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Presented by the American Cinematheque, Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles, Cinematic Void and Beyond Fest
36th Anniversary! ROAR, 1981, Drafthouse Films, 102 min. Dir. Noel Marshall. “No animals were harmed in the making of this film. 70 cast and crew members were.” Anyone who thinks life with the lions is all BORN FREE bliss should watch this notorious adventure-horror film, shot over the course of a decade. Star of THE BIRDS and an animal rights-activist, Tippi Hedren plays a woman who brings her three children (including real-life daughter Melanie Griffith) to visit her husband’s California wildlife ranch – only to be attacked by its four-legged inhabitants.
30th Anniversary! NUKIE, 1987, 95 min. Dirs. Sias Odendaal, Michael Pakleppa. In this ludicrous E.T. knockoff, aliens Nukie and Miko are buzzing Earth when they’re pulled in by the planet’s gravity, and land in Africa and America, respectively. As Miko is captured and subjected to U.S. government tests, Nukie sets out to rescue him, using telepathic powers to befriend human allies. With Steve Railsback and Glynis Johns.
30th Anniversary! R.O.T.O.R. 1987, Park Circus/MGM, 90 min. Dir. Cullen Blaine. When things go wrong at Robotic Officer Tactical Operation Research, a robot motorcycle cop developed as a prototype emerges from the lab and begins executing people for minor traffic infractions. From its stiff performances to its continuity errors and cheesy synth soundtrack, this is among the most gloriously inept movies the ’80s had to offer.
22nd Anniversary! CONGO, 1995, Paramount, 109 min. Dir. Frank Marshall. When Congo explorers searching for a rare blue diamond vanish, colleague Laura Linney leads a search party; helping her navigate the jungle is a gorilla capable of communicating with humans. Adapted by writer John Patrick Shanley from the Michael Crichton novel, this box office hit costars Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov and Tim Curry.
24th Anniversary! THINGS, 1993, Severin Films, 81 min. Dirs. Dennis Devine, Eugene James, Jay Woelfel. In this horror anthology, a woman kidnaps her husband’s mistress and forces her to listen to two gore-filled tales about creatures birthed by the evil of men: “The Box” and “Thing in a Jar.” “A horrific and sexy romp in the dark.” – Joe Bob Briggs.
40th Anniversary! Fantasy Horror Film to be announced.
39th Anniversary! MATILDA, 1978, Park Circus/Exclusive, 92 min. Dir. Daniel Mann. Noted author Paul Gallico wrote the book upon which this family film was based but didn’t live long enough to see it reach the screen … and that’s probably for the best! Promoter Elliott Gould thinks he’s struck gold when he discovers a boxing kangaroo capable of knocking out the heavyweight champion – but a crime boss wants a piece of the action. Robert Mitchum, Roy Clark (of TV’s “Hee Haw”) and Harry Guardino costar. Plus contests, free pizza and snacks! Special Ticket Pricing: $25 General, $20 Members. No vouchers accepted for this program.