Fright fare and more at NYC’s Totally 80’s Movie Freak Out


If you love the cinema of the 1980s (and who doesn’t?) and live in the New York City area, there’s a full-day festival coming next weekend that’s right up your bowling alley, with some genre titles in the mix.

On Saturday, January 18 starting at 12:30 p.m., Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street) will present Totally 80’s Movie Freak Out, a marathon of six features from the beloved decade assembled by Grady Hendrix, all presented in 35mm (three of which have never been on video in the U.S.). The titles are being kept secret, but here are the thumbnail descriptions being provided: “A trucker movie if Hitchcock made trucker movies, a juvenile delinquent film about punk rockers, a slasher film made by one of the most acclaimed and controversial art-house directors of all time, a forgotten cop film based on a cult-classic 1984 novel, a cocaine-soaked musical set in one confined location, and a barely-released blaxploitation flick set in Harlem that might be one of the best thrillers of the decade.” Actors involved include Michael J. Fox, Scott Baio, Patrick Swayze, Jamie Lee Curtis, Roddy McDowall and Jan-Michael Vincent, so seasoned fans will no doubt be able to guess at least a couple of ’em. Tickets can be pre-ordered here.

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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