May 09 2011

FILMREAKTER DOUBLE FEATURE

Filmreakter and the Cinematheque have teamed up to bring you a monthly dose of z-movies in a double bill, not only will you get two films for the price of one, but we will also throw in a couple of free beers and other drinks that you can help yourself to in the half-hour break between the films.
The Cinematheque disposes of a vast archive to which we have been given the key and a flashlight, what we’ve returned with are original 35mm prints from the ancient grindhouse circuit, films last projected on some dusty desert drive-in cinema back in 1976.
What we have selected for our very first midnight double feature screening on May 28th are two genre classics that many fans of exploitation cinema would rip their arms and legs off for. The theme for our first night of weirdness will be “Psychosexual Killers”, whatever that means. Make way for…

MANIAC USA 1980 | original english | 86 | Directed by William Lustig | Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Gail Lawrence
Echoing the Son of Sam killings that shook New York only a couple of years earlier, William Lustigís debut follows Fred Zitto, a serial killer with a Freudian fixation on his dead mother. Zitto is played by character actor Joe Spinell, known from his short but memorable parts in 70’s classics such as Taxi Driver, The Godfather and Rocky. Spinell also co-wrote the script, giving the dialogues an eerie personal touch.
Another strong point of the film is its early 80’s New York setting. Filmed on a low budget, Maniac captured what bigger and more expensive films could only try to recreate. The gloomy, dangerous city of 1980 is not a representation, the film itself seems to have sprung out from it, like an organic living remnant of the rotten big apple of bygone times.

TORSO Italie 1973 | english version | 90 | Directed by Sergio Martino | Starring: Suzy kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda
The second half of our double feature takes us from dark and wintry New York to naked sunbathing in Perugia Italy – welcome to the world of giallo! The giallo is arguably the most influential of European exploitation genres and certainly the most beloved. This 1973 genre classic offers a killer in a ski-mask, stalking the beautiful students on the campus of an art University. After two gruesome murders, four female students retreat to a secluded villa in the country-side. It comes as little surprise that the killer is headed the same way. This is straight-forward exploitation, with a good share of sleaze, a juicy soundtrack and a steady flow of gruesome killings. One tag-line sums it up most poetically: “Where Whores meet Saws”.

FILMREAKTER DOUBLE FEATURE @ CINEMATHEQUE – 28/05/2011 starts at 22h00, Entry: 6€ (two films + free drinks)

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Filmreakter and the Cinematheque have teamed up to bring you a monthly dose of z-movies in a double bill, not only will you get two films for the price of one, but we will also throw in a couple of free beers and other drinks that you can help yourself to in the half-hour break between the films.
The Cinematheque disposes of a vast archive to which we have been given the key and a flashlight, what we’ve returned with are original 35mm prints from the ancient grindhouse circuit, films last projected on some dusty desert drive-in cinema back in 1976.
What we have selected for our very first midnight double feature screening on May 28th are two genre classics that many fans of exploitation cinema would rip their arms and legs off for. The theme for our first night of weirdness will be “Psychosexual Killers”, whatever that means. Make way for…

MANIAC USA 1980 | original english | 86 | Directed by William Lustig | Starring: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Gail Lawrence
Echoing the Son of Sam killings that shook New York only a couple of years earlier, William Lustigís debut follows Fred Zitto, a serial killer with a Freudian fixation on his dead mother. Zitto is played by character actor Joe Spinell, known from his short but memorable parts in 70’s classics such as Taxi Driver, The Godfather and Rocky. Spinell also co-wrote the script, giving the dialogues an eerie personal touch.
Another strong point of the film is its early 80’s New York setting. Filmed on a low budget, Maniac captured what bigger and more expensive films could only try to recreate. The gloomy, dangerous city of 1980 is not a representation, the film itself seems to have sprung out from it, like an organic living remnant of the rotten big apple of bygone times.

TORSO Italie 1973 | english version | 90 | Directed by Sergio Martino | Starring: Suzy kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda
The second half of our double feature takes us from dark and wintry New York to naked sunbathing in Perugia Italy – welcome to the world of giallo! The giallo is arguably the most influential of European exploitation genres and certainly the most beloved. This 1973 genre classic offers a killer in a ski-mask, stalking the beautiful students on the campus of an art University. After two gruesome murders, four female students retreat to a secluded villa in the country-side. It comes as little surprise that the killer is headed the same way. This is straight-forward exploitation, with a good share of sleaze, a juicy soundtrack and a steady flow of gruesome killings. One tag-line sums it up most poetically: “Where Whores meet Saws”.

FILMREAKTER DOUBLE FEATURE @ CINEMATHEQUE – 28/05/2011 starts at 22h00, Entry: 6€ (two films + free drinks)

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