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October 22 -- SPECIAL EVENT -- ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation

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Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation

1989-2007, USA
120min / Digital

With Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, filmmaker Lance Bangs and, tentatively, Sonic Youth archivist Aaron Mullan in attendance.

Sonic Youth released their sixth album Daydream Nation on October 18,1988. The album was an immediate critical success. Robert Palmer wrote in Rolling Stone that it presents the definitive American guitar band of the Eighties at the height of its powers and prescience. Time has not dimmed the albums lustre: It was selected to the Library of Congresss National Recording Registry in 2005, and in 2013 Consequence of Sound declared the record simply rules. In celebration of the albums 30th anniversary, Sonic Youth, filmmaker Lance Bangs, and SY archivist Aaron Mullan, will present a program of Daydream Nation-related films. Two are rarely-screened archival pieces from 1989, in brand new restorations. Lance Bangs will also present excerpts from his new concert film of the band performing the album in its entirety in Glasgow in 2007. A few unseen gems from the bands archives will round out the bill.

PUT BLOOD IN MUSIC - 1989 documentary on the downtown New York music scene, directed by Charles Atlas. A unique collage of music, performance and commentary.

ON RUST - From Dutch Television. Sonic Youth got some of their first European exposure via Holland.

DAYDREAM NATION - Director Lance Bangs' Sonic Youth concert film presents the band performing the titular double album in Glasgow on August 21st and 22, 2007. Bangs blends HD footage shot in Glasgow with fragments of personal Super8mm and 16mm from his archives of Sonic Youth over the decades.

Showtimes:
Mon: 630pm & 9pm
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All Monsters Attack

October 19

Ninja Zombie

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Ninja Zombie

Presented by VHS Uber Alles
Mark Bessenger / 1992, USA
87min / digital

If you’ve ever wished for a mutant mix of THE TOXIC AVENGER, ‘80s Marvel Comics and a twelve-year-old’s unfiltered imagination, meet your new favorite movie. Young karate expert Jack is stabbed through the heart by the vile Spithrachne, a martial arts cultist with a spider drawn on his face. Luckily, local voodoo master/tennis enthusiast Brother Banjo revives Jack from the dead to seek revenge as NINJA ZOMBIE. Shot on Super-8 in Chicago and unreleased on any format until now, NINJA ZOMBIE is an unrelenting ruckus of supernatural threats and high-kicking vengeance.

Showtimes:
Fri: 1030pm


October 19-21

Body Melt

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Body Melt

Philip Brophy / 1993, Australia
84min / 35mm

Ultra-rare 35mm shipped in from Australia! It's a sunny day in suburbia. Suddenly, a hideously deformed dying man disrupts the peace, crashing his car in the neighborhood of Pebbles Court, the better part of Homesville. He's the victim of the experimental drug Vimuville, marketed as a "dietary supplement", which has apparently malfunctioned. He arrives too late to warn the population of Homesville against trying the pill that was dropped in their mailbox by a respectable pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately, the folks of Homesville are suckers for freebies and they too start deforming, mutating and exploding.

"As satirical as it is sick-making. A cult hit" Screen International

"A slime-soaked all-out shocker!" Fangoria

Showtimes:
Fri & Sun: 830pm
Sat: 7pm BUY TICKETS


October 19-21, 23

The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game

Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack / 1932, USA
63min / digital

NOTE: The 35mm print that arrived was not up to our standards so we're screening it digitally. Sorry for the inconvenience.

One of the best and most literate movies from the great days of horror, The Most Dangerous Game stars Leslie Banks as a big-game hunter with a taste for the world’s most exotic prey—his houseguests, played by Fay Wray and Joel McCrea. Before making history with 1933’s King Kong, filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack wowed audiences with their chilling adaptation of this Richard Connell short story.

“A superbly paced, sexually charged, tightly constructed, no-holds-barred adventure film with moments of dark, Germanic horror that stick in the mind, a movie that moves.” Bruce Kawin, Criterion.com

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 315pm
Sun: 445pm
Tues: 9pm
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October 20, 21, 23 & 25

King Kong

King Kong

Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack / 1933, USA
100min / 35mm

Film director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) and actress Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) arrive on a prehistoric island in the hope of capturing a giant ape, worshipped as a god by the local inhabitants. The mighty Kong shows his sensitive side by falling for Ann, and, after his transportation to New York, rampages across the city in search of his new love.

“…there is something ageless and primeval about King Kong…” Roger Ebert

Showtimes:
Sat: 445pm
Sun: 615pm
Tues & Thurs: 645pm
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October 20

Body Melt

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival "Best of" Night

Various directors / 2016-2018
90min / digital

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival is dedicated to horror directed, written, or produced by women. The festival is committed to creating a space for female voices, whether monstrous or heroic, in the horror genre and are lashing against the tokenization of women as objects and beautified victims and working towards the primacy of women as subjects in horror. They're bringing you a 'best of the fest' program containing films from their last three festival editions, with everything from gruesome revenge tales, to strange obsessions, twisted dysfunctional families, and more. Festival curator Elinor Lewy will be present at the screening.

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm BUY TICKETS


October 21, 24 & 25

Schlock

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Schlock

John Landis / 1973, USA
80min / Digital

Back by popular demand! A love stranger than King Kong! From writer/director John Landis (ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON) comes a love story transcending the boundaries of nature and good taste. Shot over twelve days on a micro-budget, SCHLOCK launched the careers of both Landis and legendary SFX artist Rick Baker (MEN IN BLACK, VIDEODROME). An uproarious pastiche of monster movies, packed to the gills with irreverent humor and biting satire, SCHLOCK is the outrageous missing link between the creature features of yesteryear and its creators’ subsequent celebrated careers. Carnage! Terror! Banana skins! The mighty prehistoric ape Schlocktropus has emerged from hiding to embark on a full-scale rampage across a quiet SoCal suburb. The police are baffled. The army is powerless. The body count is rising...but when Schlock encounters a kindly blind woman (Eliza Garrett, ANIMAL HOUSE) who sees beyond his grotesque visage, the homicidal simian is presented with a chance at redemption...

Showtimes:
Sun: 245pm
Wed: 7pm
Thur: 9pm


October 24

Sisters

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Sisters

Presented by Scarecrow Video
Brian De Palma / 1973, USA
92min / Digital

** This screening is exclusively for all current Grand Illusion Cinema members and $50 level Scarecrow Video members. **

Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in the sisters insidious sibling bond. A scary and stylish dissection of female crisis, Brian De Palmas first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann.

Showtimes:
Wed: 9pm RESERVE TICKETS


October 26-30

The Cabin in the Woods

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The Cabin in the Woods

Drew Goddard / 2012, USA
95min / 35mm

A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. Sound familiar? Just wait. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make! With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape.

“Ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years.” IndieWire

Showtimes:
Fri & Tues: 7pm
Sat & Mon: 9pm
Sun: 8pm
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October 26-30

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Eli Craig / 2010, Canada-USA-India-UK
89min / 35mm

Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.

“…deft/daft mix of authentic feeling and sharp parody, belly laughs and visceral dread…” Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

“Here's something you don't see every day: a genial, politically correct splatter comedy.” Chicago Reader

Showtimes:
Fri & Tues: 9pm
Sat & Mon: 7pm
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October 28

Scarecrow Triple Feature

Alien Invasion 35mm Triple Feature Pizza Party

Various directors / 1980s / 300min / 35mm

Sometimes extraterrestrials show up to kill us, wreak havoc, eat us, brainwash us, or just have us take care of them. Join us for pizza and alien invasions in 35mm!

Showtimes:
Sun: 2pm
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October 31

Frankenstein Unbound

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Frankenstein Unbound
plus a 2nd secret film!

Presented by the Sprocket Society
Roger Corman / 1990, USA
85min + 90min / 35mm & 16mm

Mary Shelley's novel FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS was first published (anonymously) 200 hundred years ago on Jan. 1, 1818. The first edition was just 500 copies. Since then, Mary's nightmarish tale has permeated the world's collective psyche and become a virtual genre unto itself. The Sprocket Society is celebrating this momentous horror-versary with a special Halloween birthday party and DOUBLE FEATURE!

In Roger Corman's last film as a director, scientist Dr. Joseph Buchanan (John Hurt) has created a super-weapon that has an unfortunate side effect: it rips holes in time! Suddenly, he (along with his talking smart car) is transported to Switzerland in 1817! There he meets Mary Shelly (Bridget Fonda)...and the real Dr. Frankenstein (Raul Julia)! The experiments are real! What follows is an increasingly bizarre and surreal tale that must be seen to be believed!

"One of the most underrated films of 1990...this metaphysical reflection on technology with SF and monster-movie trimmings is packed with wit, originality, and eccentricity." - Jonathan Rosenbaum

PLUS: * A secret second feature!
* Frankenstein-y short films!
* More spooky surprises!

Showtimes:
Wed: 7pm
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November 1, 3 & 6

The Public Image is Rotten

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The Public Image is Rotten

Tabbert Fiiller / 2017, USA
103min / digital

After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon / John Rotten, formed Public Image Ltd (PiL)– his groundbreaking band which has lived on nearly 15 times as long as his first one. He kept the band alive ever since, through personnel and stylistic changes, fighting to constantly reinvent new ways of approaching music, while adhering to radical ideals of artistic integrity. John Lydon has not only redefined music, but also the true meaning of originality. Former and current bandmates, as well as fellow icons like Flea, Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore, add testimony to electrifying archival footage (including stills and audio from the infamous Ritz Show). With his trademark acerbic wit and unpredictable candor, Lydon offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of music’s most influential and controversial careers.

"CRITIC'S PICK! Even if you've scratched your head over Mr. Lydon's TV ad work and other efforts to maintain a professional life in recent years, this affectionate and frank movie can elicit newfound admiration for a slightly mellowed iconoclast." New York Times

Showtimes:
Thur: 7pm
Sat: 445pm
Tues: 9pm
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November 2-5, 7

Stranger Than Paradise

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Stranger Than Paradise

Jim Jarmusch / 1984, USA
89min / 35mm

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch's one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema.

"An enchanting film... made with heart and wit. It doesn't feel quite like any other movie you've seen before." Roger Ebert

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November 2-5, 7

Down By Law

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Down By Law

Jim Jarmusch / 1986, USA
107min / 35mm

Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller.

"Three of the damnedest performances in an eccentric ensemble since the Marx Brothers." Andrew Sarris

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November 3 & 6

Permanent Vacation

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Permanent Vacation

Jim Jarmusch / 1981, USA
75min / 16mm

Jim Jarmusch made his feature debut with this early 1980s drama. The story follows Allie (Chris Parker), a twenty-something layabout, as he wanders aimlessly around the streets of New York City meeting a host of unusual characters and looking for some meaning in life.

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November 9-13, 15

Night On Earth

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Night On Earth

Jim Jarmusch / 1991, USA
128min / 35mm

Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this hilarious quintet of tales of urban displacement and existential angst, spanning time zones, continents, and languages. Jarmusch's lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one of his most charming and beloved films.

"With this, his fourth commercially released feature, Mr. Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique." New York Times

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November 9-13, 15

Mystery Train

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Mystery Train

Jim Jarmusch / 1989, USA
110min / 35mm

Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.

"The best thing about "Mystery Train" is that it takes you to an America you feel you ought to be able to find for yourself, if you only knew where to look." Roger Ebert

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November 16-21

Dead Man

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Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch / 1995, USA
121min / digital

NEW 4K RESTORATION! With Dead Man, his first period piece, Jim Jarmusch imagined the nineteenth-century American West as an existential wasteland, delivering a surreal reckoning with the ravages of industrialization, the country’s legacy of violence and prejudice, and the natural cycle of life and death. Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) has hardly arrived in the godforsaken outpost of Machine before he’s caught in the middle of a fatal lovers’ quarrel. Wounded and on the lam, Blake falls under the watch of the outcast Nobody (Gary Farmer), who guides his companion on a spiritual journey, teaching him to dispense poetic justice along the way. Featuring austerely beautiful black-and-white photography by Robby Müller and a live-wire score by Neil Young, Dead Man is a profound and unique revision of the western genre.

"What was obvious in 1995-and the last quarter century has made increasingly clear-is that Dead Man, aside from merely being a quiet masterpiece, is one of the best American films of the late '90s." Pop Matters

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Coming later

New documentaries about Ingmar Bergman and Buster Keaton; It's A Wonderful Life.