EXHUMED FILMS AND PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY PRESENT: SPAGHETTI SHOCKERS
April 29 | 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Film Center
Exhumed Films and Philadelphia Film Society are serving up a frightening feast for the gory gourmand: SPAGHETTI SHOCKERS is an all-day buffet of Italian horror rarities! See five seldom-screened shockers in their original, unedited versions. Most titles are being projected from original Italian language 35MM prints, and have in all likelihood never been screened theatrically in this country. For fans of Euro Horror obscurities, this is a marathon not to be missed!
General Admission – $40 | Members $32
No Refunds or Exchanges, all sales are final.
Individual Films not available; admission only via Spaghetti Shocker Marathon.
DARIO ARGENTO | ITALY | 1985 | 110 MIN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 35MM
PHENOMENA is one of the most interesting–and unusual–entries in the filmography of legendary horror director Dario Argento. The movie received a 1985 theatrical release in the U.S. in drastically edited form under the title CREEPERS. In addition to excising nearly 30 minutes of footage, the CREEPERS cut also ditched the original score by progressive-rock powerhouse (and frequent Argento collaborators) Goblin in favor of a soundtrack filled with ‘80s heavy metal hits. This screening of an original Italian-language film print marks perhaps the first time that PHENOMENA has ever played in its original 35MM format in the states. The story follows a young girl named Jennifer (Jennifer Connelly) who has the unique ability to communicate with insects. Jennifer is sent to a boarding school in Switzerland, where she soon finds herself caught up in a string of murders committed by an apparent serial killer. With the help of a forensic entomologist (Donald Pleasance), Jennifer sets out to use her unique gift to track down the killer and put an end to their reign of terror.
THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS
PUPI AVATI | ITALY | 1976 | 110 MIN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 35MM
THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS is an impressive, atmospheric giallo from director Pupi Avati (ZEDER). A young art restorer is commissioned by the mayor of a small village to restore a fresco on the local church wall. As he takes up residence in the home of the deceased artist who created the fresco, he learns of the man’s sordid history and begins to delve further into the village’s mysterious history. However, a spate of murders of those close to the protagonist lead him to suspect that someone is trying to prevent his uncovering the full truth behind the artist and his ominous legacy within the sleepy community. Viewers, though, shouldn’t sleep on this rarely screened classic of the genre!
MARIO MANCINI | ITALY | 1972 | 86 MIN | ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Horror fans hoping for some Italian cheese (and sleaze!) in their Spaghetti Shockers need look no further than FRANKENSTEIN ‘80! The flick was one of several “erotic horror” updates on the Frankenstein story released in the 1970s, along with Jess Franco’s EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN and Paul Morrisey’s classic FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN. This gruesome spin on Mary Shelley’s novel focuses on a mad scientist who is obsessed with creating the perfect human being from dead body parts. However, he unleashes a sexualized monster whose perverted passions would surely make poor Boris Karloff’s green face turn beet red! The tawdry cautionary tale is filled with blood, breasts, and butts, making it everything a Eurotrash cinephile could hope for. This special screening is presented in a new 2K digital restoration courtesy of Cauldron Films.
JON D’AMATO | ITALY | 1980 | 88 MIN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 35MM
Oh boy. Here we go. Few Italian horror movies are more infamous than director/provocateur Joe D’Amato’s gory Grand Guignol, ANTHROPOPHAGUS (aka THE GRIM REAPER). D’Amato (the professional pseudonym for Aristide Massaccesi) had a varied career in Italian cinema, to say the least, serving as a writer, director, producer, or cinematographer on everything from spaghetti westerns to erotic comedies to horror films to hardcore pornography. ANTHROPOPHAGUS is surely one of D’Amato’s most popular horror titles, and is another film that was only released in edited form for its U.S. theatrical run. Like PHENOMENA, we are excited to present it here projected from an uncut Italian 35MM print. The plot concerns a group of tourists (including ZOMBI 2 star Tisa Farrow) as they vacation on a secluded island. However, they soon discover that they are not alone on the island when they encounter a crazed and cannibalistic man known as “The Anthropophagus.” As the group attempts to flee from the island, they are relentlessly pursued by the deranged killer who will stop at nothing to satisfy his insatiable hunger for human flesh. The film’s graphic scenes of violence and cannibalism leave little to the imagination and are not for the faint of heart.
THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW
ANTONIO BIDO | ITALY | 1978 | 109 MIN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 35MM
This 1978 Italian giallo thriller directed by Antonio Bido (WATCH ME WHEN I KILL) tells the story of a young pianist, Stefano, who travels to a remote island to visit his brother, a priest. Upon arrival, he discovers a series of gruesome murders of young girls have taken place on the island. With the help of a local professor, Stefano begins to investigate the murders, but he soon finds himself a target of the killer. As the investigation progresses, more secrets are uncovered, and Stefano realizes that the killer may actually be someone he knows! THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW is an underrated giallo that stars Lino Cappolichio (who also played the lead in our previous feature, THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS) and Italian horror favorite Stefania Casini (SUSPIRIA, BLOOD FOR DRACULA).\
ZOMBIEFEST IX – Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28)!
Join Exhumed Films at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater for four ferociously fun — and gory — nights of undead fright on 35mm!
This year starts off with a special Thursday night pre-show screening of Sam Raimi’s groovy 1992 horror-comedy masterpiece, ARMY OF DARKNESS!
On Friday night we will be joined by ventriloquist Nick Pawlow and Happy the Zombie from the 1987 VHS cult favorite MAD RON’S PREVIEWS FROM HELL! Nick, Happy and friends will perform a live ventriloquism show on stage at the drive-in prior to the start of the films! Afterwards Nick and Happy will be available for autographs and photo-ops!
Then, on Saturday night, everyone’s favorite movie zombie, “Bub” from DAY OF THE DEAD, actor Howard Sherman, will be in attendance meeting fans and signing autographs before a screening of the 1985 George A. Romero classic!
The ninth installment of ZOMBIEFEST promises to be one of the most entertaining events in the show’s history! In addition to the awesome line up of films and guests, there will be incredible limited edition event merch, raffles, live DJs, photo ops and MUCH MORE TBA! Get your tickets early for this one!
5/25-28- Zombiefest IX:
-ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992) Directed by Sam Raimi
Friday, May 26:
w/ Ventriloquist Nick Pawlow and Happy Goldsplatt live!
-THE BEYOND (1981) – Directed by Lucio Fulci
-THE FOG (1980) Directed by John Carpenter
-CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) Dir. by Herk Harvey
Saturday, May 27:
w/ Howard “Bub” Sherman in person!
-DAY OF THE DEAD (1985) Dir. by George A. Romero
-PHANTASM II (1988) Dir. by Don Coscarelli
-DEAD HEAT (1988) Dir. by Mark Goldblatt
Sunday, May 28:
-TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT (1996) Dir. by Ernest Dickerson
-NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) Dir. by Fred Dekker
-MUTANT (1984) Dir. by John “Bud” Cardos
Gates open at 6p. Showtime at Sundown.
General Tickets for Thursday are $8 per person. General+Extended Pass: $16 per person.
General Tickets for Friday/Saturday/Sunday: $15 per person. per day. General+Extended Pass: $25 per person.
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