Heightened in terms of color, content and all forms of excess, the Italian suspense thriller broke through to an entirely new level in the 1960s and 1970s, exploring the darkened worlds of murder, mystery and the monstrous with a mercenary élan and a ravishing style that would bewitch viewers around the world. Psychosexually complex and willing to play loose with procedure, these films are nightmarish spectacles, where all forms of violence manifest in the flesh. Spanning just over two decades in the genre’s prime, encompassing the crime drama and the supernatural shocker, this selection is a perfect way to prepare for the upcoming Halloween season, but also a sturdy foundation from which to explore a delightful and diabolical subgenre of world cinema at its most delirious and inventive.
Encore Screenings: Sat-Mon, Sep 23-25 | Thu, Sep 28
New 4K Restoration. Having been accepted into the prestigious Tanzakademie in Freiburg, Germany, American ballet student Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) finds herself immersed in a supernatural conspiracy involving an ancient evil. Directed by Dario Argento.
Sat, Sep 23 at 10:00pm | Wed, Sep 27 at 9:00pm
The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models—and backstabbing, blackmail, drug deals and murder. Directed by Mario Bava.
Mon, Sep 25 at 9:00pm
A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police’s investigations.
Wed, Sep 27 at 7:00pm
Barbara Steele stars as Asa Vajda, a beautiful woman tortured and executed as a witch—but not before pronouncing a curse upon those who have condemned her, a curse that is fulfilled 200 years later. Directed by Mario Bava.
Fri-Sat, Sep 29-30 at 10:00pm
A Late Night Mario Bava Double Feature. A bloody bill of Bava featuring A BAY OF BLOOD, the forward-looking 1971 spurting artery from which all future slasher films would flow, followed by KILL, BABY…KILL, a superb Transylvanian gothic freak-out from a few years prior.
Mon, Oct 2 at 9:00pm
Within the coiled ribbon of a typewriter lies the confession of a renegade scientist. Now a secret society is closing in on its new owner, pushing him ever closer to the line between life and death.
Thu, Oct 5 at 9:00pm
The only witness to an art gallery attack, a vacationing writer gets caught up in a serial killer’s machinations. Dario Argento’s directorial debut was an international smash and announced an entirely new way of constructing a mystery-thriller.
Thu, Sep 14, 7-9pm
This seminar will offer a brief tour of some of Dario Argento’s greatest works, inviting a lively and diverse discussion of the visionary, problematic and jaw-dropping (in all senses of the word) excesses in one of cinematic history’s unique genre film voices. Led by film critic Jason Shawhan
Mon, Sep 18 at 9:00pm
When a child goes missing in the small town of Accendura, a reporter’s investigation uncovers a deeply wrought web of corruption, repression, lies, and unspeakable horror. Directed by Lucio Fulci.
Wed, Sep 20 at 9:00pm
An abused wife and her lascivious, degenerate author husband have their lives already turned upside down—when women begin dying at their idyllic estate. The couple’s bestial relationship is further disrupted with the arrival of the husband’s seductive niece Floriana (Edwige Fenech).