SPOOKIES (85 R)
VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 10/23
3 day rental for $8
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After taking shelter in a spooky old mansion, a group of travelers discover a ouija board and decide to spend the night. But they soon learn that playing with the forces of black magic isn’t fun and games, and it’s not long before they’re battling demonic creatures, shape shifters, and other forms of evil! Of all of the bizarre horror films made in the 1980s, SPOOKIES easily ranks among the weirdest.
The film became a fan favorite thanks to its expertly rendered creature effects and notorious for its bizarre production history in which its original creators (co-writers/directors Brendan Faulkner and Thomas Doran, and co-writer/producer Frank M. Farel), were fired and replaced by Eugenie Joseph, who added new scenes and re-edited the previously shot footage. Newly restored in 4K from its long lost original negative, SPOOKIES has never looked better.
Restoration courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome and the American Genre Film Archive
Director: Genie Joseph
Writers: Ann Burgund
Stars: Felix Ward, Maria Pechukas, Dan Scott
Presented in collaboration with Ithaca Fantastik
“A surreal blitz of ooze, slime, hoboes, failed birthday parties, Grim Reapers, explosions, zombies, people jumping through walls, and a guy with his own face silkscreened on his shirt.”
— Joseph A. Ziemba, BLEEDING SKULL!