ALICE COOPER: WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE
1975, 84 min, USA, Dir: David Winters

To support his first solo album, king of shock rock Alice Cooper put together his most elaborate stage show yet and took it on the road. Built around the concept of a young boy’s nightmares, the production featured such hits as “I'm Eighteen” and “School's Out” along with songs from the Welcome to My Nightmare album. With a great band including guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, the Coop is in terrific form throughout this London-shot concert film, a longtime staple of the midnight movie circuit.


THE WHALES OF AUGUST
1987, Alive Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

Bette Davis joins another screen legend, Lillian Gish, for this lovely tale of two sisters spending the summer, as they have for 60 years, on a picturesque island off the coast of Maine. Anderson displays a deep love for Hollywood's past, casting not only Davis and Gish but veterans Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., and Ann Sothern, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role. A profound meditation on aging, this is perhaps the best of Davis' later films, and won Lillian Gish the Best Actress award from the National Board of Review.


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