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.
JANUARY 14TH, 7:30PM - STARSHIP TROOPERS
“GENOCIDE DOESN'T COMPARE TO THIS.” What happens when a Dutch iconoclast adapts a somewhat (ahem) right-wing sci-fi novel with the intent of satirizing its extreme militarism...but then plays it so straight that nobody gets the joke? A rocket ride to cult-film immortality, that's what! Maligned and misunderstood on its 1997 release, STARSHIP TROOPERS still shines as a no-holds-barred action flick and an indictment of American jingoism that is still all-too-current. Not to mention a monument to sheer chutzpah on the part of its director, Paul Verhoeven (ROBOCOP, BASIC INSTINCT).