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September 30 – October 6

The Quiet Earth

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The Quiet Earth

Geoff Murphy / 1985, New Zealand
91min / Digital

New Restoration! One of Neil deGrasse Tyson's favorite sci-fi films! Zac Hobson, a mid-level scientist working on a global energy project, wakes up to a nightmare. After his project malfunctions, Zac discovers that he may be the last man on Earth. As he searches empty cities and finds other survivors, Zac's mental state begins to deteriorate -- culminating in the film's iconic and hotly debated ending. New Zealand's first-ever sci-fi film has been lovingly restored in 2K, supervised by the director.

"strong and refreshing..." Variety

"a tour-de-force sci-fi story..." AllMovie

"Quite simply the best science-fiction film of the 80s." LA Daily News

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon-Thur: 845pm
Sat & Sun: 7pm


September 30–October 5

Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 1: Reunion

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Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 1: Reunion

Keitaro Motonaga / 2016, Japan
87min / Digital

BUY TICKETS $15, no discounts

Its been six years since that summer adventure when Tai and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World and nearly three years since the final battle between Karis group and Apocalymon. As the peaceful days passed by, at some point the gate to the Digital World closed. Not even the DigiDestined know what caused this, and time alone continues to pass.

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon-Wed: 630pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm


October 1!

Time Bandits

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Grindhouse Theatre Day:
I Drink Your Blood

David E. Durston / 1970, USA
83min / Digital

At the suggestion of local cinephile William Kennedy, celebrate the opposite of Art House Theater Day with this special Grindhouse Theatre Day screening.

NEW RESTORATION! Originally released in February 1971, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD was one of the first motion pictures to be rated X for violence. Aiming to outdo NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, producer Jerry Gross instructed writer/director Durston to discard all of the old monster-mash cliches and shoot straight for the gut with maximum shock value and gore. The result was pure American drive-in genius. Even after 30 years, IDYB still holds up as one of the most entertaining and wildly demented movies of its kind. After consuming rabies-infected meat pies, an LSD-addicted hippie cult goes on a vicious murdering rampage! Heavily censored since its original release, this infamous landmark of cinematic brutality is being presented in all its blood-splattered glory.

Showtimes:
Sat 10/1: 845pm SHOW ADDED!


October 1 & 2

Kampai! For the Love of Sake

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Kampai! For the Love of Sake

Mirai Konishi / 2016, Japan
95min / Digital

Discover the art of sake. An age-old staple of Japanese culture and cuisine, the fermented rice wine has recently been winning fans all over the world. Kampai! For the Love of Sake journeys from rice paddies in Japan to breweries around the globe as it chronicles three passionate exponents of the increasingly popular beverage: a British ex-pat who has become Japan’s first foreign master brewer, an American journalist known as the “Sake Evangelist,” and a fifth-generation Japanese brewer determined to shake up the industry. Together, their stories form a fascinating snapshot of how ancient traditions are adapting to the demands of a growing global market.

Showtimes:
Sat & Sun: 515pm


October 6

up, up, and away

up, up, and away

Andy Liotta / 2016, Seattle
79min / live music & video

Local singer-songwriter Andy Liotta adapted his double album "up, up, and away" into a "visual translation" of the songs using classic movie clips. For this screening he'll accompany the film live in our cinema. From Andy: "The goal of the movie is to communicate the emotions at play during the various stages of manic depression. the format is experimental: matching evocative clips from favorite films to accompany songs that more explicitly reference these inner states. the end result plays out a lot like a manic episode, where serendipitous synchronization recontextualizes once-familiar scenes, offering flashes of magic, a peek behind the curtain… i think of it as “bipolarqatsi.”

Showtimes:
Thur: 7pm

All Monsters Attack

October 7–10, 12 & 13

Phantasm: Ravager

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Phantasm: Ravager

David Hartman / 2016, USA
87min / Digital

For 37 years, audiences have followed small town friends Reggie, Mike, and Jody in their quest to stop the evil, dimension-hopping schemes of The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm in his final performance) and his armada of killer Sentinel Spheres. Now, Don Coscarelli’s acclaimed horror/sci-fi Phantasm franchise comes to a close in a truly epic finale, a multi-dimensional battle across multiple timelines, alien planets, and altered realities, where no less than the fate of Earth is on the line.

Showtimes:
Fri-Mon, Wed & Thur: 9pm


October 7–13

Phantasm: Remastered

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Phantasm: Remastered

Don Coscarelli / 1979, USA
88min / Digital

Since its release in 1979, director Don Coscarelli’s epic tale of The Tall Man, his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres, and group the small town friends who must band together to stop his dimension-hopping schemes has captivated and terrified horror and sci-fi fans around the world. An immediate success, bringing in 40 times its production budget, the film has influenced generations of filmmakers. Thirty-seven years later, PHANTASM has been finally restored to its original glory by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Coscarelli, with a stunning new 4K remaster and 5.1 surround sound mix from the original elements that ensures Phantasm will be around to scare the hell out of generations to come.

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon, Wed & Thur: 7pm
Sat & Sun: 5pm & 7pm
Tues: 9pm


October 14–20

The Greasy Strangler

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The Greasy Strangler

Jim Hosking / 2016, USA
93min / Digital

The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’

“Gross, hilarious, and absolutely uncompromising, [The Greasy Strangler] has to be experienced to be believed.” Consequence of Sound

“Disgusting, deviant and pleasurably weird at heart. If Barton Fink was made by John Waters, this is the sort of movie he’d write.” Indiewire

“Fearless, explicit and over the top, The Greasy Strangler doesn’t short change us in the “WTF” department … Uproariously and often disturbingly funny.” The Film Stage

Showtimes:
Fri, Mon, Wed: 7pm & 9pm
Sat: 5pm & 9pm
Sun: 5pm & 7pm
Tues & Thur: 9pm


October 15 & 18

In The Mouth Of Madness

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In The Mouth Of Madness

John Carpenter / 1994, USA
95min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow) is this century's most widely read author and his novels have been translated into 18 different languages, spawning a billion dollar industry. When Cane vanishes just days before he's expected to deliver his last manuscript, his publisher hires John Trent (Sam Neill) to investigate his disappearance. Trent believe at first it's an ill conceived publicity stunt--until he and Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), Cane's editor, travel to New England. There, they wind up in a town that cannot be found on any ordinary map- called Hobbs End, a fictional village that exists only in Cane's novels. Has the investigation unearthed a fantasy world or has reality blended with the macabre imagination of Sutter Cane?

"A thinking person's horror picture that dares to be as cerebral as it is visceral." LA Times

Showtimes:
Sat & Tues: 7pm


October 20

Blonde Death

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Blonde Death

Presented by Scarecrow Video & Bleeding Skull
James Robert Baker / 1984, USA
93min / digital

FREE admission for Grand Illusion Cinema members and Scarecrow Video $50 level members.

Shot for $2000 by “James Dillinger” aka James Robert Baker, a playwright-novelist-anarchist who was once described as “the world’s angriest gay man,” Blonde Death is a major triumph in the shot-on-video universe. This movie wages war on suburban America, attacking the concepts of family and love with murderous wit. Blonde Death draws possible dismissive comparisons to early John Waters, but it’s as strong as Waters’ best. At the age of 51, Baker chose to end his life via carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage (exactly how two of his lead characters perish in Blonde Death). This was his supreme bird-flip to the world. Though we wish he could be alive to experience this praise of his work, the brilliant and overlooked James Robert Baker — to his credit — wouldn’t care.

Showtimes:
Thur: 7pm


October 21, 22 & 27

Kuroneko (Black Cat)

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Kuroneko (Black Cat)

Kaneto Shindo / 1968, Japan
99min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well. From Kaneto Shindo, director of the terror classic Onibaba, Kuroneko (Black Cat) is a spectacularly eerie twilight tale with a shocking feminist angle, evoked through ghostly special effects and exquisite cinematography. In Japanese with English subtitles.

"A ghost story that's more eerie than unnerving, and often hauntingly lovely." New York Times

Showtimes:
Fri: 7pm
Sat: 4pm
Thur: 9pm


October 22 & 24

Kwaidan

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Kwaidan

Masaki Kobayashi / 1965, Japan
160min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the slightly shorter international cut. In Japanese with English subtitles.

"a horror picture with an extraordinarily delicate and sensuous quality." NY Times

Showtimes:
Sat: 6pm
Mon: 7pm


October 22

Phobe

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Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments

Erica Benedikty / 1995, Canada
81min / Digital

In 1994, aspiring Niagara, Ontario filmmaker Erica Benedikty was working part-time at a community cable channel. Over the course of a year -- and aided by a dedicated team of friends, volunteers and fellow film rebels -- she wrote, produced, directed and edited a wildly ambitious, feature-length sci-fi action thriller for only $250. But when she convinced her employers to broadcast the finished film, PHOBE became a local sensation, was invited to screen at festivals, and remains one of Canada’s most infamous cult hits. Complete with impressive visual FX, Roman candle pyrotechnics, alien predators, light saber battles and space cops with mullets, Benedikty’s ultra low-budget epic visits Seattle on the big screen for probably the first time ever!

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


October 23

Scarecrow Video Weirdo Horror Triple Feature

Scarecrow Video Weirdo Horror Triple Feature

Various directors / '70s-'80s-'90s, USA
260min / VHS & Digital

The Grand Illusion and Scarecrow Video have teamed up again to bring you three wildly weird horror oddities straight from Scarecrow's vast library! Experience the most sincere mix of gore, ancient evil, hippies, extraterrestrial evil, rock & roll, and inanity ever projected upon the silver screen.

Showtimes:
Sun: 3pm


October 25

Thundercrack!

Thundercrack!

Presented by the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society
Curt McDowell / 1975, USA
160min / digital

NEW RESTORATION! In 1975, Curt McDowell and writer/actor George Kuchar created the exceptionally perverse and utterly brilliant THUNDERCRACK!, a film not recommended for those with tender sensibilities. It's the world’s only underground kinky art adult horror film, complete with four men, three women and rampaging circus animals. With the initial setup of an atmospheric gothic tale -- a dark and stormy night breakdown featuring a creepy old house on the hill -- it quickly turns into an eerie orgy of graphic humor, horror and sex. A tour de force of underground filmmaking with a plot beyond description, this film fully exposes itself with amazing dialogue and trash-noir lighting through which to peer at the pickles, the puke and the polymorphs. A true cult classic that has shocked, excited and amazed audiences worldwide for 40 years, now lovingly restored for your pleasure by Synapse Films! No one under 18 admitted!

Showtimes:
Tues: 7pm


October 26

'50s Drive-In Monster Double Feature

'50s Drive-In Monster Double Feature

Presented by the Sprocket Society
Various directors
2 x approx. 90 min. / 16mm

Hey daddy-o, dig this crazy 16mm double bill of low-budget monster madness from the 1950s! Super-rare screenings of two classic features so hair-raising and fang-tastic that we dare not reveal their identies! Not available on DVD! You'll feel as if a werewolf tore you to pieces, then a mad doctor slapped the mangled pieces back together! With spooky shorts and creepy cartoons before each feature! All on 16mm film! Plus door prizes! Ditch the squares, round up the gang, and score some bambalacha for the crazy monster show! You'll flip your wig!

Showtimes:
Wed: 7pm


October 28, 29 & 31

The Hunger

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The Hunger

Tony Scott / 1983, UK-USA
97min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) collects Renaissance art, ancient Egyptian pendants, lovers, souls. Alive and fashionably chic in Manhattan, Miriam is an ageless vampire. Although "vampire" is not a word you'll hear in this movie based on the novel by Whitley Strieber (Wolfen). Instead, debuting feature director Tony Scott fashions a hip, sensual, modern-gothic makeover. Deneuve radiates macabre elegance as Miriam, blessed with beauty, cursed with bloodlust. The late David Bowie is fellow fiend and refined husband John. In love, in life, in longing, they are inseparable. But when John abruptly begins to age and turns to a geriatric researcher (Susan Sarandon) for help, Miriam soon eyes the woman as a replacement for John.

Showtimes:
Fri & Mon: 645pm
Sat: 7pm


October 28, 29 & 31

Only Lovers Left Alive

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Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch / 2013, Germany-UK-France-Greece-USA
122min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

Showtimes:
Fri & Mon: 9pm
Sat: 430pm


October 29

Suddenly In The Dark

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Suddenly In The Dark

Presented by Mondo Macabro
Young Nam Ko / 1981, South Korean
95min / Digital

Almost completely unknown outside of its home country of South Korea, SUDDENLY IN THE DARK is one of the best examples of pre-millennial K-horror. It was made at a time when censorship laws were being liberalized, igniting a boom in both horror and erotic films. Elements of both are present here, directed with bizarre flair by Go Yeong-nam in a style often compared to the wilder Italian films of the 70s and 80s. A woman’s idyllic middle-class life is disrupted when her husband brings home a beautiful young orphan to be their maid. Odd, unexplained incidents occur, climaxing in a fever pitch of sexual jealousy, murder, and supernatural vengeance, all set to a pounding synth score. Lovingly restored with elements from the Korean Film Archive by Mondo Macabro. In Korean with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Sat: 9pm


October 30

Heavy Metal Horror Triple Feature Pizza Party

Heavy Metal Horror 35mm Triple Feature Pizza Party

Various directors / 1980s, USA
300min / 35mm

35MM SCREENING! Heavy metal was always unfairly characterized as being evil, leading to devil worship and having tons of supernatural power when played backwards. The 1980s produced a plethora of horror films that infused with the power (and cheese) of heavy metal with demons, possession and satanic cults. Join us for pizza & heavy metal horror on 35mm film! Including one filme that was never released in theaters!

Showtimes:
Sun: 3pm


November 1

Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu

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Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

Akiyuki Shinbo, Tatsuya Oishi / 2016, Japan
64min / digital

BUY TICKETS $15, no discounts.

March 25th a day during spring break. Koyomi Araragi, a second year student at Naoetsu High School, gets to know a girl named Tsubasa Hanekawa, the top honors student at his school. Tsubasa mentions a rumor about a "blonde vampire" that has been sighted around their town recently. Koyomi, usually a not-so social guy, takes a liking to Tsubasa's down-to-earth personality. That evening, Koyomi encounters the rumored vampire. She is Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade, also known as the "King of Apparitions." Koyomi sees this blonde, golden eyed vampire lying in a pool of her own blood, with all four of her limbs cut off. She asks Koyomi for help, sprinkling her blood around. Koyomi gives Kiss-shot his blood as told to save her life. And the very next moment he awakes, Koyomi finds himself become her vampire kin. As Koyomi struggles to accept his existence, Kiss-shot whispers: "welcome to the world of darkness." In Japanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Tues: 830pm


November 2–8

Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu

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Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu

Akiyuki Shinbo, Tatsuya Oishi / 2016, Japan
60min / digital

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In the spring of his second year of high school, Koyomi Araragi met the beautiful vampire Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade. Kokomo saved Kiss-shot, who was on the verge of death with all four of her limbs cut off, but only at the expense of becoming her minion and a vampire. In order to go back to being a human again, you must take back all of Kissshots limbs. After receiving advice from Meme Oshino, an expert in the supernatural, Koyomi prepares to go into battle. Awaiting him are three powerful vampire huntersDramaturgy, a giant vampire hunter who is a vampire himself. Episode, a half-vampire who wields an enormous cross, and Guillotinecutter, a quiet man who specializes in killing vampires. Will Koyomi be able to take back Kiss-shots limbs from the vampire hunters? Amidst the soft spring rain, the curtain rises on this fateful blood bath. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Showtimes:
Wed & Thur: 630pm & 8pm
Fri, Mon, Tues: 630pm
Sat & Sun: 2pm & 330pm


November 4-10

The Alchemist Cookbook

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The Alchemist Cookbook

Joel Potrykus / 2016, USA
82min / Digital

Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous. From the mind of acclaimed American filmmaker Joel Potrykus (BUZZARD, APE), THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK is an Official Selection of the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Showtimes:
TBA


Opens November 18

Ixcanul

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Ixcanul

Jayro Bustamante / 2015, Guatemala-France
91min / Digital

Guatemala's entry for the Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film
Winner Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival 2015

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people.

"Transporting, hypnotically beautiful. Downright Herzogian." Variety

"A fascinating blend of modernity and ritual... a delicous, strong brew." The Guardian

"Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul [is] a genuine discovery, as this is not only the director’s first feature, but also the first film made in the Kaqchikel Mayan language..." Senses of Cinema

"CRITICS' PICK! [A] lumious first feature." New York Times

Showtimes:
TBA


Coming later

New documentaries about the late filmmaker/composer/musician Tony Conrad, and free impov noise band Borbetomagus.

Quadrophenia in glorious 35mm and The Kids Are Alright!

It's A Wonderful Life
46th year! December 9–29 in glorious 35mm film!