Psycho Cinema’s March 2016 Schedule Will Devilishly Delight

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!

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NATURAL BORN KILLERS

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Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30pm

Just before PULP FICTION would make him a household name, Quentin Tarantino wrote the blood-spattered story that inspired director Oliver Stone’s NATURAL BORN KILLERS. Tarantino’s second tale of lovers on the run (after 1993’s TRUE ROMANCE) ignited worldwide controversy for what many saw as nothing more than the glorification of violence and destruction. Unlike TRUE ROMANCE’s generally sweet-natured Clarence and Alabama, Mickey and Mallory Knox (as played by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis) were cold-blooded, deranged and mostly merciless.

In 1994, a time in which the only major “reality show” was MTV’s THE REAL WORLD, Tarantino envisioned a society in which mindless millions eagerly devoured a steady diet of exploitation, sleaze, brutality and shamelessly self-promoting, self-declared celebrities. That’s the environment in which NATURAL BORN KILLERS takes place, and it’s a dizzying jumble of images, sound bytes, fragments of TV commercials, samples of music and anything else Stone can throw at us. Beginning with a whirlwind courtship that’s depicted in mock-sitcom-style (complete with Rodney Dangerfield as Mallory’s slovenly dad, who tossess off one-liners like “Two pounds lighter, you’ll be Miss Ethiopia!” as casually as he makes cracks about incest and wife-beating), Mickey and Mallory immediately begin living up to their billing as they cruise across in America in a 1970 Dodge Charger, leaving a trail of corpses in their wake. They are followed by Australian TV host Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.), who turns them into living legends on his “American Maniacs” show. The killer couple’s journey down Route 666 becomes, in Gale’s telling, “a candy lane of murder and mayhem,” and viewers eat it up.

Switching back and forth between color and black-and-white, between vicious satire and shocking horror, Stone constantly plays with our expectations: cartoonish themes and kooky sound effects accompany savage murders; Mickey and Mallory’s car seems to roar through fields of giant dandelions, skies full of fireworks, even through the flames of Hell; bullets hang in mid-air and airborne meat cleavers travel in slow-motion as they find their targets, etc. NATURAL BORN KILLERS scared the bejesus out of moviegoers in 1994; today, as we all deal with daily bombardments of media and messages through the Internet and our iPhones, when mass shootings are analyzed and scrutinized endlessly in the name of “news,” it’s impossible to deny that this relentlessly audacious film was made by people who saw the crazy world to come.

 THE MONSTER SQUAD

Saturday, March 5th at 10:30am

Only one ’80s masterpiece can claim the title of The Killingest, Swearingest, Monster-est Kids Movie of All Time. I’ll let you guess which film it is, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s THE MONSTER SQUAD, dammit!! A group of horror-obsessed adolescents are joined by the Frankenstein Monster to combat Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and a Swamp Creature. Childhood innocence is forever lost in a blinding storm of silver bullets, sharpened stakes and enormous explosions. This child-sized chunk of anti-monster justice was unleashed on cinemas with such savage fury that few recognized its true greatness, but it has since been rediscovered as the classic it truly is! So grab your tickets before the full moon and be here for this show or we’ll kick you right in the…genitals.

 

THE PACK

Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30pm

Man’s best friend turns against him when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse. In a remote stretch of the Australian Outback, a sheep rancher, his veterinarian wife, and their two teenage children live in bucolic isolation—until a horrifying night when a pack of fang-bearing, four-legged rabid beasts besiege their home. With no one around to help them, the family must band together to survive—or else become canine kibble. Generating a steadily mounting sense of dread, The Pack cleverly toys with genre conventions before it goes in for the kill.

ROAD GAMES

Friday, March 11th at 10:55pm

On a sunny summer day in the French countryside, drifters Jack (Andrew Simpson) and Véronique (Joséphine de La Baume) hook up and hit the road together. But when they accept a ride from a local oddball (Frédéric Pierrot), the pair finds themselves thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse in which nothing is what it seems. Bursting with nonstop twists and turns and an undercurrent of Hitchcockian malice, this riveting psychological thriller is a hell of a ride. Legendary cult actress Barbara Crampton co-stars.

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SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Tuesday, March 15th at 7:30pm

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

It’s a tale as old as time: A rookie FBI agent is tasked with tracking down a serial killer who skins his victims and the best way she can find said peeler-of-humans is to forge an unholy alliance with another incarcerated serial killer who is dangerously charismatic and an unrepentant cannibal.

Seriously though, there is nothing old or rote about director Jonathan Demme’s masterful horror thriller. It stormed the box office in 1991 and rightfully made a clean sweep at the Academy Awards that year, picking up Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Adapted Screenplay and Director — one of only three films to ever manage such a coup.

EMELIE

Friday, March 18th at 10:55pm

This “Midnight” selection out of the Tribeca Film Festival turned heads with its unflinching story of a babysitter gone mad. Delivering up some B-movie scares with some serious kinetic energy, the short runtime of this film doesn’t waste a moment’s breath to bog down the story with needless exposition or declaration of motives from the villain. Rather it grips you in its overdrive pace and doesn’t let go until the very end. This film will unsettle you and definitely make you start to weed out your weeknight babysitters better.

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THE WARRIORS

Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:30pm

Warriors…come out to play-ee-ay.

Preposterously themed street gangs, electrifying synths, raging fisticuffs and a lean, mean, macho man story. Cyrus is the toughest, baddest all-round coolest gang leader around and he’s assembled all of the gangs in New York City to unify them. But when Cyrus ends up dead, The Warriors take the wrap and every face painted, spiked bat carrying, homicidal maniac in the city is out to kill them as our true-hearted, iron-willed Coney Island rumblers punch, bite and bleed their way home through the labyrinth of Manhattan.

Walter Hill can film a city and make it sweat with toughness, capturing the filthiness of urban decayed vacant subways, crooked alleys and abandoned buildings to turn them into a spectacularly violent playground of insanity. CAN YOU DIG IT?

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STRANGE BREW

Thursday, March 24th at 7:15pm

ARRIVE AT 7:15pm for BEER TASTING – MOVIE STARTS AT 8pm

In their quest for free beer, bumbling Canadian brothers Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug McKenzie (Dave Thomas) wind up working at the Elsinore Brewery. The hapless lads uncover a sinister mind-control plot spearheaded by Brewmeister Smith (Max von Sydow) and must stop the scheme, which also involves Uncle Claude (Paul Dooley), a member of the Elsinore family. As Bob and Doug try to prevent Smith from taking over the world, they also manage to drink plenty of their favorite sudsy beverage.

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BASKIN

Tuesday, March 29th at 7:00pm

It’s an easy night on patrol for Arda, Remzi and the rest of their police unit: a bit of cards, a bit of football, a bit of barbecue. They could never know what to expect when summoned out to support another group of cops at a remote building. And by the time they realize what they’re facing it will be far, far too late.

One of the great pleasures of the film festival world is the opportunity to witness the development and emergence of a promising young talent. This is very much the case with young Turkish helmer Can Evrenol, several of whose shorts have screened at Fantastic Fest in the past, including the short film that provides the basis for this. Evrenol proves himself a master of mood and tone with BASKIN, meticulously crafting a sort of baroque puzzle box sure to provoke a visceral physical response in even the most jaded. While too many young hands are content to shock in the name of horror without ever reaching for true fear, Evrenol goes a step beyond. BASKIN is a film to dread, a film that slips deep into the psyche and uncovers the topography of hidden nightmares.

Less a film to be deconstructed and talked about than it is a film to be experienced – though there’s certainly plenty to deconstruct – BASKIN more than delivers on the promise of Evrenol’s short film work, bringing the young Turk to screens seemingly fully-formed as a new auteur of the horror world

Read More About this Film Here

 

VIDEO VORTEX: ALYAS BATMAN EN ROBIN

Tuesday, March 29th at 9pm

Have you heard the news? “Paenguin,” Jokerman, and Catwoman are on a rampage in “Gothum” City. Banks robbed! Twinkies eaten! Songs sung to the keys of “Surfin’ Safari” and “Let’s Go To The Hop!” Luckily, two dudes named Joey and Kevin have decided to take salvation into their own hands by transforming into Batman and Robin! In the massive canon of Filipino exploitation lunacy, ALYAS BATMAN EN ROBIN stands alone. It’s like an alternate dimension version of the 1966 BATMAN TV show with the added bonuses of foot-long mullets, Paenguin shooting people in the face, and power ballads that help Robin to express love for his girlfriend. A certain comic book company attempted to block the release of this action-comedy-musical-fun-bomb in 1991. They were unsuccessful.
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Psycho Cinema’s March 2016 Schedule Will Devilishly Delight

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