Preview Screenings this Thursday: Hit Man - one of the most anticipated comedies of the year

Hosted by The Cinema Society of Kingston: on Wednesday evenings in May, join us for a b-movie film series hosted by writer/collector Barry Yuen.  You can view the poster exhibit, Your Guide to Psychotronic Cinema in our upper lobby.

Michael Weldon created the term “Psychotronic” when he put together a self-published weekly movie guide that he circulated locally, later turning it into a full-sized magazine.  The term “Psychotronic” was originally intended to cover his 2 main interests in film:  Horror (the “Psycho” part) and Science Fiction (which usually contained  a lot of “Electronic” gadgetry).  He would expand the definition to include other types of genre films, like rock and roll movies (which would include movies with Elvis and The Beatles), juvenile delinquent movies, blaxploitation movies,  counterculture movies, women in prison movies, Hercules movies, spaghetti western movies, kung fu movies and just generally anything outside of the mainstream.  “Psychotronic” movies continue to be made to this day, although with much larger budgets, and very often achieving a greater amount of respectability (for example, the films of David Lynch) than they did in the past.  The Psychotronic creed definitely believes in the auteur theory, with attention given to the work of inept auteurs who somehow managed to create a body of work such as Ed Wood Jr., Andy Milligan,  Al Adamson, and Jesse Franco (though some would argue that Franco is a genius, but I don’t agree).  But it’s not all about movies that are badly made.  Consider also the innovative, sometimes dazzling work of Mario Bava, Dario Argento, David Cronenberg, George Romero, John Carpenter,  Wes Craven, William Castle, Roger Corman, and others.

The quote, “This movie’s a bit strange, isn’t it?” was overheard from someone who was watching SUSPIRIA while tripping on acid, a prospect so frightening that I would never even consider it, since the movie is already a case study in sensory overload even without any stimulants.

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Wednesday May 22 @ 6pm

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)

The legendary so-bad-its-good movie from Ed Wood: a group of aliens resurrect the dead as zombies and vampires to stop humans from creating a dangerous bomb. Chaos ensues as an incompetent detective must thwart the aliens and their undead minions to save humanity.

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Wednesday May 29 @ 6:30pm

Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)

From Italian horror master Mario Bava: the ghost of a little girl who died in an accident haunts a small village, causing anyone who sees her to take their own life.

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Wednesday May 29 @ 8:15pm

Coffy (1973)

In this exploitation classic, Pam Grier seeks revenge on the drug dealers responsible for her sister’s addiction. Posing as a high-class prostitute, Coffy uses her beauty and fists to take down the criminals one by one. As she navigates a dangerous world of corruption and violence, Coffy puts her own life on the line in a gritty and stylish revenge tale full of action, sex, and a killer soundtrack, showcasing Grier’s talent and charisma.

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Opens May 24: Linklater’s Hit Man starring Glenn Powell

Friday May 31 School PA Day Matinees

Daft Brewery x The Screening Room Beer: Big Bottom!

Period Romance in May

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May Series: Psychotronic Cinema

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