|L A T E N I G H T S H O W S
|The midnight movie lives on in Dalston! Venture forth from your home cinema cocoon, or your laptop, to savour the delights of cult movies, forbidden pleasures and dark thrills on the big screen in the comfort of the Rio's atmospheric art deco auditorium. Ticket prices for these shows are £7 (except where stated).
And if you fancy hosting your own late show, why not choose a film (subject to availability) for a Friday or Saturday late night show on a date of your choice. You need to be a Friend of the Rio (cost £20) and the cost of the late show is £300 (including VAT) which includes admission for up to 50 guests. The screening will also be open to the public, at our regular late night admission price of £7. Other options including private screenings are also possible. For further details contact Charles at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 7241 9415.
SAT 4 Dec • Late Show
ENTER THE VOID: THE FULL LENGTH VERSION (18) 11.30pm
(France/Germany/Italy 2009) dir. Gaspar Noé 161m. Digital.
Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Emily Alyn Lind, Jesse Kuhn, Olly Alexander, Masato Tanno, Ed Spear, Sara Stockbridge, Sakiko Fukuhara, Nobu Imai, Emi Takeuchi, Janice Sicotte-Beliveau, Simon Chamberland.
The full length version of the year's most controversial film finds one of contemporary cinema's most original directors returning to the swirling camerawork, hallucinatory sense of real time and narrative maelstrom of explicit sex, drugs and death that characterised his last movie, IRREVERSIBLE. The settings are the seedy neon-soaked backstreets of Tokyo and the transcendental worlds of the afterlife explored in ‘The Tibetan Book of the Dead’. Oscar, an American living in Tokyo with his sister Linda, is shot dead. His spirit leaves his body but he continues to watch over his sister whilst being haunted by childhood nightmares that invoke deeper, weirder issues. This is cinema at its most extreme: beautiful, experimental, bold, infuriating, sadistic, original, mindblowing, exhausting, unforgettable. It might be a work of pure genius but it is certainly like nothing you've ever seen.
SAT 11 Dec • Late Show
Cigarette Burns Cinema presents
BLACK CHRISTMAS (18) 11.15pm
(Canada 1974) dir. Bob Clark. 97m. Digital
Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon.
As its student residents prepare for the festive season, Santa Claus will not be the only visitor to sorority house Pi Kappa Sig this Christmas. Obscene phone-calls begin, a demonic stranger stalks the house nothing is as it seems in this legendary horror movie, an influential precursor to HALLOWEEN. But the scariest things about BLACK CHRISTMAS are the things you never know. Who is Billy? What did he do to baby Agnes? When will anyone find what's waiting in the attic?
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FRI 17 Dec • Late Show
Future Cinema, the creators of Secret Cinema,
present a special midnight screening of Joe
Dante's Christmas Classic
GREMLINS (15) 11.30pm
(USA 1984) dir. Joe Dante. 106m.
Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain.
When Billy Peltzer is given a small creature
called a Mogwai by his father, he is unaware of
the carnage he is about to encounter. All he
needs to do is follow 3 simple rules: 1) Keep it
away from bright light 2) do not feed it after
midnight 3) never get it wet. Little does Billy
know that when simple accidents occur things are
going to get ugly… really ugly.
Sat 18 Dec • Late Show
LEAP YEAR (18) 11.15pm
(Mexico 2010) dir. Michael Rowe 93m. Digital. Subtitles.
Monica Del Carmen, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Marco Zapata.
Winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes 2010, Australian director Michael Rowe’s debut feature finds freelance journalist Laura in Mexico City living a life of depressing, loveless one-night stands. Then she meets Arturo, and becomes drawn deeper into a world that feeds her blend of despair and sexual hunger. A tense and explicit drama with a brave and believable performance from newcomer del Carmen.
SAT 1 Jan • Late Night
MONSTERS (12A) 11.30pm See trailer
(US 2010) dir. Gareth Edwards. 93m. Digital.
Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy, Kevon Kane.
Low on budget, high on achievement, effects editor Gareth Edward's first feature is an atmospheric sci-fi road movie based solidly on characters, relationships, fear and unseen menace. Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort an American tourist through an infected and creature inhabited zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. The final scene is nothing short of breathtaking.
SAT 8 Jan • Late Show
London Short Film Festival with Midnight Movies
New Shorts: Shorts in the Dark (18) 11.30pm
Selection of cult-y short films mixing strange late-night surrealistic dreams and nightmare scenarios to more out-and-out horror and gore. A tour through the twisted minds of independent filmmakers.
BAD OWL AND THE FOX BOY (dir. James Batley, 11m.)
BANSHEE (Michael Elkin, 7m.)
CHOREOMANIA (Louis Paxton, 11m.)
THE END… (Marc Price, 4m.)
END OF THE LINE (Rob Curry, 5m.)
GOOD MORNING MR JENKINS (Marty Stalker, 3m.)
LEFTOVERS (Nick Swinglehurst, 7m.)
THE STORYMAKER (Emma Rozanski, 12m.)
TO MY MOTHER AND FATHER (Can Evrenol, 9m.)
TOYS (Simon Connolly, 5m.)
WORM (Ryan Vernava, 10m.)
ZOMBIE TERROR (Sean MacKay, 4m.)
Total running time: 88 mins
FRI 14 Jan • Late Show
Club Des Femmes and Spinster take New Berlin 11.30pm
Queer-feminist film platform Club Des Femmes join with the London Short Film Festival for this exclusive night of live music and film dedicated to all spinsters, misfits, malcontents and miss-behaviours. Club Des Femmes and Spinster link arms in the twilight hours to deliver a double drop of nostalgic, wistful folky-pop and feminist filmmaking.
Spinster are Sadie Lee, vocals and electric ukulele; Em Fitzgerald, bass; classically-trained pianist Kathy Gledhill on keyboards and Lea Andrews – former front-woman of indie band Spy 51, on drums and backing vocals.
Legendary blogger Joe Pop describes them as “like Cockney Rebel and the Shangri-la's shoplifting in Biba then going round to the Velvet Underground's house to raid their parents' drinks cabinet, before beating up the Partridge Family at the school gates”.
+ EINE FLEXIBLE FRAU (The Drifter) (18)
(Germany 2010) dir. Tatjana Turanskyj 97m. Subtitles.
Berlin. The beginning of the 21st century. A woman under the influence. Greta, an outcast architect, drinks and drifts through the so-called New Berlin. Her journey reveals a city of wastelands and brand new town houses. Torn between the pressure to conform and the spirit of revolution, Greta navigates the modern landscapes of globalized capitalism and post-feminism. Tatjana Turanskyj is an exciting new voice in new German cinema.
Sat 15 Jan • Late Show
Cigarette Burns Cinema presents
STREET TRASH (18) 11.30pm
(US 1987) dir. J. Michael Muro 97m.
Bill Chepil, Mike Lackey, Vic Noto.
ERASERHEAD meets NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on the set of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in this ultra-low budget exploitation flick filmed almost entirely in authentic New York skid-row locations. Decades-old hooch is sold by a liquor store owner to the local bums but after just one swig all that remains is a puddle of day-glo goo. Necrophilia, a hobo gang bang and a severed penis also figure in the 'plot' and justify the 'in the worst possible taste' warning label. One of the seminal melt movies!
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Sat 22 Jan • Late Show
THE HARDER THEY COME (15) 11.30pm
(Jamaica 1972) dir. Perry Henzell 103m.
Jimmy Cliff, Carl Bradshaw, Basil Keane, Janet Barkley, Winston Stona, Bobby Charlton.
Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff is Ivanhoe Martine a Jamaican country boy in search of musical fame and fortune in the big city. Screwed by shady record producers and corrupt cops, he finally achieves fame – as an underground fugitive. A great soundtrack compilation of such classics as ‘You Can Get It if You Really Want’, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’, and the title song brilliantly underscore this gritty, groundbreaking and legendary movie.
SAT 29 Jan • Late Show
Ingrid Pitt 1937-2010
COUNTESS DRACULA (18) 11.15pm
(UK 1971) dir. Peter Sasdy. 94m.
Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Lesley-Ann Down.
+ THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (15)
(UK 1970) dir. Roy Ward Baker 87m. Digital.
Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing, Jon Finch.
There was much more to Ingrid Pitt than an erotically supercharged scary presence in 1970's horror movies but undoubtedly, she will nevertheless be best remembered as the archetypal vampire countess of two Hammer Films cult classics. In COUNTESS DRACULA she stars as an aging noblewoman (based on the real-life Elizabeth Bathory) who discovers the secret to eternal youth in the veins of young virgins; and in THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, she brings charisma, charm and grace to the role of a sensuous bloodsucker who incurs the vengeful wrath of Peter Cushing.
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