Monday, October 24, 2011

Cleveland Cinematheque announces unique Halloween weekend

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

Six very different films – all of them chilling or fantastic in some way – will haunt the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque between October 27 and 30. Highlights include a sneak preview of the new shot-in-northeast-Ohio movie TAKE SHELTER, accompanied by its producer Tyler Davidson; ex-Clevelander Wes Craven’s first feature LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (shown with the 1960 Ingmar Bergman feature that inspired it, THE VIRGIN SPRING); THE LAST CIRCUS, a new horror comedy by Spanish cult director Alex de la Iglesia; and the first theatrical showing in decades of THE WEDNESDAY CHILDREN, a 1973 independent horror film shot in Wadsworth by former broadcast executive and longtime film professor Robert D. West, who will attend the screening.

Details are below:

Thursday, October 27, at 8:00 pm
Special Advance Screening!
Producer Tyler Davidson in Person!
USA, 2011, Jeff Nichols
According to Vanity Fair, “Take Shelter is already being called an American masterpiece.” Now you can be among the first to see this new movie that was shot in Ohio and acclaimed at Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto. Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life), and Kathy Baker star in the second feature written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories). It tells of an Ohio working man so plagued by apocalyptic visions that he builds a storm shelter to protect his wife and deaf six-year-old daughter. But will the enclosure protect them from him? The film’s producer Tyler Davidson will answer questions after the screening. Cleveland premiere. 35mm color & scope print! 120 min.  Screening courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics; advance tickets available at

Friday, October 28, at 7:15 pm &
Sunday, October 30, at 8:25 pm
(Balada Triste De Trompeta)
Spain/France, 2010, Álex de la Iglesia
In the outrageous new movie from the twisted mind of Álex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast, Perdita Durango), a circus’s “Sad Clown” battles the sadistic “Happy Clown” for the love of a beautiful acrobat (she’s also the Happy Clown’s abused wife). This darkly funny, violent, phantasmagoric film, which won the prizes for Best Director and Best Screenplay at last year’s Venice Film Festival, finds de la Iglesia back at the top of his over-the-top game. No one under 17 admitted! Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. 35mm. 107 min.

Friday, October 28, at 9:25 pm
USA, 2001, Steven Spielberg
Developed by Stanley Kubrick but brought to the screen by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick’s death, this futuristic parable blends Kubrick’s chilly braininess with Spielberg’s warmth and heart. It tells of a sophisticated robot child (Haley Joel Osment) with the ability to feel love and other emotions. He becomes the stand-in for a married couple’s absent, seriously ill natural son. But when their real child returns after being cured, the surrogate is cast out into a cruel world where he struggles to survive and yearns to become human. With Jude Law; music by John Williams. 35mm. 145 min.

Saturday, October 29, at 5:10 pm &
Sunday, October 30, at 4:30 pm
Sweden, 1960, Ingmar Bergman
Max von Sydow stars in Ingmar Bergman’s gripping medieval fable about a deeply religious father who wreaks terrible revenge on infidels who rape and murder his innocent young daughter. Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Subtitles. 35mm. 88 min. Wes Craven’s 1972 remake The Last House on the Left also screens on 10/29 & 30; see below.

Saturday, October 29, at 7:00 pm
Filmmaker Bob West in Person!
Rare Shot-in-Northeast Ohio Horror Film!
USA, 1973, Robert D. West
Robert West is a former Cleveland radio executive who has taught film courses for years at John Carroll University and Kent State University, where he is professor emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 1973 in Wadsworth, Ohio, he also made this now forgotten, low-budget independent horror film. Starring well known Cleveland actress Marji Dodrill, the movie tells of a group of neglected children who fall under the spell of a charismatic but creepy church janitor who takes them to a local barn and tells them how they can rid their lives of grownups through a process known as “transference.” Bob West will answer audience questions after we screen the only extant film print of his movie. “A sunlit horror story of considerable attainments...The camera work is remarkable…Musters up considerable quiet horror.” –The Plain Dealer. 16mm. 88 min. Special thanks to Janet Dodrill.

Saturday, October 29, at 9:45 pm &
Sunday, October 30, at 6:45 pm
USA, 1972, Wes Craven
Wes (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) Craven’s first feature is a splatter-film update of Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-winning 1960 revenge classic The Virgin Spring (see above). Transposing the 14th-century story to 1970s America, Craven graphically depicts how two teenage girls headed to a rock concert are abducted, brutalized, and murdered by psychopaths. Then they get their own nasty comeuppance. Not for the squeamish; no one under 17 admitted! 35mm. 80 min.

All of these films will be shown in the Aitken Auditorium of the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle, telephone (216) 421-7450,  Admission to each film is $9; Cinematheque members and CIA ID holders $7; ages 25 & under $5 (with proof of age). An additional film on the same day costs an additional $5. There is free parking for filmgoers in the adjacent CIA lot, located north of the building off of East Boulevard. For further information, call John Ewing or Tim Harry at (216) 421-7450 or email

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