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531 N. 12th Street

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PhilaMOCA hosts the Philly Premiere of the long-lost 1975 erotic horror spoof SEX DEMON!

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All hell breaks loose when John’s last-minute anniversary gift inadvertently causes his younger lover Jim to become possessed by a SEX DEMON in J. C. Cricket’s all-male horror film. Openly inspired by both The Exorcist and its Blaxploitation cousin, Abby, SEX DEMON is a ferocious mix of the erotic and the grotesque that’s primed and ready to shock audiences again after being lost for the past forty years. In the words of Gay Scene critic Bruce King, “the squeamish may not want to watch, but if you do, you won’t forget it!”

SEX DEMON was the first film effort by actor, erotic dancer, and gay television pioneer J.C. Cricket.

At the time of the film’s production, the 20-year-old filmmaker (likely the youngest director working in the genre during this era) was the manager and talent booker at the legendary Gaiety Male Burlesk — a position that helped him recruit the group of strippers who served as the film’s cast and crew. The Gaiety itself is also featured prominently in the film. After the release of SEX DEMON, he’d go on to direct over a dozen more films under various pseudonyms before cofounding and directing the gay public-access programs Christopher Street After Dark, Diversions, Connections, and Gay Morning America. Cricket passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1992.

Last screened theatrically in 1981 and never given a home video release, SEX DEMON is a crucial — yet long-lost — piece of queer horror history. Presented in a new 2k preservation from a recently discovered 16mm theatrical print.

Elizabeth Purchell is an Austin-based queer film historian and archivist. Her multimedia project Ask Any Buddy explores the gay adult film industry’s role in both the development of queer cinema and the spread of gay culture at large.

“IT’S EXOTIC, EROTIC AND ABSOLUTELY DEMONIC!” - Mandate

“A take-off on The Exorcist… the squeamish may not want to watch but if you do, you won’t forget it!” - Michael O’Connor, Gay Scene

“A non-stop shocker that both sizzles and chills. A totally daring new dimension in male erotica.” - Michael’s Thing

“Tops them all for thrills, suspense and high voltage action. It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.” - Allan McMillan, NY Voice

Director bio (from Gay Scene):

The first burlesk stripper with literary aspirations since Gypsy Rose Lee is Jimminy Cricket, frequent and favorite headliner at the Gaiety Male Burlesk Theatre on West 46th Street, and he's making his debut in film as author and director of Sex Demon, a gay thriller now at the Ramrod Theatre. Jimminy Cricket was too busy writing and directing to appear in the film. He also doubles as manager of the Gaiety and books all its talent. A dozen burlesk aspirants are interviewed by him weekly, with five of them selected to cavort on the bill the following week. Jimminy has done his strip close to 200 times at the Gaiety. A performer there racks up 35 performances in a single marathon week, the schedule being 5 shows a day, 7 days a week. Just turned 21, Jimminy hails from Boston, where he studied tap, theatre, jazz and modern dance. Jimminy appeared in summer stock and dinner theatre productions of Fantasticks, George M, and Pipe Dream prior to hieing himself to NYC last September and almost immediate employment at the Gaiety.

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The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) is a full-time art and event space housed in a 100+year-old former showroom for mausoleums owned by Diplo.

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