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King of Cult:
Sam Raimi

Fri 10/29 – Sun 10/31

 

Since this is the 10th anniversary of the Brattle Film Foundation, and one of our signature events has been an annual Halloween screening of the cult favorite EVIL DEAD 2, we’ve decided to pay tribute to the man behind the mayhem, Sam Raimi. Undoubtedly, a “king of cult”, Raimi has created a distinctive style over the years – his appreciation for the Three Stooges really sets him apart. Of course there’s also the Raimi-cam – a dizzying dolly-shot – that is as distinctive as a fingerprint. And, just to be sure we’re paying attention, he even directed a serious drama about baseball (no, we’re not showing it)! We are showing his latest, DRAG ME TO HELL and his big-budget successes SPIDER-MAN 1 & 2. Plus two overlooked gems: the weirdo DARKMAN and American spaghetti western THE QUICK & THE DEAD. And, of course, EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN!

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King of Cult: Sam Raimi

Drag Me to Hell

5:15, 7:30 PM

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(2009) dir Sam Raimi w/Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver [99 min]

A return to form for Sam Raimi, DRAG ME TO HELL reminds us of the halcyon days of the director: pretty scary, kinda gory, peppered with humor, undeniably gross, and utterly enjoyable from start to finish. DRAG ME TO HELL is, essentially, about an ancient curse placed on impossibly blonde banker Christine by an old woman who has been denied a loan. Christine is haunted by demons who, as the title states, want to drag her to hell.

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King of Cult: Sam Raimi

Darkman

10:00 PM

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(1990) dir Sam Raimi w/Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Larry Drake [96 min]

Innocent scientist Peyton Westlake (Neeson) is presumed dead when the psychotic gangster (Drake) who is being investigated by his lawyer girlfriend (McDormand) blows up his lab. Horribly disfigured but still alive, Westlake undergoes an experimental procedure that leaves him unable to feel pain, super strong, and, let’s face it, pretty bonkers. Utilizing his own invention of synthetic skin, Westlake assumes the persona of DARKMAN and sets out to get revenge on the crooks who have ruined his life. Raimi’s dark, bravura ode to pulp heroes, Sunday Comic Strip avengers, and gothic Hammer Horror films, DARKMAN is a cult gem waiting to be rediscovered.

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