UPDATE: The Cinefamily’s calendar of events for the Silent Movie Theatre had promised a rare 35-millimeter screening of Dario Argento’s Tenebre. Without explanation, the screening has been replaced by [REC] 3: Genesis. (I guess that 35-mm Tenebre print was even rarer than expected.) Paco Plaza’s enjoyable zombie romp moves the [REC] franchise out of the apartment building that housed the first two films, and takes a more over-the-top approach to the horror, but it is hardly a replacement for Argento’s masterpiece.
Location: The Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Date: September 28 at midnight
Description: The Cinefamily presents a rare theatrical screening of TENEBRE (film review), Dario Argento’s 1982 giallo masterpiece. Anthony Franciosa stars as an author of violent murder mysteries, whose latest work (the eponymous novel “Tenebre”) seems to be motivating a maniac killer on a demented mission to destroy what he sees as perversion and abnormality. Twists and turns abound. The playfulness of the “amateur detective” genre is invoked, as is the rigorous logic of the Sherlock Holmes stories – only to be blown to pieces by the anarchic violence of the scenario. The most terrifying element of TENEBRE is the film’s bold, self-damning assertion that the warnings of naysayers are true: the horror genre really is bad for you; it inspires real-life violence; and its creators are just as sick as their demented audiences.
The last time Hollywood Gothique remembers this film playing in Los Angeles was back around 1994, so do not – REPEAT: DO NOT – miss the wonderful, rare opportunity. Seriously, if you don’t go to an event like this, why are you even visiting this website?
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