Best of EZC!
To celebrate Edinburgh Zombie Club’s fifth birthday in June, we’re going to revisit some of our favourite films we’ve shown over the years in one glorious all day event. We’ll be showing:
- Death Line
- Rome Armed To The Teeth
- Penitentiary 3
- Taoism Drunkard
Something deeply unpleasant is taking place between Holburn and Russell Square station, when a civil servant disappears on the underground over night, Detective Calhoun leads an investigation into the cannibalistic world of Death Line . Loosely based on the antics of Ayreshire’s very own Sawney Beane family, Pleasence as Calhoun is a total scene stealer from beginning to end. A British cult classic, watch out for Christopher Lee’s creepy cameo as an MI5 spook!
Oshare and her school buddies decide to go on holiday to visit her grandmother in the countryside, only to discover that her nan is actually a stiff and the house is haunted with blood projecting lampshades, man eating pianos and floating heads. This is an utterly surreal and entertaining romp which could only come from Nihon.
Inspector Leonardo Tanzi is a tough detective working the dangerous streets of Rome.He’s taken off the streets as his pansy waist bosses don’t like his brutal methods but with Tanzi out of action, the gangsters start a wild crime wave, banks are robbed, children are kidnapped, people are killed, and it’s all up to Tanzi to set things straight. Super charismatic Tomas Milian is stupendous as the wisecracking hunchback psycho villain who occasionally likes to gratuitously machine gun innocent bystanders.
Fitted up and sent down, ‘Too Sweet’ Gordone ends up being sentenced to hard time in a surreal prison where inmates are pawns in a series of brutal fights that are controlled by the sadistic and fey Serenghetti. Being a professional boxer, ‘Too Sweet’ is immediately in demand by both sides for the matches but refuses to play the game for either, which results in Serenghetti releasing his ultimate terror from the dungeon to wreak havoc on the prisoner – the Midnight Thud (The Haiti Kid). I could go on for pages about the character of the Thud, a crack smoking dwarf bum rapist with a taste for oranges and the apparent ability to fly by spinning his arms wildly and growling, but it would take away from the WTF factor of the film. Let’s just call him the greatest character ever written to film and the reason this film has legendary status among the ranks of the Zombie Club.
Any attempt to explain the plot of Taoism Drunkard would ultimately prove as futile as it is utterly unnecessary. Directed by and starring the brother of legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, it is 89 minutes of no-budget non-stop kung fu chaos. What more could you ask for than a drunken kung fu priest who drives around town in a small wicker rat? A wannabe hustler attempting to woo a grieving widow by dressing as a 6ft flaccid dildo (but is thwarted by a bad case of crabs)? and a transvestite grandmother who’s unorthodox style of kung fu is at its most deadly after a few tokes on her trusty hash pipe, or when wielding a ridiculously massive cardboard sword?…Not to mention what must be cinema’s most chilling and ferocious rubber suited monster, straight from the bowels of hell itself, the unstoppable cock-hungry Banana Monster.
All of which is packaged together with plenty of surprisingly inventive and energetic kung fu, and cheekily (if not necessarily accurately) subtitled for comedy value by someone you presume probably should know better. Words simply cannot do justice to this sadly neglected classic of 80s Hong Kong nonsense! Possibly the funniest film we’ve ever shown.
EDINBURGH ZOMBIE CLUB PRESENTS:
A CANNIBAL TRIPLE FEATURE
Two couples taking a motor home trip trip in the American south rubberneck what they think is a hippie orgy, only to discover it’s a murderous Satanic ritual. They make a blundering getaway, only to be pursued across the state by the Satanists, who’re hellbent on sending them to the big man downstairs.
A great mix of backwoods horror with the Satanic scare movies popular at the time, this is a fantastic movie, with some great action sequences and a creepy, paranoid atmosphere there doesn’t let up until the unforgettable ending.
Slightly disturbed and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela’s arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than with sinister or less than honorable intentions.
Not the goriest of slasher movies but its twist ending ensured its place in horror history.
This month’s night is on the 29th of August and, as always, we’ll be starting at 7:30pm in the Banshee Labyrinth. This month we’re proud to be part of Scala Beyond!
It’s time for another round of All Night Horror Madness at the Cameo! Without further ado, here are the details:
After three amazing, sell-out shows ALL NIGHT HORROR MADNESS has earned a blood-spattered reputation as the wildest kind of fun legally possible within the walls of a Scottish cinema. And now the legend returns to Edinburgh to continue its unstoppable reign of carnage!
You’re invited to the Cameo Cinema to devour a 4th stunning selection of stonewall classic horror films on the big screen. FIVE HORROR MOVIES IN A ROW! Through the entire night of Saturday 10th March 2012.
Come and savour an atmosphere The Edinburgh Reporter calls “electric” and the event The Journal describes as “an authentic, vintage technicolour rainbow of blood, guts, gore and bones, considered one of the best nights on the Scottish calendar.”
- Underground 80s grime epic BRAIN DAMAGE…
- Wes Craven’s surreal masterpiece A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET…
- Demented Italian trash shocker THE NIGHTS OF TERROR…
- Ultimate 80s zombie party classic THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD…
- And all kicking off with a SURPRISE MOVIE!
Three films screening from vintage 35mm prints…Five more ultra-rare screenings of the goriest, funniest and craziest horror movies of all time. Plus vintage horror trailers and a free raffle!
Saturday 10th March 2012 11pm till early…£17.50/£15.50 (conc.)
Book early to avoid disappointment on/at: 0871 9025723 or www.picturehouses.co.uk
Well there you have it. A stonking line up I’m sure you’ll agree!