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SCALA FAVOURITES on 35mm: FLESH GORDON (1974) + I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN (1957)

A double bill of trashy cinematic fun inspired by the adventurous programming of the Scala Cinema Club (1978-1993).

FLESH GORDON (1974) dir Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm, starring Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins. A rare chance to see on the big screen this 1970s smutty parody based (very loosely) on the cinema serial Flash Gordon (1936). Emperor Wang (The Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno, and sends his mighty “Sex Ray” towards Earth, turning Earthlings into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player and non-actor Flesh Gordon. Along with his girlfriend Dale Ardent and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff, he sets off towards the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of the perils that face them all!

Flesh Gordon enthusiastically blends the banal soft-core porn of the Seventies with the hackneyed film story lines of the Thirties. The sex takes the hackney out of the story, and the story takes the banality out of the sex scenes. Watch for surprisingly good Ray Harryhausen-style stop-motion monsters; lovingly-recreated scenes from the original serials; a generous helping of campy pantomime-style fun; very silly dialogue … oh and lots of gratuitous nudity. Not a film for prudes!

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I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN (1957) dir Herbert L. Strock, starring Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton. A drive-in classic from the Fifties, with university lecturer/mad scientist Professor Frankenstein (who happens to have an alligator pit under his house) stealing body parts of dead athletes from the wreckage of a crashed airplane so that he can assemble a hunky male monster with a hideously disfigured face. Of course the monster goes on a killing spree. Shock! or should that read Schlock….. “Immensely silly but enjoyable piece of hokum, with a classic title, a serious performance against the odds by Whit Bissell…” Alan Frank, The Horror Film Handbook

Both films will be screened from original 35mm prints, and there also will be a supporting programme of quirky cinematic surprises.

Hellfire Video Club presents MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE

Jimmy Wang Yu/1976/ Hong Kong/ 93mins/ Cert: 18


Fri 27 September // 20:00

Tickets: £5 / £4

Hellfire Video club are back with a fierce gut-punch after a summer hiatus! It’s been a good few years since our last kung-fu screening, so we’re bringing out the big guns, with a high-water mark in eccentric kung-fu cinema.

The plot roughly revolves around a one-armed man battling a blind assassin who is decapitating everyone with his hat! It featuring A LOT of mad fight scenes, including an Indian character with bizarre extendable arms – the original Dhalsim from the Streetfighter video game?? Icing on the cake is that all of this head-spinning chaos is soundtracked by classic Krautrock tunes, stolen from LPs by Neu, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream! Heavy viewing, and allegedly one of Quentin Tarantino’s “favourite movies of all time”. Don’t miss this rare screening! A deadly slice of idiocentric kung fu cinema.

HFVC DJs will be in the bar spinning an appropriate mess of krautrock and library record cues.

Fosse In Film: All That Jazz (1979) with post film discussion on Bob Fosse and Power & Exploitation

1979|Rated 15|123m|Dir Bob Fosse; Written by Robert Alan Aurthur & Bob Fosse; Music by Ralph Burns|Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking|Genre: Musical Drama Film

All That Jazz is a semi-autobiographical drama/fantasy film directed by Bob Fosse, starring Roy Scheider and Jessica Lange. It is a showbiz take on the road to death, born out of Fosse’s feelings of impending doom following a heart attack. It won the Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or and several Academy Awards.

This screening will be followed by a post show discussion on power and exploitation in the dance and film world.

“The film … is an uproarious display of brilliance, nerve, dance, maudlin confessions, inside jokes and, especially, ego.” New York Times, 1979

“Sensational dancing and eye-popping production numbers punctuate the confessional reminiscences of arrogant, satirical theatrical eminence Joe Gideon as he flirts with Death.” Empire Online, 2000

Tickets are available directly from the venue online, or you can buy tickets on the door.

This film screening is in partnership with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Fosse in Film: Mashiya Presents is screening five Bob Fosse films (Sweet Charity, Lenny, Cabaret, Liza with a Z and All That Jazz) to demonstrate and celebrate the breadth and skill of Fosse’s directing and choreography in film. The films will be shown as part of Scalarama Festival Leeds 2019 with funding from Leeds Inspired and support from key Leeds partners including Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds Film and Northern School for Contemporary Dance.

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35mm GRINDFEST 2019

DIRT IN THE GATE MOVIES are back for its THIRD annual extravaganza of classic genre movies!

Welcome to GRINDFEST 2019!

Our search of film archives the world over continues to source rare 35mm prints and are STOKED for them to be seen on the big screen in their original native release format, some of which haven’t been seen theatrically in the UK for YEARS!

Expect some surprises/give aways/short films/vintage trailers during the mind melting weekend of celluloid treats!

An exclusive 2 DAY GRINDFEST PASS will give you access to ALL of the following screenings (You must be 18 years or over to purchase and use a 2 day pass)

Individual film tickets are also available.

Food options at the Shelley Theatre will also be available throughout Saturday including an option to pre-order breakfast.

19:00 Friday 20th September 2019
TALES FROM THE CRYPT- DEMON KNIGHT (1995) | 92m | 1.85:1| Dolby Stereo| Dir. Ernest R. Dickerson

Grindfest 2019 kicks off with a bang! Ex-soldier Frank Brayker (William Sadler) is the guardian of an ancient key that can unlock tremendous evil. The sinister but charming Collector (Billy Zane) is a demon who wants the key so he can initiate the apocalypse. On the run from wicked mercenaries for almost 90 years, Brayker finally stops in at a boarding house in New Mexico where, with the help of its quirky residents; he plans to face off against the Collector and his band of ghouls, preventing them from ever seizing the key.

21:10 Friday 20th September 2019
SUSPIRIA (1977) | 92m | 2.35:1 | Dir. Dario Argento

Arguably Dario Argento’s finest work can only truly be appreciated on the big screen and we are thrilled to be including this classic in our line-up. Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend an exclusive ballet school. When she arrives late on a stormy night, she sees Pat (Eva Axén) another student, fleeing from the doors. The next day, Suzy is welcomed to her new school but has a difficult time settling in. She hears noises, and often feels ill and as people begin to die, Suzy uncovers a terrifying secret history which will change her life forever.

11:45 Saturday 21st September 2019
THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING (1989) | 88m | 1.85:1 Stereo| Dir. Jim Wynorsky

‘He’s got a grudge ‘coz they turned him to sludge!’
The long awaited wacky sequel to Wes Craven’s SWAMP THING which many claim as being superior and based on DC Comics character of the same name. A beautiful horticulturist visits her stepfather to discover the mystery behind her mother’s untimely death. Her stepfather wants to kill her to create his immortality serum, but the Swamp Thing comes to her rescue. The two become an unlikely couple, hunted by the insane Dr. Arcane and his horde of mutant creatures.

14:00 Saturday 21st September 2019
THE HIDDEN (1987) | 97m | 1.85:1 | Dir. Jack Sholder

Premiere magazine once called this movie, ‘One of the best films you’ve never seen’. They were right and we’re delighted to be able to bring this classic to GRINDFEST. The focus of this guilty pleasure would be a spoiler but expect a fast paced, car chasing, host swapping, edge of your seat horror thriller with FBI agent (Kyle MacLachlan) and homicide detective (Michael Nouri) on the hunt of otherwise law abiding citizens causing havoc across the city.

16.15 Saturday 21st September 2019
WICKED, WICKED (1973) | 95m | Anamorphic Duo-Vision | Dir. Richard L. Bare

‘Twice The Tension, Twice The Terror!’
‘No Glasses, All You Need Are Your Eyes!’
Screening in its original Duo-Vision process at GRINDFEST!
Simmons (Roger Bowen), the manager of a seaside hotel in California, has a problem: Guests are turning up dead, and Sgt. Ramsey (Scott Brady), the hotel’s detective, has no information as to the identity of the murderer. The only thing anybody knows is that the killer wears a strange mask and has a fondness for blonde women. As Ramsey tracks down a list of suspects, Lisa (Tiffany Bolling), the hotel’s lounge singer, finds herself in danger.

18.50 Saturday 21st September 2019
RAZORBACK (1984) | 95m | 2.35:1 Panavision| Dolby Stereo| Dir. Russell Mulcahy

Before he directed the cult classic Highlander (1986), music video creator Russell Mulcahy adapted this stylish Ozploitation horror film from the novel by Peter Brennan. Gregory Harrison stars as Carl Winters, a grief-stricken American husband who has come to a remote corner of Australia to seek answers in the death of his wife, a TV journalist who was investigating a story on kangaroo poaching. Carl meets Jake Cullen (Bill Kerr), a man obsessed with hunting down what he says is an enormous razorback boar that consumed his grandson. Joined by farmer Sarah Cameron (Arkie Whiteley), Carl and Jake set out to find the powerful beast.

21:00 Saturday 21st September 2019
ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992) | 82m | 1.85:1 |Dolby Stereo| Dir. Sam Raimi

The third in director Sam Raimi’s stylish, comic book-like horror trilogy that began with The Evil Dead (1982), this tongue-in-cheek sequel offers equal parts sword-and-sorcery-style action, gore, and comedy. Bruce Campbell returns as the one-armed Ash, now a supermarket employee (“Shop Smart…Shop S-Mart”) who is transported by the powers of a mysterious book back in time with his Oldsmobile ’88 to the 14th century medieval era. Armed only with a shotgun, his high school chemistry textbook, and a chainsaw that mounts where his missing appendage once resided, the square-jawed, brutally competent Ash quickly establishes himself as a besieged kingdom’s best hope against an “army of darkness” currently plaguing the land. Since the skeleton warriors have been resurrected with the aid of the Necronomicon, he agrees to face the enemy in battle. Ash also finds romance of a sort along the way with a beautiful damsel in distress, Sheila (Embeth Davidtz), and contends with his own doppelganger after mangling an important incantation

Individual Tickets also available for each film at www.shelleytheatre.co.uk

FAREWELL MY LOVELY (1975) on 16mm Film

Farewell, My Lovely (1975) directed by Dick Richards, and starring Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles and Harry Dean Stanton.

An ex-con hires private eye Phillip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) to find his long-lost girlfriend, a lounge singer. Marlowe also goes on a routine ransom exchange for a necklace, and gets knocked out and framed for murder. This is an atmospheric colour remake of the film noir classic Murder My Sweet (1944) and it captures the mood perfectly. 16mm film screening. Plus supporting programme.