Thanks to the wonders of retro programs, seeing a beloved horror movie on a big screen is a fairly common occurrence these days — but what about those less lauded and not-so-loved frightening films from years gone by? Or the flicks initially deemed too gritty or nasty for cinemas? Or the up-and-coming genre hits? Thankfully, Friday Fright Night is their time to shine.
Presented by Monster Fest, the new weekly program wades through horror at its most out-there, both made at home and abroad, and including rarely screened cult fare alongside fear-inducing classics. That the lineup kicks off with the first-ever Australian screenings of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 should give an indication of the types of movies on offer.
The rest of the schedule spans an eclectic bunch, lurching from French splatter onslaught High Tension, to the ever-controversial Irreversible, and even featuring Team America: World Police. Or, check out Patrick Stewart in alien invasion vampire horror effort Lifeforce, and Lisa McCune in Aussie gross-out offering Body Melt. Yes, it seems no one can escape this program — except maybe those with weak stomachs.