Special Showings

Re-Animator & In the Mouth of Madness

When: Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. 2014

Take a lesser-known work by horror god H.P. Lovecraft, add the self-mocking B-movie style of director Stuart Gordon and add the secret ingredient of uptight/unhinged character actor Jeffrey Combs. The result of this recipe? Re-Animator, a 1985 film about Herbert West (Combs), a scientist whose cold logic belies his unshakable belief that his Day-Glo corpse-reviving "reagent" is a good thing, despite all results indicating the contrary. The gloriously deadpan intensity of Combs, mouthing insane dialogue with the straightest of faces, is nearly upstaged by a naked zombie jock and a fellow doctor who loses his head over Combs' work. It's paired with an underrated piece of 1990s horror, John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness, which isn't directly based on Lovecraft's work but has the most Lovecraftian title ever. Sam Neil plays an insurance investigator looking into a missing horror writer, which leads to some very weird meta-moments, a variety of grotesque creatures and a final scene at a movie theater that was re-edited on YouTube to have Neil reacting in horror to the trailer to Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill (it's not as funny as when the same trailer was edited to footage of George C. Scott breaking down at a porno in Hardcore). —Zack Smith

Price: $8

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