody, suspenseful and fun.” – Oh, the Horror!
The one that started it all, the original “Spam in a Cabin” slasher classic that sent a group of horny teens (including Kevin Bacon!) into the woods where they could be sliced, diced and chopped by a mysterious maniac on the unluckiest day of the year! A summer camp massacre that lit the fuse on one of the longest-running horror franchises in movie history, this is the extra-gruesome, extra-gooey unrated UK version not seen in US theatres! (Dir. by Sean S. Cunningham, 1980, USA, 95mins., Unrated)
8:50pm: Suspiria / 35mm Print!
“A stunning combination of menacing Grand Guignol atmosphere, dazzling colors, gory violence, lush décor and pounding soundtrack.” – Alan Jones, Radio Times
A young American ballet star discovers that a European dance academy run by ghastly witches is no place to get an education in this ultra-stylish supernatural scream fest from Italian Master of Horror, Dario Argento. Featuring a killer soundtrack by Goblin and some of the most gruesome murders ever seen, this is an unforgettable slice of pure art horror that must be seen on the big screen! (Dir. by Dario Argento, 1977, Italy, in English, 98 mins., Rated R)
“This is what a monster movie is supposed to be like, and it’s terrific.”– Geoff Andrew, Time Out
A small hick town in Southern Arizona is overrun by giant, destructive, underground-dwelling “Graboids” (that’s “eyeless monster worms” to the uninitiated), and only Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon as two work-adverse cowboys can stop them, in this majorly fun ‘90s update of the classic monsters-on-the-loose flicks of the ‘50s. A campy blast of B-movie madness that really delivers the thrills! (Dir. by Ron Underwood, 1990, USA, 96 mins., Rated PG-13)
12:30am: David Cronenberg’s The Fly / 35mm Print!
“Wildly imaginative, gut-wrenchingly scarifying and profoundly primal (not to mention funny), David Cronenberg’s The Fly is a movie that whacks you in the solar plexus and leaves you gasping.” – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
What happens when Jeff Goldblum and a tiny fly enter a teleporter and exit as one hell of a disgusting freak called Brundle Fly? You’ll find out in this wonderfully icky, terrifyingly visceral and surprisingly romantic “Man Messes with Nature” shocker from the legendary Canadian horror maestro, David Cronenberg. Bring a fly swatter! (Dir. by David Cronenberg, 1986, USA/Canada/UK, 96 mins., Rated R)
2:15am: The Incredible Melting Man / 35mm Print!
“Nauseating ‘70s fun… The Incredible Melting Man features what has to be the most revolting premise for a monster movie ever!” – 1,000 Misspent Hours
When mustached astronaut Steve West returns from a history-making flight to Saturn, he has a little problem fitting back into his old routine, mainly because thanks to an overdose of outer space radiation, he’s now leaving bits and pieces of himself wherever he goes. Yes, Steve West has become… The Incredible Melting Man! And he needs human flesh to keep himself together, leading to a heap of gory, gloppy gross-out fun that only the 1970s could have dreamed up! (Dir. by William Sachs, 1977, USA, 84 mins., Rated R)
3:50am: Wolf Creek / 35mm Print!
“Wolf Creek is scary cinema pushed to the brink of punishment … truly frightening … there’s no question that what it sets out to do, it does alarmingly well.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety
Welcome to Wolf Creek National Park, a little piece of horror movie heaven located in the middle of the dusty Australian Outback. Come and visit for a spell, and you might meet up with a friendly, back-slapping bushman named Mick. Mick’s a great guy who unfortunately happens to really hate tourists, so the chances are good that things are going to turn real ugly, real fast. Inspired by the true story of Australia’s notorious “Backpack Killer,” this is an intense and genuinely frightening excursion into pure Aussie terror! (Dir. by Greg McLean, 2005, Australia, 99 mins., Rated R)
“A singularly bizarre entertainment … unforgettably over the top … shifts from crazy to batshit, piling up gory horror/comic set-pieces that marry the wacky and surreal with a manic style that’s perpetually reinventing itself.” – Scott Tobias, AV Club
How to describe this indescribable ‘70s Japanese horror flick? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ridiculously ghoulish visions. Absurd, nightmarish and overflowing with WTF? moments, this was definitely beamed to Earth from some distant planet. (Dir. by Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977, Japan, in Japanese with subtitles, 88 mins., Unrated)
*Start times are approximate