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January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

A themed review of cult & genre films with an eye towards the margins, Underscan: Cult & Genre Reframed looks to question and reframe the traditional boundaries of classic cult and genre film cannon.  Sci-fi, horror, fantasy and other marginalized cinema classics rescued from video purgatory.

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

Sun, Nov 10

Silent Running

Directed by Douglas Trumbull

In the wake of ecological collapse on Earth, all of the planet’s remaining flora and fauna have been preserved in

Sun, Nov 17

Vegas in Space

Directed by Phillip R. Ford

After receiving an order to investigate a crime on the all-female Pleasure Planet, a group of male astronauts, led by

Sun, Dec 1

Born in Flames

Directed by Lizzie Borden

Borden’s landmark, low-budget revolutionary treatise addresses a semi-documentary, semi-fictional parallel world to ours, where competing feminist groups wander the streets

Sun, Dec 22

The Sticky Fingers of Time

Directed by Hillary Brougher

“An existential thriller with nods to dime-store pulp and old-fashioned H-bomb paranoia, the film's circular story opens in 1953, as

Sun, Dec 29

Earth Girls Are Easy

Directed by Julien Temple

After she’s betrayed by her fiancée, three very hairy aliens crash-land in the pool of cosmetologist and valley girl Valerie

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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