SCORSESE’S SCARIEST FILM FEST – THE EXORCIST + ISLE OF THE DEAD

Rating: MA15+
Length: 208 mins
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair
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Thu 22nd Aug:
Sun 25th Aug:

DAVID STRATTON PRESENTS MARTIN SCORSESE’S SCARIEST EVER FILM FESTIVAL & RKO VAL LEWTON RETRO.

“I’m very excited to announce that the Orpheum has confirmed a special festival of director Martin Scorcese’s choices of the scariest films ever made.The festival will also include three of the excellent Val Lewton 1940’s RKO classics rarely seen on the big screen.From the 40’s the genuinely frightening THE UNINVITED plus THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE , the brilliant Ealing Studios thriller DEAD OF NIGHT , to the 50’s NIGHT OF THE DEMON a vastly underrated thriller , to the 60s Deborah Kerr in THE INNOCENTS, the original THE HAUNTING directed by Robert Wise and Hitchcock’s PSYCHO plus REAR WINDOW to the 70’s THE EXORCIST and the 80s Kubrick’s extended version of THE SHINING and the Canadian chiller THE CHANGELING.The RKO Val Lewton titles are CAT PEOPLE, ISLE OF THE DEAD and THE LEOPARD MAN.I do hope you can be part of this exciting program… a rare chance to view these quality films in beautiful restored digital on the cinema screen.”
DAVID STRATTON.

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ADULT $19. CONCESSIONS $15. SENIORS $10.

THE EXORCIST (1973; 2000 re-release)

Rarely do movies affect us so deeply. We’re shrinking back from the direct emotional experience director Friedkin is attacking us with. This movie doesn’t rest on the screen…. it’s a frontal assault. Since its release, The Exorcist’s critical reputation has grown considerably. It currently has an 86% “Certified Fresh” approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average of 8.1/10. The site’s critical consensus states, “The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.

FOLLOWED BY…

ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) (PG) 71 minutes.

The inhabitants of a Balkans island under quarantine fear that one of their number is a vampire. “It’s in the final third that the film really delivers with a couple of spectacularly effective sound-driven jolts and the single biggest fright I’ve had from a movie all year. It’s the handling of these scenes that prompted Martin Scorsese to select Isle of the Dead as one of the eleven scariest horror films he’s ever seen. It’s a well deserved accolade for a film that effortlessly demonstrates that an unsettling atmosphere, a disturbing sound or a sudden movement in the shadows can be more genuinely chilling than just about anything that the modern wonders of CG has so far been able to throw at us.” Cineoutsider.