ALL NIGHT SLASHER-THON AT THE PRINCE CHARLES LONDON
This Saturday June 24th, get your nerves and sleeping bags primed for the Prince Charles Cinema in London's gory slasher all night smorgasbord 80's SUMMER CAMP SLASH-A-THON! Presented by Arrow Video Club presentation with four films plus 1 mystery selection. Marathon begins 9:30pm, and runs until approximately 6am Sunday.
Camp down for the night around the bonfire as Arrow Video Club presents some of their finest 80s Summer Slasher movies. From the classic The Burning, featuring fantastic SFX from legendary Tom Savini, through to lesser-known (but no less enjoyable) titles such as The Mutilator and Madman, Arrow Video promise a full night of splatterific gore, inventive deaths, sexy jacuzzi scenes and camp hijinks. Plus, there will be an additional RARE screening of a MYSTERY title of a forthcoming, but still to be announced, Arrow Video release.
Arrow Video staff will be on hand all evening with spot prize giveaways, party pranks and a selection of Arrow Video goodies for sale, plus more surprises, guests and more to be announced.
THE BURNING (1981)
Of all the many slice-and-dice films that emerged in the early 80s, few remain as gruesomely effective as The Burning, the notorious video nasty! When an ill-advised prank misfires, summer camp caretaker Cropsy is committed to hospital with hideous burns. Released after five years, hospital officials warn him not to blame the young campers who caused his disfigurement. But no sooner is Cropsy back on the streets than he’s headed back to camp with a rusty pair of shears in hand, determined to exact his bloody revenge. With standout gore effects courtesy of FX legend Tom Savini, The Burning proved too shocking for UK censors upon its original video release. Now, fully uncut and in High Definition, The Burning is ready to reclaim its place as the ultimate summer camp nightmare.
Gather around the campfire, and hear the tale of Madman Marz an ill-tempered farmer who, one dark night, chopped up his wife and two children into pieces. When the locals learned of his heinous crimes, they exacted revenge sinking an axe into his head and hanging him from a nearby tree. But the next day, Marz’s body was gone... Thus the camp counsellor finishes his tale, closing with the warning never to say Marz’s name above a whisper, lest the hideously-deformed farmer comes looking for them. Naturally, the first thing that one of the young campers does is calls out Marz’s name precipitating a terrifying night of murder, mayhem and sexy Jacuzzi vignettes! Inspired by the same Cropsey urban legend which informed 1981’s The Burning and starring Dawn of the Dead’s Gaylen Ross (appearing under the pseudonym Alexis Dubin), Madman stands as one of the finest offerings from the golden age of hack’n‘slash.
THE MUTILATOR (1984)
They don't come much grislier than writer-director Buddy Cooper’s sickening stalk-and-slash classic The Mutilator! When Ed receives a message from his father asking him to go and lock up the family’s beach condo for the winter, it seems like the perfect excuse for an alcohol-fuelled few days away with his friends. After all, his dad has forgiven him for accidentally blowing mom away with a shotgun several years ago... hasn’t he? But no sooner are the teens on the island than they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe (and a hook, and an onboard motor) to grind... Originally entitled Fall Break (watch out for the incongruous theme song of the same name!), The Mutilator has earned a reputation amongst horror fans as one of the holy grails of 80s splatter mayhem due to its highly inventive (and not to say, decidedly gruesome) kill sequences, courtesy of FX wizard Mark Shostrom (Videodrome, Evil Dead II).
BLOOD RAGE (1987)
What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. Why, it’s Blood Rage of course! Twins Todd and Terry seem like sweet boys that is, until one of them takes an axe to face of a fellow patron at the local drive-in. Todd is blamed for the bloody crime and institutionalised, whilst twin brother Terry goes free. Ten years later and, as the family gathers around the table for a Thanksgiving meal, the news comes in that Todd has escaped. But has the real killer in fact been in their midst all along? One thing’s for sure, there will be blood and rage! Shot in 1983 but not released until 1987, Blood Rage (re-cut and shown in theatres as Nightmare at Shadow Woods) is a gloriously gruesome slice of 80s slasher heaven now lovingly restored from original vault elements.
MYSTERY FILM (??????????)
The final film will be a forthcoming Arrow Video slasher release, which has still yet to be announced.
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