At the Goth Bodega, MIDNIGHT is a state of mind.
MUTANT WAR (aka: MUTANT MEN WANT PRETTY WOMEN)
dir. Bret Piper, 1988
92 min, USA
FRIDAY, JUNE 9 – MIDNIGHT
FRIDAY, JUNE 16 – MIDNIGHT
Harry Trent (Matt Mitler) returns in the sequel to GALAXY DESTROYER that we threatened you with last month. After his defeat of the Pigmen (spoiler alert) the Earths remaining humans have accidentally rendered it a treacherous wasteland. Harry and his team rove the dangerous terrain doing “hero stuff” and eventually set out to free a cavalcade of enslaved humans from (if you can believe it) evil mutants. Midnight movie stalwart Cameron Mitchell (RAW FORCE, FRANKENSTEIN ISLAND, HOLLYWOOD COP) joins the cast this time around as Reinhart Rex. More melting heads, stop motion spacecraft, and tripped out visuals than you can shake a stick at. (No sticks allowed in the theater.)
Once again Pipers love of practical effects shines through in a film that could have potentially gone on to influence such snarky superhero fare as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the Fallout game series. Hard to say. One thing’s for certain, you don’t wanna miss this one.
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? A SUMMER SERIES
We know them by a few different terms: peplum films, sword and sandal films, neo-mythology historical epics. Call it what you will, the genre takes historical/mythological/biblical stories, fills them with as much cast-of-thousands epicness as they can afford for epic battle scenes and high melodrama. Mastered by the Italians, they’ve long been overlooked and ridiculed despite Hollywood aping this basic model every single summer. No more! Not on our watch! Behold in awe: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?
NEFERTITI, QUEEN OF THE NILE (Nefertite, regina del Nilo)
Dir. Fernando Cerchio
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 – MIDNIGHT
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 – 7:30 PM
THURSDAY JUNE 22 – 10 PM (“Midnight-light”)
It all starts so simply: in ancient Egypt, Tumos the sculptor (the great Edmund Purdom! PIECES! THE FIFTH CORD!) is in love with priestess-to-be Tenet (Jeanne Crain of STATE FAIR and LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN). Simple, right? Not when high priest Bekanon is set on keeping them apart! Did I mention Bekanon is played by Vincent Price? VINCENT PRICE! Bekanon splits up the couple, throwing Tenet in prison and condemning Tumos, who flees to the desert to gather help and hear revelations of the future. Meanwhile, Bekanon tells Tenet that he’s…her FATHER, and so gives her the name by which history would know her…NEFERTITI, QUEEN OF THE NILE!
That’s just the start: from here we have double-crosses, prophecies, lion maulings, the destruction of false idols and, perhaps most importantly, plenty of sardonic Price monologues. Director Fernando Cerchio was well-prepared for this kind of historical spectacle, having directed CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER and GODDESS OF LOVE earlier, and all of his stars make the most of the larger-than-life drama. Sword and sandal fans expecting something like the Firesign Theatre’s HERCULES’ BIG ARMS might hope for two hours of swordfights, but while there’s action aplenty it’s much more of a historical epic.
Dir. Cosmotropia de Xam, 2017
70 min, Germany/Poland/USA (in English and German with English Subtitles)
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 – 10PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 – 7:30 PM (If your bedtime is 9, this is the MIDNIGHT for you!)
FRIDAY, JUNE 30 – MIDNIGHT
US Radio KRAK reporter Diane Cooper travels to Europe to investigate strange occurrences with people becoming delusional in a small town. After mysterious encounters with a local girl, dreams and reality begin to melt into one.
From Cosmotropia de Xam, the enigmatic and brilliant creative force behind Mater Suspiria Vision and Phantasma Disques, comes Phantasmagoria, a gory, psychedelic tribute to 70s Euro-Horror, Underground and Art films, filmed at the original locations of David Lynch’s Inland Empire in Lodz, Poland.
ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN
aka SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK
aka L’ISOLA DEGLI UOMINI PESCE
dir. Sergio Martino, 1975
98 minutes. Italy.
FRIDAY, JUNE 23 – MIDNIGHT
“BE WARNED: You will see a man turned inside-out!”
We are thrilled to invite beloved Italian filmmaker Sergio Martino (of YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY, and HANDS OF STEEL) to Spectacle for a summertime screening of ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN (also known as SOMETHING WAITS IN THE DARK, and reedited/rereleased in the States as SCREAMERS): a tale-of-terror period piece concerning a shipful of swarthy convicts who break free and attempt to colonize a remote tropical island. Little do they realize, the atoll is overrun with the horrifying/nominal fishmen, victims of experimentation at the hands of a plummy Dr. Moreau type played by Joseph “CITIZEN KANE” Cotten. What ensues is a Lovecraftian sike-out as gnarly and ludicrous as it is astonishing to witness, chock with lush Atlantan locales, an impeccable ensemble of hang-wrung performances and dotted in an ensemble of rubbery aquatic murderers kept just out of frame until Martino’s shattering final 40 or so minutes. You already don’t want to miss this one!