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January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

With a focus on the subversive, the low-budget, and the flat-out strange, CULT & GENRE ODDITIES invites viewers into a video store of the mind, while simultaneously expanding on some of the themes established by the popular PIFF After Dark sidebar at the Portland International Film Festival. Sci-fi, horror, and other marginalized cinema classics rescued from video purgatory.

Sun, Sep 29

Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore

Directed by Sarah Jacobson

Sarah Jacobson’s Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore is the DIY, grimy, nineties girl’s POV on the coming-of-age teen romance.

Sun, Sep 29

I Was a Teenage Serial Killer

Directed by Sarah Jacobson

“Like Slacker meets Valerie Solanas, the film depicts a 19-year-old woman who responds to catcalls, condescension, and bad sex the

Sun, Oct 6

Over the Edge

Directed by Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan’s too-likely-to-incite-a-riot-for-theaters cult classic follows the disaffected youth of “New Granada”—a planned suburb community with nothing for its younger

Sun, Oct 13

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui

Before it was a beloved TV show, Fran Rubel Kuzui directed Joss Whedon’s original feature script that follows reluctant Chosen

Sun, Oct 20

The Slumber Party Massacre

Directed by Amy Holden Jones

Amy Holden Jones’ 1982 slasher (partially) reclaimed a feminine perspective, in this film about a slumber party that must fight

Sun, Oct 27

Jennifer’s Body

Directed by Karyn Kusama

After a botched satanic sacrifice leaves Jennifer Check possessed by the devil, she begins to unleash hell on her unsuspecting

American Movie

Directed by Chris Smith

Chris Smith's classic 1999 documentary follows Wisconsin raconteur and aspiring filmmaker Mark Borchardt as he struggles to corral his goofball

Basket Case

Directed by Frank Henenlotter

Basket Case, the first in Frank Henenlotter's trilogy of (conjoined) brotherly love and violent revenge, was something of an anomaly

Black Sunday

Directed by Mario Bava

Italian Horror Master Mario Bava’s official directorial debut Black Sunday (or The Mask of Satan) follows a murdered witch’s curse

Darkman

Directed by Sam Raimi

In 1990 — over a decade before he was finally handed the reins to make a “real” superhero movie with

Deep Red (Profondo Rosso)

Directed by Dario Argento

A foreboding prediction, strange music, a missing painting, untrustworthy memories: these are some of the major ingredients on which giallo

Demons

Directed by Lamberto Bava

Lamberto Bava’s 1985 horror about a cursed film screening is an exercise in the boundaries of meta-terror. After being mysteriously

I Shot Andy Warhol

Directed by Mary Harron

One could never call Mary Harron (American Psycho) a risk-averse director. Her feature-length debut is no exception: I Shot Andy

Phantom of the Paradise

Directed by Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma’s rock-opera revisualization of Phantom of the Opera (with nods to and inspirations from a variety of other

Return to Oz

Directed by Walter Murch

Often seen as too frightening to be a children’s film, Walter Murch’s 1985 Return To Oz picks up the Oz

Showgirls

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley in her bid to escape “teen actress” confines) is determined to crawl her way up the

Society

Directed by Brian Yuzna

Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock), a Beverly Hills high school jock-type, seems to have his future all lined up, but something

Super Mario Bros.

Directed by Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton

Directed by the husband and wife team of Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel (co-creators of the 1980s sensation Max Headroom),

The Faculty

Directed by Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez’s 1998 high school alien invasion/sci-fi pastiche often draws comparisons to body-invasion science fiction like Invasion of the Body

UHF

Directed by Jay Levey

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Weird Al” Yankovic's all-oddballs-in feature debut with us! When George Newman (Yankovic) is saddled with