Grindhouse Cinema #2: May 2012

Mother's Day + Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things

We’re getting all warm and fuzzy for May with upstanding family values at the Grindhouse Cinema Double Feature at The Media Club. The evening of May 7th (8pm sharp!) will feature two twisted family tales from the era of the drive-in theatre. Once again, drink specials all night from the friendly staff at The Media Club, and music from DJ Coleo after the films. Our first is an ultra-rare comedy-shocker from 1971 starring Abe Zwick, Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things.

This is a kooky horror/crime film with black humour abound that looks like a 70′s sitcom gone to hell! A pair of jewel thieves, Stanley and Paul, hide out from the law down in Miami. They decide the best way to lay low is for Paul to dress as a woman and pretend to be Stanley’s “Aunt Martha”! Well, Aunt Martha knocks off anyone who gets too close to their secret (or to the coke-snorting Stanley). Paul’s violent tendencies continue to spin out of control, and soon nobody who comes near is safe from him.

Our second film is Troma‘s first ever motion picture, and an ode to moms everywhere. Charlie Kaufman‘s classic Mother’s Day is the Citizen Kane of revenge films, equal measures suspense/horror and hilarious comedy. This is a personal favourite and we’re excited to be showing it just in time for Mother’s Day!

When you go into the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise. When you go into the woods today you’re not going to believe your eyes. But it ain’t no “teddy bear picnic”. Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her son commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive?

Remember to mark Monday May 7th at 8pm on your calendars for our special family edition of Grindhouse at The Media Club. As always, there will be drink specials, great music and DVD giveaways from Videomatica!

2 Weeks Until The Grindhouse!

April Fool's Day & Killer Party

We’re getting close to the very first evening of The Grindhouse at The Media Club on Monday April 30th! Since it’s Spring and we’re all gearing up for cabin country season, we thought we’d feature two 1986 “party” slasher films to get you in the mood. Remember that the more you drink, the more sense these classics make. Drink specials from the fine staff at The Media Club will help that out! The first film of the evening is the long-lost Warner supernatural gem Killer Party.

It’s April Fool’s Day and the sisters of Sigma Alpha Pi have found the perfect place to throw a party: the abandoned fraternity house where a guillotined pledge lost his head in a hazing gone slightly awry. But shortly after the revelry begins, the student body count starts to rise as the vengeful pledge returns from the grave and makes it a party to die for. Featuring appearances by Eating Raoul’s Paul Bartel, debuting Joanna Johnson (who a year later would graduate to her longtime best-known role on The Bold and the Beautiful) and teen heartthrob Martin Hewitt (Endless Love) plus a bangin’ performance of “April (You’re No Fool)” by ’80s hair metal band White Sister, Killer Party is the stuff of legends, a one-of-a-kind slasher-horror-musical-sex comedy of terrors!

 

The second film was recently remade into an awful teen slasher, but the original is evidence of how it was really done! April Fool’s Day is a camp classic, a slasher that has more laughs than scares and laid the groundwork for comedy-horrors like Behind The Mask, American Psycho and of course Scream.

After a college student invites her friends for a weekend at her parents’ secluded island mansion, they’re all ready to party – but the joke is on them. One by one, people start vanishing. Someone’s either playing a vicious April Fool’s prank – or else there’s a real killer on the loose!


Remember to mark Monday, April 30th at 8pm on your calendars for the very first Grindhouse at The Media Club.

Welcome to the Grindhouse

Grindhouse Cinema is a brand new Vancouver movie page and home of The Grindhouse, a film series every month at The Media Club. Our aim is to bring back the spirit of Grindhouse theatres, the grungy seedy cult movie houses of the 1970s and 80s. We’ll be showing a double feature of the best and most obscure cinema favourites every first Monday of the month starting at 8pm. Join us to celebrate the kind of films that will never be made again, from horror, exploitation, art-house, foreign, erotica, cheese, nunsploitation, slasher, action, women in prison, giallo, eurotrash, mondo, gore, surrealism, Westerns and everything in between! Drink with your friends and see why these movies dominated the drive-in circuit. Also, look out for The Grindhouse Reader, Vancouver’s own quarterly cult film magazine. It all begins April 30 2012, stay tuned for more!