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Coming this May to Weird Wednesday!

Sexually aggressive cheerleaders, an ex-slave seeking race revenge justice in the Old West, an imprisoned kung-fu expert with a preternaturally powerful punch, and an influential teenage rock star who thinks people over 30 should be forced to take LSD.

Coming this May to Weird Wednesday!

If it's true that April showers bring May flowers, then there must be something weird in the air as the crop of titles for this month's Weird Wednesdays is a motley mix of exploitation classics that will titillate, fascinate, shock and awe without any regard to good taste or common decency. At Weird Wednesday the good taste and decency is found in the audience of intelligent, adventurous movie goers who are ready to plunge into the back alleys of film history in search of stories Hollywood is too scared to tell. Rough edges and abrasive content won't keep this courageous crowd from finding value and entertainment in movies the mainstream call "trash" and relegate to the dustbin of history.

The characters in this month's selections include sexually aggressive cheerleaders, an ex-slave seeking race revenge justice in the Old West, an imprisoned kung-fu expert with a preternaturally powerful punch, and an influential teenage rock star who thinks people over 30 should be forced to take LSD. There's no other place in the world besides Austin, Texas where you can get this much go for broke, gonzo insanity on 35mm every week of every month. And it only costs $3.

THE CHEERLEADERS - 5/7

A subversive sex comedy that depicts a surreal, absurd society in microcosm within a suburban California high school. The cheerleaders and football team are like an aristocracy within the school. When one of the cheerleaders gets pregnant, the squad recruits an innocent new member (played by the lilting, sumptuous Stephanie Fondue) with only one provision: she must remain a virgin. The problem is, the comely new girl wants to become a cheerleader for the express purpose of getting laid. Something has got to give! Featuring that old stand-by of cheerleader movies, a plan to exhaust the opposing team by fucking them silly. Does that kind of stuff really happen? It's OK, you can tell me. (Lars)

BOSS N****R - 5/14

It must have been a really tough choice for exhibitors back in the day to decide whether or not to include the verbal equivalent of a thousand sticks of dynamite in their newspaper ads and on their marquees. But here you go. It's blaxploitation icon Fred Williamson in the old west. And you better believe The Hammer rights a few wrongs while he’s there. Williamson and his comic-relief sidekick D’Urville Martin play bounty hunters who become sheriff and deputy of a small racist town. It’s kind of like an ass-kicking, more serious version of BLAZING SADDLES. As a special bonus the bad guy is played by muscular reptile William Smith, who always charges into a role with maximum intensity. You'll have nightmares about him. Oh, and if you think the title is offensive, that's just an appetizer. This movie drops more bombs than the Screaming Eagles. Wait until you hear the theme song, it’s got like twenty or thirty in there. You won’t believe it. (Lars)

RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY - 5/21

The year is 2001. A completely privatized prison system is run by corrupt, abusive officials who work in tandem with powerful prison gangs to brutalize and oppress the inmates. In steps Ricky: he's the new kid on the prison block with a distaste for injustice and a punch so powerful it literally mutilates his opponents. Based on a popular manga, few other live action movies have dared capture the hyper-violent bloodletting of comics and anime with such faithfulness. Simply put, this is one of the weirdest, craziest, goriest martial arts movies ever made. (Laird)

WILD IN THE STREETS - 5/28

Popular rock group Max Frost and the Troopers have more money and fame than they know what to do with. When a candidate for U.S. senate (played by Hal Holbrook) seeks to exploit their popularity for his campaign, Frost (played by the recently deceased Christopher Jones) turns the tables and launches a campaign of his own: "14 or Fight!" Reduce the voting age to 14-years-old! WILD IN THE STREETS exploits the counter-culture movement and the growing generation gap through an absurd parable set to the groovy beat of a fake 60s rock group. Come for the music, stay to see Shelly Winters on acid. (Laird)

And coming in June: A car crash masterpiece that held the Guinness World Record for most vehicles wrecked in one movie, an action thriller in which the guy who played Candyman stalks the man who sang the Ghostbusters theme in a gang-infested housing project, a sex-comedy spoof of Archie comics, and Jaws, but with a bear instead of a shark.

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