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!
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.