NIGHT LIGHT, Cinema Salem
A GOOD MOVIE CAN MAKE YOUR DAY. A GREAT ONE CAN RUIN YOUR LIFE.
What makes a film “cult?” Is it a lost masterpiece? A “so bad it’s good” camp treasure? Or, like the haunted VHS tape in THE RING, is it a dark, dark door that should have never been opened?
Every Friday night, Cinema Salem brings you entries from the cult canon and new nuggets of negative energy, ready to be unearthed.
While Salem sleeps, we keep the light burning.
ALL SHOWS START AT 10PM. TICKETS $11
JULY 9TH - ERASERHEAD - BUY TICKETS
It’s been forty-odd years since David Lynch burst forth from his isolated cocoon in the Hollywood Hills, and in the years since we’ve come to measure our nightmares against the legacy that began with his dread-inducing yet strangely luminous first feature. Beyond just the story of doomed everyman Henry Spencer and his wife Mary X, ERASERHEAD is a prime reason why everyone knows what “Lynchian” means even if no one can quite define it.
JULY 16TH - HOUSE (HAUSU) - BUY TICKETS
Even within the deep tradition of surreal Japanese cinema, HAUSU stands out for its density of strange imagery, all captured through exuberantly cheap special effects. This bonkers take on a teen haunted-house tale was, incredibly, maverick writer-director Obayashi’s response when his studio asked him for a movie like JAWS. Though it features no sharks, practically everything else is thrown in, from a cannibal piano to a bear who cooks noodles.Truly must be experienced to be believed.
JULY 23RD - FANTASTIC PLANET - BUY TICKETS
A potent mixture of lysergic alien visuals and peace-age allegory, set to a trance-inducingly groovy acid-funk soundtrack. On the planet Ygam, the once-human Oms live in bondage, having been harvested from Earth to become pets for the Traag race. While the plot of FANTASTIC PLANET follows the quest of a lone Om to liberate his species, Laloux’s animation roams freely through the portals of a visionary and deeply unsettling world.
An anarchic feminist masterpiece and a key film in the wave of cinema liberation that broke across the globe in the 1960s. Chytilová’s ecstatic “obituary for a negative way of life” follows Marie and Marie, two impish young women who set out to break the bounds of propriety by “being bad” at every turn. In a rapid-fire series of pranks, from ditching their stuffy older dates to prancing about on a banquet table laden with food, Marie 1 & 2 destroy everything that’s respectable.