|The 3rd Annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror & Science-Fiction
The Cinematheques 3rd annual summer genre fest returns with
an even more amazing line-up of demonically possessed cars, man-eating sharks,
vengeance-obsessed female assassins and more!! The Festival leads off with a 20th
Anniversary screening of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, featuring in-person
appearances by director Nicholas Meyer and actor George Takei. This years series
includes L.A. premiere screenings of COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE, based on the hit
anime series; the sensual Japanese swordfest PRINCESS BLADE; the astounding British
werewolf movie DOG SOLDIERS; insane yakuza/zombie action flick VERSUS; and USHER,
the first new film from director Curtis Harrington (NIGHT TIDE, GAMES) in over 15 years!
Sponsored by A & E
Home Video, a special highlight of the Festival will be an in-person tribute to
British fantasy/sci-fi pioneer Gerry
Anderson (born 1929), who used his delightful "SuperMarionation" process
to create a rocket-fueled world of supercars, sinister aliens and ingenious scientists in
classic TV series like "Thunderbirds," "Space: 1999," and
"Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons." A true pop culture visionary, Anderson
(and his then-wife Sylvia, who also provided voices for many of the characters) helped
pave the way for later series like "Dr. Who" and "Star Trek."
Thursday, August 8 | 7:30 PM
20th Anniversary Screening George
Takei, Walter Koenig and Nicholas Meyer In Person!
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH
OF KHAN, 1982, Paramount, 114 min. Dir. Nicholas Meyer. Widely hailed as
the best of the STAR TREK films, THE WRATH OF KHAN is also one of the finest
science-fiction films of the past twenty years, period. Beloved favorites William
Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelly, George Takei, Walter Koenig and the other
crewmembers of the Starship Enterprise were never better, matched by the grand,
ferocious energy of Ricardo Montalban as the vengeful Khan. Discussion following with director Nicholas Meyer and actors
George Takei and Walter Koenig (schedules permitting).
Friday, August 9 | 7:00 PM
Screenwriter Carl Gottlieb In Person!!
JAWS, 1975, Universal, 124 min. Director Steven
Spielberg rocketed to the front of the class with this terrific mixture of suspense,
humor and modern Americana, based on the Peter Benchley best-seller. Roy Scheider
is excellent as a New England sheriff confronting crowds of sunbathers, self-serving local
politicians and most importantly a monstrous Great White Shark over a July 4th
weekend. With Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss. Discussion
following with co-screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (schedule permitting).
Friday, August 9 9:45 PM
L.A. Premiere Gonzo Japanese Female Sword
PRINCESS BLADE (SHURAYUKI-HIME), 2002,
ADV Films, 92 min. Dir. Shinsuke Sato. An intense, coolly beautiful remake of the classic
LADY SNOWBLOOD action films, PRINCESS BLADE combines spectacular swordfighting with a
mournful meditation on the fleeting nature of happiness. Set in a futuristic, feudal
society thats equal parts THE MATRIX and THRONE OF BLOOD, the story revolves around
a slender, 20-year-old assassin named Yuki (Yumiko Shaku) who wages a one-woman war
against her own clan when she learns they were responsible for her mothers death.
(In Japanese with English subtitles.)
Saturday, August 10 | 5:00 PM
Director Curtis Harrington In-Person!
New 35 mm. Print! GAMES,
1967, Universal, 100 min. Dir. Curtis Harrington. Beautiful people James Caan
and Katharine Ross live in a funhouse filled with Pop Art and pinball games
until mysterious charlatan Simone Signoret drops in, and the parlor games turn
devilishly sinister. Followed by the U.S. Premiere of: USHER,
2002, 38 min. Curtis Harringtons first new film in over 15 years is an
eerie, highly personal adaptation of the classic Poe story, starring the director himself
in the title role. Discussion following with director Curtis
Saturday, August 10 8:30 PM
L.A. Theatrical Premiere!
DOG SOLDIERS, 2002, Kismet
Entertainment, 90 min. A squad of football-obsessed, hilariously foulmouthed British
soldiers on a training mission in the Scottish Highlands find themselves stalked by
enormous werewolves, in writer/director Neil Marshalls supercharged blend of
ALIENS and THE HOWLING. After a disastrous encounter in the woods, the soldiers hole up in
an abandoned farmhouse and the fun really begins, as various members of the squad
start to transform, an enigmatic local girl (Emma Cleasby) turns up, and our hero Cooper (Kevin
McKidd, from TRAINSPOTTING) is forced to perform emergency surgery with Super Glue
(dont ask just watch).
Saturday, August 10 10:30 PM
Late Night Coffin Joe Scream-Fest!!
ILL STEAL YOUR SOUL, 1963, 92 min. Brazilian director/actor Josť Mojica
Marins stars as egomaniacal undertaker "Coffin Joe", a kind of freakish,
Latin American Lon Chaney on acid! Coffin Joe is obsessed with fathering the perfect
child, but first he must dispatch his loyal but barren spouse with a poisonous spider.
Along the way, Joe terrorizes his small village with his hypnotic stare and sacrilegious
behavior like eating meat on a Friday. (In Portugese with English subtitles).
Sunday, August 11 - 3:00 PM
LE RAT, 2000, Les Films a Un Dollar, 61
min. ERASERHEAD meets HENRY - PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER in this creepy, unnerving
directorial debut by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri. A lonely, elderly man
haunted by a recurrent vision of his mothers death kills the women who cross his
path in a haunted world of criminal silhouettes. The rat in the wall of his room is
simultaneously his tormentor and only companion. Reality and phantasm, past and present,
blur memorably in gloriously stark B&W images devoid of dialogue.
Sunday, August 11 | 5:00 PM
Special Sneak Preview New Japanese Anime!!
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (COWBOY
BEBOP: TENGOKU NO TOBIRA), 2001, Sony Pictures, 120 min. Dir. Shinichiro
Watanabe. A significant hit on Cartoon Network, "Cowboy Bebop" has inspired
legions of fans with its sympathetic, beautifully-drawn characters, futuristic space
action and funky, offbeat humor. Now, "Cowboy Bebop" has been expanded into a
spectacularly animated feature film (soon to be released in the U.S. by Sony Pictures),
continuing the adventures of hardluck bounty hunters Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed as they
cruise the cosmos, looking for one big score
(In Japanese with English subtitles.)
Sunday, August 11 | 7:45 PM
FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH
(aka QUATERMASS AND THE PIT), 1967, 20th Century Fox, 97 min. Dir.
Roy Ward Baker. Brilliant fusion of apocalyptic sci-fi and supernatural mystery, based on
writer Nigel Kneales original teleplay, as Professor Quatermass (Andrew Keir)
excavates a centuries-old alien spacecraft in the London subway. Remember Hobs Lane
With Barbara Shelley, James Donald.
Thursday, August 15 | 7:00 PM
Brand-New 35 mm. Print!
BLOOD ON SATANS CLAW
(aka SATANS SKIN), 1970, MGM/UA, 93 min. Dir. Piers Haggard. One of our
most-requested titles is finally here, in the first new print in over 30 years! In 17th
century England, a farmer unearths a hideous, fur-covered claw in his field, unleashing a
wave of superstition, hysteria and devil worship by the village youth. Ranks with Michael
Reeves THE CONQUEROR WORM as one of the most chilling and evocative horror films of
the late 1960s. With Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden.
Thursday, August 15 9:15 PM
Italian Exploitation Double-Feature!
LAST MAN ON EARTH , 1964,
MGM/UA, 86 min. Dir. Sidney Salkow (co-dir. Ubaldo Ragona, uncredited). Terrifying, vastly
underrated adaptation of Richard Mathesons landmark sci-fi horror novel, I
Am Legend (shot in Italy), with Vincent Price as the lone survivor of a
vampire plague that has left the world population a shambling, nocturnal undead race,
every one of them thirsty for Prices blood.
PARANOIA, 1968, Paramount, 91 min.
Dir. Umberto Lenzi. Superbly entertaining Euro-trash with love-starved widow Carroll
Baker victimized by smart aleck playboy Lou Castel and his vixenish, bi-sexual
"sister." A tremendously enjoyable mix of Hitchcockian suspense and VALLEY OF
THE DOLLS-style histrionics, fueled by Bakers literally bare-all performance. (Both
films in English.)
Friday, August 16 7:00 PM
Actresses Nancy Allen and P.J. Soles In Person!!
CARRIE, 1976, MGM/UA, 97 min. Director Brian
De Palma strikes exactly the right note between empathy and horror in this yarn of
Carrie (Sissy Spacek), a teen misfit who becomes so unglued after being repeatedly
victimized by sadistic classmates and religious zealot mom Piper Laurie that her latent
telekinetic powers kick in, resulting in a blitz of gory, vengeful carnage. Enormously
popular on its original release, CARRIE remains one of the best adaptations from a Stephen
King novel. With John Travolta, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, P.J. Soles. Discussion
following with actresses Nancy Allen and P.J. Soles (schedules permitting).
Friday, August 16 9:45 PM
Japanese Anime Double-Header!!
GHOST IN THE SHELL (KOKAKU
KIDOTAI), 1995, Manga Ent., 82 min. Director Mamoru Oshiis anime
masterpiece anticipates many of the themes from THE MATRIX. In the near future, a sentient
computer program named Project 2501 tries to control the cyber and human worlds
standing in its way is kick-ass, super-sexy cyborg cop Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team
at Section 9.
X, 1996, Manga Ent., 97 min. Dir. Taro Rin.
Dark, phantasmagorical anime fantasy about a young swordsman named Kamui, who finds
himself thrust into a cosmic battle between the Dragons of Earth and the Dragons of
Heaven, to decide the fate of mankind. (Both films English dubbed.)
EGYPTIAN THEATRE HISTORIC TOURS
Saturday & Sunday, August 17& 18 | 10:30 to 11:30 AM
FOREVER HOLLYWOOD follows at 11:35 AM
Saturday, August 17 5:00 PM
Brand New 35 mm. Print!
THE CAR, 1977, Universal, 98 min. Dir.
Elliott Silverstein. Wildly-deranged shocker about a mysterious black car given to mowing
down anyone in its path. It soon dawns on desert town sheriff James Brolin
that the homicidal car has no driver and may, in fact, be a satanic entity! One of our
favorite guilty pleasures from the 1970s. With John Marley, Ronny Cox, R.G.
Saturday, August 17 7:15 PM
Brand-New 35 mm. Print!!
SILENT RUNNING, 1971, Universal,
89 min. Haunting, metaphysical sci-fi film starring Bruce Dern as an astronaut
charged with maintaining a huge terrarium/space station with the help of three marvelously
human robots named Huey, Dewey and Louie. Directed by visual effects pioneer Douglas
Trumbull (CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND), this showed pre-STAR WARS American
sci-fi at its most thoughtful.
Saturday, August 17 9:30 PM
Psychotronic 50s Sci-Fi/Horror!!
FIEND WITHOUT A FACE,
1957, Gordon Films Inc., 74 min. Dir. Arthur Crabtree. In the staggeringly weird
FIEND WITHOUT A FACE, Marshall Thompson is sucked into a whirlpool of sabotage and death
at a Canadian air force base, only to discover the guilty party is a legion of flying
brains addicted to sucking out human cerebral matter from the back of the neck! With Kim
Parker, Terence Kilburn.
THE CRAWLING EYE (aka THE
TROLLENBERG TERROR), 1958, Wade Williams, 85 min. Dir. Quentin Lawrence. U.N.
investigator Forrest Tucker travels to the Alps to check out a radioactive cloud
and soon discovers a herd of one-eyed, octupus-like aliens using the cumulous mist to hide
their presence! Also starring the haunting Janet Munro (mother of fantasy vamp
Caroline) as a girl with psychic links to the invaders.
Sunday, August 18 1:00 PM
THE MATRIX, 1999, Warner Bros., 136
min. Before MATRIX RELOADED comes out, its worth taking another look the most
influential mainstream sci-fi film since BLADE RUNNER. Directors Andy and Larry
Wachowski create a liquid, dreamlike techno-future in which embattled humans fight for
their minds and souls against computer-generated enforcers. Keanu Reeves stars as
Neo, sole hope for the future of mankind, with help from leather-clad teammate Carrie-Anne
Moss and enigmatic guru Laurence Fishburne.
Sunday, August 18 - 4:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
BUNDY, 2002, Tartan Films/First Look
Media, 98 min. The latest film from director Matthew Bright (FREEWAY) brilliantly
depicts Ted Bundy, the first American sex predator to be labeled "serial
killer", on his cross country killing spree. From Bundy's shoplifting - a surreal,
comic scene - through the first murders and his sexually morbid obsessions to his death in
the electric chair, Michael Reilly Burke gives a striking performance of a very
sick but charming sociopath. With archival footage from Bundy's trial. Director Matthew Bright and Actor Michael Reilly Burke in person for
discussion following the film. Read
Sunday, August 18 6:45 PM
Alexander Ptushko Encore Double Feature!
SADKO, 1952, 79 min. If you missed last
years tribute to Russian fantasy master Alexander Ptushko, weve brought
back these beautiful restorations leading off with a new print of SADKO! Filled
with gemlike palaces and vast underwater caverns, SADKO follows the adventures of a brave,
Sinbad-like sailor who travels to India and Egypt in search of a magic bird that will
bring happiness to the peasants of Novgorod.
VIY, 1967, 78 min. Dirs. Konstantin Yershov
& Giorgi Kropachyov. Supervising Director Alexander Ptushko. VIY tells the story of a
bumbling, novice priest (Leonid Kuravlyov) who angers a demonic old hag to take her
revenge, the witch disguises herself as the beautiful corpse of a young woman, whose last
wish is to have the priest pray over her for three nights. Once trapped inside the village
church, the priest encounters an astoundingly-grotesque parade of gargoyles and demons,
literally erupting from the walls! (Both films in Russian with English subtitles.)
August 22 7:30 PM
a slice of contempo life many viewers will find bizarre and
disturbing, not necessarily in the precautionary-moral way its subjects intend."
HELL HOUSE 2001, 7th
Art Releasing, 85 min. Teen angst and hysteria is routinely channeled into fervent and
energetic prayer huddles that culminate in frenzied episodes of speaking in tongues at
Trinity Assembly of God Pentecostal Church. But this is apparently not enough to divert
the temptations of Satan. In this even-handed doc, director George Ratliff obtains full
access into the preparation for the controversial 10th annual Halloween
"Hell House," a high-tech, fire and brimstone, designed-to-save-your-soul
spectacle put on by a multi-ethnic, Texan congregation. 15,000 visitors watch
melodramatic, live action vignettes a botched abortion, a school massacre, a dying,
homosexual AIDS victim, a suicide, family violence and an extra-marital affair
designed to frighten them into the church. Lurking beneath is the sensation that these
sincere and dedicated Christian rightists are living out their darkest desires as they
compete to play such coveted roles as "suicide girl," "rave DJ,"
"date rapist" or "abusive father." Director George Ratliff to
appear for discussion following the screening.
Friday, August 23 7:00 PM
"SUPERCARS AND SPACE:
1999! A TRIBUTE TO GERRY ANDERSON Part I"
Blast off with an episode of the first SuperMarionation series, "SUPERCAR,"
(1960, A&E Home Video, approx. 26 min.), in which test pilot Mike Mercury battles
evil in his ingenious air/land/sea vehicle. Next, the psychedelic "FIREBALL
XL5," (1962, A&E Home Video, approx. 26 min.), where Steve Zodiac and his
World Space Patrol team fight to keep Sector 25 free from alien invasion. Then, an episode
from the classic "SPACE: 1999," (1975, A&E Home Video, approx. 52
min.) starring Martin Landau and Barbara Baines as astronauts hurled into the unknown when
the moon breaks free of earths orbit. Tribute Program
Sponsored by A&E Home Video. Discussion following
with series creator/producer/writer Gerry Anderson.
Friday, August 23 10:15 PM
SPRIGGAN, 2000, ADV Films, 90 min.
Directed by Hirotsuge Kawasaki, the lead animator on GHOST IN THE SHELL, and
supervised by AKIRAs Katsuhiro Otomo, SPRIGGAN is a visually-astounding anime
adventure about the race to control Noahs Ark. "Spriggans" are
archaeologist/warriors sent to prevent the Ark from falling into the sinister hands of the
U.S. military. "Features some of the most thoroughly ass-kicking action sequences
I have EVER seen in anime, or anywhere else for that matter!" Aint
It Cool News. (In Japanese with English subtitles.)
Saturday, August 24 4:00 PM
"THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! --
A TRIBUTE TO GERRY ANDERSON Part II"
First, an episode of "STINGRAY," (1963, A&E
Home Video, approx. 26 min.), in which Troy Tempest and members of WASP (World Aquanaut
Security Patrol) guard the seas in their futuristic submarine. Followed by "CAPTAIN
SCARLET & THE MYSTERONS," (1967, A&E Home Video, approx. 26 min.), where
the alien Mysterons try to take over the earth by creating duplicates of their victims.
Only Captain Scarlet and his color-coded Spectrum agents (Lt. Green! Captain Ochre!
Captain Magenta!!) stand in their way. Finally, an episode of Andersons most beloved
series, "THUNDERBIRDS" (1964, A&E Home Video, approx. 52 min.), where
Jeff Tracy, ultra-stylish Lady Penelope, her loyal chauffeur Parker and the rest of
International Rescue use an astounding gallery of special vehicles to respond to worldwide
emergencies. Tribute Program Sponsored by A&E Home Video.
Discussion following with series creator/producer/writer Gerry Anderson.
Saturday, August 24 7:15 PM
VERSUS, 2000, Media Blasters, 119 min.
One of the most hotly-discussed films on the Internet recently, Japanese director Ryuhei
Kitamuras VERSUS is a high voltage zombie/yakuza action fest that plays like
some unholy hybrid of THE EVIL DEAD and RESERVOIR DOGS. Tak Sakaguchi stars as a moody,
pretty-boy convict who finds himself trapped with a nasty crew of gun-wielding hoodlums in
an ancient, evil-infested forest where the dead come back to life. (In Japanese with
Saturday, August 24 9:45 PM
Barbara Steele Double Header! Ultra-Rare 35 mm.
THE GHOST (LO SPETTRO), 1963, 96 min.
Gorgeous, funereal poem of amor fou as adulterous Barbara Steele and her
lover are haunted by the spirit of her murdered spouse. Lushly romantic, THE GHOST was
director Riccardo Fredas follow up to his previous gothic masterpiece with
Steele, THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK.
CASTLE OF BLOOD (LA
DANZA MACABRA), 1964, 85 min. Alongside BLACK SUNDAY, this is Barbara
Steeles shining hour and director Antonio Margheritis masterpiece,
a spine-tingling and perversely beautiful hymn to love from beyond the grave. A visiting
American journalist (George Riviere) is challenged by Edgar Allan Poe and friend Lord
Blackwood to stay overnight in the latters haunted castle. What he finds there is
unrequited love for tragic ghost Elizabeth (Steele.) (Both films English dubbed prints.)
Sunday, August 25 4:00 PM
Brand-New 35 mm. Print! Producer Max Rosenberg
THE MIND OF MR. SOAMES, 1969,
Columbia, 98 min. Dir. Alan Cooke. Robert Vaughn is the insightful doctor intent on
making a smooth transition for newly-awakened-from-coma Mr. Soames (Terence Stamp).
But scientist Nigel Davenport believes this baby in a mans body needs to acquire
three decades worth of learning and maturity as quickly as possible -- something that
could have potentially tragic results in this psychological shocker from Amicus horror
mavens Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky. Discussion following with producer Max
Sunday, August 25 7:15 PM
Alexander Ptushko Encore Double Feature!
THE NEW GULLIVER (NOVY GULLIVER), 1935,
68 min. Dir. Alexander Ptushko.
One of the first full-length animated films made anywhere in the
world, THE NEW GULLIVER tells the story of Petya (Vladimir Konstantinov), a young Soviet
pioneer who falls asleep reading Swifts "Gullivers Travels"
and awakens in a surreal Lilliput, updated to include jazz bands, mechanized tractors and
(in the best revolutionary spirit) a miniaturized workers proletariat, who rise up
with the help of the giant Petya!
THE STONE FLOWER (KAMENNY TSVETOK),
1946, 83 min. Dir. Alexander Ptushko. Ptushkos dreamlike fable follows a
melancholy young stone-carver (Vladimir Druzhnikov) whose talents attract the attention of
the mystical Queen of Copper Hill (Tamara Makarova); she seduces him into visiting her
dazzling underground world, where the carver begins sculpting an enormous flower out of
shimmering stone. (Both films in Russian with English subtitles.)