In conjunction with the American Genre Film Archives the Hippodrome Cinema is proud to present three films from their collection this october.
“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) : 8:00 p.m.
“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 ‘80s 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 epically 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): 9:00 p.m.
“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) : 8:00 p.m.
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