"CHEERFULLY PERVERSE: Five Years of Severin Films"
One-Week Retrospective, 7 Films including:
WHAT?, THE STUNT MAN, THE HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND,
THE BABY, THE SINFUL DWARF,
THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, and THE PSYCHIC
"CHEERFULLY PERVERSE: Five Years of Severin Films" is a riotous retrospective celebrating the foremost studio for rescuing, restoring and releasing the most controversial, provocative films around the world. From "Ozploitation" classics (FELICITY, STONE) to T&A drive-in sensations (SCREWBALLS), sexploitation shockers (the BLACK EMANUELLE series) and modern cult phenomena (BIRDEMIC, SANTA SANGRE), the Severin Films team of Carl Daft, David Gregory, John Cregan and Evan Husney "are well on their way to becoming the greatest indie label of all time" (BlogCritics.org).
In honor of Severin's 5th anniversary this summer, reRun proudly presents this exclusive seven-feature series, with Double Feature Nights* and an ultra-rare screening of Roman Polanski's 1972 curiosity WHAT?, previously released in the U.K. but not available in the U.S. "CHEERFULLY PERVERSE: Five Years of Severin Films" runs July 8 - 15.
* 2-FOR-1 ADMISSION FOR ALL DOUBLE FEATURES
(See below for showtimes)
(1972, dir. Roman Polanski, 109 minutes) watch the trailer
SAT, July 9 at 1pm
Rare screening! Not currently available in the U.S. Roman Polanski described it as "the ribald adventures of an innocent girl." Critics called it "an amoral, depraved disaster." Almost four decades after its controversial release, it remains the most butchered, debated and least-seen film of the Oscar-winning director's entire career. The succulent Sydne Rome stars as an oft-naked American girl lost inside a Mediterranean villa inhabited by priests, pianists, perverts and a syphilitic pimp (a deliciously bizarre performance by Marcello Mastroianni) while indulging in madcap acts of gang rape, sodomy and ping-pong. Hugh Griffith (TOM JONES), Romolo Valli (BOCCACCIO '70) and Polanski himself co-star in this surreal and sexy comedy, now finally restored to its original running time from a vault print reportedly stolen from the wine cellar of producer Carlo Ponti.
THE STUNT MAN
(1980, dir. Richard Rush, 131 minutes) watch the trailer
FRI, July 8 at 10pm (2-for-1 Double Feature with WHAT? at 7pm)
WED, July 13 at 10pm
It defied all odds to become the most unexpected and acclaimed cult hit of the '80s, and it remains one of the most slyly subversive and thrillingly original action/comedy/drama motion pictures of all time. The legendary Peter O'Toole (in his iconic Oscar-nominated performance) stars as director Eli Cross, a deliciously megalomaniacal madman commanding a film-set circus where a paranoid young veteran (Steve Railsback) finds himself maybe replacing a dead stunt man, possibly falling for the beautiful leading lady (Barbara Hershey), and discovering that love, death and the mayhem of moviemaking can definitely be the wildest illusions of all. Featuring a stunning HD transfer supervised by Oscar-nominated producer/director Richard Rush, this classic is, as The Los Angeles Times says, "as innovative today as CITIZEN KANE was in its time!"
THE HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND
(1990, dir. Patrice Leconte, 82 minutes) watch the trailer
MON, July 11 at 7pm
In this acclaimed masterpiece from Oscar-nominated writer/director Patrice Leconte (RIDICULE, PERFUME OF YVONNE), legendary French actor Jean Rochefort (MAN ON THE TRAIN) stars as an older man whose childhood sexual obsession with a local hairdresser leads him one day to the shop of beautiful young Mathilde (Anna Galiena). What follows is a romance of ultimate sensual devotion, where love will walk the line between physical pleasure and eternal desire. Anne-Marie Pisani (DELICATESSEN) co-stars in this uncommon erotic classic that Roger Ebert called "sexier than a dozen BASIC INSTINCTs... One of the year's 10 Best Films."
(1973, dir. Ted Post, 84 minutes) watch the trailer
TUES, July 12 at 7pm (2-for-1 Double Feature with THE SINFUL DWARF at 10pm)
LAST CALL FRIDAY, July 15 at 1am (FREE Show, Doors at 11:55pm, NO TICKET NEEDED!)
An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, 70s fashions and "sick love." The result remains one of the most disturbing movies in Hollywood history: Anjanette Comer (THE LOVED ONE) stars as an idealistic L.A. County social worker who investigates the case of Mrs. Wadsworth (former '50s starlet Ruth Roman of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN fame), her two buxom daughters, and son "Baby," a mentally-disabled man who sleeps in a crib, eats in a high-chair, crawls, bawls and wears diapers. But what secrets of unnatural attachment (and sexual obsession) are all of these women hiding? Marianna Hill (THE GODFATHER PART II) and Michael Pataki (GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE) co-star in this psychotic stunner from director Ted Post (MAGNUM FORCE, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES), now fully restored from the original film negative for the first time ever.
THE SINFUL DWARF
(1974, dir. Vidal Raski, 95 minutes) watch the trailer
TUES, July 12 at 10pm (2-for-1 Double Feature with THE BABY at 7pm)
"A young bride," promised the ads, "left alone to the lewd passions of an evil dwarf!" Severin Films is officially going to Hell (and taking you with them) with what may be the sleaziest film in Euro-cult history: Diminutive former kiddie-show host Torben Bille (who looks disturbingly like Jack Black in a trash compactor) stars as the pint-sized pervert who imprisons drugged teenage sex slaves in the attic of his drunken mother's decrepit rooming house... and that's just the first ten minutes! The delicious Anne Sparrow (in her first and understandably only screen role) co-stars in this towering achievement in graphic depravity, now fully restored from a 35mm print discovered hidden in a janitor's closet at the Danish Film Institute.
THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS
(1978, dir. Enzo G. Castellari, 89 minutes) watch the trailer
THURS, July 14 at 7pm (2-for-1 Double Feature with THE PSYCHIC at 10pm)
Much more than just the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's last movie, this smash hit remains one of the biggest and most badass war movies in international cinema! Exploitation legends Bo Svenson (WALKING TALL, KILL BILL) and Fred "The Hammer" Williamson star as the leaders of a gang of condemned criminals who escape from an Allied prison convoy with a plan to blast their way to the Swiss border, only to find themselves "volunteering" for a suicide mission deep inside Nazi occupied France. Academy Award nominee Ian Bannen (FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, BRAVEHEART) co-stars in this explosive action epic from the director of EAGLES OVER LONDON, now fully restored in High Definition Blu-ray for the first time ever in America.
(1977, dir. Lucio Fulci, 97 minutes) watch the trailer
THURS, July 14 at 10pm (2-for-1 Double Feature with THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS at 7pm)
Shortly before he surrendered to the gory excesses of horror, Lucio Fulci (the notorious director of ZOMBIE and PERVERSION STORY) crafted one last brilliant thriller with a killer twist. Jennifer O'Neill (SCANNERS) stars as a clairvoyant tormented by visions of a violent murder. But will her own investigation into the crime lead to the most shocking discovery of all? Marc Porel (DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING) and Evelyn Stewart (THE WHIP AND THE BODY) co-star in this chilling giallo that critics and fans, including avowed devotee Quentin Tarantino, consider the most stunning of the maestro's entire career. Released in the U.S. with several key scenes removed, THE PSYCHIC (a/k/a SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK) is now presented in its fully restored version, featuring footage never before seen in America.
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