House of the Devil & Dead/Alive, with Ti West in person

Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Date: October 15 at 8pm
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Description: As part of its 3rd Annual Halloween Horror Film Fest, the Cinefamily presents this double bill of cult horror, featuring a chat with Ti West, director of HOUSE OF THE DEVIL.

The House Of The Devil - 8:00pm
Director Ti West's birthday falls in October -- fitting, as his first three films fit snug inside the horror genre. West feels no inclination to fit within the tropes of horror, though, opting instead to film the least expected. With master strokes and a modern eye, West focuses instead on killing main characters out of turn, turning red herrings into regular herrings, and throwing pacing off with non-events, which can really fuck with the viewers' expectations. Existing in the same thoughtful oddball horror-zone as Drag Me To Hell and Let the Right One In, The House of the Devil (2009) made waves with horror fans for its build-up driven plot and nods to horror classics. Co-starring horror cult faves Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov, this slow-burn mood piece tracks the fate of Samantha, a college student who unwittingly accepts the terror-wrought nightmare of her life after signing up for a babysitting gig with the creepiest couple this side of “Mom and Dad” from The People Under The Stairs! Ti West will be here for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. Ti West, 2009, 35mm, 95 min.

Dead Alive - 10:15pm
Years before Peter Jackson was winning Oscars for family-friendly fare about cuddly Hobbits, he made this wildly enjoyable blood-drenched zombie comedy, one of the best pieces of splatstick ever made. After sharpening his blades with the lo-fi wonders Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles, the New Zealander co-wrote and shot this mad, over-the-top opus warning us all about the dangers of being bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. Once that happens to the lead guy’s mother...well, let’s just say Bactine and bedrest ain’t gonna save her. Thus begins a cavalcade of squirting pus jokes, zombie babies, preening spleens, and possibly the bloodiest climax ever filmed. Who knew lawnmowers had a “zombie” setting?
Dir. Peter Jackson, 1992, 35mm, 97 min.