Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 85: Sunday Mar 27, 2011

The Abominable Dr Phibes (Fuest, 1971) 2pm; Brain Damage (Henelotter, 1988) 4pm; After Hours (Scorsese, 1985) 7pm & Repo Man (Cox, 1984) 9pm. Club Hell, Ryan's Bar, 181 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16

Now that's a line-up. A free all-day cult movies film-fest from Club Hell. If you haven't got the time or energy to manage the full session and want to fit just one of the screenings in I can heartily recommend After Hours, Scorsese's yuppie nightmare film from the mid-1980s. Many of the director's films tend to improve with repeated viewings and this tale of paranoia and fear in the heart of New York is no exception. Here is the trailer.

The Abominable Dr Phibes is the very essence of cult camp horror - and all in the worst possible taste. A slice of Grand Guignol and other foodstuffs, the details of which I won't reveal for spoiling some of its sickest moments. Here is the trailer.

Brain Damage I have no personal knowledge of but respected horror film critic Nigel Floyd commends the black humour inolved in the tale of a fully paid-up New York nerd and the parasitic wormlike creature that attaches itself to his neck and forces him to suck the brains out of his victims. Here is the trailer.

Repo Man needs little introduction, suffice to say that Cox's movie is one of the most popular cult films on the repertory circuit and features a standout performance from Harry Dean Stanton as a professional car repossessor. Here is the trailer.

Congratulations to Ben Hell of Club Hell. This is programming of the very highest order and deserves a big crowd. Did I mention it was all free . . .

More details if you need them are here on the Club Hell Facebook page.

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