CHEERLEADER CAMP (1988)
Director: John Quinn
Starring: Betsy Russell, Lucinda Dickey, Leif Garrett, Teri Weigel, Lorie Griffin, George “Buck” Flower
A bunch of cheerleaders go to cheerleader camp to practise their routines and get killed by a maniac. Who’s killing them? Who cares? There are lots of boobs, a few gory murders (including a pair of secateurs through the back of the head), some terrible cheerleading routines, a bad rap song, a party sequence (in which everyone dances to an awful band) and comedy relief by a fat guy who dresses in drag so he can perv on topless girls and gets his arse stuck in a car window while flashing a brown-eye. The cast, which includes Betsy Russell (“Avenging Angel”), Lucinda Dickey (“Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo”), 70s teen idol Leif Garrett (looking a lot worse for wear) and porn queen to be Teri Weigel, is exemplary.
WHERE: Astor Theatre 1 Chapel Street St Kilda WHEN: Friday 7 December 2018 @ 8.00 p.m.
KING KONG LIVES (1986)
Director: John Guillermin
Starring: Brian Kerwin, Linda Hamilton, Peter Elliott, John Ashton, Peter Michael Goetz
In this thrilling sequel to the 1976 remake, it turns out King Kong didn’t die after falling off the World Trade Centre but ended up on life support in a university science department. Following an artificial heart transplant – and a blood transfusion from the newly discovered Lady Kong – the big ape is up and about in no time – and, with a new lady in his life, falling in love! Probably the stupidest Kong movie but definitely the funniest, with hilarious scenes of gorilla-suited stuntmen tossing Tonka trucks around miniature sets, Kong munching on alligators and a posse of rednecks, and romantic interludes between Kerwin and Hamilton that are even sillier than the ones between Kong and his mate. The heart transplant scene is especially compelling.
WHERE: Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton WHEN: Friday 14 December 2018 @ 7.00 p.m.
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DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1954)
Director: David MacDonald
Starring: Patricia Laffan, Hugh McDermott, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, Adrienne Corri
A Martian seductress (wearing a PVC bondage outfit and fabulous 50s make-up) lands her flying saucer on the Scottish moors and starts rounding up men to use as breeding stock back home. What might have been just a cheaply made, dully scripted and badly directed 50s British sci-fi movie – and there’s nothing wrong with that! – is elevated to the realms of the sublime by Laffan in the title role. Whether shooting people with her ray gun (a special effect to be sure!) or sneering lines like “It amuses me to watch your puny efforts!” this is one of the most glorious camp performances you’ll ever see. The supporting cast includes Hammer Horror scream queen Hazel Court, Fraser from “Dad’s Army” and Devil Girl’s robot accomplice who looks like a refrigerator with legs.
WHERE: Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton WHEN: Friday 11 January 2019 @ 7.00 p.m.
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DRACULA’S DOG (1977)
Director: Albert Band
Starring: Jose Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Reggie Nalder, Jan Shutan
Soldiers digging around some Romanian ruins stumble upon Count Dracula’s burial chamber and unleash his terrifying vampire Doberman, Zoltan. In need of a new master, Zoltan takes a trip to America where the last of Dracula’s ancestors has just taken his suburban family on a camping trip. Suspicions arise when a sinister hearse starts tailing the family’s Winnebago and dogs in the area turn up dead with bite marks on their throats. This ludicrous take on the vampire legend features a pack of blood-sucking bow wows whose eyes glow in the dark and hilarious scenes of undead doggies digging themselves out of the grave. Oscar winner (!) Jose Ferrer leads a cast of sleazebag favourites including Michael Pataki and the eternally creepy Reggie Nalder. “Voof! Voof! I vant to suck your blood!”
WHERE: Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton WHEN: Friday 15 February 2019 @ 7.00 p.m.
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