The Wright Stuff

This week, the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles launching a retrospective series titled “The Wright Stuff, consisting of films selected by Edgar Wright (known to fans for directing SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ). The series will run from December 2 to 17. Although not specifically to cinefantastique, there are several good science-fiction, fantasy, and horror title on the schedule:

  • Phantom of the Paradise: Brian DePalma’s 1974 rock-n-roll riff on PHANTOM OF THE OPERA screens on a double bill with BUGSY MALONE, both with songs by Paul Williams. Sunday through Tuesday. Edgar Wright will host the event, including a Q&A with Paul Williams. December 2-4
  • Flash Gordon/Danger: Diabolik: A double bill of comic book-inspired cinema, produced by Dino DeLaurentiis; the latter is an excellent film directed by Mario Bava. December 5-6.
  • American Werewolf in London/Temors: John Landis’ ode to classic Universal lycanthropy movies combines with the giant worm flick for a double bill of comedy horror. December 9-11.
  • Evil Dead 2: Sam Raimi’s hysterically over-the-top sequel to THE EVIL DEAD gets stuck on a double bill with RAISING ARIZON, the over-done Coen Brothers opus. December 16-17

Read the complete schedule here. Read the press release below the fold.

The New Beverly Cinema is proud to announce that Edgar Wright, director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, will be programming a special festival of films, The Wright Stuff, at the theater in December of this year.

After selling out a screening of his films in August, Wright is returning to the New Beverly to show some of his favorite movies. Wright will be at the theater to introduce the screenings, schedule permitting. In addition, the festival will also include several surprise special guests. Painstakingly handpicked, the films cover a wide spectrum of decades and film genres. From horror to comedy, musicals and more, the festival is sure to have something for every taste.

Admission to all of the screenings is $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and $4 for children and seniors. All evening screenings begin at 7:30, with a matinee double feature on weekends. No advance tickets will be sold. The box office opens 15 minutes before the first show.

The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles, a block west of La Brea. For more information on the New Beverly, visit our website, newbevcinema.com, or myspace.com/newbeverlycinema. You may email the theater at newbeverlyforever@yahoo.com with any questions. The New Beverly Cinema is thrilled to have one of today’s most talented filmmakers program this exclusive festival.

Wright started out directing television in the UK, most famously the cult series Spaced. He then moved on to his first feature film, the horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, which won him the British Independent Film Award for best screenplay, and the Empire Award for best British film. In 2007, Wright’s second feature, Hot Fuzz, was released to critical success, winning him best comedy at the National Movie Awards.

The festival is kicking off on December 2-4 with a double feature of Paul Williams’s outrageous musicals Bugsy Malone, directed by Alan Parker and Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise.

Says Wright – “I’m a huge fan of these films, the fact that they are my two favorite musicals is in no small part due to the mighty Paul Williams fantastic songs.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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