In collaboration with the student-run WUD Film Committee, the Cinematheque brings back our Monday evening series of fun screenings that travel down the less-visited, sometimes more grungy avenues of contemporary pop cinema. The screenings take place at the Marquee Theater in Union South. This season’s all 35mm offerings include a screening of the uncut, unrated version of The Last House on the Left, our tribute to the late horror maestro Wes Craven; plus Trailer Apocalypse Redux, the sequel to our 2014 Grindhouse Trailer-Bration and Ed Harris in Alex Cox’s politically progressive acid western, Walker.
- Mon., Feb. 1 | 7:00 PMMarquee
Wes Craven’s feature debut is a million miles away from his later mainstream success with the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises. Along with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Last House remains 70s horror at it’s most primal and influential. It’s filthy thumbprints are all over the splatter films of the ‘80s and the torture-porn so in vogue over the past decade. A loose adaptation of Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, Craven’s take on this tale of murder and revenge is unrelentingly grim, vicious, and unshakeable. You have been warned. The uncut, unrated version will be screened and the feature will be preceded by a special reel of trailers honoring the late horror maestro Craven.
- Mon., Mar. 7 | 7:00 PMMarquee
The sequel to our 2014 marathon of movie trailers celebrates the sleaziest and cheesiest movies from cinema history, as well as some cool films that time forgot. Guaranteed to offend and tantalize, these dynamic and funny pieces of movie advertising are an art form in themselves. Horror, sexploitation, sci-fi, action, and comedy are all on display in this jaw-dropping special program from the collection of Grindhouse Releasing. You’ll thrill to trailers from “classics” like Dr. Butcher M.D. (Medical Deviate), Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary, Cries of Ecstasy/Blows of Death, The Worm Eaters and many, many more!
- Mon., Apr. 11 | 7:00 PMMarquee
The story of William Walker’s mid-19th century imperialist campaign in Nicaragua may sound like the material of a dry, tasteful, biopic, but in the hands of punk filmmaker Cox (Sid and Nancy, Repo Man) it’s anything but. Cox takes the ugliest aspects of American history – Slavery, Manifest Destiny, Industrialism– and twists them into an epic acid western which is as hilarious and silly as it is vile. Cox uses history to directly comment on American politics in 1987, morosely grounding the film’s craziness. Featuring a typically superb performance from Harris as Walker, and an original soundtrack by Joe Strummer, Walker is essential cult film viewing. (VM)