NIGHT LIGHT

A GOOD MOVIE CAN MAKE YOUR DAY. A GREAT ONE CAN RUIN YOUR LIFE.

What makes a film “cult?” Is it a lost masterpiece? A “so bad it’s good” camp treasure? Or, like the haunted VHS tape in THE RING, is it a dark, dark door that should have never been opened?

Every Friday night, Cinema Salem brings you entries from the cult canon and new nuggets of negative energy, ready to be unearthed. 

While Salem sleeps, we keep the light burning.

ALL SHOWS START AT 10PM. TICKETS $11

SEPTEMBER 3RD - SANTA SANGRE- BUY TICKETS

When Fenix, a boy circus performer, witnesses a horrific act of violence between his parents, he is struck dumb and confined to an institution. Upon release as an adult he encounters his mother, who forces him to commit murder as her “arms.” In his fourth feature (not counting the ones he disowned) Jodorowsky, the legendary director of EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN brings his flair for symbolically-rich spectacle and Grand Guignol bloodshed, and adds a healthy dose of Oedipal psychodrama to craft this tale of parental cruelty and perverse vengeance.

SEPTEMBER 10TH - MYSTERIOUS SKIN - BUY TICKETS

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbett star as Neil and Brian, two small-town teens whose twinned trauma has propelled them in very different directions. While Neil thrives on over-sexed punk antics, Brian lives a life of quiet obsession, believing he was abducted by aliens as a child. Their collision dredges up their shared history and detonates within each of them. Though he made his name in the 90s on “Teen Apocalypse” films like THE DOOM GENERATION and TOTALLY F***ED UP, this moody, lacerating, visually dazzling film is queer indie firebrand Gregg Araki’s gift to cinema history. 

SEPTEMBER 17TH - ANTIPORNO - BUY TICKETS

What is the opposite of pornography? While you and I might be tempted to joke that it’s simply the least sexy thing imaginable (Infomercials? Autopsy footage?), Japanese exploitation warhorse Sion Sono (SUICIDE CLUB, TAG) answers in all seriousness by introducing us to Kyoko, an actor in a softcore film, or perhaps a real woman trapped in a fake life. Immersing itself in Kyoko’s splintered consciousness, ANTIPORNO forces the porn formula through a pasta-machine, stretching and slicing erotic typology and tropes of titillation into exuberantly colored fragmentation.

SEPTEMBER 24TH - MIND GAME - BUY TICKETS

An animated film of protean visual invention that moves at a machine-gun clip, MIND GAME ostensibly tells the story of Nishi, a no-future 20-year-old whose dreams of romance are reignited by a chance meeting with Myon, his childhood crush. How do we go from there, to a death by gunshot to the anus, to a 1,000-car pile-up, to a sojourn in a bamboo palace built in the belly of a whale? The narrative logic of Masaaki Yuasa’s hare-brained masterclass isn’t easily divined, but the pieces, riddled with quick-change transformations and existential punch, always add up.