Experience Boardinghouse in All the Psychedelic Madness of Horror Vision – Music Box Midnights – 35mm Screening

Music Box Theatre – 3733 N. Southport Ave.
General Admission: $9

01A Boardinghouse 600Friday, January 13 & Saturday, January 14 @ 11:59 PM
Directed by John Wintergate • 1982
Co-presented by Odd Obsession, Chicago Film Society, and the Music Box Theatre
A decade after a series of unexplained deaths occurred on the property, new age meditation specialist and psychic warrior Jim Royce has inherited the ominous Hoffman house and opened it as a residence for “unattached and beautiful” women. Soon enough, people begin dying in gruesome and mysterious ways and it’s up to Jim and one of his psychically gifted tenants to go to battle with the dark forces attached to the house. The brainchild of new age workshop leaders and rock musicians Johnima and Kalassu Wintergate (playing the leads, with Johnima also writing and directing) and prominently featuring the music of their band Lightstorm (who’ve recently been feted with a greatest hits compilation courtesy of Drag City Records), Boardinghouse found the couple’s spiritual concerns inscrutably butting up against the excesses of sex and violence endemic to the independent horror marketplace. Possessed with a bizarre energy all its own, as well as an arbitrarily deployed “Horror Vision” gimmick, Boardinghouse manages to never coast or sit still throughout its runtime, ping-ponging between stalk-and-slash fakeouts, psychedelic video effects-laden freakouts, and legitimately eerie paranormal creep-outs. The first horror film to be shot on oh-so-80s analog video, Boardinghouse is an essential piece of lunatic cinema, complete with requisite high levels of gore and camp and presented in an archival 35mm print! (CW)
98 min • Blustarr • 35mm from the American Genre Film Archive


And join us again next week for our regularly scheduled program at:

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

02 Hollywood SHuffle 600

Wednesday, January 18 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Robert Townsend • 1987
Bobby Taylor works for the Winky-Dinky-Dog stand but dreams of stardom and sets out for Hollywood despite the advice of his coworkers. A funny-as-hell, take-no-prisoners critique of Hollywood’s stereotypical portrayal of African Americans, Hollywood Shuffle was inspired by Chicago-born Robert Townsend’s own experiences in show business after his starring role in A Soldier’s Story: “I started getting calls for slaves, pimps, muggers, and rapists, and I said ‘I can’t do this…’ so I said ‘I’ll go do my own film. I didn’t go to film school, but I had seen enough bad movies to know what I don’t like.’” Made for $100,000 using Townsend’s savings and credit cards, Hollywood Shuffle’s energy is manic and infectious, so much so that it made its budget back fifty times over. The jokes still cut close to the bone, and, per the Washington Post, “should thoroughly embarrass those studios that routinely offer up badly made, multimillion-dollar disasters.” (JA)
82 min •  Conquering Unicorn • 35mm Park Circus
Preceded by: “Uptown Saturday Night” Production Short – 16mm – 9 min

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