Coming this Saturday, October 25, the entire day!

todf:

You will quiver in pure abject fear! Yes, fear, a fear so total it makes a sad mockery of human comprehension in its absolute majesty! Beyond all things you will find, in the darkest corners of the remains of your mind, THE 4TH ANNUAL SPECTACLE SHRIEK SHOW! That’s right $25 gets you hour upon hour upon hour of depravity and vice! I’ll do a few sets from some of the movies being shown this week after I get caught up. 


Fantastic poster by Holly Rhame for the upcoming screening of Peony Lantern Ghost Story. More from Holly here www.hkrhamefineart.com/blog !

Fantastic poster by Holly Rhame for the upcoming screening of Peony Lantern Ghost Story. More from Holly here www.hkrhamefineart.com/blog !


Coming this Sunday, October 19, 8 and 10pm: new Anti-Banality Union production State of Emergence!


Tonight, Thursday October 16, 8 and 10PM! Shrinkman (Louis Piquette re-edit) with a live score by MIL KDU DES! If you missed the debut of this one at the Museum of Art and Design, now’s your chance.


Starting today, Thursday, October 16, and running all weekend, it’s a jam-packed run of Remix 2 Cognition, our second series of uniquely deconstructed cinema: shimmering supercuts, harrowing live scores, post-modern trailer theory, and our first ever group video show. Here it is in all of its overwhelming confusion and majesty.


H.R. Giger! Tonight!

H.R. Giger! Tonight!


Three shows, tonight only, Wednesday October 15, 7:30, 10:00, and midnight: the experimental films and documentaries of H.R. Giger!


TONIGHT ONLY


3pm this Saturday, October 18, only: A 16mm History of Looking, a program of rarely-seen vintage science films in their original 16mm, plus recently rediscovered 70s science museum doc classic Exploratorium.
A co-presentation with the Imagine Science Film Festival, which runs all week, October 17 - 24, at venues all over the city!

3pm this Saturday, October 18, only: 16mm History of Looking, a program of rarely-seen vintage science films in their original 16mm, plus recently rediscovered 70s science museum doc classic Exploratorium.

A co-presentation with the Imagine Science Film Festival, which runs all week, October 17 - 24, at venues all over the city!


negativepleasure:

11/31- Don’t Deliver Us From Evil

Don’t Deliver Us From Evil is a tricky, challenging film.  You could probably view it from a variety of different perspectives.  Is it an exploitation movie?  Or a taboo-challenging political film, ala Passolini?  I took it as a satire of coming-of-age films, with the wistful experiences of youth supplanted by the main characters’ mission of unapologetic malice.  What at first seem like youthful pranks quickly become aggressively malicious, with the girls focusing their acts of transgression entirely on the less fortunate- they kill a mentally challenged handyman’s beloved pet birds and set a poor farmers field on fire.  In this respect, one could definitely read the film as political- in their desire to attack the norms of middle-class, Catholic society, the girls lash out at the more vulnerable lower classes.  The girls are unwilling, or unaware, to confront the culture that’s spawned them, they perhaps don’t full know what they’re rebelling against.  There are a number of other interesting threads that run through Don’t Deliver Us From Evil as well.  The girls are aware of their sexuality, and that it holds a degree of power, but they don’t know what to do with it, which gets them in trouble (and leads to their ultimate fate).  Beyond the film’s intentions or meaning, it’s a beautiful movie to watch, with several particularly arresting sequences, particularly their ceremony devoting themselves to Satan, a combination of communion, confirmation and wedding, and the last section of the film, which manages to quickly build suspense and dread and pays off apocalyptically.

Don’t Deliver Us From Evil is showing a few more times at spectacletheater this month, so if you’re in or around New York, go see it for yourself.



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