Trick or treat? The Hipp Cinema presents October screenings

The Hippodrome kicks off a month of spooky screenings
with new film “Super Dark Times”

The Hippodrome Cinema kicks off the first of several spooky films for the month of October, with the new film “Super Dark Times.”

 A harrowing, but meticulously observed, look at teenage lives in the era prior to the early 1990s, “Super Dark Times” marks the feature debut of gifted director Kevin Phillips, whose critically acclaimed 2015 short film “Too Cool For School” premiered at the renowned Cannes Film Festival.

Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) are best friends growing up in a leafy Upstate New York suburb in the 1990s, where teenage life revolves around hanging out, looking for kicks, navigating first love and vying for popularity.

When a traumatic incident drives a wedge between the previously inseparable pair, their youthful innocence abruptly vanishes. Each young man processes the tragedy in his own way, until circumstances grow increasingly complex and spiral into violence. Phillips dives headlong into the confusion of teenage life, creating an evocative atmosphere out of the murky boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, and good and evil.

“This generations ‘Mean Creek’ or ‘Donnie Darko.'” – Brad Miska, “Bloody Disgusting”

Wednesday (10/11): 7:30 p.m.
Thursday (10/12): 5:30 p.m.

One-night only special screening of “Suspiria” on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

“Suspiria” is an absurd film in the most positive way. Here’s a summation of its value by film critic Neil Young:

“There have probably been weirder, artier, funnier and gorier horror films than ‘Susperia,’ but none have come anywhere near combining all of these elements to more dazzling effect than Argento’s masterpiece. But it isn’t enough to proclaim the movie as the best of its genre – this is a rare, possibly unique example of a genuine auteur remaining true to his own personal vision, while at the same time satisfying the demands of the commercial market. A major hit on both sides of the Atlantic on its initial release, ‘Suspiria’ has enjoyed a long afterlife as a video and DVD favorite. But abandon all notions that great cinema must mean ‘well-made’ movies: Argento doesn’t worry about plotting, characterization, acting, or making much sense, so neither should we.”

Friday (10/13): 7 p.m.

 

The Hipp Cinema presents three films from the American Genre Film Archives Collection:

“Re-Animator”

“Calling ‘Re-animator’ a crucial gore movie is like saying that fire is hot.” – Zack Carlson, co-author of “Destroy All Movies”

H.P. Lovecraft and Lucio Fulci did not team up to make the most amazing gore-sex grotesquerie of 1985 — but thanks to “Re-animator,” they didn’t have to. Director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna’s joint debut feature, this epochal, awe-inspiring amalgam of “Frankenstein,” “The Beyond,” and “Revenge of the Nerds” is where science meets chaos to produce an hyperactive overdose of gruesome insanity.

Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a new Miskatonic University student who also moonlights as a mad scientist, intent on perfecting a serum that “re-animates” corpses. Soon, everyone wants a piece of the action, including an evil professor and his army of slime-covered deadites. With berserker theatrics, career-defining roles from horror icons Combs and Barbara Crampton, and a scene of two adults chasing an undead cat in a basement, “Re-animator” isn’t just a masterpiece of the horror genre — it’s a masterpiece of life.
Friday (10/20) : 8:30 p.m

Wednesday (10/25) : 8 p.m.

“Society”

“Already a hero in the horror genre for producing films like “Re-animator” and “From Beyond,” Brian Yuzna unleashed the demons locked inside his warped mind with this spectacularly insane directorial debut. Billy Warlock (“Baywatch”)stars as a pampered Beverly Hills teen whose world is golden, until his sister’s ex

gives him an audiotape of what sounds like his family partaking in an incestuous, murderous orgy. Thus begins his journey down a gore-and-goo-lined rabbit hole into the shocking underbelly of ‘high society!’

“Society” encapsulates all that made the 1980s a halcyon age for horror; bursting with truly bizarre ideas, the film is a cavalcade of winking satire and social commentary, and culminates in an epicly grotesque twenty-minute finale (designed by legendary SFX artist Screaming Mad George) that remains one of the genre’s most out-there, boundary-pushing memorable endings — one you will run out and beg all of your friends to later witness.” — Josh Miller, The Cinefamily

Saturday (10/21): 9 p.m.

“The Crazies”

“After reinventing the zombie film with “Night of the Living Dead,” George Romero made his first color horror film “The Crazies,” another social commentary cloaked in exploitation trappings about a small Pennsylvania town decimated by the accidental release of a dangerous biochemical weapon in the water supply (thanks to a crashed truck.)

Though not an official part of Romero’s ongoing “Dead” series, “The Crazies” still fits in just fine thanks to its depictions of normalcy shedding apart from the inside and a ruthless but incompetent military ultimately driven by self-interest — themes which would reach their most crystallized version in “Day of the Dead.” — Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
Thursday (10/26) : 8 p.m.

The Hipp Cinema presents “The Shining”

The Hippodrome Cinema is proud to present Stanley Kubrick’s definitive horror classic “The Shining” to

celebrate the Halloween season. Frustrated  writer Jack  Torrance takes a job as

the winter caretaker at the ominous, mountain-locked Overlook Hotel so that he can write in peace. When he arrives there with his wife and son, they learn that the previous caretaker had gone mad. Slowly Jack becomes possessed by the evil, demonic presence in the hotel.

Friday (10/27): 8:30 p.m.
Sunday (10/29): 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday (10/31): 7:30 p.m.

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