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Exhumed Films presents: The HG Lewis Gore-A-Thon! HG Lewis in Person!
Hosted by the "Godfather of Gore" himself, Herschel Gordon Lewis!
Sunday, August 21 at 2 PM
Tickets: $30 General Admission, $25 IHP members
Writer/producer/director Herschel Gordon Lewis forever changed the face of genre cinema when he unleashed the gruesome 1963 horror comedy BLOOD FEAST, creating the first ever "gore" film. Over the next 10 years, HG Lewis directed some of the most iconic splatter movies of all time--including fan favorites such as 2000 MANIACS, COLOR ME BLOOD RED and THE WIZARD OF GORE-and earned himself the moniker "The Godfather of Gore," inspiring a generation of independent filmmakers such as self-proclaimed Lewis fanatic John Waters. Exhumed Films is honored to present a retrospective of Mr. Lewis's movies and to bring the seminal filmmaker to International House Philadelphia to speak about his long career in cinema.
At 87 years old, Herschel Gordon Lewis is truly a living legend-please join us in celebrating his life and works by watching five of his craziest creations in the company of the master himself! Specific titles are still being curated, but you can count on seeing some of his most infamous shockers, along with some real rarities. There will also be autograph signings, Q & A sessions, an HG Lewis sing-along, and much more!
An event of this nature will probably never happen again; you CANNOT miss this true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Tickets are on sale now, so don't delay!
GUILTY PLEASURES MARATHON, PART III: MAD MONSTER MARATHON!
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Greater NY
2548 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, New York 10710
Tickets: $30; show starts at 1pm
Exhumed Films is thrilled to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the third edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon we indulge our love of schlocky monster movies and present five creature feature favorites (plus a secret bonus film!) from the 1960s through the 1980s. Most of our movies attempted to tantalize audiences during their initial theatrical runs by employing assorted gimmicks, gags, and promotional materials, nearly all of which will be re-created for this event. We will also have some amazing guests on hand to talk about the making of the films. Join us and relive the fun of bygone era, when interactive cinema meant more than some idiot texting during a movie! Our day long endurance test will include the following:
MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND
1969 / 35mm / Dirs. Eddie Romero & Gerardo de Leon / 85 min.
Director Eddie Romero (THE TWILIGHT PEOPLE, BLACK MAMA WHITE MAMA) is the undisputed king of Filipino exploitation cinema, and MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND—co-directed with Gerardo de Leon—may be his magnum opus. Frequent Romero star/producer John Ashley is Dr. Bill Foster, who travels to the mysterious Blood Island to investigate rumors of bizarre scientific experiments. He soon discovers that the insane Dr. Lorca has been transforming the locals into green blooded mutants, one of which goes on a murderous rampage across the island! For the protection of those in the theater, all audience members will be required to take the “Green Blood Oath” at the start of the film in order to safely view the unnatural green-blooded ones without fear of contamination. And leading us all in the oath will be the man who wrote it: legendary producer and founder of Independent-International Pictures, Samuel Sherman!
WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS
1976 / 35mm / Dir. Amando De Ossorio / 85 min.
Originally released in Europe under the title THE LORELEY’S GRASP, WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS was modified for U.S. markets in order to lure in American audiences with theatrical gimmicks: releasing company Independent Artists added red flashes to the film that would warn audiences when something “horrific” was about to occur; theaters also handed out “vomit bags” to patrons in the event that they were so repulsed by the images on screen they had to relieve themselves of the contents of their stomachs (which, being the 1970s, likely consisted of Spam and Genesee Cream Ale). These additions aside, WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS is a pretty nutty movie in its own right. The ancient sea witch Loreley (the lovely Helga Liné from THE MUMMY’S REVENGE and HORROR EXPRESS) appears as a beautiful seductress by day, but by the light of the full moon transforms into a terrifying lizard-like monster! When the buxom beast starts preying on nubile teens from a nearby girl’s school, it is up to a local hunter to stop the monster once and for all. Bonus fun fact: the mastermind behind Independent Artists’ gimmicky additions to WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS was producer Miles Nelson, father of Exhumed Films member Jesse Nelson!
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS
1988 / 35mm / Dir. Kevin S. Tenney / 90 min.
Seemingly inspired by both Dan O’Bannon’s brilliant zombie spoof RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and Lamberto Bava’s stylish shocker DEMONS, Kevin Tenney’s NIGHT OF THE DEMONS stands as one the best horror comedies of the later 1980s. This New Wave update of the “Old Dark House” genre features a clever script, gruesome set pieces, and a punk aesthetic that separates it from other, lesser genre efforts from the era. Goth girl Angela and her trashy friend Suzanne (scream queen icon Linnea Quigley) host a party on Halloween night at the infamous Hull House, an abandoned funeral parlor that is rumored to be cursed. When Angela and the other teens hold a séance as a joke, they inadvertently awaken a demonic presence in Hull House that seeks to possess the partygoers one by one. Featuring music by goth legends Bauhaus, among others, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS is a rocking and revolting good time. As an added bonus, NOTD screenwriter Joe Augustyn will be on hand to talk about the creation of the movie.
THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH
1964 / 35mm / Dir. Del Tenney / 78 min.
While not necessarily the best of the many CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON rip-offs that swamped (har-har) theaters and drive-ins during the 1950s and 1960s, THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH features arguably the most iconic monster: if you’ve ever seen the image of the fish-faced creature with what looks to be a mouth full of hotdogs, this is that movie. Director Del Tenney and/or the film’s producers had the innovative idea of combining the standard “monster-from-the-deep” story with the burgeoning beach party craze ushered in by Frankie Avallon, Annette Funicello, and the “Gidget” film series. The result is an amateurish-yet-enjoyable 80 minutes of freaky fishmen, surprisingly catchy surf rock courtesy of The Del-Aires, and the most homoerotic biker battle outside of a Kenneth Anger film. As a unique promotional tie-in, Warren Publishers, who produced the horror anthology comics CREEPY and EERIE in the 1960s and 1970s, released an “action comic” of THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH which featured stills from the movie “illustrated” with speech balloons to convey the film’s dialogue. This action comic—and the fact that stills from it were later re-purposed for use in Warren’s satire magazine CRACKED—no doubt contributed to the ubiquity of THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH’s titular monster.
MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY
1965 / 35mm / Dir. David L. Hewitt / 31 min.
Speaking of monsters, here is a true rarity in the annals of creature cinema. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, American kids and teens flocked to late-night “spook show” theatrical screenings, which were marathons that featured multiple monster movies combined with live action frights such as costumed creeps who would terrorize the audience. In 1965, the first film (and, to our knowledge, the only film) specifically created to play as part of spook show programs was produced. Although technically not even titled during its initial release, the shriek show short has since been dubbed MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY in an incredibly literal description of its contents. The surreal, silly short film focuses on the familiar trope of teens spending the night inside a haunted house--think of it as a much less gruesome NIGHT OF THE DEMONS. Here, a group of sorority girls having a mildly racy pajama party at a spooky old mansion winds up being kidnapped by the resident mad scientist and his sinister servants (Hunchback! Gorilla! Pantless Werewolf!). But watch out, Drafthouse-mates: if the goofy ghoulies run out of co-ed captives to fuel their evil experiments, they just might set their sights on YOU!
SECRET BONUS FILM!
19?? / 35mm / Dir. ??? / 80 min.
While the creepy captors from MONSTERS CRASH THE PAJAMA PARTY have a bad habit of absconding with teenagers, they’re not completely malicious; in fact, they just want to keep the party going! That’s why they’ve brought along a bonus secret movie for our enjoyment. Want to find out what sort of sinister selection they’ve settled on for your viewing pleasure? Then grab a beer and a big bucket of popcorn, and settle in for one last bout of monsterrific mayhem!