If you want to summon some ghosts, sip on witches' brew and watch a satanic smorgasbord of documentary, experimental and narrative shorts, head to Glob for Cinema Contra tonight . Film programmer Anthony Buchanan promises that the ghost of Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey will host this unique mix of 16mm and digital prints.
The lineup is centered on two movies: The fear-mongering Christian propaganda film Revival of Evil attributes the rise of Satanism to everything from rock and roll to drugs, séances and Tarot cards; Equinox is a shabbily made cult horror flick. "It was a prototype for a lot of the 1970s films about teenagers and college kids who go off for a drive for the weekend and encounter a lot of frightening things," Buchanan says. "It predates Texas Chainsaw Massacre and, perhaps most notably, Evil Dead."
Buchanan's programming style is eclectic; shorts allow him to address a variety of issues in a small time frame. "I tried to mix together as many things as I could for this," he says. "We've got documentary, fragments from old, forgotten, classic scary movies and a fair amount of experimental films in there. I'm trying to reach across genres as much as I can."
Buchanan is most excited about the avant-garde films haunting the program, many produced by local filmmakers. "Bill Morrison makes films out of decayed, water-damaged films and creates these visual symphonies out of them. In this one he uses old footage from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," he says. "Derek Stuart, who is a grad student at CU, has a film in there where he's playing around with the emulsion. I think he used Halloween stamps, stamping the ink directly onto the filmstrip."
Buchanan describes the films of Taylor Dunne and Michelle Silva as "cutesy-type films that use home movies with kids in scary costumes. They become these joyful pieces in and of themselves."
The program starts at 8:30 p.m. sharp tonight, at Glob, 3551 Brighton Boulevard. There is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, contact Buchanan at email@example.com.
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