Heavy Metal Cinema: Rock, Shock and Schlock
Sep 9, 14, 16, 23 & 30
Heavy metal rock music has always offered a form of rebellion against authority to young people. This series examines this phenomenon, examining its nihilistic dark aspects, its craftsmanship, as well as its campy, histrionic tendencies.
by Brian Trenchard-Smith
(1978, 86 min, DV)
Fri, Sep 9, 7:30 pm
What happens when you combine daredevil stunts, magic tricks and 70s heavy metal? You get Stunt Rock, quite possibly the most bizarre rock movie ever made. Real-life stuntman Grant Paige heads to LA to visit his brother, a member of the rock band Sorcery. Many outlandish and dangerous stunts ensue, including an elaborate stage show, with theatrics and pyrotechnics that KISS could only dream of. The narrative of their concerts is good vs evil, in a combination of music, magic and mayhem in this one-of-a-kind head-shaker.
Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
by John Fasano
(1987, 83 min, 35mm)
Wed, Sep 14, 7:30 pm
Who can forget the 80s metal Viking gladiator, Thor, with his black leather, studded codpiece and legendary onstage feats of strength? No? View the rock star Thor in his most awesome of movies. Vacationing for a week on an isolated farm in the country, Thor's band and their girlfriends find their plans of making music interrupted by a horrifying nightmare of violence. You'll witness Thor summon the mighty power of metal to do battle with a rubber Satan in this transcendent, humorous obscurity.
Metal Storm: The Scandinavian Black Metal Wars
(2000/05, approx 90 min, DV, compiled by Kier-la Janisse
Fri, Sep 16, 7:30 pm
In 1991, the singer of the seminal Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem was found dead in his apartment of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. A photo of his mutilated body graced the cover of Mayhem's subsequent album. This was the first in a series of violent events associated with the increasingly frightening Black Metal scene in Scandinavia, which would escalate to include the burning of nearly 100 churches and culminate in the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous by fellow band member Varg Vikernes. Using an existing documentary (Satan Rides the Media) as its starting point, Metal Storm contextualizes these events to tell the tragic story of an unhold war that has left a grim legacy for metal fans the world over.
CYBERTZARA/BlackMetal.com Records presents
Extreme Metal Underground Music Videos - The State of the Headbanger Cult
Fri, Sep 23, 7:30 pm
A Program of cutting-edge Extreme Metal music videos featuring a wide cross-section of the headbanger Underground, the sub-genres presented from brutal Death/Thrash to unholy Scandinavian Black Metal, represent the burgeoning state of the die-hard cult of Metal music. Also included is live footage of bands both obscure and "well-known" (to cultists, that is) that were filmed locally. From local horde Black Goat to notorious Norwegian legends Mayhem, from brutal Brazilian power-trio Krisiun to the operatic theatrics of King Diamond - and more. Be prepared for a wild descent into the fist-pumping subculture of the Extremem Metal Underground!
Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper
by Joe Gannon (1974, 81 min)
Fri, Sep 30, 7:30 pm & 9:15 pm
This incredibly rare film documents the Coop's "Billion Dollar Babies" concert tour, the largest of its time. Though not exactly heavy metal, the audacious, precedent-shattering, taboo-defiling hoodlum flamboyance of Alice Cooper altered the face of rock and roll as we now know it. He virtually invented rock as theater, created new fashion trends, established higher standards for teenage decadence, and found time on top of all this to write and record a library of classic albums. "The sicker our fans get, the sicker we'll get." - Alice Cooper
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