Titles: THE CRAFT & TEEN WITCH
Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
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Date: October 9 at 8pm
Description: As part of its 3rd Annual Halloween Horror Film Fest, the Cinefamily presents “Pajama Party II: Bitch-Craft,” a double bill of films about high school witchery. From the website:
You are about to enter a vortex of power, a place beyond imagining,where birth and death, dark and light, joy and pain, meet and make one. You are about to step between the worlds, beyond time, outside the realm of your human life. — Coven Initiation Spell
You — are about to attend Cinefamily Pajama Party II: Bitch-Craft! The circle is drawn, the succubi have been invoked, and there’s no turning back now: for one night only, the hallowed (haunted) halls of this theatre will become a Cine-coven, devoted to the raw power of the dark arts, of girls gathered together, and of white rap musical numbers. We’ll be partying way past the witching hour with tunes from DJ Dia (KSPC’s “Songs For The Whippersnapper”), Craft-y crafts like wand-making stations, and Satantic rituals such as “light as a feather, stiff as a board.” And while the sign says, “No Boys Allowed” outside, men can technically attend — if they dare.
The Craft – 8:00pm-ish
We’ll open with cult fave The Craft, starring Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and the possibly-an-actual-Old-One Fairuza Balk as Catholic schoolgirls whose horrible backstories and raging personality disorders lead them beyond goth and into an actual obsession with Wicca. When Robin Tunney, the new girl at school, turns out to have actual powers, they recruit her, and soon move past “the glamour effect” (which enables them to grow their own hair extensions by supernatural means) and head straight to genuinely violent and cruel forms of revenge on bullies, stepdads, and snobby high school racists. Caught somewhere between Evilspeak and Clueless, The Craft is a sizzling spellbinder, whether you’re seeing it for the first time, or revisiting it after 500 viewings in your teen years.
Dir. Andrew Fleming, 1996, 35mm, 101 min.
Teen Witch – 10:00pm-ish
After intermission, it’s the ‘80s musical camp classic Teen Witch, the story of an outcast (Robyn Lively) who finds out on her not-so-sweet 16th birthday that she’s descended from Salem witches. With Poltergeist’s Zelda Rubenstein as her mentor, she uses her powers to magically Madonna-fy herself and become the most popular girl in school, all the while wreaking revenge on her tormentors via such dire wizardry as voodoo dolls and the curse of the afore-mentioned white “Rap-Off.” Overtly a dance number-laden whiffenpoof of a teen trifle, this film hides a surprisingly subversive side — forgoing the usual message that girls should settle for the overlooked loser dudes who’ve loved them all along, and instead permitting our adolescent augerer to get it on with the jock of her darkest desires.
Dir. Dorian Walker, 1989, 35mm, 90 min.
More in this series:
- Carrie & Christine
- 13 Ghosts
- Dollar Babies Mini-Film Fest
- Pet Sematary I & II with Mary Lambert in person
- Cinefamily's 3rd Annual Halloween Horror Film Fest
- Cartoon Monster Mash!
- Dario Argento Double Bill
- Mutant Girls Squad & Alien vs. Ninja
- Pajama Party II: Bitch-Craft
- American Psycho with in-person guests
- Herschell Gordon Lewis Tribute
- Umberto Lenzi Triple Bill
- House of the Devil & Dead/Alive, with Ti West in person
- Straight-Jacket & Homicidal
- Chester Turner Tribute
- A Night to Dismember & Don't Panic
- Demon Lover Diary
- Giallo Sneak Preview Triple Bill
- Cinefamily's 100 Most Outrageous Kills!
- Cinefamily Heavy Metal Halloween Party & Fundraiser
- Mistress of Horror: Katt Shea
- The Blob (1988)
- Ken Russell Double Bill of Terror
- Sergio Martino Double Feature
- William Castle Shockers with Terry Castle in person