“ELECTRIC BOOGALOO,” “SHOCK VALUE,” extended “GREMLINS” and more at NYC’s Film Comment SelectsMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
New York City’s Film Society of Lincoln Center just announced the program for the 15th edition of its annual Film Comment Selects series, running February 20-March 5, and there’s a bunch of great horror/exploitation fare old and new in the lineup.
Opening the series on Friday, February 20 at 8:30 p.m. is ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS, a documentary by NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD’s Mark Hartley on the rise and fall of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus’ movie factory, which was responsible for some of the most memorable (for better or worse) cinematic fare of the ’80s. Three of the best examples will also be screening: the insane supernatural-martial-arts flick NINJA III: THE DOMINATION on Friday, February 20 at 10:45 p.m., the teen sex comedy THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN on Saturday, February 21 at 1 p.m. and the Charles-Bronson-vs.-slasher thriller 10 TO MIDNIGHT (pictured above) on Saturday the 21st at 3 p.m.
For another unique look back at genre mainstays, catch SHOCK VALUE: THE MOVIE—HOW DAN O’BANNON AND SOME USC OUTSIDERS HELPED INVENT MODERN HORROR. Inspired by Jason Zinoman’s SHOCK VALUE book, archivist Dino Everett assembled an assortment of student films by some of screen fear’s greats, including John Carpenter’s CAPTAIN VOYEUR, Dan O’Bannon’s BLOOD BATH and GOOD MORNING DAN, Alec Lorimore and future THE NEST director/THE HOWLING co-scripter Terence Winkless’ JUDSON’S RELEASE (a.k.a. FOSTER’S RELEASE), a prototype for Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN featuring O’Bannon as the killer, and THE DEMON by O’Bannon’s BLEEDERS co-scripter Charles Adair. SHOCK VALUE will screen on Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m., with Everett and Zinoman in attendance.
Sunday, February 22 at 1 p.m. will see a rare showing of the 112-minute preview cut of Joe Dante’s GREMLINS, with five minutes of footage trimmed from the release version (including the fate of Judge Reinhold’s character). Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s SPRING, the much-praised love story with a monstrous twist, plays on Saturday, February 21 at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 22 at 5:45 p.m. Two films from modern Japanese masters are part of the program: THE WORLD OF KANAKO, a violent revenge thriller by CONFESSIONS’ Tetsuya Nakashima, screens Thursday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m., and FIRES ON THE PLAIN, a remake of Kon Ichikawa’s 1959 classic about the horrors of war by TETSUO’s Shinya Tsukamoto, shows on Saturday, February 21 at 5:15 p.m. And fans of Peter Strickland’s BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO will want to check out his follow-up feature, the Eurosexual tribute THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, on Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m., with the filmmaker doing a Q&A afterward.
All the movies will be shown at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street); tickets and more info will be available soon at the Film Society’s website.