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Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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<<< July 17 - 18, 2009 >>>

Return to the Forbidden Zone: Richard Elfman In Person

 

An Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!

Also this month Italian Grindhouse Treasures!

 

Director Richard Elfman is back with his mega-popular cult hit THE FORBIDDEN ZONE plus two more wild rides through his and longtime writer-collaborator Matthew Bright’s messed-up imaginations -- SHRUNKEN HEADS and MODERN VAMPIRES! Don’t miss these two fun-filled nights of crazy phantasmagoria! Dedicated websites:

MODERN VAMPIRES - www.modernvampiresthemovie.com

SHRUNKEN HEADS - www.shrunkenheadsthemovie.com

FORBIDDEN ZONE - www.forbiddenzone-color.com

 

 

Friday, July 17 – 7:30 PM

Richard Elfman In-Person Double Feature:

Uncut, Unrated Euro Version! MODERN VAMPIRES, 1998, ContentFilm, 95 min. Director Richard Elfman and writer Matthew Bright return with this gory comedy vampire opus set in the uncharted wilds of Los Angeles. Dracula (Robert Pastorelli) orders maverick vampire Dallas (Casper Van Dien) to get out of town because Dallas’ street vampire girlfriend (Natasha Gregson Wagner) has been indiscriminately attacking too many victims. Simultaneously, an elderly Dr. Van Helsing (Rod Steiger) arrives from Europe, on the trail of the bloodsuckers. With a great supporting cast including Kim Cattrall (SEX IN THE CITY), Natasha Lyonne (SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS), Udo Kier (FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, SUSPIRIA) and last but not least, Craig Ferguson (from "Late, Late Night With…"). "The scene-stealer of this movie is Richard as played by Craig Ferguson…He dives in feet first to every scene, ravaging mortals at a dizzying and comic speed. Simultaneously, it is hilarious and sickening to see him go." – Mike DeWolfe, Apollo Movie Guide Trailer

SHRUNKEN HEADS, 1994, Full Moon, 86 min. Richard Elfman directs from a screenplay by the notorious Matthew Bright (FREEWAY). Tommy and his pals Bill and Freddie videotape local gangbangers The Vipers stripping a car, something the delinquents don’t take kindly to, especially after the tape is turned in to the cops. The three kids are captured and brought before the boss, Big Moe (Meg Foster). Escaping with Moe’s gambling receipts, they’re subsequently murdered. Then kindly Haitian comic book salesman (and voodoo priest) Julius Harris comes on the scene and takes matters into his own hands. "What would happen if three kids in the neighborhood got blown away by thugs working for a lesbian gangster, but then they had their heads cut off and boiled in a vat by the friendly neighborhood comic book salesman and Haitian voodoo police officer, and then they came back to life and flew around with knives between their teeth, getting revenge by slicing up criminals and turning em into friendly zombies who go around cleaning off graffiti and replacing the trash in upturned dumpsters…* * * " Joe Bob’s Drive-In Movie Review Discussion between films with director Richard Elfman, Screenwriter Matthew Bright (also the director of FREEWAY) and other guests. Trailer

 

 

 

Saturday, July 18 – 8:00 PM

Richard Elfman In-Person

Digitally Restored! FORBIDDEN ZONE, 1982, Legend Films, 74 min. Dir. Richard Elfman. A mysterious door leads to the Sixth Dimension -- get ready for a wild ride – in one of the greatest cult classics of all time. Beautiful young Frenchy (Marie-Pascale Elfman) slides through cosmic intestines into a subterranean world ruled by horny midget King Fausto (Herve Villechaize) and his jealous Queen Doris (Susan Tyrrell). Chicken-boy (Matthew Bright, director of FREEWAY) comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself -- played by Danny Elfman and the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers, topless princesses and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and others. An experience guaranteed you will never forget! Now in mind-boggling color! Newly remixed Dolby Digital 6 track stereo. Discussion following with director Richard Elfman, Screenwriter Matthew Bright (also the director of FREEWAY) and other guests. Trailer