Christmas is not a particularly good time of year for a visit to the cinema for all sorts of reasons. Big budget bores, repertory Christmas screenings, 'family movies' starring Tim Allen. Sure they're horrific, but for all the wrong reasons..
But fear not, for if you are anywhere near London's ICA from 16-30 Dec you can sample some twisted treats over the holidays instead. Which is very good news if you're looking for something other than (a) a Big Ape (b) a speccy English wizard or (c) a resurrected lion. So stuff the big budget turkeys and open up this freaky festive box of delights....
"Sick of all the big Christmas movie releases? Sample something different with the ICAs Psychotronic Cinema! programme. In an era dominated by market-led filmmaking, these gems, plucked from a classic period of cult movie history, will explode on to the screen and pump demented energy from every frame.
Representing the very best from a diverse selection of genres, these films are unified by their wildness, their utterly unique nature and the longevity of their fascination to film fans. Get ready for a weird and wonderful ride through a landscape of truly transgressive cinema". (From the ICA press release)
Well, we aren't gonna argue with that. In fact, the short line up of 6 films is absolutely exceptional and includes some rare treats for fans of truly demented cinematic offerings.
There are screenings of George Kuchar's justifiably notorious underground porno-art masterpiece Thundercrack! (16th, 21st and 30th December - a terrific choice of 'date movie' for fans of offbeat cinema, surely?), Paul Morrissey's witty, elegant vampire piss-take Blood For Dracula (17th, 23rd and 28th December) with Warhol's butch bitch Joe Dellasandro and the creepily sensual gothic giallo The Night that Evelyn came out from the Grave (18th and 22nd December).
Also showing during the two-week season is the fabulously sleazy, bling-tastic The Mack (18th, 27th and 30th December). Trust us when we tell you this is one of the standout blaxploitation pictures of the 70s (and - trivia fans - is the film Gary Oldman's white-boy rasta quotes heavily in True Romance before getting blown away.) The little seen satire Themroc (17th and 29th December) and Paul (Eating Raoul) Bartel's icky motel-based Private Parts (pictured above - 19th and 28th December) round out an unimpeachable line up.
All come highly recommended. And the freaked out festive fun will continue in the New Year when the ICA will be showing some absolute corkers as part of a two month season of horror films. Watch this space for details.
So, what are you waiting for, get over to the ICA site now for more info at www.ica.org.uk.
Fri 16th - Thundercrack! (8.30pm)
Sat 17th - Themroc (6.15pm)
Sat 17th - Blood For Dracula (8.30pm)
Sun 18th - The Night that Evelyn came out from the Grave (6.30pm)
Sun 18th - The Mack (8.30pm)
Mon 19th - Private Parts (8.30pm)
Wed 21st - Thundercrack! (8.30pm)
Thu 22nd - The Night that Evelyn came out from the Grave (8.30pm)
Fri 23rd - Blood For Dracula (8.30pm)
Tue 27th - The Mack (8.30pm)
Wed 28th - Blood For Dracula (6.30pm)
Wed 28th - Private Parts (8.30pm)
Thu 29th - Themroc (8.30pm)
Fri 30th - Thundercrack! (8.30pm)
Fri 30th - The Mack (6.15pm)