Friday Night Weird
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Friday Night Weird is a weekly cult film series at the Boedecker Theater of the Dairy Arts Center and we’re here to make Boulder weird again by providing curated access to some the best new and classic genre films and a proper theater experience to enjoy them in.
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Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41
Weird, Weird World - The Spaghetti Western is Italy's answer to the American Cowboy Western which in turn, is America's Answer to the Japanese Samurai film - the world is fascinated by genre film. Internationally, celebrated directors have been much less discouraged to delve into genre film epsecially when it comes to horror and exploitation movies. Japan has traditionally been a leader in pushing the boundaries of even the most underground cinema.
The fan favorite of the Female Prisoner Scorpion series, “Jailhouse 41 finds our deadly heroine taking her first chance at escape. She and six other female prisoners embark on a crazed rampage through a ghost town. The battered past of the women is revealed through a pop-art prism of kabuki theatre influences and frenzied baroque camerawork, as they trade surreal acts of sadistic vengeance with their pursuers and the men who fall in their path. Highly stylized even for the standards of this exceptional franchise, Shunya Ito gives free reign to his experimental tendencies, offering a brutally compelling film that’s haunting and intoxicating in equal measure.”
Endzeit (Ever After)
Post apocalypse Europe, two years after zombies have overrun Earth, only two citadels of civilization remain in the East German towns of Weimar and Jena. In Weimar, newly infected zombies are shot on site without mercy. The Jena authorities take a more humane approach by trying to find a cure for plague victims. Vivi and Eva, in search of a more humane world are stranded in the no-mans land of the Black Forest where they have to rely on each other and nature in order to survive. But their survival has also unleashed demons from their past that they must confront. (Carolina Hellsgård, 2018, Germany, 1:30, NR)
July/August FNWeird: Summer CAMP
There's summer movies, there's campy movies, there's movies about summer camp and then there's SUMMER CAMP.
Nomi (Elizabeth Berkley) arrives in Las Vegas with only a suitcase and a dream of becoming a top showgirl. She quickly befriends Molly (Gina Ravera), who works at the high-profile Stardust Hotel, and lands a job at a seedy strip club. A chance meeting with Cristal (Gina Gershon), the Stardust's marquee dancer, and her powerful boyfriend, Zack (Kyle MacLachlan), brings Nomi one step closer to realizing her dream. But, as she ascends to the top, Nomi begins to wonder if it's all worth it. (Paul Verhoeven, 1995, USA, 2:08, NC-17)
Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip. The story is as basic as space operas get: Ming (Max von Sydow) has developed a plan to destroy the Earth, and Flash (Sam J. Jones) and his attractive companion, Dale Arden (Melody Anderson), are called upon to stop him. Along the way, Flash must battle Ming's goons and the temptations of a luscious space princess. Previously the basis for a more straight-faced 1930s adventure serial, Flash's story is mined here for exaggerated, cartoon humor by screenwriter Lorenzo Semple Jr., a central figure in the similarly campy '60s Batman television series. The simplistic plot mainly serves as an excuse for spectacular sets and cartoonish action sequences, all set to an appropriately over-the-top rock score by Queen. Certainly not a film to turn to for serious excitement, fine performances, or character development, Flash Gordon has nevertheless developed an appreciative cult of fans who admire the film's humorous approach and the detailed, colorful production design.(Mike Hodges, 1980, UK, 1:51, PG)