CATEGORIES Classics, Horror, Independent, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Fandom, Exhibition, Movie News, CinematicalAugust in Los Angeles is hotter than ... well, it's hot there, and who wants to be hanging outdoors getting all sweaty and sticky? Not me, and probably not you, either, my fellow cinema fans. But no worries, American Cinematheque has you covered: August 2-26, they'll be running the 7th Annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction! That's right, kids -- the whole steamy month of August you can be inside a nice, cool movie theater, chilling out with all the werewolves, vampires and freaky mad scientists your geeky little hearts desire. Here's all the scoop:
From August 2-26 at The Egyptian, and August 9-12 at The Aero, you'll be able to check out all kinds of scary stuff, including rarely seen films not even available on DVD. The fest will feature tributes to the work of late author Kurt Vonnegut and director Curtis Harrington (who both passed away earlier this year), with Memorial Tribute screenings. Vonnegut fans will get a real treat -- a double feature of adaptations of his works Slaughterhouse-Five, directed by George Roy Hill, and Happy Birthday, Wanda Jane, directed by Mark Robson. Harrington's 1967 film Games, which stars James Caan, will screen as well. Other treats include a slew of Brit horror goodies from the 1960s and 1970s, including Ken Russel's 1971 "sex and Satan blasphemy" The Devils (based on a novel by Brave New World author Aldous Huxley), Horror Hotel ("from which the phrase "ring for doom service" was coined) and 1964 flick Devil Doll (tagline: Can a Beautiful Woman be Enslaved Against Her Will?)
If "sex with the undead" is more to your liking, you might want to check out the Los Angeles premiere of Lamberto Bava's Ghost Son, or catch a screening of Swedish vampire fest-fave Frostbite -- or perhaps lesbian vampire flick Blood and Roses is more to your liking? Other fest highlights include Invasion of the Body Snatchers, World Without End (screening in a new 35mm print), and not one, not two, but three Jules Verne adaptations: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Mysterious Island, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Whew! And, as if that weren't enough, you can also catch the Los Angeles premieres of Ultraman Mebius and Trapped Ashes.
The Aero will be screening Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, a double Richard Donner billing of Ladyhawke and The Goonies (one of my fave films ever), and Takashi Ozaki's Afro Samurai. Tickets will be available through Fandango, though at this time I couldn't find them on there, nor could I find info about the fest yet on the Amercian Cinematheque website -- but we can assume that both are forthcoming.