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January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

With a focus on the subversive, the low-budget, and the flat-out strange, HEAD CLEANER 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, Aug 25

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

Sun, Sep 1

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

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

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

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),

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