When it comes to horror movies, some people won’t stay down. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddie Krueger and quite a few others have proven to be as unstoppable as a guillotine blade through a skinned pineapple. To those ranks we must now add the name of Matt Palmer.
Dedicated, obsessive, possessed, however you choose to describe him, there is no stopping this man when he has a goal in mind. And this is something to be celebrated, for thanks to Mr Palmer we can look forward to a second thrill ride of all night horror madness at the Cameo Cinema.
I clearly remember the derogatory remarks aimed in my direction when word got out that I had bought the 35mm trailer to Theatre of Blood. Well this guy buys entire film prints to satiate his desire! One of these will be among the three vintage 35mm prints run on Saturday 23rd April as part of another five-film extravaganza that absolutely should not be missed.
The show opens with Society. The eighties are oddly back in vogue these days and this film, though not released until 1992, was completed at the death of the decade in 1989. The eighties fashion, music and sensibilities are all there in this tale of perversion in Beverly Hills.
Society may be a slow burner but it’s worth remembering the words of famously horror hating film critic Barry Norman who finished his negative review of it by saying that it had an orgy scene at the end that would turn the strongest stomach. If that isn’t a recommendation, I don’t know what is.
Shunting this aside, the film following is an all-time movie great. Simply put, Re-animator is a must see film for anyone with a head on their shoulders, or on a tray for that matter. It’s a masterpiece and a timeless classic. Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West is one of the greatest characters in any film in any genre. Am I getting too carried away over this? Maybe. But we all have to get carried away some time.
Surgical masks will still be required for the third film on offer as Andy Warhol’s Flesh for Frankenstein minces back into the Cameo. Colin Clive may have been a camp Baron Frankenstein but he looks like the world’s straightest man when compared to Udo Kier in this.
This particular mad scientist had run his course and Hammer films had squeezed virtually everything possible out of the story until Warhol’s saucy crew decided to f**k life in the gall bladder.
Suspiria was a big hit on the previous all night horror madness at the Cameo so it’s no big surprise to see another Argento film make the line-up. In an amusing nod to the popularity of opera broadcasts in the host cinema, the film in question is Opera.
As the fourth film of the night, this is the traditional time for some audience members to struggle to keep their eyes open.
Ideal then that the most famous image from this feature is of the female lead with rows of needles under her eyelids forcing her to keep her eyes open to witness the horror before her.
And what better way to round things off than with a title which will no doubt echo the physical state of the patrons that have made it all the way to the end. Braindead (aka Dead Alive) should send the audience home happy afloat a river of blood.
Spring is the time when those lucky enough to have a garden have to look out the lawnmower, though I doubt I’ve ever seen a lawnmower used as effectively as one is at the climax of this film.
Once again, the intermissions will be liberally sprinkled with vintage trailers and some lucky people will benefit from the free raffle. It promises to be another night of nights and, such is the popularity, it’s best to pick up your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
I stated in my article on the first event that, if the audience was there, Mr Palmer would take the plunge and organize another one. There was, he did and the world is a better place for it.
Visit the Cameo Cinema website to book your ticket.