Those of you that were able to make it to The Sunset despite the shitty weather made it another successful night of guerilla splatter cinema. Thanks for braving it and for putting up with the nasty old DVD player. When it worked it sure looked nice on that new projector though! Thanks to Max for the new hardware!
Due to the inclement weather NINJA TERMINATOR IS STILL HAPPENING.
We realize that it may be more difficult to get here for some of you, but we hope that you'll make the effort anyway. Good movies, good drinks, good pizza and good friends ALWAYS at KFG.
Reptilicus at 7pm - This Danish monster movie from 1961 is regarded as one of the worst of its kind and subsequently became one of our favorites. Drilling for oil or something in the snow, some Danes hit a prehistoric monster and bring up a section of its tail. Placed in a bubbling protien solution the tail soon regenerates into a whole monster which terrorizes Copenhagen and can only be stopped by the US military!
Computer Beach Party at 8:30pm -In the mid 1980's someone in Galveston, Texas was plotting to make that balmy Gulf-Coast town the next go-to spot for movie making. As far as we know, this film is one of only two to actually make it to completion. Two beach bums use their homemade computer to invite hot-chicks and a totally rockin' band to their house in an effort to stop a real estate developer from privatizing the beach. To be honest, the fact that it is wholly independent from the mainstream movie scene produces a fairly unique spin on the classic 80's teen party movie formula. A humorously half-baked Texan spin.
Ninja Terminator at 10pm - Richard Harrison, one of KFG's mascots appears again as the Ninja Terminator, a man of unprecedented martial skill who must stop the evil ninja clan from possessing all three parts of the Golden Ninja Warrior. Teamed up with his buddy Tiger, will Ninja Terminator defeat the ruthless crab army? Will the unstoppable messenger robot prove to be unstoppable? And hey, who's this guy Silver Fox? Only Godfrey Ho and Dickie Harrison can say.
Come join us on November 22nd for another night of undiluted brilliance.
For our fifth year in a row we're returning to the Sunset Tavern in October with a full night of gut-munching zombie fare. As in the past, so in the future. Long before there were "zombie walks" and zombie TV shows, there was the international Amercan-Italian zombie exchange program. You make one, we'll make one, you make one.... And this was the age when there was no such thing as straight to video (much less DVD) so all these splatterfests played on the big screen. We're proud to bring 'em back.
Legion of the Night (1995) @ 7:00PM - The living dead return once again in the form of cybernetic assassins used to settle a mob war. Bill Hinzman, the original graveyard zombie from Night of the Living Dead (1968) who never got over his brief brush with fame returns in yet another low budget zombie flick. Here he is Doctor Bloom the man whose experiments with reanimating dead flesh lead to the creation of Cybernetic Zombie Assassins and unleashed a wave of bloodshed.
Hell of the Living Dead (1980) @ 8:30PM - This uber-trashy, barely coherent zombie flick was directed by Italian hackmaster extraordinaire Bruno Mattei whose films we take particular delight showing here at KFG. Also known by the creative title Night of the Zombies, this flick concerns a chemical plant disaster on the island of Papua New Guinea. The natives have begun to eat each other and a SWAT team fresh from a standoff with some terrorists is sent to investigate. Things immediately begin to fall apart as it becomes apparent that it's not just the natives who are eating people. Goofy, gross and absurd all at the same time, Hell of the Living Dead is as close as it comes to a classic at this low calibre.
City of the Living Dead (1980) @ 10:00PM - Also known by its more accurate title Gates of Hell, this film from splatter-maestro Lucio Fulci does in fact feature the gates of hell, or a gates of hell.... Anyway, a distraught priest hangs himself in a cemetery opening, you guessed it, some gates to hell which allows the cemetery's permanent residents to become somewhat less permanent. An intrepid reporter (what a hardy cinematic trope!) teams up with an concerned psychic in a race to close those damned gates before it's too late. Starring an incredible cast of genre actors from the golden age of Italian and U.S. horror, City of the Living Dead is a classic of zombie cinema.
Kung Fu Grindhouse returns on September 20th with another night of gutter classics:
Slithis (1978) aka Spawn of the Slithis @ 7:00pm - If you've ever heard of the true story surrounding the incidents at Love Canal in the late 70's already know what Slithis is about, sortof. In this case some sort of man made contamination creates a mutant creature that menaces the waterways of Venice, California. This flick is almost impossible to find on VHS, it never made it to DVD, but you get to see it here.
Body Melt (1993) @ 8:30 - Jumping ahead a decade and a half to Australia we find ourselves in a similar situation. A group of unscrupulous scientists decide to go ahead with a little trial run of some performance enhancing drugs. The result is nothing less than a goofy goo-fest that harkens to Peter Jackson's golden age or the film Street Trash. It's a pretty specific reference I know, but Body Melt is in a category shared with very few other films.
Warriors Two (1978) @ 10:00pm - And back to the late 70's where we find Sammo Hung Kam Bo at the helm of what turns out to be a veritable expose of Wing Chun style kung-fu. His friend the bank teller is being hunted by the murderers of a local politician. Since it's only a matter of time before they catch up he decides it's better to stand and fight with his friends* at his side. As one would expect from Sammo, brilliant martial arts mixed in with humor and an intriguing story combine to make this one of the best ones yet. *Yes there are three of them total, but I guess women "don't count" and so it's called Warriors Two.
Kung Fu Grindhouse returns on August 16th with more regurgitated cinema:
Slugs @ 7:00pm - Yes indeed, flesh eating slugs do in fact menace s small town in this trashy nature gone wild "classic" from 1988. Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon who also brought us Pieces succeeds once again in portraying humans as volatile, cruel and above all stupid frightened animals.
The Dirtbike Kid @ 8:30pm Peter Billingsley who you may be more familiar with as Ralphie in A Christmas Story plays a kid who re-enacts Herbie the Lovebug with a dirtbike. Hand in handle they manage to save the local hotdog stand from demolition in favor of a bank, and save his widowed mother from perpetual lonliness, whew what a metaphor.
The Buddhist Fist @ 10:pm Two brothers are raised separately and trained in kung fu only to find themselves at opposite sides of a deadly rivalry. Contradicts the Western notion that Buddhism is a peaceful self effacing faith whose followers somehow transcend worldly concerns. In fact as this film points out even Buddhists can be full of rage, vice and mindless vindictive hatred just like the rest of the world. Directed by Iron Monkey's Yuen Wo Ping!
Fans of Kung Fu Grindhouse:
Our favorite theater in Seattle needs our help! The Grand Illusion is a volunteer run, non-profit cinema in the U-District. As such they operate dangerously close tot he bottom line, and if they run out of money, they may have to close their doors.
The Grand Illusion is the only cinema in town that offers such a unique mix of films from trashy to classic to foreign to yes, even kung-fu. Simply put, it's amazing stuff you won't find anywhere else in Seattle.
On top of this they have the best ticket prices in town. You can see almost any movie for just 8 bucks, 7 bucks for students, and if you become a member, tickets are just five dollars! Becoming a member starts at just 30 bucks for a whole year.
We don't know what else to say to encourage you to help keep this totally unique and awesome cinema going, it would be a huge hit to local movie fans if they closed down. As supporters of all of Kung Fu Grindhouse's shenanigans, we think you understand the value of something like this.
We're going to be there this Tuesday July 27th to watch John Water's trashy classic Female Trouble at 9pm. In addition to our own ticket prices, we'll donate an extra five bucks to The Grand Illusion for every certifiable Kung Fu Grindhouse fan who buys a ticket to watch Female Trouble with us.
Find out more about The Grand Illusion here: www.grandillusioncinema.org
1403 NE 50th St., Seattle, 98105 (at University Way & NE 50th St.)
On July 19th we're back with another night of awesome cinema salvage:
Fiend Without A Face @ 7:00pm - A nuclear power plant in Canada causes “thoughts” to manifest physically as brain sucking brain monsters. A cold-war era monster classic with bumbling military, solitary army-scientist heroes and fainting women galore. We saw a trailer for this film back in the 80's and never forgot it. Finally, 20-odd years later it lives up to the flying brain monster hopes we had held on to for so long.
Space Hunters @ 8:30pm - Molly Ringwald stars in this visual smorgasbord science fiction from 1983. Something of a riff on popular space opera films of the time but much better than you would expect from a movie that has been almost totally forgotten. It was originally made for 3D in theaters, and the rich cinematography attests to that, but the costumes, props and sets are absolutely amazing.
Magnificent Butcher @ 10pm - Sammo Hung plays a butcher who runs afoul of a kung-fu school full of bad guys and has to defend himself. Sounds like a pretty typical plot for a kung fu movie, but it's livened up by Sammo's lightning fast kung-fu and witty humor. Widely considered one of his best.
The glorious Sunset Tavern had their ten year anniversary party the weekend before we did Blind Fury, and they got a nice writeup at Three Imaginary Girls. We managed to get an honorable mention as one of the Sunset's ongoing events.
As always, thanks to the Sunset for hosting us, and thanks to you our friends for coming and making it such a popular event.
For those of you who were at the last show and heard us announce the June date as the 21st, you are not crazy. Due to unforseen carpet replacement circumstances, KFG has been pushed back to the 28th. Same show different day. Check it out:
7pm - Men Behind the Sun: A Chinese war horror film about the Japanese occupation during World War II, this one has to be seen to be believed. Gruesome and gory to the maximum, you've been warned.
8:30pm - Mystery of Chessboxing: A young upstart must learn the mysterious "Chessboxing" style in order to defeat the Ghost Face Killer who has been terrorizing the countryside. Classic Chinese kung-fu from the 70's. I think some minor musical group might have written a song or two based on this film.
10pm - Blind Fury: Rutger Hauer is a blind Vietnam veteran who is trained in sword techniques during his recovery in Thailand. Upon his return to the States he fights crime, blind Vietnam veteran ninja style.
Kung Fu Grindhouse began as an effort to re-expose the badly decayed carcass of exploitation film history to a fresh audience of cinemaphiles. For nine years and counting we've tracked down the tastiest and trashiest forgotten and low-profile films and shown them to our friends in the hope that they will join us in preserving the memories of many a bygone movie era. The purpose of KFG is and always has been to encourage people to revisit and pursue these films on their own and to discover new ones for themselves.
All the films we show are from our personal collection, and we never charge a cover. Usually the third Monday of every month at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard Washington. 6pm till done.