Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 251: Saturday September 9

Re-Animator (Gordon, 1985); Slugs: The Movie (Simon, 1989); Basket Case (Henenlotter, 1981); Phantasm (Coscarelli, 1978) & Humanoids From The Deep (Peters, 1980):
All-Night of the Bloody Pint at Roxy Bar and Screen, 11pm

This is part of the Scala Forever season, a programme of 111 films and events at 26 venues through to October 2 that will celebrate the wonderful Scala cinema at King's Cross which closed in 1993. Here is an article I wrote in the Guardian on the history of the cinema and the season and here are the details of all the movies and special events on offer, via the Scala Forever website.

Details on films courtesy of


Stuart Gordon plies H. P. Lovecraft with some mightily powerful amphetamines in this riotous and manic movie version of ‘The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward’. Alternately hilarious and horrifying, RE-ANIMATOR is energy incarnate, and features some of the most outrageous and staggering scenes ever burnt to celluloid – including one that casts a new light on the term ‘giving head’! We guarantee you won’t believe your eyes!


Where’s the salt! From the pen of UK trash maestro Shaun Hutson and the eye of dearly departed Juan Piquer Simon comes this frankly hilarious account of a town overrun by some very slimy blighters indeed. Featuring some of the choicest dialogue ever recorded for the screen, SLUGS is a near indescribable, uproarious hoot from beginning to end that will certainly have you rolling, not to say squirming, in the aisles.

Blood runs thicker than water in Henenlotter’s twisted tale of brotherly love. Endearingly ragged, featuring some fantastic amateur stop motion model work, BASKET CASE is truly a fan’s delight, made by fans for fans…

Coscarelli’s dream-state fugue has certainly got balls – killer balls. A classic of midnight logistics, this weird and wonderful descent into the sub-conscious packs in enough bizarre imagery to fuel your nightmares for a very, very long time. Deviant dwarfs, an excessively tall man and a heroic ice-cream salesman all add up to – well, your guess is as good as mine. Boy!

Old school monster mayhem abounds in this fishy tale of some very sexed up beasties on the rampage. Featuring some of the best creature designs of the latter half of the twentieth century, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP dares to portray that which was only hinted at in monster mashes of old. All this and Doug McClure too…

Here is the trailer for Re-Animator.

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