Psycho Cinema is the sister organization run by blogger Faye G. They bring rarely-screened horror, sci-fi, and obscure films to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester. Join Faye’s group by clicking this LINK and prepare for the unexpected!
Tuesday, July 7 at 7:30pm
Mrs. Perch, an elderly, wealthy lady from rural America, is throwing a fancy garden party at her remote country villa. Same procedure as every year – except this time her illegally imported plant fertilizer seeps into the ground. Subsequently, a local species of killer wasps that usually lay their eggs into other insects mutates into 7 ft tall predators. And the celebrating upper class company provides just the right kind of prey.
It’s up to Paul and Julia, the two catering staffers, to stop the creatures, fight for their lives, and incidentally getting their stumbling romance in order. (R)
Tuesday, July 14 at 9:00PM
In Jason Banker’s FELT, an audience favorite at last year’s Fantastic Fest, Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely costumed alter egos that re-appropriate the male form.
While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence.
Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, FELT doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off. (R)
Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30pm
There are few monsters more iconic than the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
“Gill-Man,” as he’s less commonly known, was conceived after a dinner party conversation between producer William Alland and Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. A design by Disney artist Millicent Patrick and makeup artist Bud Westmore was quickly approved, and the $15,000 airtight rubber suit was created. Air was fed into the suit with a rubber hose, and they ended up having to utilize two actors in two different suits (one of which was painted yellow for better underwater visibility).
It’s incredible that one of the most iconic movie creatures of all time was created with only an engaging conversation, a couple of drawings, and $15,000.
Swimming holes have never felt the same since. (Mitch Putnam, Mondo Creative Director) (NR)
Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00pm
Newly restored exploitation and horror obscurities for only five bucks!
This is the greatest Herschell Gordon Lewis movie that Herschell Gordon Lewis never made. Escaping from the same distorted un-world that produced Lewis’s THE WIZARD OF GORE and Andy Milligan’s BLOOD, THE JEKYLL AND HYDE PORTFOLIO is a sex-soaked proto-slasher that feels like it was created by cavemen who were: 1. Drunk, and 2. Big fans of underground occult filmmaker Kenneth Anger. A mysterious lunatic unleashes a rampage of death on the patients and staff of a rural sanitarium called The Florence Nightengale Institute. Blood gushes like neon-red tempera paint! Everyone has sex with everyone else! Porn starlet Rene Bond appears in Mr. Hyde drag! Artless, stupefying, and possibly made by people who had never seen a movie, this is the only Jekyll and Hyde adaptation that includes the line: “I’m a man of science. And we don’t say things are things until they are things.” Vinegar Syndrome presents a new restoration of this previously banned Video Nasty from the original camera negative!
Tuesday, July 28 at 9pm
VHS-only insanity projected from VHS for only $1!
If you can’t beat ’em, BEAT ‘EM! Italian sleaze merchant Bruno Mattei forged a career out of copyright infringement with movies like HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD and CRUEL JAWS. That still doesn’t explain how Mattei managed to release his own sequel to THE TERMINATOR a full year before James Cameron’s TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY was made. But it does explain that the world is insane. In TERMINATOR 2: SHOCKING DARK, a group of assassins called Megaforce fight aliens under the canals of Venice. The aliens look like a combination of Marvel Comics’s Man-Thing and paper mache dinosaurs that were made by children, which is to say, they look incredible. Soon enough, The Terminator shows up and battles Sarah Conner for the fate of the galaxy. If this movie sounds like ALIENS and THE TERMINATOR as envisioned by a deranged hobo with a movie camera, that makes sense. Especially when you consider that the script was written by Claudio Fragasso, the man responsible for TROLL 2. It should come as a surprise to no one that this movie is also known as ALIENS 2. (Joseph A. Ziemba)