Thursday, November 06, 2008


Back by POPULAR DEMAND! We've brought back the all-night/day Grindhouse a-thon, "SHOCK AND AWE" and while I was in Finland, we secured the rights to bring up one of the most fun cult films of the 80's..... THE TOXIC AVENGER!!!!
Saturday November 8th @ 11:30 PM till November 9th at 10:30 AM
FOX THEATRE 2236 Queen Street East - Toronto, ON Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door
Toronto's all-night homage to the Grindhouse experience is BACK after much demand! No need to dream about the days of 42nd street! SHOCK AND AWE returns with the all night party with more food, fun, and lots of films pulled from the CONFLICT ARCHIVES. Why see one, when you can see FIVE different films, all presented from the original 35mm prints. Grabs some friends, chug back lots of coffee, pizza, donuts, Jolt Cola (!!!), and between films scour through the CONFLICT ARCHIVES merch table to do some Christmas shopping! Here's the lineup, in no particular order! -
NIGHT WARNING (1983) Starring: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, and Bill Paxton (!!) Director: William Asher Jimmy Mc Nichol (yes, Kristy's brother) stars in this creepy, sleazy, and under-rated thriller gem about an orphaned teenager, his over-protective Aunt (Tyrrell) who just won't let him out of her grasp... at all costs. Incest and Homosexual undercurrents play in this creepy little film, all directed by William Asher (who directed slews of I LOVE LUCY episodes!).
SENSATIONS (1975) Starring: Brigitte Maier, Veronique Monet, Miss Tuppy Owens Director: Alberto De Ferraro (Lasse Braun) Screened back in the days of FESTIVAL with their newspaper headline screaming "Dion Conflict says 'It's the hottest film I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them!'" it still holds back for a command performance. Margaret from Minnesota (Maier) goes on a strange journey after meeting some liberated people on a cruise ship including a horny cello player from Hungary, and a rich British woman living in Amsterdam. With a hook arm, excellent music and cinematography, SENSATIONS was suppose to play in places such as Hull, Quebec for 2 weeks, and ended up playing 6 months! The absolute best of the adult genre, directly from the distributor in Sweden.
THE BUS IS COMING (1971) Starring: Mike Sims, Stephanie Faulkener Director: Wendell Franklin When a soul bro returns to the hood n finds out his brother has been killed by racist pigs, it's out for revenge! An excellent early Blaxploitation pic, it paved the way in subsequent years for films such as SUPERFLY. Enjoy some delicious donuts before and after the film at the snack bar, in honour of the pigs (we're trying to get some pork product!). A VERY VERY rare find!
MYSTERY FILM (???) Starring: ????? Director: ?????? Anyone that knows me knows I love surprizes and I hope you do too, with this favorite of mine to add some fun to the evening? You're not really going to know WHAT it is till it hits the screen. But we guarantee, 100% entertainment!
DARK STAR (1974) Starring: Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon Director: John Carpenter John Carpenter's student film got picked up by a distributor, who gave him a bit more $$$ to beef up the time and shoot some more footage. What resulted is this ambitious cult classic with hippies on a 20 year mission in outer space to blow up unstable planets. Featuring talking bombs (ala 2001), a beach ball alien, and a solar energy pack which is a muffin tray. ... and to close the event.....
THE TOXIC AVENGER (1984) Starring: Andree Miranda, Mitch Cohen Director: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman THE BEST TROMA FILM EVER! We pulled teeth to bring you this print into Canada, and we're sure it won't disappoint. Poor Melvin the Mopboy lives in Tromaville and works at a local health club. After some locals have him kiss a lamb, he falls out a window in a bucket of toxic waste, turning from man into THE TOXIC AVENGER! Featuring tasteless laughs, gruesome gore, tacky stock music, and lots of boob, it's what put TROMA in the bigger league of indy companies. It played in Toronto for a weekend during it's original release, cut to shreads. THIS PRINT IS UNCUT, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CANADA!
.... So folks. Remember, sleep is for suckers! Get your tickets for SHOCK AND AWE at the Fox Theatre box office, Suspect Video (605 Markham Street, beside Honest Eds), or Eyesore Cinema (801 Queen Street West, above Rotate this). DON'T MISS THE FUN! GRAB YOUR TICKETS TODAY!!!!! Special thanks to our sponsors as well.... Eyesore, Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Rue Morgue Magazine, Suspect Video and Watcher Comics... You guys rock!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its now 4pm. I haven't bothered sleeping after Shock and Awe 2.

Excellent show. Everything was put together great, and I'm already getting ready for June.

We talked a little after the show (One of Brian/Bruce Campbell's friend/co-worker) But I forgot to mention a film to you.

I stumbled across this a few years ago and I was blown away. The movie came with a challenge of who can watch it the longest. I don't know if this would necessarily fit into the Shock and Awe vibe, but it is a must have for your personal collection. It is an animated Italian rip off of titanic and EVERY classic movie of our childhood.
Just to give you an idea of what this is all about, the opening sequence is the beautiful young girl drifting away from the sinking titanic in a life raft. She looks around the boat and see's, among others and cheap imitation of sherlock holmes, the rescuers down under and 101 dalmations.

I don't know the name of the movie, or much more than what I told you, but I figured if anyone was interested it would be you.

Good luck, See you in June.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Doug Tilley said...

An amazing time once again, Dion. I think my brain was in shut-down mode by the time we got through the evening, but I consider these events a battle of will. Plenty of time to sleep when i'm dead.

Threw my thoughts together in a blog entry:

In the entry, I forgot to mention the greatly appreciated trailer for Brian Bosworth's STONE COLD.

Great stuff. Definitely looking forward to the next one.

12:23 PM  

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