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October 2007:

Fourth Annual Month of Horror, Terror, and General Mayhem

co-presented with
Fangoria

in association with
ScareFlix * Fox Home Entertainment

The Pioneer Theater continues its aesthetic and experiential assault on the senses with our fourth annual "Month of Horror, Terror, and General Mayhem" - this year co-presented with our good enemies from Fangoria, and in association with Scareflix and 20th Century Fox Home Video.

featuring:
  • John Landis in person for AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON!!!
  • openings
  • free screenings
  • world premieres
  • shorts
  • classics from directors including Danny Boyle, Ingmar Bergman, John Landis, Joe Dante, Neil Jordan
  • "A Gathering of Wolves," werewolf movie retrospective, including an all nighter
  • the ongoing, systematic murder of Pioneer regulars


Monster Monday! Presented by Fangoria

Double Bill

28 DAYS LATER

(dir. Danny Boyle, 113 mins, 2002, 35mm print)

followed by

28 WEEKS LATER

(dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, 101 mins, 2007, 35mm print)

Mon Oct 1 7pm

Free screening! To obtain tickets, send an e-mail to fangoscreening @ starloggroup .com. You must use "28 DAYS / WEEKS LATER" as your subject line. Offer is good for one ticket per e-mail; plus, tell us your full name and whether you want to be added to the FANGORIA newsletter list so we can tell you about future Fango screenings and events. Names will be checked at the door. You must RSVP; you also must receive a confirmation message back from us. Note, though, that the offer is first come first serve of those who have RSVPd, so please be sure you arrive in advance.

28 Days Later28 DAYS LATER

After breaking into a primate research facility, a group of animal rights activists discover caged chimps chained up before banks of screens displaying horrifically violent images. Ignoring the warnings of the terrified researcher who maintains the chimps are 'infected', they begin to free the animals and are immediately subjected to a bloody attack from the enraged creatures.

28 days later: Cycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) awakes from a coma in the deserted intensive care unit of a London hospital. Mystified, he wanders the wards and corridors in search of others and eventually heads into the city streets, calling out for help. As the shadows lengthen Jim seeks shelter in a church only to find dead bodies piled in heaps on the chapel floor. A sudden noise alerts him to the presence of a priest but his lightening speed, blood stained eyes and murderous screams send Jim reeling into the street. More "infected" are attracted by the noise and Jim runs in panic and confusion as a growing flock sprint after him through the dark streets.

28 Weeks Later28 WEEKS LATER

In the place of the original cast and crew come director/co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (INTACTO) and actor Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTTING), who bring the original story to its next logical step. The zombies (again referred to as "the infected") from the first film have died out and England is ready for repopulation. The American military are slowly bringing British citizens back to London, where a heavily guarded community is picking up the pieces and trying to return to normal life. Carlyle plays Don, a man who has lost his wife but is reunited with his children, Andy (Mackintosh Muggleton) and Tammy (Imogen Poots), near the start of Fresnadillo's film. The two kids soon escape from the heavily guarded community, go off searching for their childhood home, and discover that mom might not be quite as dead as they originally thought. Chaos follows, with the sadistic military and the forlorn survivors battling both each other and "the infected."


LOST SUBURBIA

(dir. Elizabeth Smith, Terrence Smith, Sean King, Paul Natale, Pete Bune; 101 mins; 2007)

screening with

THE WALKING CORPSE

Tues Oct 2 6:30pm - buy tix

(dir. Terrence Smith, 15 mins, 2007)

Five Long Island, New York independent filmmakers have come together to produce this labor of love (three years in the making) feature anthology based on local haunted legends that have plagued their childhood nightmares. The four short films are based on the hangings at Sweet Hollow Road (Paul Natale's "Misery Loves"), the lady in white ghost (Sean King's "Don't Go Looking For Mary's Grave"), the abandoned Kings Park psychiatric facility (Terrence and Elizabeth Smith's "The Institute For Mental Hygiene") and the Native American tale of Lake Ronkonkoma (Pete Bune's "Lady/Lake"). The fictional films are preceded by documentary segments that explore the legend's origins and feature interviews with experts on the subject such as paranormal investigator Joe Giaquinto, 'Weird NY' authors Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, and 'Ghosts of Long Island: Stories of the Paranormal' author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, along with historical photos, dramatic reenactments, location footage, and testimonials by locals who have been effected by the legends; supernaturally or otherwise. LOST SUBURBIA is a not just for Long Island natives, but a must see for anyone interested in history and the supernatural.

Carnivals naturally attract the dregs of society, like Wayland Smart. Wayland is a small time pickpocket and thug who happens upon a seedy sideshow act titled "The Walking Corpse." What he witnesses inside that tent will drive him to the brink of lustful madness!

image from the short 'The Walking Corpse'


Jack Ketchum's

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

(dir. Gregory M. Wilson, 91 mins, 2007, 35mm print)

OPENS OCT 3

Weds Oct 3 9pm - buy tix
Thurs Oct 4 7pm - buy tix
Fri Oct 5 9:30pm - buy tix
Sat Oct 6 9:30pm - buy tix
Sun Oct 7 9pm - buy tix
Mon Oct 8 9pm - buy tix
Tues Oct 9 9pm - buy tix
Weds Oct 10 7pm - buy tix
Thurs Oct 11 7pm - buy tix
Fri Oct 12 11pm - buy tix
Sat Oct 13 7pm - buy tix

Trailer:

In this town MURDER
became the neighborhood GAME

"The first authentically shocking American film I've seen since HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER over 20 years ago. If you are easily disturbed, you should not watch this movie. If, on the other hand, you are prepared for a long look into hell, suburban style, [JACK KETCHUM'S] THE GIRL NEXT DOOR will not disappoint. This is the dark-side-of-the-moon version of STAND BY ME."
- Stephen King

"Jack Ketchum's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR . . . is one of the most unsettling [films] in recent memory. This movie is smart and powerful . . . Pack[s] all the emotion from the book . . . an incredible experience . . . "
- Alex Riviello, Creature Corner

"It will bring you nightmares, and that's what a good horror movie should do."
- Michael Laimo, author of ATMOSPHERE and DEAD SOULS

"It looks Hollywood, but goes places no MGM movie ever will. Jack Ketchum is a sick bastard, and the darkness of his novel comes through the film like a black hole, sucking the light out of your heart under the camouflage of a 1950's STAND BY ME story of the days of innocence."
- John Marrone, BLOODY DISGUSTING

It's the summer of 1958 on a dead end street in New Jersey called Laurel Avenue. 12-year old David Moran discovers that his next door neighbors, the Chandlers, have adopted two girls; Megan Loughlin and her younger sister Susan. The parents of the two girls have recently died in a car accident, leaving Meg and Susan (who wears leg braces from the accident) to live with her aunt, Ruth Chandler and her three sons. At 14, Megan is two years older than David and he quickly gets a crush on the new girl in town.

Things are not what they seem as David begins to notice Ruth's harsh treatment of the girls in her care. Since her husband, Willie, has left for another woman, Ruth is raising her three sons, Woofer-10, Donny-12, and Willie Jr.-12, all by herself. Things quickly escalate from verbal to physical abuse involving not only Ruth, but her three sons as well. When Megan asks help from a police officer, Megan gets punished even further by Ruth and is locked down in the basement's old bomb shelter.

That is just the beginning.

The Girl Next Door The Girl Next Door The Girl Next Door The Girl Next Door
Jack Ketchum's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR official site.


CLUB MIDNIGHT

new cinema by Amy Greenfield

Fri Oct 5 midnight - buy tix
Sat Oct 6 midnight - buy tix

18 AND OVER ONLY
ID REQUIRED

Andrea Beeman, Bonnie Dunn, Amy Greenfield all in person to discuss the films.

Club Midnight
Club Midnight website

Amy Greenfield's award-winning work has been called "Magical! Unforgettable!" by the NEW YORK TIMES, and garnered a "10 Best In The Arts & Entertainment" recognition.

CLUB MIDNIGHT turns erotic dance around, into a female empowering expression of desire, mystery, longing, danger, energy, strength, anguish, and joy. The multi-talented dancers reveal themselves - body and soul - in several interrelated films.

Films include:
- Selene Savarie, dancer/poet, shot live at Manhattan's downtown "Blue Angel" cabaret.

- Wildfire, with Phillip Glass music and inspired by Thomas Edison's 1894 magical peepshow "Annabelle" shot at the Black Maria
** Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival
** Gold Prize, Houston international Film Festival
** First Prize, Williamsburg Film Festival
"Beautiful! The nudity, layering and drapery work perfectly!" - Kenneth Anger

- Dark Sequins
"fractures and layers shots of a dancer's naked flesh, her whipping red hair, and the sequined garments she sheds build to an almost claustrophobically seductive vision of Salome . . . film magic. " - VILLAGE VOICE

- Club Midnight
Andrea Beeman and Bonnie Dunn dancing to actor Dennis Hopper's interpretation of U.S. poet laureate Charles Simic's surreal words.

- Virtuoso digital / analogue and live multimedia techniques transform the raw-edged material into a mesmerizing sensual dance of cinema.

Come with us into Club Midnight.


MY NAME IS ALAN AND I PAINT PICTURES

(dir. Johnny Boston, 76 mins, 2007)

Sat Oct 6 7pm - buy tix

Paintings will be on display for all screenings.

MY NAME IS ALAN AND I PAINT PICTURES is a seven year chronicle about Alan Streets, a paranoid schizophrenic, as he struggles to succeed as an artist in New York City.

Alan Streets, as he refers to himself, is a painter struggling with paranoid schizophrenia. Well known on the streets of New York, Alan sets up his easel every day and paints canvases of the New York urban landscape from the Upper East Side to the Bronx and everywhere in between. MY NAME IS ALAN AND I PAINT PICTURES follows this talented artist from the suburbs of London to the wards of Bellevue Hospital in New York City and back out on to the streets.

Alan battles the demons in his own head with vast quantities of alcohol, a wide variety of drugs (legal and otherwise), and, ultimately, just a paintbrush and canvas. Clean and sober and off of all meds, Alan now lives in New York determined to succeed as an artist on his own terms. But can an isolated, still paranoid Alan make it an art world where success sometimes depends as much on whom you know as on what you paint? This film and this unforgettable character will probably change your beliefs about Schizophrenia as something that is always debilitating.

Alan's story unfolds through the eyes of his parents, friends and lovers, psychiatrist, and Alan himself. In time, we get to know Alan very well through swatches of his daily life, his interactions with others, and, crucially, through his paintings.

Interviews with the art community complement the story. They include: Robert Storr - Art Historian and Former Curator, MOMA; Arnold Lehman – Director, Brooklyn Museum; Pamela Willoughby – Gallery Manager of Marc Borgi Gallery; John Maizels – Editor, Raw Vision Magazine; and Daniel Kunitz – Critic, Art Review.

Alan's struggles and difficulties as an artist and a recovering person are so fully delineated that one is left wondering if Alan's paranoia is generated by his illness or rather is simply a function of the reality of trying to make it as an artist in New York City. Whatever the case, the viewer comes away from this memorable film with a heightened appreciation for all artists –- and the fervent hope that Alan will somehow persevere.


THE DEVIL'S EYE

(dir. Ingmar Bergman, 87 mins, 1960)

Sun Oct 7 5pm - buy tix
Sat Oct 13 5pm - buy tix

a comedy about the Devil and Don Juan

directed by Ingmar Bergman

THE DEVIL’S EYE (adapted from a play by Oluf Bang) is one of Ingmar Bergman’s rare comedies, and it came as something of a surprise to audiences and critics after the release of the stark medieval drama THE VIRGIN SPRING the previous year. In this film, Satan (Stig Järrel) resurrects the legendary womanizer Don Juan (Jarl Kulle), now residing in hell, in order to seduce and deflower Britt-Marie (Bibi Andersson), the virginal daughter of a country pastor, played by THE SEVENTH SEAL’s Nils Poppe.
[synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes]


Chicago City Limits
First Sundays Comedy Films

First
Sundays
KILLS!

Sun Oct 7 7pm - buy tix

filmmakers & special guests will attend!

This is a Sunday Shorts program. Early evenings on many Sundays, the Pioneer presents programs of short films.

A serial killer, an ominous fisherman, a monster job interviewer, and a vampire with commitment issues are just some of the characters you'll meet in this collection of short horror comedy films courtesy of First Sundays. You'll scream... with LAUGHTER! [insert evil laugh here]

Part stand-up comedy act, part film festival, part party, First Sundays is a monthly festival featuring the best in short comedy films from around the world. Each screening features new films, audience and judges awards, and an after party.

Hosted by the illustrious Jay Stern and Victor Varnado.

Visit the First Sundays website


Monster Monday! Presented by Fangoria

WRONG TURN 2

(dir. Joe Lynch, 93 mins, 2007)

Mon Oct 8 6:30pm

Free screening! To obtain tickets, send an e-mail to fangoscreening @ starloggroup .com. You must use "WRONG TURN 2" as your subject line. Offer is good for one ticket per e-mail; plus, tell us your full name and whether you want to be added to the FANGORIA newsletter list so we can tell you about future Fango screenings and events. Names will be checked at the door. You must RSVP; you also must receive a confirmation message back from us. Note, though, that the offer is first come first serve of those who have RSVPd, so please be sure you arrive in advance.

Trailer:

Starring Henry Rollins

A group of reality show contestants find themselves fighting for their survival against a family of hideously deformed inbred cannibals who plan to ruthlessly butcher them all.

Wrong Turn 2


CineKink
Cinekink: The Really Alternative Film Festival
presents

LIBERTY
IN RESTRAINT

(dir. Michael Ney, 90 mins, 2005)

Tues Oct 9 7pm - buy tix

Admission: 18+ only

This is a Tuesdays@7 program. Every Tuesday at 7pm features special guests presenting their film, and is followed by a beer and pizza reception for ticket holders.

As an aspiring photographer, the clandestine world of BDSM, fetish fashion and alternative sex was a powerful attraction for Noel Graydon, whose recent death saddened the fetish community. This riveting documentary introduces the mentors, muses and masochists who inspired Noel’s artistic endeavors over the years, giving a glimpse into a world of S/M play enthusiasts who approach 'absolution' and sexuality 'like an advanced driving course in sex' and where the initiated take carnal license to extreme limits.


THE DISAPPOINTMENT:

or, the force of credulity

The Disappointment
(dir. Brian Springer, 70 mins, 2007)

OPENS OCT 10

Weds Oct 10 9pm - buy tix
Thurs Oct 11 9pm - buy tix
Fri Oct 12 9pm - buy tix
Sat Oct 13 9pm - buy tix
Sun Oct 14 5:45pm - buy tix
Sun Oct 14 9pm - buy tix
Mon Oct 15 9pm - buy tix
Tues Oct 16 9pm - buy tix

Trailer:

WORLD PREMIERE

A MAJOR DISCOVERY

A TRUE GHOST STORY
UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN

"an unexpected masterpiece among all this mayhem . . . an inspired work of psychic history."
- Grady Hendrix, NEW YORK SUN

real American Gothic

"Oh my dear God, I led them to the others and they slayed us all, even the women and the children; all of the men were killed, all were slaughtered, and they made me watch it all."
- Diary of Pablo De Gammas De Madrid as reported by Doris Springer

The Disappointment

THE DISAPPOINTMENT: Or, The Force of Credulity is a documentary about the search for four lost treasures buried on a single farm in Missouri. These treasures include a Spanish explorer's gold, silver from the Civil War, mysterious stone carvings, lost texts, and a wife's attempt to heal her husband and protect herself and her children. Part personal documentary and part historical essay, The Disappointment traces the patterns of cultural forgetting etched in the landscape of the Austin Farm.

The film's treasure map begins with the lost diary of an important American anarchist, Kate Austin, who settled the farm in the 1890s. Kate Austin described her dear friend, the Euro-American anarchist Emma Goldman, as "an armload of feminine sweetness." Without the discovery of Kate's diary a full accounting of the rural American anarchist movement remains lost from history.

The second point of the treasure map is the lost diary and gold of a Spanish explorer buried in the limestone cave system beneath the Austin farm. The alleged existence of these precious items was identified when the spirit of a Spanish explorer possessed the filmmaker's mother, Doris Springer. Doris' possession and spirit writings sparked the family's decades long search for treasure in the caves, which in turn led to their friendship with the Austin family. A close reading of Doris' spirit writings reveals a repressed retelling of her husband's experience with wartime atrocity. In fact, the spirit's diary appears to be a gift created by Doris to negotiate the effects of post-traumatic stress within her family.

The American folk magic tradition of speaking to spirits and searching for gold (such as the golden diaries of Mormonism) is reflected in the film's title. THE DISAPPOINTMENT: Or, The Force of Credulity references the title of the first American opera, written in the late 1700s. The opera's stated purpose was to put a stop to the rampant colonial practice of communication with spirits while searching for imagined buried treasure, a practice criticized by Benjamin Franklin, among others. The film traces this American folk magic practice from the early colonial occupation of North America to US military actions in Asia during the later half of the 20th century.

The third treasure of THE DISAPPOINTMENT is a piece of rock art carved into the landscape of the Austin farm. This chiseled glyph has appeared in several treasure hunting magazines, where it was interpreted as a map for locating lost Civil War treasure. In fact, a nearby town that was burned to ground during the Civil War has appropriated the symbol for a public monument, but no one in the town knows (or can't say) what the symbol means.

The last treasure of THE DISAPPOINTMENT is the film's narrator, a large limestone sculpture allegedly found in a Native American burial mound on the Austin farm. Exhibiting characteristics of a beetle, turtle, lizard, and grasshopper, this curious cultural object was declared to be a fraud by archeologists at the turn of the century. Since that time the narrator/sculpture had been lost in a storage facility until the filmmaker uncovered it during his research for this project. Nearly all American buried treasure tales have an omniscient narrator who is the sole surviving witness to the act of a treasure being hidden. The Disappointment adopts this uncanny story-telling tradition by giving the narrator/creature an all-seeing vision that is, however, blurred by its historical displacement and contested origins.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT: Or, The Force of Credulity is a documentary treasure map of imagined and marginal histories carved in the landscape of midwestern North America.


CONTROLLED
CHAOS

Weds Oct 10 5pm
Thurs Oct 11 5pm
Fri Oct 12 4:30pm
Sat Oct 13 3pm
Sun Oct 14 3:45pm
Mon Oct 15 4:30pm
Tues Oct 16 5pm

theater rental


part of A Gathering of Wolves:
Werewolf Movie Retrospective

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

(dir. John Landis, 97 mins, 1981, 35mm)

Fri Oct 12 6:30pm - buy tix

JOHN LANDIS IN PERSON!!!!

In this grisly black comedy, David Kessler and Jack Goodman (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, respectively) are two American students on a backpacking tour of Europe. Wandering the backroads of gloomy East Proctor, England, they find a pub where the unhelpful locals act suspiciously strange. The unsuspecting boys flee the pub in search of lodging after being warned to avoid the moors. Lost in the dark countryside, the pair is attacked by a werewolf. Only David survives, waking up three weeks later in a London hospital. As David begins to regain his memory he is tormented by nightmares and is visited by his dead friend Jack, who warns David that he will turn into a werewolf with the next full moon--and that the only way to lift the curse is to kill himself. Because the town of East Proctor has covered up the real cause of the murder, David is forced to face the truth alone. Finally, he is discharged and taken in by his nubile nurse, Alex Price (Jenny Agutter). As Alex and David begin their steamy love affair, it is only a matter of time before the next full moon comes--when the truth will be revealed. Director John Landis has crafted an entertaining, funny horror story, featuring the terrific combination of Naughton and Dunne and a sparkling rock score in which every song includes the word "moon."
[synopsis from RottenTomatoes]

scene from the moviescene from the movie


THE DEVIL'S EYE

(dir. Ingmar Bergman, 87 mins, 1960)

Sat Oct 13 5pm - buy tix

a comedy about the Devil and Don Juan

directed by Ingmar Bergman

THE DEVIL’S EYE (adapted from a play by Oluf Bang) is one of Ingmar Bergman’s rare comedies, and it came as something of a surprise to audiences and critics after the release of the stark medieval drama THE VIRGIN SPRING the previous year. In this film, Satan (Stig Järrel) resurrects the legendary womanizer Don Juan (Jarl Kulle), now residing in hell, in order to seduce and deflower Britt-Marie (Bibi Andersson), the virginal daughter of a country pastor, played by THE SEVENTH SEAL’s Nils Poppe.
[synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes]


PAPRIKA

(dir. Satoshi Kon, 90 mins, 2006)

Sat Oct 13 10:45pm
tix will be available at the door

This is your brain on anime

"Whatever it is you're looking for -- comedy, horror, parades of singing frogs and dancing kitchen appliances -- you'll find it in Satoshi Kon's anime adventure, a jaw-dropping feat of imagination."
- NY DAILY NEWS

"Mind-blowing . . ."
- NY POST

With PAPRIKA, Satoshi Kon (TOKYO GODFATHERS, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS) unleashes another eye-popping anime adventure. The visually striking thriller is set in the not-too-distant future, where doctors are developing a groundbreaking new psychotherapy treatment called PT. This coincides with the invention of a device called the "DC Mini," which enables researchers to enter the dreams of a subject and explore matters of the unconscious mind. But one day, a "DC Mini" prototype goes missing, and the doctors are thrown into a world of confusion. They realize how dangerous a turn of events this could be, and to ensure that things don't spiral out of control, they embark on a mad quest to track down the missing prototype. The pretty but timid Dr. Atsuko Chiba teams up with the food-loving Dr. Tokita to find his assistant, Himuro, who has disappeared. Unfortunately, it is at this time that Atsuko's boss, Torataro Shima, tries to commit suicide. Dr. Tokita calls in an old friend, Detective Konakawa, to help the team find an answer to the rapidly devolving problem. As the characters use their dreamworld alter egos to enter the dreams of troubled patients, the line between reality and unreality begins to blur, until no one knows for sure what is real and what isn't. An adaptation of a story by the acclaimed Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui, PAPRIKA tells a tough-to-decipher, but spellbinding, tale. Kon's thought-provoking film features an absurdly catchy J-pop score and an unforgettable visual landscape.


GAS

(dir. Sylvie Bolioli, 12 mins, 2006, 35mm)

North American Premiere

Sun Oct 14 7:30pm - buy tix

All tickets $5

Based on the short story GAS, by Alfred Hitchcock,
never before brought to the screen!

A woman, smartly dressed in red, walks in the center of London. She steps into the inky darkness of an alleyway and enters a nightmare world.

Gas Gas Gas


Presented by Fangoria

THE TRIPPER

(dir. David Arquette, 93 mins, 2006)
First ever public screening of the "Unrated" Director's Cut!

Mon October 15 6:30pm

Free screening! To obtain tickets, send an e-mail to fangoscreening @ starloggroup .com. You must use "THE TRIPPER" as your subject line. Offer is good for one ticket per e-mail; plus, tell us your full name and whether you want to be added to the FANGORIA newsletter list so we can tell you about future Fango screenings and events. Names will be checked at the door. You must RSVP; you also must receive a confirmation message back from us. Note, though, that the offer is first come first serve of those who have RSVPd, so please be sure you arrive in advance.

Trailer:

The Tripper posterA Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer targets a bunch of hippies who are heading to a weekend-long concert.

The Tripper


TRIGGER MAN

(dir. Ti West, 80 mins, 2006)

OPENS OCT 17

Weds Oct 17 9pm - buy tix
Thurs Oct 18 7:15pm - buy tix
Thurs Oct 18 9pm - buy tix
Fri Oct 19 8:30pm - buy tix
Fri Oct 19 10:15pm - buy tix
Sat Oct 20 8:30pm - buy tix
Sat Oct 20 10:15pm - buy tix
Sun Oct 21 9pm - buy tix
Mon Oct 22 9pm - buy tix
Tues Oct 23 9pm - buy tix
Weds Oct 24 7pm - buy tix

Trailer:

TriggerManMovie.com
TRIGGER MAN press kit

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE ALONE

"Imagine Old Joy reconceived as a horror movie . . . an uncommonly naturalistic terror tale in which the emphasis on landscape and the passage of time owes less to cut-and-run splatter-cinema hallmarks like Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave than to the work of experimental filmmakers like Michael Snow and Chantal Akerman."
- Scott Foundas, VILLAGE VOICE

"Devised for minimum fuss and maximum tension, TRIGGER MAN is the little thriller that could . . . [a] smartly written sophomore feature from the young director Ti West, whose debut, THE ROOST, exhibited a similar disdain for excess."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, NEW YORK TIMES

From Director Ti West (THE ROOST, CABIN FEVER 2)
Produced by Larry Fessenden
SXSW 2007 * Sitges 2007

"pared to the bone . . . marvelous sense of time and space . . . Composer Jeff Grace comes up with one of the eeriest scores in recent genre pics."
- VARIETY

"successfully flips genre on its head in the simplest way possible . . . West creates something close to a mumblecore set-up and then, shockingly and without mercy, knocks it down with sudden bursts of violence . . . One of the best examples of five-dollars-and-a-dream genre filmmaking I've seen perhaps, ever, TRIGGER MAN manages to keep the viewer on the edge of his seat with an intentional lack of stylization, relying purely on timing and events to create mood."
- Michael Lerman, indieWIRE

"a low-budget twist on a Michelangelo Antonioni film. . ."
- Grady Hendrix, NEW YORK SUN

Trigger Man

The hunters become the hunted in TRIGGER MAN, a new thriller from director Ti West (THE ROOST, CABIN FEVER 2). A cinema verité-styled story about three friends from Manhattan who travel to rural Delaware to hunt deer, only to find that they are the targets of a psychotic sniper, TRIGGER MAN is, in the words of West (who also wrote, edited, photographed and co-produced), "an existential and borderline experimental art-horror film."

Says producer Larry Fessenden, director of WENDIGO and head of the "Scareflix" label under which TRIGGER MAN was produced: "One of the primary goals with Scareflix is to never repeat ourselves stylistically or thematically. This one from Ti West is very different from the other three Scareflix, including THE ROOST which had an affectionate retro feel. With TRIGGER MAN we're going for a more immediate, more visceral, more verité feeling. This one should be appallingly real."

ScareFlix
Trigger Man Trigger Man


BEACH PARTY AT
THE THRESHHOLD OF HELL

(dir. Jonny Gillette and Kevin Wheatley, 2006)

Fri Oct 19 midnight - buy tix
Sat Oct 20 midnight - buy tix
Sun October 21 5pm - buy tix

Thresholdofhell.com

Trailer:

This is the time when our nation's story begins, the epic fantastical tale of New America.

We shall begin in 2097, two decades after the nuclear apocalypse that annihilated the United States. Tex Kennedy - orphan, hero-in-waiting and underground bunker resident - has been parented solely by the inspirational radio broadcasts of King Remington. When Remington's final broadcast commands any brave soul listening to bring his nephew Benjamin to power, Tex sets out to infiltrate the notoriously dangerous "Threshold of Hell". By seizing control of the Gamma Radio 12,000X (a massive radio tower at the center of the Threshold), Tex aims to use Benjamin's voice to reach out and unite the remaining Americans still living underground. Unfortunately, the only help he's going to get on this quest through the wasteland of New America will have to come from his two robot companions, Yul and Quincy, and a mythical young woman known through legend as "Cannibal Sue".

The events of their epic journey created our early heroes, forged a new breed of villains, and shaped the history of our nation forever. History has never been so cool...


¡TINTORERA!

(dir. René Cardona, Jr., 85 mins, 1977)
35mm, U.S. release print

Sun October 21 7pm - buy tix

There's a monstrous killer churning up the sea... A Tintorera ... A Tiger Shark

Two shark hunters flirt with an attractive British lady while hunting down a large tiger shark terrorizing the Mexican East coast.


Monster Monday! Presented by Fangoria

HEADLESS HORSEMAN

(dir. Anthony C. Ferrante, 92 mins, 2007)

Mon October 22 6:30pm - buy tix

“Seven Heads Are Better Than None”

Starring Richard Moll (EVILSPEAK), M. Steven Felty (BOO), Trish Coren (BOO), Billy Aaron Brown (JEEPERS CREEPERS 2)

Every seven years, on Halloween night, the town of Wormwood is visited by the Headless Horseman searching for new victims to continue his reign of terror and it’s up to a group of college students to find a way and stop him – or literally lose their heads.


THE LIVING
AND THE DEAD

(dir. Simon Rumley, 83 mins, 2006)

OPENS OCT 24

Weds Oct 24 9pm - buy tix
Thurs Oct 25 9pm - buy tix
Fri Oct 26 8:30pm - buy tix
Fri Oct 26 10:15pm - buy tix
Sat Oct 27 7pm - buy tix
Sun Oct 28 9pm - buy tix
Mon Oct 29 5pm - buy tix
Tues Oct 30 9pm - buy tix
Weds Oct 31 7pm - - buy tix


Trailer:


THE LIVING AND THE DEAD press kit

"FOUR STARS . . . A refined, atmospheric chiller much like a Hammer psychodrama . . . its main character's wails have been ringing in my head for days . . . reminiscent of THE SHINING . . . a truly haunted movie."
- Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK

Fantastic Fest - Austin
Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Make-Up

Sitges Festival of Fantastic Film Special Mention

Selection, Fantasia Festival Montreal

"Near brilliant."
- Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

"One of the best films I've ever seen."
- FILM THREAT

"One of the most indelible antiheroes seen on screen in recent years. . .Truly disturbing. . ."
- Michael Gingold, FANGORIA

Since its World Premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD has wowed audiences, received rave reviews, and won awards at over 30 festivals around the world. Now, finally, it makes its New York debut, at the Pioneer Theater.

Aristocratic, impoverished and reclusive, with a truly historical lineage, Lord and Lady Brocklebank (Donald and Nancy) live in the magnificent but decrepit Longleigh House with their mentally challenged son James.

Close to bankruptcy Donald is in negotiations to sell the family home when Nancy is taken seriously ill. In order to pay for her operation, Donald has to leave the estate for a few days and so organizes for the family nurse (Nurse Mary) to take control.

James however wants to prove to his father that he is a responsible adult and perfectly capable of looking after his mother.

He is not.

The Living and the Dead The Living and the Dead


Backseat Film Festival presents

Double Bill

PUNK ROCK HOLOCAUST 2

(dir. Doug Sakmann, 2007)
Fri Oct 26 9pm - buy tix

followed by

STUPID TEENAGERS MUST DIE

(dir. Jeff Smith)

Fri Oct 26 11pm - buy tix

18 YEARS AND OLDER ONLY. MUST BRING ID. PERIOD. EVEN IF YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE 80 YEARS OLD.

These screenings will be preceded by a "Zombie Crawl," in which zombies (and a few "normal" people dressed as zombies) shall traverse the city on their way to the Pioneer. Watch NYCZombieCrawl.com for more info.

Punk Rock HolocaustPUNK ROCK HOLOCAUST 2
New York Premiere!

"Punk's not dead . . . it's just lost its head!" The demonic Executioner's headless corpse is back on the 2004 Vans Warped Tour, terrorizing band members and turning them evil! The Tour staff is in denial while greedy Record Exec Belial (played by Troma's Lloyd Kaufman) rampages on. With live music performances (AND acting) by bands on the Warped Tour including The Aquabats, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, My Chemical Romance, River City Rebels, Riverboat Gamblers, The Planet Smashers, Teenage Harlets, Shira Girl, Pro BMX Rider Rick Thorne and more!

Punk Rock Holocaust website

Stupid Teenagers Must DieSTUPID TEENAGERS MUST DIE
NEW YORK PREMIERE!
Winner of the "Best Breasts" Award
at the Philadelphia edition of the Backseat Film Festival!

Excessive violence. Gratuitous nudity. Zero budget. Witness this loving (and bloody) tribute to the horror films of the 1980s. A group of typical horror movie high school kids get together to hold a séance in a haunted house. Naturally, people start dying preposterously bloody deaths and girls get naked for no apparent reason. Hilarity ensues.

STUPID TEENAGERS MUST DIE website


Werewolf Movie Marathon

Annual All Night Marathon!

part of
A Gathering of Wolves:
Werewolf Movie Retrospective


Saturday October 27
Starting at 9pm
buy tix ($25)

Tickets for individual shows are $5, and will be available at the door.
But save $10 and see all seven.
All 35mm prints

9pm
THE HOWLING (directed by Joe Dante, 91 mins)
tix all night ($25) - tix this show ($5)


10:30pm
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (directed by Neil Jordan, 95 mins)
tix all night ($25) - tix this show ($5)


BREAK AT MIDNIGHT TO HOWL AT THE MOON!!

Just after midnight:
THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (directed by Terence Fisher, 91 mins)
tix all night ($25) - tix this show ($5)


1:45am
WOLF (starring Jack Nicholson, 125 mins)
tix all night ($25) - tix this show ($5)


4am
TEEN WOLF (starring Michael J. Fox!!, 91 mins)
tix all night ($25) - tix this show ($5)


5:40
WEREWOLF VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMAN (aka VAMPIROS LESBOS, 91 mins)
starring Paul Naschy
tix all night ($25) - tix this show ($5)



NO SILVER OR WOLFSBANE PERMITTED


Monster Monday! Presented by Fangoria

part of A Gathering of Wolves:
Werewolf Movie Retrospective

Double Bill

NIGHT WATCH

Ночной дозор

(dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 114 mins, 2004, 35mm print)

followed by

DAY WATCH

Дневной дозор

(dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 132 mins, 2006, 35mm print)

Mon Oct 29 7pm

Free screening! To obtain tickets, send an e-mail to fangoscreening @ starloggroup .com. You must use "NIGHT WATCH / DAY WATCH" as your subject line. Offer is good for one ticket per e-mail; plus, tell us your full name and whether you want to be added to the FANGORIA newsletter list so we can tell you about future Fango screenings and events. Names will be checked at the door. You must RSVP; you also must receive a confirmation message back from us. Note, though, that the offer is first come first serve of those who have RSVPd, so please be sure you arrive in advance.

DAY WATCH trailer:

Night WatchNIGHT WATCH

"Entire horror flicks could be built around the ideas Night Watch throws away: monsters who are visible only in mirrors, evil toys sprouting spider legs. May the two planned sequels be equally cool."
- Kyle Smith, NY POST

"Although it doesn't have Kate Beckinsale, her guns ablazin', vamped out in the latest vampire-slaying couture, Night Watch is vastly more fun than the similar-themed Underworld pics." - Steven Rea, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

A huge hit in its native country, this Russian horror/fantasy film pits darkness and light against each other using snazzy CGI visuals to create an extraordinary atmosphere of a dank, gloomy city wrestling with dread.

The first part of a trilogy, NIGHT WATCH is an old-fashioned good vs. evil parable that relies on some thoroughly modern special effects to ensnare its audience. Set in present-day Moscow, the movie begins with a quick skip back through the centuries to inform us how a delicate truce was struck between the forces of Light and Dark. These forces still exist in Moscow, with both sides keeping a close eye on each other as they attempt to disguise themselves from the earth's mere mortals. NIGHT WATCH's central character is Anton Gorodetsky (Konstantin Khabensky), who is defined as an "Other" by the legions of Light and Dark. Anton and his cohorts live as vampires, and await the arrival of a virgin who will announce the resumption of hostilities between the forces of Light and Dark; as the film progresses, it becomes apparent that an epic battle is just around the corner.

Day WatchDAY WATCH

"With what seems to be a freer hand and a bigger budget, Bekmambetov returns with an even slicker, faster-paced and funnier take on the black magical sub-castes born in the novels of Sergei Lukyanenko and Vladimir Vasiliev."
- John Anderson, NEWSDAY

". . . depicts hidden dimensions teeming with beings who transform into clouds of mosquitoes, swap bodies at will and rewrite destiny with something called the Chalk of Fate."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, NY TIMES

A dazzling mix of state-of-the-art visual effects, amazing action sequences, and nail-biting horror set in contemporary Moscow, DAY WATCH (DNEVNOI DOZOR) revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. This ancient war between the forces of Light and Darkness is reaching a tragic outcome. Each side has gained a powerful Great Other, who are headed for a clash, and Anton Gorodetsky is once again caught up in the midst of things. On one side is Anton's son, Yegor, who has joined the ranks of the Dark Others, while Anton's love interest Svetlana is the hope of the Light. But that's just the beginning of his troubles: Anton is on the run after having been accused of murder. Things are getting worse, and only the ancient Chalk of Fate can save the day. The problem is the magical Chalk has been lost hundreds of years ago...


FEAR REVERE

an evening of frightening creativity

curated by Mica Scalin

Tues Oct 30 7pm - buy tix

Tuesday October 30th, The Pioneer Theater in New York City presents FEAR REVERE - 14 videos by an international group of artists and filmmakers.

FEAR REVERE was organized by Mica Scalin for the Pioneer's Fourth Annual Month of Horror, Terror, and General Mayhem.

Artists and filmmakers present their reflections on the genre of horror and the general idea of making something for the purpose of frightening one's audience.
Boo!

Featuring videos by:

Michael Amter, Santiago Cohen, Bill Dyszel, David Howell, Jenny Hyde, Bradley Hyppa, Raymond Kristiansen, Joe Nanashe, Rob Parrish, Memo Salazar, Mica Scalin, Noah Scalin, Melissa Schubeck and Wunderkrafthaus


THE ASSASSINATION OF LARRY FESSENDEN

and

THE GREAT PIONEER THEATER MASSACRE

(dir. Jay Stern)

preceded by:

RESISTANZ

(dir. Maxi Dejoie, 9 mins, 2006, Italy)


Halloween
Weds Oct 31 9pm - buy tix

THE ASSASSINATION OF LARRY FESSENDEN

Larry Fessenden is one of the most massacred men in modern cinema. Fessenden has plummeted out a window, had his eyes gouged out with an ice pick, had his head blown off, and also has been devoured by bats and giant rats, stabbed by a robot sword, burned alive, shot in the neck (twice!), and chopped into pieces with an axe. He also has brought about the end of the world with an Atomic Bomb.

If we're forgetting anything, you'll see it on the big screen Halloween night. Join Larry for a retrospective of some of his finest death scenes. That is, unless he gets hit by a car before the show.

THE GREAT PIONEER THEATER MASSACRE

Then, witness the world premiere of "The Great Pioneer Theater Massacre"

This will be a world premiere, but it also will probably be a one-time only screening. Don't wait for the DVD on this one, honey, just be sure you're there. . .

preceded by:

RESISTANZ
Resistanz

Resistanz is the story of a soldier, fighting a war for the freedom of his native land, which has been invaded by marauders only hoping to take over the resources. The main character is someone who has lost everything in his life; who has nothing more to loose.
www.resistanz.it


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