Denver's a great place for fans of the big five of genre film (that's sci-fi, fantasy, horror, exploitation and cult), as every week we get a generous helping of selections to choose from. As usual, we're rounding up your options for the weekend to come and the following week, and making a recommendation of one can't-miss film. This week, we've got a horror film about killing people to make horror films -- now that's what we call verisimilitude!
Pick of the Week: All About Evil Where: Esquire Theatre, 600 Downing Street When: Midnight Saturday, August 21 Why?: It's a love-letter to genre film and the theaters that feature it. It's the debut feature of cult-film impresario Peaches Christ (aka Joshua Grannell) and it stars cult legends Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira!) and Mink Stole. Basically, if you're the kind of person looking for the best in genre film on a weekly basis, this film was made for you. (You can read more about All About Evil in this week's Night & Day piece on the film.) Not sold yet? Check out the trailer, embedded below. More info/tickets: LandmarkTheatres.com
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Wet Hot American Summer Where: Starz FilmCenter, Tivoli building on the Auraria Campus When: 10 p.m. Friday August 20 and Saturday August 21 Why?: It's only the greatest summer camp movie of all time. And it's from the guys behind the awesome cult comedy sketch show The State. Plus, there's a guy who humps a refrigerator in it. If somehow you still aren't sold, perhaps the shortest short-shorts contest that's happening before each show will convince you... More info/tickets: DenverFilm.org
2Everything 2Terrible 2: Tokyo Drift Where: Starz FilmCenter, Tivoli building on the Auraria Campus When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 21 Why?: It's a crazy cut-up masterpiece of discarded, god-awful VHS-era clips "poetically edited" into something wonderful, complete with a costumed, strobe-light and smoke machine pre-show extravaganza. (You can read more about 2Everything 2Terrible 2: Tokyo Drift in this week's Night & Day piece on the film/event.) More info/Tickets: DenverFilm.org
Spirited Away Where: Esquire Theatre, 600 Downing Street When: Midnight Friday, August 20 & Saturday, August 21 Why?: Yet another gem from anime master Hayao Miyazaki! The guy is not only a master, but a prolific master. In Spirited Away, a girl is transported to a shadow land full of strange spirits and beasts where she must protect her parents from the machinations of a sorceress in order to return home. More info/Tickets: LandmarkTheatres.com
Persepolis Where: Thin Man parking lot, 2015 East 17th Avenue When: Wednesday, August 25 at dusk (9 p.m. ish) Why?: An animated autobiographical tale of a young Iranian girl's coming of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution, based on the graphic novel of the same name. It won the Jury prize in Cannes in 2007 and it's a great animated film for people who aren't into the typical animated film. Plus, it's free! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, though. More info/Tickets: ThinManTavern.com