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 Sword and the Claw (1975)

  • Cast
  • Cüneyt Arkin, Bahar Erdeniz, Charles Garret
  • Director
  • Natuk Baytan
  • Synopsis
  • “Dirtiest fighting ever!” -- Kung Fu Express

    “A triumph of Turkish cinema.” -- Pete Tombs, Mondo Macabro

    Before the infamous TURKISH STAR WARS -- there was 1975's THE SWORD AND THE CLAW! It's a wild ride through that same hallucinogenic netherworld, and features genre legend Cünyet Arkin in his most iconic role.

    This is CONAN THE BARBARIAN meets The Three Stooges meets DOLEMITE -- with more lo-fi bloodshed, pop-art visuals and lunatic dubbing than the boundaries of reality can handle.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 109 mins
  • Genre
  • Action, Adventure, War
  • Running Time
  • 109 minutes

What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)

  • Cast
  • Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Karin Baal
  • Director
  • Massimo Dallamano
  • Synopsis
  • “[The title] is an evocative question made even more evocative by the fact that the question, the answer, the character of Solange and even the name ‘Solange’ aren’t mentioned until 70 minutes into the movie. Up until then, it’s kind of a murder mystery, kind of a movie about adultery, sort of a movie about gossiping schoolgirls, and there’s, like, ESP or something going on. Honestly, it’s weird.” -- Kyle Anderson, Nerdist

    Backed by Ennio Morricone’s abundantly creepy score, this giallo whodunit finds Fabio Testi (REVOLVER, GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS) as a college prof with a taste for his female students who’s blamed for a string of murders. Top-shelf arthouse filmmaking, endless jazzy twists. And, director Massimo Dallamano was cinematographer on Leone’s A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE!

    A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police’s investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange?
  • Classification
  • R18+, 106 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 106 minutes

Cathy's Curse (1977)

  • Cast
  • Alan Scarfe, Beverly Murray, Randi Allen
  • Director
  • Eddy Matalon
  • Synopsis
  • “Operating a plane of existence and basic logic far removed from our own, CATHY’S CURSE remains one of the craziest entries in the decade's run of sinister kid movies -- and one that actually rewards repeated viewings once you've fallen under its crackpot spell.” -- Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

    There is no greater horror subgenre than “shitty kids.” And no shitty kid is shittier than the shitty kid in CATHY’S CURSE. We’d love to share the plot of this movie, but it’s been difficult for us to summarize! For now, imagine Bergman’s SCENES OF A MARRIAGE as a 25¢ EXORCIST rip-off directed by Argento’s third cousin in a Toronto suburb. Add multiple counts of senior citizen abuse, epic synth bloops and a foul-mouthed, telekinetic rampage from shittiest-kid Cathy culminating in the most gratuitous violence against dinnerware ever filmed. When someone in this movie says, “You and I both know that I’ve had a nervous breakdown,” you will believe them.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 91 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror
  • Running Time
  • 91 minutes

Jack Frost (1997)

  • Cast
  • Scott MacDonald, Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel
  • Director
  • Michael Cooney
  • Synopsis
  • 20th Anniversary restoration! Co-starring Shannon Elizabeth (AMERICAN PIE) in one of her most infamous roles, this staple of video stores / late-nite TV is now available for the first time in theaters.

    On his way to be executed, the vehicle containing notorious serial killer Jack Frost collides with a chemical truck, turning Jack into a snow-covered mutant and unleashing him on the unsuspecting town of Snomonton, “The Snowman Capitol of the Midwest”.

    Jack immediately uses his blizzardy abilities to seek revenge on the bungling Sheriff (Christopher Allport, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.) who accidentally ended his cross-country killing spree. Can the residents of Snomonton fight back against the psychopath snowman from Hell, or will they all end up in a snow-covered grave?
  • Classification
  • R18+, 89 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
  • Running Time
  • 89 minutes

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)

  • Cast
  • Alan Bagh, Whitney Moore, Tippi Hedren
  • Director
  • James Nguyen
  • Synopsis
  • “What has made Mr. Nguyen a latter-day anti-genius to rival Edward D. Wood Jr., whose...PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE became legendary for its countless defects? ‘It’s something unexpected,’ Mr. Nguyen said. ‘Maybe it’s meant to be like that’.” -- New York Times

    The most discussed and analyzed avian disaster film since THE BIRDS, BIRDEMIC is a tender love story, a graphic horror shocker, an urgent ecological warning, a testament to its creator James Nguyen’s enduring vision and a must-see “midnight movie” sensation.

    Over the course of five years, Nguyen -- the self-proclaimed “Master of the Romantic Thriller™” -- crafted the story of a sexy lingerie model (Whitney Moore) and a successful software salesman (Alan Bagh) on a weekend getaway to a quaint Northern California town. When the entire region is attacked by millions of homicidal birds, their picturesque paradise becomes a winged hell on earth. Can mankind now survive the avian onslaught of Birdemic?
  • Classification
  • R18+, 93 mins
  • Genre
  • Horror, Romance, Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 93 minutes

The Telephone Book (1971)

  • Cast
  • Sarah Kennedy, Norman Rose, James Harder
  • Director
  • Nelson Lyon
  • Synopsis
  • “One of my favorite films of the Seventies.” -- Steve Martin

    Truly alive and more wonderfully whacked with each passing minute, this underground comedy plays like a randy sketch show devised by Robert Downey Sr., with a little Bakshi and De Palma thrown in for good measure.

    A cute, bored young ditz (LAUGH-IN's Sarah Kennedy) is invigorated after a life-changing obscene phone call from a baritone weirdo. In a who’s-who of the era’s counterculture personas, she quests to call every last Village crackpot in the search for her velvet-voiced wonder. THE TELEPHONE BOOK’s bizarre peanut gallery includes future Oscar nominee William Hickey (PRIZZI’S HONOR) bedridden with priapism, Warhol superstars Ondine and Ultra Violet, Barry Morse (THE FUGITIVE) as a fallen stag filmmaker and voiceover guru Norman Rose (wearing an unforgettably disturbing pig mask) as the obscene call king. Heady, heated, capricious and oh-so-right.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 87 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy
  • Running Time
  • 87 minutes

Flesh Eating Mothers (1988)

  • Cast
  • Robert Lee Oliver, Donatella Hecht, Neal Rosen
  • Director
  • James Aviles Martin
  • Synopsis
  • “Slashed from the same cloth as other satirical late-’80s horror-comedies like SOCIETY, PARENTS and MY MOM’S A WEREWOLF, FLESH EATING MOTHERS is a raucously funny and gloriously gory parody of Ronald Reagan’s legacy: an America where monstrosity and cannibalism lie somewhere just beneath a veneer of conservatism and civility.

    White picket fences, carefully tended gardens, monstrous middle-class cannibals -- welcome to Anywhere, USA, where a devastating sexually transmitted infection spreads like wildfire amongst the town’s adulterous matriarchs. Enraged, deranged and hungry for flesh, these ravenous mothers are starving. Their husbands will make a good starter, but they’re saving their children for the main course!” (88 Films)
  • Classification
  • R18+, 89 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Horror
  • Running Time
  • 89 minutes

Russ Meyer's Fanny Hill (1964)

  • Cast
  • Miriam Hopkins, Alexander D'Arcy, Walter Giller
  • Director
  • Russ Meyer, Albert Zugsmith (uncredited)
  • Synopsis
  • “The name Russ Meyer has some striking connotations -- the first being a comic-book style obsession with large, heaving, fleshy female breasts. As well, Meyer’s signature films boasted top notch editing that never let you finish a breath, plot lines that played out like the weirdest morality tale and characters that were so over the top and wild, that you really wished real life could be just like that.

    Out of the 24 feature films he’s credited with directing, one has been fairly obscure in the shadows until now. FANNY HILL stars Italian actress Leticia Roman as the very pretty, sweet natured and brain-damaged/naive titular character from the classic 1700’s purple-prose book.” (Heather Drain, Dangerous Minds)

    Young, pretty and innocent Fanny Hill has lost her parents and must find her way in life amidst the perils of turbulent 18th century London. She is fortunate enough to find rapidly a place as chambermaid of the effusive Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown lives in a large house teeming with female "relatives" in négligée and with very relaxed manners. She also insists that Fanny meets alone various gentlemen who show an ardent interest in Fanny.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 104 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy
  • Running Time
  • 104 minutes

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

 

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