Psycho Cinema is the sister organization run by the hostest-with-the-mostest 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, January 5th, 7:30pm
Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece about the Torrance family, holed up for the winter as the caretakers of the Overlook Hotel, is intense, stunning, and downright scary!
It’s full of now-classic horror film moments, from ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY to “Heeere’s Johnny!,” REDRUM, and those creepy twins, but it never feels clichéd or outplayed; it’s the kind of horror movie that ages well. The terrifying imagery and sounds only becoming stronger as the years go by.
This is vintage Jack from back when he was actually crazy, so grab a hold of something, sit back and get ready to be entranced and horrified by Kubrick’s THE SHINING.
Tuesday, January 12th, 7:30pm
This screening is brought to you in part by our pals at Oskar Blues Brewery, straight outta Lyons, CO. Portions of ticket sales will be donated to Oskar Blues’ charitable branch of their company: Can’d Aid. Thanks for supporting special programming at the Alamo and an irreverent nonprofit focused on nation-wide do-goodery!
Fresh from his success with RESERVOIR DOGS (and just before he unleashed NATURAL BORN KILLERS and PULP FICTION on an unsuspecting world), Quentin Tarantino penned the screenplay for director Tony Scott’s TRUE ROMANCE, a movie that was guaranteed to terrify and traumatize any poor soul who saw that snarky title on the marquee and mistook it for the latest Julia Roberts romp. There is a love story in TRUE ROMANCE, but it is surrounded by viciousness, violence and vengeance — much of which is played for lacerating laughs.
Detroiter Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) first encounters call girl Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) in a seedy downtown Detroit movie theater, where a Sonny Chiba triple feature is playing. “After I see a movie, I like to get a piece of pie and talk about it,” Alabama purrs, and it isn’t long before Clarence and Alabama are sweet on each other. But can the lovebirds survive while dealing with the murder of Alabama’s freaky pimp (Gary Oldman), a mix-up that saddles the couple with a suitcase full of cocaine, a bumpy trip to the West Coast, a brush with a merciless Mafia don (Christopher Walken) — and a few Elvis sightings?
A critical darling (and, sadly, a box office flop) when it was released in the fall of 1993, TRUE ROMANCE almost immediately began to build a cult following, thanks to Tarantino’s whip-smart screenplay, Scott’s snazzy direction, the sometimes head-spinning combination of brutality and black comedy, Hans Zimmer’s sparkling score and its remarkable cast of characters, with then-rising stars like Arquette, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini (who is absolutely electrifying as a Mob enforcer in what amounts to a warm-up for his run as Tony Soprano) threatening to steal the show from old pros like Walken, Dennis Hopper and Gary Oldman. Anyone for post-show pie?
Friday, January 15th, 10:30pm
Saturday, January 16th, 10:30am
The 1980’s were a time when video games mattered.
Your parents would drop you at the mall and the arcade would be your babysitter. But if you lost too quickly you’d burn through your allowance, suffer unbearable humiliation at the hands of your friends, and spend the rest of the afternoon forlornly moping around the Orange Julius until your big sister could come pick you up.
Winning at video games wasn’t just a matter of pride, it was a matter of childhood SURVIVAL. And no movie understands that raw fact on a more literal level than THE LAST STARFIGHTER.
It’s the story of lonely trailer park kid, Alex Rogan, who breaks the high-score record on the Last Starfighter arcade machine only to be scooped up by the game’s extra-terrestrial creator who reveals that the world Alex was escaping to in the game is actually real.
Now it’s up to Alex to save this world with the help of a gloriously realized practical-effect lizard man and a robot clone of himself. It’s also a pioneer of early CGI before computer effects ate the real world alive and it succeeds at the now impossible feat of capturing a magical blend of Spielbergian wonder and the galactic whams of George Lucas’s OG trilogy.
Nothing today can hold a joystick to the pure fun and adventure of this star-blasting triumph. For Rylos!
Friday, January 22nd — TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED