NIGHT LIGHT, Cinema Salem
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.
NOVEMBER 12 - REPO MAN - BUY TICKETS
“A REPO MAN IS ALWAYS INTENSE. BUT ONLY A FOOL GETS KILLED FOR A CAR!”
A film that was quite literally brought back from the dead by its punk rock soundtrack, Alex Cox’s REPO MAN may be hardcore ‘84 but its overtones of societal pre-collapse are anything but dated. When grocery clerk-turned-”repossession agent” Otto decides to go after the bounty on a Chevy Malibu with a deadly, glowing mystery in its trunk, his boring life gets complicated very fast. Set across the same Reaganized LA wreckage that would host John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE a few years later, REPO MAN takes its place in the proud line of mid-apocalyptic comedies from DR. STRANGELOVE to SORRY TO BOTHER YOU.
NOVEMBER 19TH - POSSESSION - BUY TICKETS
“INHUMAN ECSTASY FULFILLED.” Somewhere between its Cannes premiere (where star Isabelle Adjani won Best Actress for her performance), a butchered US release which omitted a full third of its runtime, and being banned in the UK, Andrzej Żuławski’s intimate, tortured horror film almost suffered the cruelest fate: obscurity. Luckily, a true cult following has kept this film and its legacy alive through the decades, so that now in its 40th anniversary year we can proudly present a newly-restored version to Salem! Through its densely-plotted story of a Berlin couple’s dual breakdown, and a woman’s all-too-real manifestation of her grief, POSSESSION invokes both the private and the unearthly, joining the likes of Cronenberg’s THE BROOD and von Trier’s ANTICHRIST in capturing the reality-bending experience of emotional pain.