Weird Wednesdays at Classic

WEIRD WEDNESDAYS AT CLASSIC

We're dredging up some bizarro B-movie gems from the dank depths of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) to screen every Wednesday night at Classic.

An ex-cop moonlighting as a disco DJ, a killer snowman, suburban mothers with a taste for their family's flesh, a half man-half lion, ass-kicking filipino pirates, sexy telephone calls, and Bruce Lee fighting alongside Popeye the Sailor. This program has something for everyone...if you're into weird s**t of course.

Come get weird with us.

A valid proof of age card is required for entry to every screening.

The Black Cat (1981)

  • Cast
  • Patrick Magee, Mimsy Farmer, David Warbeck
  • Director
  • Lucio Fulci
  • Synopsis
  • “Fulci's classiest horror movie... if that's a superlative that can be applied to a movie which, in the first five minutes, has a guy smash through the windshield of his car and then catch fire and burn to death on the hood.” -- Laird Jimenez, Letterboxd

    Italy’s own “Godfather of Gore” goes Gothic! Lucio Fulci (ZOMBIE, THE GATES OF HELL) gruesomely reimagines the classic Edgar Allen Poe tale with Patrick Magee (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) and Mimsy Farmer (THE PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK) in tow. When a young couple goes missing in a sleepy English village, Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, THE BEYOND) is brought in to assist on the case. But what starts off as routine investigation turns into a murder inquiry when the couple are found dead in mysterious circumstances.

    Fusing a classically creepy atmosphere with more decidedly visceral elements that are the hallmark of Fulci’s films, THE BLACK CAT is a too-often overlooked and underrated entry in the Italian master filmmaker’s canon.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 92 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror
  • Running Time
  • 92 minutes

Fugitive Girls (aka Five Loose Women) (1974)

  • Cast
  • Jabie Abercrombe, Rene Bond, Tallie Cochrane
  • Director
  • Steven C. Apostolof
  • Synopsis
  • Perhaps the most accomplished film from Ed Wood collaborator A.C. Stephen (aka Stephen C. Apostolof), FUGITIVE GIRLS is a quick hybrid of action and sexploitation, co-starring Rene Bond and Tallie Cochran, and featuring a typically singular screenplay from Ed Wood himself (who also appears in the film.)

    Dee is implicated in a fatal liquor store shooting committed by her boyfriend. Sent to an all-female work camp, she finds herself at the mercy of four other violent, sex-crazed prisoners who force her into their daring escape. Once on the outside, the five fugitives embark on a brutal sex-filled rampage, making their way to a mystery site rumored to have a buried suitcase full of money.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 96 mins
  • Genre
  • Action, Adventure, Crime
  • Running Time
  • 96 minutes

Madman (1981)

  • Cast
  • Gaylen Ross, Paul Ehlers
  • Director
  • Joe Giannone
  • Synopsis
  • “MADMAN takes the story-told-around-a-campfire ethos of the first few FRIDAY THE 13TH movies and elaborates it into a full autumnal aesthetic of leaves crackling underfoot, cinders flying away up into the darkness, orangey lantern glow, a lot of creeping around in unwise fashion, supremely burnished indirect lighting, wood-paneling and almost completely random axe-murder.” -- Nathaxnne Walker, Letterboxd

    Years ago, Madman Marz violently murdered his family only to escape into the woods before his execution could be completed. Legend has it anyone who calls his name above a whisper can summon him back to continue his bloody rampage…

    But teenage Richie, away at camp, doesn’t believe the old legend and calls his name. What a schmuck! As night falls, strange things start happening at camp and soon Madman Marz is back, axe in hand, to finish the killing spree he started decades ago.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 89 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror
  • Running Time
  • 89 minutes

The Zodiac Killer (1971)

  • Cast
  • Hal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch, Tom Pittman
  • Director
  • Tom Hanson
  • Synopsis
  • “Disturbing and effective.” -- Michael Weldon, The Psychotronic Video Guide

    The inaugural joint release from AGFA and exploitation film hall-of-famers Something Weird Video, in a 4K preservation transfer. 1971’s sanity-defying “tabloid horror” vortex THE ZODIAC KILLER balances the outrageous absurdity of early John Waters with the dark vérité of Barbara Loden's seminal WANDA. And, in a backstory just as crazed as the film, pizza baron(!)/amateur sleuth/first-time filmmaker Tom Hanson produced it with the intent to catch the Zodiac himself.

    In the summer of '69, a string of bizarre NorCal murders came with an even stranger series of letters written from the perp, sent to both the police and the press. Independent of the official case, Hanson took their contents and quickly lensed THE ZODIAC KILLER with little cash and no limits to his rugged imagination. But this was no headline-chasing cash grab. At its S.F. premiere, Hanson constructed McGuyver-ish traps to lure the killer from hiding — including an ice cream freezer filled with rent-a-cops, and a raffle with entries scrutinized for the Zodiac’s penmanship!
  • Classification
  • R18+, 87 mins
  • Genre
  • Crime, Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 87 minutes

Night Train to Terror (1985)

  • Cast
  • John Phillip Law Cameron Mitchell Richard Moll Marc Lawrence
  • Director
  • Jay Schlossberg-Cohen
  • Synopsis
  • “On a train bound for Hell, God and Satan decide the fates of three unfortunate mortals. So goes the setup for this infamous ‘80s horror anthology, whose stories are pieced together from the butchered remains of three other movies like some kind of hilariously WTF Frankenstein’s monster.” -- Shudder

    In HARRY, a fiendish killer keeps the horribly mutilated body parts of his countless victims in a diabolical tourture chamber. In GRETTA, a young death-obsessed woman takes part in an unspeakable ritual of Russian roulette. Finally, in CLAIRE, a young woman and a Holocaust survivor are terrorized by the son of Satan.

    Richard Moll from “Night Court” makes an appearance. And you’ll never be able to un-hear the theme song!
  • Classification
  • R18+, 93 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror
  • Running Time
  • 93 minutes

Ice Cream Man (1994)

  • Cast
  • Clint Howard, Olivia Hussey, David Naughton, Jan-Michael Vincent, David Warner
  • Director
  • Norman Apstein
  • Synopsis
  • A quintessential Nineties cult horror, this gleefully absurd, gory and hilarious slasher is punctuated by an off-the-wall starring lead from the one and only Clint Howard. Also featuring Olivia Hussey (BLACK CHRISTMAS), David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) and Jan-Michael Vincent (AIRWOLF).

    Clint is the crazy embodiment of Gregory, the local ice cream man who just wants people to be nice to him and to sell the neighborhood children his treats. Unfortunately, the adults disrespect him and the kids fear him -- and as any recently released mental patient would do, Gregory brutally murders anyone who prevents him from having a happy, happy, happy day…
  • Classification
  • R18+, 86 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Horror
  • Running Time
  • 86 minutes

The Corpse Grinders (1973)

  • Cast
  • Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly, Sanford Mitchell, J. Byron Foster
  • Director
  • Ted V. Mikels
  • Synopsis
  • A legendary cult favorite from the director of THE DOLL SQUAD, THE CORPSE GRINDERS is a horror classic crammed full of jaw-dropping twists, mind-scrambling surprises and a self-aware sense of humor that became one of filmmaker Ted V. Mikels’ trademarks. Co-written by Arch Hall Sr. (EEGAH) and Joseph Cranston (THE CRAWLING HAND).

    The Lotus Cat Food Company has hit major financial trouble and is on the verge of closing, until the owners realize they can use bodies from the local graveyard to fill their tins. As their latest product hits the shelves, it’s revealed to have an unintentional result: every cat that eats it is transformed into a bloodthirsty brute with an unending hunger for human flesh!
  • Classification
  • R18+, 73 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror
  • Running Time
  • 73 minutes

The Driller Killer (1979)

  • Cast
  • Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz, Alan Wynroth
  • Director
  • Abel Ferrara
  • Synopsis
  • “Essential, not only as a [time capsule] and a legit punk film but also as a vibrant, highly troubling work of art.” -- Joseph Neff, Letterboxd

    Showing an even seedier side of ‘70s New York than TAXI DRIVER or THE WARRIORS, Abel Ferrara’s landmark debut provides a look back to when Manhattan was an unforgiving labyrinth, a city of sleaze inciting panic and inspiring an era of filmmaking that has rarely been equalled. DRILLER KILLER strikes a terrific balance between atmosphere and shock -- and as a bonus, features some of the most repulsive on-screen pizza eating ever!

    Starving, irritated artist Reno (played by Ferrara himself) lives in a squalid tenement and is plagued with nightmarish visions. Plus, his girlfriend is often more enthralled with her live-in lesbian lover than with his ghoulish visage. Tenuously clinging to sanity, Reno works desperately on a huge painting which he hopes will earn some money -- but his concentration is shattered when a punk band moves next door and plays around the clock. Reno snaps, darting around the nocturnal city streets and picking off bums with his electric hand drill.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 96 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Horror
  • Running Time
  • 96 minutes

Dolemite (1975)

  • Cast
  • Rudy Ray Moore, D'Urville Martin, Jerry Jones, Lady Reed, Hy Pyke, West Gale, John Kerry, Vainus Rackstraw
  • Director
  • D'Urville Martin
  • Synopsis
  • A lasting testament to both rap pioneer / nightclub comic par excellence Rudy Ray Moore and the sun-bleached, smog-covered vistas of ‘70s L.A., DOLEMITE remains one of blaxploitation’s greatest achievements.

    When Rudy first took his Chitlin’ Circuit act to the silver screen, few outside black neighborhoods noticed at first -- but DOLEMITE was a box office smash. His films were cheap, quickly made and technically disastrous, but they have something Hollywood could never buy: a one-of-a-kind underground comedic persona. Here, Rudy plays the greatest pimp of them all; after two years in prison on trumped-up charges, Dolemite’s back on the street and ready to settle scores ("I've got an all-girl army that knows what to do! They’re foxy as hell and practice kung fu!")

    Moore’s homespun poetry will ring in your head for days, and the image of his schlubby figure executing lazy karate kicks will bring smiles to your entire audience’s faces. DOLEMITE’s original success paved the way for his three subsequent trash-terpieces (also available via AGFA): THE HUMAN TORNADO, DISCO GODFATHER and PETEY WHEATSTRAW, THE DEVIL’S SON-IN-LAW!
  • Classification
  • R18+, 90 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Crime
  • Running Time
  • 90 minutes

Sweet Sugar (1972)

  • Cast
  • Phyllis Davis, Ella Edwards, Timothy Brown, Pamela Collins, Cliff Osmond, Angus Duncan, Jackie Giroux, Darl Severns, Albert Cole, James Houghton, James Whitworth
  • Director
  • Michel Levesque
  • Synopsis
  • This much-sought-after, over-the-top women-in-prison thriller from Michel Levesque (WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS) is an action- and violence-packed exploitation classic filled with blood, nudity and a barrage of absurd twists.

    Phyllis Davis (TV’s VEGAS) stars as Sugar, a fun loving nympho traveler entrapped by a corrupt cop and sent to a female prison camp deep in the tropical jungles of South America. Assigned a position on the notorious sugar cane gang, Sugar discovers that the plantation’s owner, Dr. John, uses the prisoners in violent and diabolical experiments…
  • Classification
  • R18+, 86 mins
  • Genre
  • Action, Crime
  • Running Time
  • 86 minutes

Runaway Nightmare (1982)

  • Cast
  • Mike Cartel, Seeska Vandenberg, Jody Lee Olhava
  • Director
  • Mike Cartel
  • Synopsis
  • “By turns entirely inept, genuinely unsettling and intentionally cornball funny, sometimes even from one shot to the next. It's punctuated by some of the most outright irresponsible stunt work I've ever seen. I swear to God the director (wearing a bulletproof vest) takes an actual shotgun blast to the chest at one point. See this.” -- Matt Lynch, Letterboxd

    After discovering a woman buried alive, two Death Valley worm farmers are kidnapped by an all-female cult of gun runners who, after making the men their sex slaves, force them to assist in a plan to steal a suitcase full of platinum from the mafia.

    Combining black comedy with elements of horror, action, thriller and surrealist cinema, director/writer/producer/editor/star Mike Cartel’s RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE stands as one of the most fiercely unique works of outsider/cult cinema from the ‘70s / ‘80s.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 94 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 94 minutes

The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

  • Cast
  • Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Vanessa Brown, Peggy Feury, Rick Jason, George Buck Flower, Roberta Collins
  • Director
  • Matt Cimber
  • Synopsis
  • A great time out at the movies with no equal and belonging to no genre. It will fuck you up for life -- that is, if you’re up for the challenge.

    This unnerving journey into madness and murder contains an unforgettable star turn by Millie Perkins (THE SHOOTING, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK) that will sear itself onto your retinas. Perkins plays a tormented woman whose repressed memories of childhood abuse surface in some highly undesirable ways, compelling her to pick up a razor and go after some of the men she sees on TV everyday.

    Representing something of an anomaly in the career of director Matt Cimber (who previously specialized in both softcore and blaxploitation fare), this movie certainly could not have been made in a Hollywood studio context -- and it’s also a gigantic anomaly among even drive-in films. A wonderful bonus: its widescreen cinematography comes courtesy of a young Dean Cundey, who’d go on to shoot HALLOWEEN two years later.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 83 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror
  • Running Time
  • 83 minutes

Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971)

  • Synopsis
  • What if Norman Bates and Norman Bates-dressed-as-his-mother were two different people? And what if they were, in fact, gay lovers on the lam in Herschell Gordon Lewis country? And what if their story was scripted by John Waters and shot like an acid-tinged episode of “Bosom Buddies” set in the glory days of free love, easy drugs and custom vans? This ludicrous scenario is the reality of SOMETIMES AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS, the diabolical psychodrama with a difference.

    If you enjoy watching a freaked-out hot head scream at hippies in between brutal murders -- well, there's really only this and PINK FLAMINGOS.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 95 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Crime
  • Running Time
  • 95 minutes

Orgy of the Dead (1965)

  • Cast
  • Criswell, Fawn Silver, Pat Barrington
  • Director
  • A. C. Stephen
  • Synopsis
  • From the mind of Ed Wood (GLEN OR GLENDA, TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE) comes ORGY OF THE DEAD! Written by the venerable Wood, directed by cult maverick A.C. Stephen (FUGITIVE GIRLS), with lighting and camera from Ted V. Mikels (THE DOLL SQUAD) and starring Criswell (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE), ORGY is a campy, sexy and thoroughly outrageous gem from the height of the “nudie cutie” period.

    Horror novelist John and his girlfriend Shirley take a night drive in search of an eerie graveyard that will hopefully inspire John to come up with his next story. Instead, they stumble onto the wild rituals conducted by The Dark Master and his faithful servants.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 90 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror
  • Running Time
  • 90 minutes

Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I have the Key (1972)

  • Cast
  • Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli
  • Director
  • Sergio Martino
  • Synopsis
  • Social critique, kink and Edgar Allen Poe collide, with major genre pedigree on the side. Tarantino favorite Edwige Fenech (giallo star of ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH) appears in this taut, grimy adaptation of “The Black Cat.” Dig the rocking soundtrack by giallo specialist Bruno Nicolai while the film pokes fun at Italy’s post-hippie ‘70s hanger-on set.

    Luigi Pistilli (MILANO CALIBRO 9, A BAY OF BLOOD) plays writer Oliviero, an abrasive drunk who amuses himself by holding drunken orgies at his grand country manor -- much to the displeasure of his long-suffering wife (Anita Strindberg). But this decadence is soon rocked by a series of grisly murders, in which Oliviero finds himself implicated.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 96 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror, Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 96 minutes

 

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