Retrofantasma | Carolina Theatre | Special Events | Indy Week

Special Events


When: Fri., Nov. 19, 7 p.m. 2010

Retrofantasma celebrates 12 years of bringing wild, scary and very weird movies to the Triangle with two birthday-themed films. First, 1981's Happy Birthday to Me features Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Sue Anderson in a decidedly different role as Virginia, a popular girl whose impending 18th birthday coincides with an awful lot of killing and repressed memories. Featuring some of the most bizarre murders ever committed on film (hint: one poster featured the tagline "John will never eat shish kebab again"), the film was shot under tight security due to the fact that the screenwriters didn't have an ending that worked, resulting in a bizarre twist that caught everyone by surprise. Along with the last surviving 35 mm print of Birthday, Retrofantasma presents Brooke Shields' film debut, Alice, Sweet Alice, which was originally released as Communion, but was re-released under this title, and as Holy Terror when Shields became a star. Let's just say you shouldn't get attached to Shields' character, who has a memorable first communion, setting into motion a massively twisty whodunit. It's stabby teenager night at Retrofantasma—what better way to say happy birthday? Tickets are $8; Birthday shows at 7 p.m., Alice at 9:30 p.m. —Zack Smith

Price: $8

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