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October 12 & 16

Nekromantik

Nekromantik

Jörg Buttgereit / 1987, Germany
75min / digital

Co-presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society. It’s difficult for modern audiences to understand, but in previous times the idea of a movie being banned outright from circulation was not outside the norm. Such is the corrosive power of transgressive art that a film like Jorg Buttgereit’s debut sicko feature NEKROMANTIK could actually prompt the German government to declare it unfit for public consumption. Of course, when The Man sez “That’s too sick!”, that’s when the real-deal film fans start paying attention... A huge underground hit here in the States thanks to bleeding-edge zines like Film Threat, this one-of-a-kind object hasn’t lost any of its power to freak audiences the fuck out. NEKROMANTIK tells of poor sad sack Rob, who works at a street-cleaning agency and visits roadside accidents to mop up the scene. Casually, as one does, Rob collects the disparate body parts and shares them with his equally unfazed girlfriend Betty. When Rob presents a complete corpse taken out of a swamp, their undying love reaches its peak -- but soon after Betty takes more of a liking towards the corpse and leaves Rob, bringing him to the morbid end of his destruction.

“Groundbreakingly gruesome. The first erotic film for necrophiles.” John Waters

Showtimes:
Sat: 10pm
Wed: 9pm

October 18-24

The Golden Glove

Fatih Akin / 2019, Germany
110min / digital

From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, In The Fade) comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg’s red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, THE GOLDEN GLOVE follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the “Golden Glove,” where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic. In German & Greek with English subtitles.

“Impressive…Doggedly unflinching” Screen International

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
Sat: 330pm
Sun: 8pm
Mon: 630pm
Tues: 9pm
Wed: 630pm
Thur: 9pm

October 18, 19, 21 & 22

Kill List

Ben Wheatley / 2011, UK
95min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! From director Ben Wheatley (A FIELD IN ENGLAND, HIGH-RISE), KILL LIST is a mind-blowing genre concoction called the “#1 Horror Film of the 2012” (Bloody Disgusting). A brilliant blend of family drama, hitman action-thriller and terrifying psychological horror film, KILL LIST tells the story of an ex-soldier turned contract killer who is plunged into the heart of human darkness. Eight months after a disastrous hit job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, Jay (Neil Maskell) is pressured by his partner Gal (BIFA Winner Michael Smiley), into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the bizarre, disturbing world of the contract, Jay’s world begins to unravel until fear and paranoia sending him reeling towards a horrifying point of no return.

"Nerve-shredding, awsome. Diabolical as it is brilliant." Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 8pm
Mon: 9pm
Tues: 7pm

October 19, 24, 26

The Wicker Man: The Final Cut

Robin Hardy / 1973, UK
94min / digital

After receiving an anonymous letter about a missing 12-year-old girl, devoutly Christian Police Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) travels by seaplane to a remote Scottish island to investigate. But the islanders welcome neither his badge nor religious devotion, for Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee) and his devoted followers worship only the pagan gods of old - and those gods demand a sacrifice. Howie fears for the missing girl's life and follows every possible lead to find her - despite the islanders' interference - before she becomes a human sacrificial lamb.

"Remains as bizarre and bewitching a fable as when it firest appeared... once seen, never forgotten!" Hollywood Reporter

Showtimes:
Sat 10/19: 6pm
Thur 10/24: 7pm
Sat: 10/26: 8pm

October 19 & 23

The Driller Killer

Abel Ferrara / 1979, USA
96min / digital

40TH ANNIVERSARY! 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.

“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

Showtimes:
Sat: 10pm
Wed: 9pm

October 20

Scarecrow Video Weirdo Horror Triple Feature

Scarecrow Video Weirdo Horror Triple Feature

Various / 260min / video

Scarecrow Video returns once again to the Grand Illusion to present a triple feature of some of the weirdest, cheapest, unbelievable trash cinema ever to get mercilessly crammed into your gummy, juicy brain, all hand-picked and hosted by the one and only Matt Lynch. It's a cold hard guarantee that you've never seen anything like the three secret movies we'll be twisting you up with this year. Serial killers, endangered children, misguided attempts at bear hunting, and parasitic space eggs are just some of the disease vectors in store for you this year!

Showtimes:
Sun: 2pm
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October 25, 26, 28

Threads

Mick Jackson / 1984, UK
112min / digital

35TH ANNIVERSARY! Upon its 1984 premiere at the height of global nuclear tension, THREADS shocked the entirety of the BBC's viewership. Months later, it became the most-watched cable program in American history. Exactingly directed by Mick Jackson (VOLCANO) from a screenplay by Barry Hines (Ken Loach's KES), this graphic docudrama depicts the unraveling of society after the working-class city of Sheffield, UK undergoes nuclear attack. With talk of nuclear conflict back in the news, the time is now for audiences with fortitude to experience and absorb this shattering vision on the big screen.

“The most terrifying and honest portrayal of nuclear war ever filmed.” The Guardian

“Unsettlingly powerful.” New York Times

“Realistic, terrifying and brilliantly conceived, THREADS is guaranteed to give you nightmares.” New York Daily News

Showtimes:
Fri: 630pm
Sat: 330pm
Mon: 630pm

October 25-28, 31

Godzilla

Ishiro Honda / 1954, Japan
96min / digital

New restoration! 65TH ANNIVERSARY! Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. Note: we are preseting the original Japanese version. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
Sat: 6pm
Sun: 6pm
Mon: 9pm
Thur: 7pm

October 25

Fatal Exposure

Fatal Exposure

83min / VHS

Presented by the VHS Uber Alles.

HALLOWEEN LATE NITE SPECIAL! Jack the Ripper's great-grandson is a "professional" photographer who drinks blood and kills people in very, very creative ways. He's looking for the woman of his dreams to carry along the family's claim to fame... ONLY ON VHS! ONLY $2!

Special thanks to Scarecrow Video!!

Showtimes:
Fri: 11pm

October 26 & 30

The Long Weekend

Colin Eggleston / 1979, Australia
97min / digital

40TH ANNIVERSARY! LONG WEEKEND has notes of POSSESSION's marital anarchy, with a healthy amount of Hitchcockian flair and the stark hellscapes of THE SEVENTH SEAL transposed onto the unforgiving Outback. Essential viewing. Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter and Marcia trample through the deserted countryside, hoping a long weekend will patch up their differences. As they inadvertently destroy everything in their tracks, scattering garbage and shooting anything that moves, their callous disregard becomes apparent to them when the animals seek vengeance!

Showtimes:
Sat: 10pm
Wed: 9pm

October 27, 30 & 31

Godzilla vs. Hedorah

Yoshimitsu Banno / 1971, Japan
85min / digital

New restoration! Intended to address the crisis levels of pollution in postwar Japan, Godzilla vs. Hedorah finds the King of the Monsters fighting an alien life form that arrives on Earth and steadily grows by feeding on industrial waste. Director Yoshimitsu Banno infuses the film with equal parts ecological horror, humorous monster antics, and sixties psychedelia straight out of San Francisco, making for a truly unique—and divisive—entry in the series. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Sun: 4pm & 8pm
Wed: 7pm
Thur: 9pm

October 29

Dick Miller Halloween Double Bill

Roger Corman / 1959 & 1960, USA
140min / 16mm

A Bucket of Blood and The Little Shop of Horrors on 16mm film. Presented by the Sprocket Society.

The legendary character actor Dick Miller passed away this year, having appeared in over 150 movies and TV shows, including Gremlins, The Terminator, The Howling, Rock 'n' Roll High School, After Hours, and many others. For Halloween, the Sprocket Society honors Miller with a special double bill of cult classics that helped launch his career -- all on 16mm film!

A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959 - 60th anniversary!) features Miller in his iconic lead role as Walter Paisley, the dim-witted waiter at a beatnik coffeehouse who becomes a star "artist" with a bloody secret. In the original LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960), he turned down the lead but shines as Burson Fouch, the gourmet with a taste for flowers from a florist whose newest creation also has peculiar (and ravenous) appetites.

Two of the most iconic and beloved Roger Corman films ever made, these riotously farcical horror comedies are no-budget miracles: both shot in only a few days using second-hand sets, the same core cast, and the same (stoned) screenwriter. Don't miss this rare chance to see them together on the big screen!

PLUS! Special guest Dead Allen Ginsberg reads poetry! Spooky shorts and cartoons, also on 16mm! Door prizes and surprises!

Showtimes:
7pm

November 1-7

Holiday Hell

Jeff Ferrell, Jeremy Berg, Jeff Vigil, David Burns
2019, USA / 100min / digital

On Christmas Eve, a woman enters a curiosity shop looking for a last-minute gift. There, she meets a mysterious shopkeeper who tells her the horrific stories behind four objects in the shop. As he weaves tales of killer dolls, witches and psycho Santas, the woman senses she might be in danger. She has until midnight to choose her gift, but will she choose wisely? Starring horror icon Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Joel Murray (Hatchet), Jeff Bryan Davis (Killer Pad), Lisa Coronado (“Twin Peaks”), and Meagan Karimi-Naser (Dead West), the frighteningly-festive horror anthology features segments directed by Jeff Ferrell (Ghostlight), Jeremy Berg (The Invoking), Jeff Vigil and David Burns.

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 8pm
Mon: 7pm
Tues: 9pm
Wed: 7pm
Thur: 9pm

November 1-7

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace

April Wright / 2019, USA
94min / digital

GOING ATTRACTIONS celebrates the splendor and grandeur of the great cinemas of the United States, built when movies were the acme of entertainment and the stories were larger than life, as were the venues designed to show them: Thousands of seats, giant screens, exotic and ornate interiors with balconies and lounges, in-house organs and orchestras, amazing marquees, and air conditioning back when houses had none. The film also tracks the eventual decline of the palaces, through to today’s current preservation efforts. A tribute to America’s great art form and the great monuments created for audiences to enjoy them in.

Showtimes:
Fri: 9pm
Sat & Sun: 4pm & 6pm
Mon: 9pm
Tues: 7pm
Wed: 9pm
Thur: 7pm

November 8-14

Midnight Traveler

Hassan Fazili / 2019, Qatar-UK-Canada-USA
90min / digital

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family’s journey firsthand, Fazili documents their harrowing trek across numerous borders revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love shared amongst the family on the run. In Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Bulgarian with English subtitles.

WINNER: No Borders - World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival

"It is the gift of "Midnight Traveler" to allow us to feel this family's fate in the pit of our stomachs. If the plight of refugees has ever seemed abstract, this film makes sure you know how real it is." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

"What largely distinguishes "Midnight Traveler" is its anxious intimacy, a sense of uneasy closeness that pulls you into a family circle that at times gets very small, creating a sense of appropriate claustrophobia." Mahnola Dargis, NY Times

"A remarkable achievement." Wendy Ide, Screen International

Showtimes:
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November 8-14

Making Waves: the art of cinematic sounds

Midge Costin / 2019, USA
94min / digital

Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. Featuring the insights and stories of iconic directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Barbra Streisand, Ang Lee, Sofia Coppola and Ryan Coogler, working with sound design pioneers–Walter Murch, Ben Burtt and Gary Rydstrom–and the many women and men who followed in their footsteps.

“An inspiring, enterating, epic journey that reminds you why you love cinema.” Serena, Seghedoni, Loud & Clear Reviews

Showtimes:
TBA

November 15-21

Scandalous

Mark Landsman / 2019, USA
90min / digital

Sex! Gossip! Scandal! For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. SCANDALOUS is the sensational true story of the most infamous tabloid in US history, a wild, probing look at how one newspaper's prescient grasp of its' readers darkest curiosities led it to massive profits and influence. From its coverage of Elvis's death, to Monica Lewinsky and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. With rare archival footage and revelations as wild as National Enquirer headlines themselves, SCANDALOUS examines our obsession with the rich, famous and powerful, and the tabloid that has fed those obsessions for generations of Americans.

Showtimes:
TBA

Coming later

A Satoshi Kon retrospective co-presented with NWFF! It's A Wonderful Life in 35mm Dec 11-Jan 2!