October 29, 2021
Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland StoryOctober 29, 2021
Documentary / 2021 / 63 minutes
Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a Black transgender musician, becomes a cult icon three decades after the release of his album Keyboard Fantasies.
Screen Slate Presents: Anguish (35mm)October 29, 2021
Horror / 1987 / 89 minutes
Fans of David Lynch will lose their minds (and eyeballs) over this undeservedly obscure, offbeat thriller by the late Bigas Luna. A Russian Doll narrative structure spirals around a serial killing ophthalmologist (Michael Lerner) who collects eyeballs under the hypnotic influence of his overbearing mother (Zelda Rubenstein of Poltergeist). Yet when the fourth wall suddenly ruptures, the setting shifts to a movie theater screening the apparent film-within-a-film, where a young patron is convinced that the man sitting near her may be a murderer—and then things get really weird. Rife with paranoia and hallucinatory narrative criss-crossing, the film suggests an unlikely mix of Buster Keaton, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, and Lamberto Bava. Few, if any, films are so conceptually premised upon their being seen in an actual theater. The ability of Anguish to make its audience genuinely paranoid is unparalleled, giving each screening the feel of a one-of-a-kind additional layer to the film’s surreal structure. Any chance to catch it with an audience in 35mm is can’t-miss. Just make sure you know who’s sitting behind you.
Screen Slate previously included Anguish in its series “The Medium is the Massacre” at Anthology Film Archives. This screening is scheduled back-to-back with 1991’s movie theater slasher Popcorn.
Screen Slate Presents: Popcorn (35mm)October 29, 2021
Horror / 1990 / 91 minutes
In this underrated slasher, a killer stalks a group of film students hosting an all-night horror movie marathon at their local theater. Popcorn blends modern practical gore effects with a reverence for old-school scares; like Joe Dante’s Matinee (1993), it’s full of films-within-the-film featuring William Castle-esque gimmicks like Shock-o-Scope, Odorama, and a giant mosquito that flies over the audience. As the kids rig the gimmicks, the killer stalks the catwalks, knocking them off one-by-one while circling closer to Maggie, a student whose surreal dreams of a cursed short film called Possessor seem to be linked to murders. Released around the same time as the 80s slasher cycle had run out of steam, Popcorn is an idiosyncratic and uniquely endearing entry in the genre.
Popcorn is scheduled alongside Anguish, another cinema slasher that takes the surrealism of the film-within-a-film concept to the next level.