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Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Sep 24, 2011
7:30pm

Triple Feature! John Carpenter In Person!
THE THING / IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS / PRINCE OF DARKNESS
Triple feature to be introduced by director John Carpenter.
THE THING
1982, Universal, 109 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Director John Carpenter took the 1951 sci-fi classic THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, produced by Howard Hawks, and turned it into something darker, fiercer and altogether more disturbing, pitting sombrero-wearing helicopter pilot Kurt Russell and a crew of Arctic scientists (Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart) against a ravenous, shape-shifting alien being. From the haunting opening shots of a sled dog fleeing across the snow to the apocalyptic, fire-and-ice ending, this ranks with Ridley Scott’s ALIEN as one of the finest (and most beautifully crafted) sci-fi films of the past 30 years. The film was terribly underrated by critics on its initial release but its stock has constantly risen in the ensuing decades as one of the most intelligent, scary and uncompromising horror films of the 1980s. Also starring Keith David and David Clennon.


IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS
1995, New Line Cinema, 95 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

Hired investigator Sam Neill discovers reclusive horror writer Jurgen Prochnow (DAS BOOT) in a tiny New England town, but isn’t prepared for the terrifying reality warp that follows, in this wild, H.P. Lovecraft-inspired romp through the demonic looking glass. With a terrific supporting cast that includes David Warner and Charlton Heston.


PRINCE OF DARKNESS
1987, Universal, 102 min, USA, Dir: John Carpenter

When a group of physics graduate students are contacted by a priest to investigate a vat seemingly abandoned in the basement of a dilapidated Los Angeles church, they have little idea of the true evil inhabiting the vat's phosphorescent green liquid. As the Satan-possessed liquid comes to life and wreaks lethal havoc, the students - the surviving ones, that is - must confront and somehow surmount the work of the Devil himself. With Donald Pleasance, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker and Alice Cooper.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Sat, Sep 24, 2011 • 7:30pm