Hey there Los Angeles Fright fans! Time for another Friday Night Frights!
The Cinefamily is known for tackling somewhat outside-the-box themes, and this month they’re doing something particularly interesting. Inspired by author/film programmer Kier-La Janisse’s fabulous semi-autobiographic exploration of female neurosis found in horror and exploitation films, House of Psychotic Women, the theater is showing a string of ‘mad women’ films (you can see the full line-up here). And Friday Night Frights is contributing two films to the series, David Cronenberg’s The Brood, and the lesser known gem Let’s Scare Jessica To Death. First up for us is The Brood…
Friday February 8th @ midnight.
Quoth the FNF power blurb:
Building upon the incredible little ouevre he had made for himself with Shivers and Rabid, Canadian master David Cronenberg rounded out the Seventies with the film that really knocked him into the horror stratosphere: The Brood. What on the surface seems like an “evil kid” movie in the Bad Seed mold is in fact a scathing indictment of the era’s self-help “Me Generation”, as we follow the institutionalized travails of crazed mom Samantha Eggers and the estranged husband trying to pry their daughter away from the influence of a therapist/guru (played with scene-stealing relish by Oliver Reed.) As the film builds to one of the most unforgettable “holy shit” climaxes in cinema history, Eggar’s fantastic slow-burn performance becomes an outward manifestation of the frustrations, fears and abject horror surrounding Cronenberg’s real-life divorce at the time — and remains one of the most malevolent portrayals of female evil in the genre. Don’t miss the opportunity tear the membrane sac off of mommy’s little monster in glorious 35mm!
For theater info or ticket purchases go here.
I feel like this is fairly obvious, yet it apparently could stand to be more obvious: This screening is happening in Los Angeles.
As always I am giving away some free tickets (each with a +1). To enter all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with BROOD in the subject line. Include your full name. I will only be contacting the winners.