Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sat Nov 8th - The Return of SHOCK & AWE - Dusk til Dawn Exploitation Cinema!

Dion Conflict and The Fox Theatre present:
Saturday November 8th @ 11:30 PM till November 9th at 10:30 AM
2236 Queen Street East - Toronto, ON
Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door

Take a moment to think back to the days of your teenage youth. What were the things you used to enjoy most during those carefree days? Staying up all night with your friends? Eating and drinking unholy amounts of junk food and soft drinks? Or going to the theatre to watch R-rated movies loaded with action, gore, sex, rebellion, and bizarre tales of mayhem? What if you could do all these things again?

My friends, you can.

On Saturday, November 8th, for one night only at the Fox Cinema, our own unique homage to classic grindhouse films is scheduled. Beginning at 11:30pm that evening, we’ll be showcasing forgotten classics and cult favourites from the grindhouse era, and we’re not shutting off the lights until 10:00am the next morning. This marathon experience will no doubt be one of the most talked about and unforgettable events ever to grace the screen at the Fox.
Long before PVRs, DVDs, or even VCRs, Grindhouse cinemas offered patrons a "low rent" fare combining exploitation films (action, horror, erotic, comedy) in continuous loop, usually three or more features, for one price. The films were inexpensively produced and low in quality, but always attracted an audience due to their lurid and sensational content.

This November 8th, the Fox Cinema and Dion Conflict pay tribute to that era of cinema, with SHOCK AND AWE: The Grindhouse Experience. Sponsored by Rue Morgue Magazine and the After Dark Film Festival, SHOCK AND AWE will titillate, terrify, and cause fits of uncontrollable laughter, often simultaneously, from start to finish.

Featuring six incomparable classic grindhouse films from the 70s and 80s, the night promises to be nothing less than legendary. On the bill for this illustrious event are:

- John Carpenter’s student film DARK STAR a gleefully low-fi comedy/sci-fi piece drawing from hippie subculture and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

- William Asher’s psychological incest thriller NIGHT WARNING starring Jimmy McNichol as young Billy Lynch as Susan Tyrrell as his dominating Aunt Cheryl.

- The Lasse Braun 1975 erotic masterpiece SENSATIONS with Brigitte Maier.

- The ultra-rare, racially-charged revenge flick THE BUS IS COMING, directed by Wendell Franklin.

- And, as a special new twist, a bonus mystery film whose title will be revealed on Facebook, but only to those crafty sleuths clever enough to uncover it.

But wait! We’ll be saving the best for last, with the headlining cult classic splattercomedy epic, THE TOXIC AVENGER, from your pals at Troma films, shown for the first time on any Canadian big screen since its all-too-brief release in 1985. The film will be screened uncut and uncensored, for one time only. Don’t miss out on what could be the most profoundly ridiculous movie you’ll ever see on the big screen in your entire life.

As if the films themselves weren’t enough to entice you to pay us a visit this November 8th, we’ll also be offering rare exploitation era collectables, including Super 8 films, several cult classic movies on DVD, and small press publications from established GTA film buffs.

Intermissions will feature cleverly chosen themed snack bar offerings including mouth-watering themed treats, gallons of Jolt cola, an array of breakfast items, and select offerings from participating local restauranteurs. Curator and host Dion Conflict will also be showcasing some lost music videos, world premiere short films from local directors, and trailers of other rare grindhouse offerings from his private collection, one of Canada’s largest and most eclectic private archives. There’s also a good chance you’ll see some surprise celebrities popping by as well. What more could you ask for?

Ever since the first SHOCK AND AWE event this past June, moviegoers have been clamouring for another all-night experience, and this one is sure to delight. Tickets aren’t going to last long, so get yours early: Shock and Awe tickets can be purchased at the Fox Cinema box office and also Suspect Video (605 Markham Street) and Eyesore Cinema (801 Queen St. West – above Rotate This) for a mere $20. If there are any leftover, we’ll be selling them for $30 at the door. Wristbands will also be given to patrons for "in/out privileges" for the marathon film screening. All films will be screened on original 35mm film reels.

This is the only festival of its kind in Toronto. On Saturday, November 8th, at 11:30pm, come to the Fox Cinema at 2236 Queen St. East and see what all the fuss is about.

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