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Thursday, December 6th 2007

4:28 PM

Grindhouse Festivla returns with two wicked Christmas presents

  • Posted by: Steve Biodrowski
  • Event Date & Time: The Grindhouse Film Festival
  • Location: New Beverly Cinema - 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (323) 938-4038

The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles has another Grindhouse double bill slated for later this month. True to the season, they will be screening BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) and SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT.

If memory serves, they screened this exact same double bill last year, with director Bob Clark, actor John Saxon and actress Olivia Hussey in person. Sadly, Clark is no longer with us, having died in an automobile accident. He told some fun stories about the film, including is ideas for an unmade sequel, which sound rather similar to John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. (Although the audience egged him on to say that Carpenter ripped off BLACK CHRISTMAS, Clark dismissed the idea.)

Anyway, here is the press release for the event:

  • On Tuesday, December 18, 2007, Brian Quinn and Eric Caidin will present another in their ongoing monthly series of Grindhouse Film Festivals at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. This special holiday event will feature screenings of BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) and SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984).

    BLACK CHRISTMAS director Bob Clark is well known for his holiday perennial A CHRISTMAS STORY, but years before that he crafted a very different holiday film. Though rarely screened, BLACK CHRISTMAS is one of the earliest and best of what later devolved into the 'slasher film' genre and is not to be missed. This is our third annual holiday screening of the film, which we intend to continue as an ongoing tribute to Bob Clark. Director Charles E. Sellier's SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT was faced with nationwide protests over it's "killer Santa" premise upon release in 1984, becoming one of the most controversial films of all time. While we don't expect angry parents picketing outside the theater this time around, we do expect that everyone will have a great time with this entertaining film from the man previously best known as the creator of the Grizzly Adams franchise. This event should serve as the perfect antidote to too many viewings of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS. We expect to have some special guests at this event to help introduce the films (to be announced). The event starts at 7:30pm, and admission for the double feature (plus a reel of rare exploitation trailers and a free raffle) is only $8.00.
    For further information about the Grindhouse Film Festival, call (323) 465-8764.

    Admission: $8.00
    7:30pm: Black Christmas (1974). Directed by Bob Clark. Starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder and John Saxon.

    10:00pm: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). Directed by Charles E. Sellier, Jr. Starring Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero and Robert Brian Wilson.

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