PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY LAUNCHES MIDNIGHT CULT FAVORITE AND GENRE FILM SERIES, THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT
THE SERIES OPENS WITH DARIO ARGENTO’S ITALIAN CULT CLASSIC, SUSPIRIA ON FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
(Monday, May 5, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA) – The Philadelphia Film Society is excited to announce the full lineup of The Graveyard Shift, a monthly midnight showcase expanded from a category of the Philadelphia Film Festival. The series will host cult favorite and new genre films for fans of horror, action, suspense, thriller and the downright weird.
The first leg of the series was launched in early-April during the PFF: Spring Showcase, presented by PFS, and included two nights of late night genre films.
Kicking off with director Alex de la Iglesia’s Witching and Bitching, the Spanish horror comedy focused on a set of bumbling bankrobbers that get more than they bargained for when their high speed getaway leads them into a small village where a blood-thirsty coven of witches is preparing for an ancient ritual.
The following night featured acclaimed Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’sMoebius, one of the most daring pieces of modern cinema, the film displays a shocking, provocative, grotesque, unpredictable meditation of family, monogamy, and Buddhism in this genre classic in the making.
“The Graveyard Shift has always been an anticipated section of our annual film festival,” said Allison Koehler, Education and Programs Director for the Philadelphia Film Society. “The year-round expansion program is going to be really fun, unique, and a little whimsical. It’s a distinct take on the midnight series, including international cult classics on 35mm and exciting new genre work coming straight out of the festival circuit.”
Upcoming film lineup includes:
FRIDAY, MAY 9
Suspiria // Directed by Dario Argento // Italy 1977 // 35mm
Known for its vibrant colors and iconic soundtrack, Argento’s terrifying masterpiece tells the story of a young American ballet dancer’s phantasmal and nightmarish unveiling of the
occult secrets that surround her esteemed dance academy.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13
Proxy // Directed by Zack Parker // USA 2013
On her way home from an OB appointment, a very pregnant Esther Woodhouse is brutally
attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. Esther finds consolation in a support
group, but friendship and understanding can be very dangerous things when accepted from
the wrong people.
FRIDAY, JULY 11
Trollhunter // Directed by Andre Ovredal // Norway 2010 // 35mm
While investigating what appears to be an illegal bear hunting situation in the forests of Norway,
a group of college filmmakers document something far more unlikely and way more dangerous.
The Babadook // Directed by Jennifer Kent // Australia 2014
Amelia suspects that her tantrum prone son Samuel may be starting to direct his violent
misbehavior toward her. But after the discovery of a mysterious book on Samuel’s shelf,
she begins to think there may be something more ominous lurking in the dark.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Videodrome // Directed by David Cronenberg // Canada 1983
Max Renn, the CEO of a small TV station, discovers a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. Layers of deception unfold as he uncovers the signal’s source and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent hallucinations.
General admission tickets are $6.66. For information about upcoming films and ticket information, visit www.filmadelphia.org/events
All films will be held at the PFS Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19103.
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ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY
Philadelphia Film Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the PFS Theater at the Roxy, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change. For more information, visit www.filmadelphia.org
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