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 It was originally made for 3D in theaters, and the rich cinematography attests to that, but the costumes, props and sets are absolutely amazing.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.
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.