Kino’s Aaben Cult Cine Club is back in action next week and has two cult movie screenings as part of the national Scalarama Festival taking place throughout September. The two screenings take place at the Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford, 5 mins walk from Deansgate.
First up on WED 18th Sept is Jindrich Polák’s pioneering and much-imitated feature is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. Adapted from Stanislaw Lem’s 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, and predating Gene Rodenberry’s Star Trek and Kubrick’s 2001, Ikarie XB-1’s influence can be seen on both – and on almost every other science-fiction vehicle that followed.
“Remains one of the most original and exciting science fiction films ever made… the film is packed with sublime moments unlike those of any film preceding it. A game-changing film that profoundly influenced the genre and showed that science-fiction movies weren’t only about special effects; they were also high art. Of the hardest and most admirable kind” – Alex Cox
This screening comes courtesy of SECOND RUN DVD. Full details of this event on the event page.
Next up on Sunday 22nd Sept is a fantastic classic horror double bill courtesy of BFI Flipside DVD label to celebrate the release of Flipside’s double-bill release of SLEEPWALKER / THE INSOMNIAC.
Sleepwalker (1984, Saxon Logan, UK, 49mins, colour); When wealthy couple Richard and Angela visit Marion and Alex in their decaying family home, an evening of drunkenness and sexual rivalry turns bloody as the guests fall victim to an unhinged attacker. Featuring a rare performance from director Bill Douglas (Bill Douglas Trilogy, Comrades), and starring Joanna David and Heather Page (both of whom would go on to work with Douglas in Comrades), this outrageous mix of biting satire and stylish horror recalls the work of otherwise unlikely bedfellows, Lindsay Anderson and Dario Argento. The stellar cast also includes Nikolas Grace, and features cameos by Fulton MacKay, Michael Medwin and Raymond Huntley.
Perfectly double-billed with The Insomniac (Rodney Giesler, 1971, 45mins), in which a man experiences a night-time world that is part nightmare, part sexual fantasy.
Full details of this event can be found on the Facebook event page.