Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Walter Hill's THE WARRIORS (35mm) on Saturday 8/24

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Our next screening is a 35mm presentation of Walter Hill's gritty action film THE WARRIORS (1979).

Saturday, August 24
Tickets: $10

Walter Hill, who manned the helm of fine action films like Southern Comfort (1981), 48 Hours (1982), and the incredibly underrated Extreme Prejudice (1987), shot The Warriors entirely on the streets of pre-Guiliani New York City. The atmosphere, combined with realistic stunts and a charismatic cast helped nurture the film from minor hit into iconic cult film; its legend is such that it even recently spawned a video game and is a staple of midnight programming all over the world.

The film is based on the Sol Yurick novel, and follows street gang The Warriors, targeted in a city-wide manhunt by rival gangs when they're falsely accused of assassinating Cyrus, the most powerful gang leader in all of NYC. It features star-making turns by James Remar, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, and perennial bad guy David Patrick Kelly who would all go on to work again with Hill on films like Streets of Fire (1984) and the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte hit 48 Hours.


The Warriors Trailer

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

George Miller's THE ROAD WARRIOR (35mm) on Saturday 8/17

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The Road Warrior (1981)
Director: George Miller // Featuring: Mel Gibson, Michael Preston, Kjell Nilsson, Vernon Wells, Virginia Hey
Running time: 95 min.
Tickets on sale here: www.somervilletheatreonline.com 

We're incredibly excited to present a 35mm screening of George Miller's phenomenal post-apocalyptic action film THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981).

The Road Warrior (aka Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior) is the quintessential post-apocalyptic fantasy film. It spurred numerous imitators hoping to capitalize on the success of Miller's immensely riveting action piece. Mel Gibson once again fires up his V8 Supercharged Interceptor as the stoic Max Rockatansky, a loner roaming the vast wasteland of the Australian outback. This time, he's counted on by a group of survivors to help keep their stronghold and supply of gas protected when a brutal band of marauders sets their sights on the bounty. 

Miller populates his film with colorful and resilient survivors Papagallo (Michael Preston), the Warrior Woman (Virginia Hey from Farscape), and the Feral Kid (Emil Minty), pitted against larger-than-life villains Lord Humungus (Kjell Nilsson) and his psychotic right hand dog-of-war Wez (Vernon Wells).

The action scenes are breathtaking and easily hold up today as some of the most intense sequences in cinematic history. Come see and feel the roaring engines and deafening sounds of impact as these tribes battle it out in the scorching desert. 

The Road Warrior Trailer

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tibor Takács THE GATE on Saturday 8/10

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The Gate (1987)
Director: Tibor Takács // Featuring: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp
Running time: 85 min.
For tickets: www.somervilletheatreonline.com

We have a special treat for 80's monster movie fans when we present a rare 35mm screening of Tibor Takács fun, but incredibly dark coming-of-age film THE GATE.

The Gate concerns a trio of kids - siblings Glen (Stephen Dorff) and Al (Christa Denton) along with Glen's best pal Terry (Louis Tripp) - left to their own devices when Glen's and Al's parents leave them home alone for the weekend. They uncover a mysterious hole in the ground, unaware it's the gateway to hell smack in the middle of their suburban backyard! A combination of bad decisions accidentally unleashes tiny demons onto an unsuspecting world, and what transpires is a classic struggle of good vs. evil where the kids will come face-to-face with loss and mortality while battling the vicious little demons.

The Gate features stunning effects work using a combination of stop-motion animation and forced perspective film techniques, as well as some pretty nightmarish cinematography. If you saw it as a kid or teen, you may be surprised at how well the film holds up; you may also find new reasons to be scared while watching.  

The Gate Trailer

Monday, July 29, 2013


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What better way to kick off Shark Week 2013 than by unleashing killer fish on your weekend?

We've got an incredibly fun and frightening weekend planned - especially for you Galeophobes (fear of sharks, look it up!) - when we screen the classics JAWS, PIRANHA (Joe Dante's original), and the not-so-classic DEEP BLUE SEA, all in glorious 35mm!

For nearly 40 years, Steven Spielberg's JAWS never fails to captivate, even to fans who've seen it multiple times. Cram yourself once into the Orca alongside Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss as this trio sets out to stop a particularly nasty man-eating Carcaradon Carcharias (that's a GREAT WHITE to you land lubbers) from eating every tourist on Amity Island.

Roger Corman has the remarkable ability to recognize bona fide talent, and here he assembles a fantastic collection of genre favorites both behind and in front of the camera to bring to life the bloody satire of PIRANHA. Joe Dante, using a fantastic John Sayles script as his foundation, directs a stunning cast in this parody of Jaws, including Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Bartel, Belinda Belaski, and the incomparable Dick Miller. Look for some incredibly bloody makeup effects from a young Rob Bottin (John Carpenter's The Thing).

The weekend concludes with a midnight screening of Renny Harlin's schlocky hit DEEP BLUE SEA. Did anyone besides the genetic researchers in the film not think that enhancing Mako Sharks to be bigger, faster, and smarter was a bad idea? Look for Samuel L. Jackson's spectacular death scene, as well as LL Cool J single-handedly blowing up a shark with the audacity to invade his kitchen.

Tickets: $10 (including double features)
For Tickets: www.somevilletheatreonline.com
Schedule and Trailers below:

Jaws (1975)
Director: Stephen Spielberg // Featuring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfus, Lorraine Gary
Running time: 124 min.

Friday - 7:30 pm and 9:45 pm (double feature w/ Piranha)
Saturday - 3:15 pm (double feature w/Piranha), 7:30 pm, and 9:45 pm (double feature w/ Deep Blue Sea)

Piranha (1978)
Director: Joe Dante //  Featuring: Bradford Dilman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Kevin McCarthy, Belinda Balaski, Dick Miller
Running time: 94 min.

Friday - Midnight (double feature w/Jaws)
Saturday - 5:30 pm (double feature w/Jaws)

Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Director: Renny Harlin  // Featuring: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J
Running time: 105 min.

Saturday - Midnight (double feature w/Jaws)

Jaws Trailer

Piranha Trailer

Deep Blue Sea Trailer

Monday, July 22, 2013

RESOLUTION (7/27) & THE BIG LEBOWSKI (7/26 & 7/27)

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We have another disparate pair of films lined up for this weekend, so whether you're in the mood for a creepy deconstruction of the cabin-in-the-woods horror motif, or a phenomenally eccentric cult comedy, we've got you covered!

Resolution (2012)
Director(s): Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead // Featuring: Peter Cilella, Vinny Curran, Bill Oberst Jr.
Running time: 93 min.
Tickets: $10
For tickets: www.somervilletheatreonline.com

Here's a snippet of what I wrote for my Resolution review at Diabolique a few months back:

Resolution is a creepy, thought-provoking film that defies its simple cabin-in-the-woods motif. The filmmaking team is more interested in subverting convention and story structure than indulging in familiar horror tropes. There's an overarching sense of dread, and as the story progresses, it becomes apparent that Mike's and Chriss unresolved tale is being monitored by something otherworldly. Viewers are given clues throughout, and cues in the sound and visuals show that something is off kilter about this particular mountainous environment. Moorhead, as serving as the film's cinematographer, chooses to shoot nearly everything as if looking over the shoulders of our protagonists; having a possible supernatural participant-observer is an effective way of squeezing every ounce of paranoia out of the film's premise.

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Director: Joel Coen // Featuring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Running time: 117 min.
Tickets: $10
For tickets: www.somervilletheatreonline.com 

Upon initial viewing, many filmgoers and critics were confused about the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski. The eccentric film - coming right after their Oscar-winning Fargo - was a combination of political satire, audacious profanity, and oddball characters with a perceived lack of refinement from the siblings. subsequent viewings and revisits have prompted many critics to reconsider their cold reception upon its release, and cemented the film as a bonafide cult hit. Fans often quote the film's astounding array of quotable dialogue, and the film has even sparked a book discussing the existentialism of Coen Brothers work appropriately titled The Dude Abides.

Resolution Trailer

The Big Lebowski Trailer


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Larry Fessenden's BENEATH (7/20) & PITCH PERFECT (7/19 & 7/20)

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We've lined up a couple of films that exist on opposite ends of the cinematic spectrum for this weekend's midnight offerings:

Beneath (2013)
Saturday, July 20
Tickets: $10
Purchase Tickets: www.somervilletheatreonline.com

Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Wendigo, Habit) returns from a six year directorial hiatus with Beneath (2013), a film about a group of teen friends stranded on a raft in the middle of a lake while a large, bloodthirsty fish swims below the murky depths. Fessenden normally crafts serious, character-driven horror films, but Beneath is a looser nature-run-amok film with a tongue planted firmly in cheek. You won't necessarily be rooting for the heroes, but Fessenden has fun playing with the watery atmosphere in this morality play full of selfish jerks. It's lighthearted fare perfect for a summer midnight!

Pitch Perfect (2012)
Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20
Tickets: $10
Purchase Tickets: www.somervilletheatreonline.com  

Pitch Perfect is a musical comedy from Jason Moore (Dawson's Creek) and was a surprise mega hit last summer in the tradition of Bridemaids, Bring it On, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. This is doubtless the result of its oddball mix of outrageous comedy, spunky cast, and...a capella? This crowd-pleasing gem will leave you with a smile on your face, and a song in your heart.     

Beneath Trailer

Pitch Perfect Trailer


Sunday, July 7, 2013

7/13 Double Feature: NIGHTMARE FACTORY & Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD

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We have a special double feature lined up for Saturday, July 13:

First up is a FREE screening of Donna Davies' NIGHTMARE FACTORY (2011), a documentary about the rise of the KNB EXF Group (Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman), the prolific company responsible for the special makeup and other effects on everything from Dances with Wolves to Scream to The Walking Dead television series.

It's an incredibly fun documentary that paints the trio as rock stars of the effects world just as makeup artists were gaining celebrity-like recognition in the pages of Fangoria and Cinefantastique Magazine.

Interviews include Greg Nicotero, John Landis, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Gabe Bartalos, George Romero, and more.

This is the last screening of the film before it receives larger distribution later in the year, so we're very pleased to present it here in the Boston area.

Nightmare Factory (2011)
10 pm
Seating is very limited, so you're strongly encouraged to register in advance here (up to two tickets):

This is followed by a rare 35mm presentation of George A. Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD (1985).

The roots of KNB are tied to their work on Day of the Dead under the tutelage of Tom Savini. We were fortunate to land a print for a very rare screening to pair up with the documentary.

Day of the Dead was lambasted by critics and fans upon release in 1985, and was subsequently a failure for Romero. It has, however, gained respect upon rediscovery on home video. It may not be the favorite of most fans, but it's certainly a stunning representation of the zombie genre, and a cornerstone of the living dead series. The power lies in the outright doom facing this bickering group of survivors, buried in a military bunker deep below the surface with the living dead roaming right over their heads. The film also contains some of Savini's most incredible and gruesome effects. 

Day of the Dead (1985)
Tickets: www.somervilletheatreonline.com