Director: Michael Anderson Cast: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn
When its pregnant mate is killed by a greedy fisherman, a killer whale goes on a deadly rampage, chewing up the cast, sinking boats, knocking over a house and even blowing up a petrol refinery. And without ever leaving the water! This silly JAWS rip-off has ambitions grander than any ordinary “nature on the rampage” movie and it’s a fair bet you’ve never seen so much “SERIOUS ACTING” in a movie of its kind. In between the sporadic goofy death scenes there’s a lot going on and it’s infused with a tremendous amount of meaning. Richard Harris, as the fisherman, is eaten up with guilt over the death of Mrs Orca but, having lost his own pregnant wife in a drink driving accident, can empathize with Mr Orca’s situation. Will Sampson, as the all-knowing Native American, comes by to share the wisdom of his people and get crushed to death by falling ice. And Bo Derek (in her film debut) gets her leg bitten off and opens her eyes really, really wide. It’s gripping stuff. Underpinning the drama is Ennio Morricone’s score which employs many of the composer’s signature spaghetti western motifs and features a quavering love ballad called “We Are One” over the final credits. And if you enjoy lots of footage of killer whales jumping out of the water you’re in for a real treat.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 1 2017 @ 8PM - ASTOR THEATRE 1 CHAPEL STREET ST KILDA
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INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)
Director: Denis Sanders Cast: William Smith, Anitra Ford, Victoria Vetri, Cliff Osmond
A spate of mysterious deaths is investigated by an FBI agent who discovers the victims, all male, have been exhausted to death during sex. The culprit is a queen bee in human form who transforms frumpy housewives into glamorous bee girls and has them do her evil bidding in the bedroom. One of Cinema Fiasco's favourite feminist polemics, this glorious concept has an awesome B movie cast (no pun intended), slow motion sex scenes, weird bee girl theme music, bizarre scenes of women covered in honey and bees and great performances by one time "Price Is Right" model Anitra Ford as the queen and 60s biker movie star William Smith as the investigator.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 8 2017 @ 7.30PM - CINEMA NOVA 380 LYGON STREET CARLTON
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new year's evil (1980)
Director: Emmett Alston Cast: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Chris Wallace, Grant Cramer, Louisa Moritz, Taffee O'Connell
Diane Sullivan is a new wave punk singer and the host of a televised New Year's Eve rock concert. During the broadcast, she starts receiving phone calls from a serial killer who plans to kill someone every time the clock strikes midnight in each American time zone. Guess who his intended victim is for Eastern Time. Yet another 80s slasher movie set on a special night of the year, this is distinguished by the fabulous rock acts on the TV show and perhaps cinema's first ever death by marijuana baggie. Roz Kelly (Pinky Tuscadero on "Happy Days") and 70s disaster movie stalwart Kip Niven head an equally distinguished cast.
FRIDAY JANUARY 12 2018 @ 7.30PM - CINEMA NOVA 380 LYGON STREET CARLTON
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Director: John Lemont Cast: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Austin Trevor
The only thing that excites the hosts of Cinema Fiasco more than a man in a gorilla suit is Michael Gough at his scenery-chewing best and, in "Konga", you get the best of both worlds. Lost in the jungles of Africa (after a hilariously staged plane crash) a mad scientist discovers a special growth serum produced by carnivorous plants. Back in London he gives the potion to a chimp that turns into a giant gorilla and goes on a murderous rampage. There's a sexual jealousy subplot to add to the excitement and the special effects are especially engaging. The sight of a ranting stuntman in gorilla drag, clutching a Barbie doll and stomping around a miniature cityscape is one to be treasured forever.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9 2018 @ 7.30PM - CINEMA NOVA 380 LYGON STREET CARLTON
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