Exhumed Films: Guilty Pleasures Marathon

Rating R
Run Time 428min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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We're excited to host Exhumed Films,  a Philadelphia based group that has been presenting rare 35mm screenings of exploitation and genre movies since 1997.

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Exhumed Films is proud to present five of the craziest films we’ve ever screened, back-to-back in an all-day assault of outrageousness.  Here are five fan favorites, films that have had our audiences laughing, screaming, and cheering—sometimes all at once—when they played at our past marathon or double feature screenings.  These movies are all low-budget affairs, but because of earnest filmmaking, tongue-in-cheek performances, and sheer audacity, they rise above their limitations and epitomize everything that is joyous about genre cinema.                                                                                                                                                         

1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS

1982 / 35mm / Dir. Enzo G. Castellari / 89 min.

Italian genre cinema from the early 1980s tended to steal liberally from popular American movies, and 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS is clearly no exception!  From the director of THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS and THE LAST SHARK comes this shameless rip-off of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, with a dash of Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS thrown in for good measure.  In post-apocalyptic New York City, the borough of the Bronx has become a lawless wasteland ruled by street gangs and cutthroats.  However, when a beautiful heiress is stranded in the city and falls in with pretty-boy biker Trash, it’s up to the ruthless mercenary Hammer (Vic Morrow) to infiltrate the Bronx and “rescue” the girl—at any cost!  Featuring cult film favorites like Fred Williamson and George Eastman (ANTHROPOHAGUS), 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS is exploitation cinema at its most entertaining.

FLESHEATER

1988 / 35mm / Dir. Bill Hinzman / 88 min.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a bunch of people in rural Pennsylvania search desperately for shelter in order to escape a horde of flesh-eating zombies.  No, there’s nothing particularly original about FLESHEATER, the directorial debut of actor Bill Hinzman--most famous for playing the cemetery ghoul in George Romero’s 1968 masterpiece, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.  But what the film lacks in innovation is more than made up for in energy: FLESHEATER is a fast-paced fright flick that hits the ground running from its opening moments, and never lets up!  Sure, the acting is amateurish, but the film still delivers the goods and actually manages to satirize—intentionally or unintentionally—the predictable tropes of the zombie genre.  Perhaps most importantly, FLESHEATER contains ample gore and some truly impressive makeup effects for a film made on a shoestring budget.  While it will never be mistaken for one of the greatest zombie films of all time, FLESHEATER is a charming and sincere example of independent horror filmmaking.

THE NO MERCY MAN

1973 / 35mm / Dir. Daniel J. Vance / 90 min.

The “Troubled Vietnam Vet” movie became a popular subgenre of exploitation cinema during the 1970s and 1980s.  Films as diverse as OPEN SEASON, COMBAT SHOCK, DEATHDREAM, and even FIRST BLOOD explored the idea of the former soldier who has been damaged by his wartime experiences, and who reacts with violence upon his return to civilian society.  THE NO MERCY MAN is one of the best films in this subgenre, and it bears more than a passing similarity to 1977’s revenge classic ROLLING THUNDER.  NO MERCY MAN stars Steve Sandor as Olie Hand, a decorated Vietnam veteran who is having trouble re-adjusting to a quiet life on his father’s farm.  But when a group of murderous carnies and bikers threaten his town—and his family—Olie unleashes his rage on the attackers…and, as promised, he shows them NO MERCY!

DEATH PROMISE - with director Q&A!

1977 / 35mm / Dir. Robert Warmflash / 95 min.

What’s more dangerous than a “Death Wish”?  A DEATH PROMISE!  This rousing action/revenge film rocked the house when Exhumed screened it earlier this year, and we can’t wait for this encore presentation.  It’s a class struggle of epic proportions as the residents of a New York tenement stand up against the greedy slum lords who are trying to demolish their homes.  When his father is killed by the cartel of evil landlords, Charley uses his martial arts skills to exact vengeance for dad’s death!  DEATH PROMISE has everything an exploitation fan could ask for: groovy ‘70s fashion, a funky soundtrack, kung-fu, violence, nudity, even killer rats…and keep an eye out for NYC performance artist/Letterman guest/weirdo icon Brother Theodore as a crazy clergyman.  As an added bonus, DEATH PROMISE director Robert Warmflash will be in attendance to share his memories of the movie and take questions from the audience!

NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS

1972 / 35mm / Dir. Rene Cardona Jr. / 63 min.

Definitely one of the most infamous films Exhumed has ever screened, NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS is a team up between Mexican director Rene Cardona, Jr. (TINTORERA) and his favorite leading man, Hugo Stiglitz…and it is insane.  The stoic Stiglitz portrays a millionaire playboy who flies around Mexico in his helicopter, looking for beautiful women to lure back to his secluded castle.  But once there, is Hugo simply interested in wining, dining, and bedding his conquests?  Or is he, y’know, also plotting to feed them to his army of carnivorous cats?  (SPOILER ALERT: he’s totally feeding them to the cats.)  NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS is absurd to the point of surrealism, and while you may either love it or loathe it, you will surely never forget it.      

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