Down Under

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.

West Coast Premiere

During the 2005 Cronulla riots, two carload of racist hotheads scour the city looking for someone to hurt…it won’t be long before their inevitable meet and the hilarious and shocking showdown.

It takes a very special talent to be able to mine a real life tragedy without making it feel crass and exploitative: observe Chris Morris’ brilliant achievement ‘Four Lions’ in which he manages the subject of suicide bombing seem funny without ever losing sight of its emotional impact.

And in that same vein , director Abe Forsythe proves that he is indeed a very special talent with his debut film ‘ Down Under’ . Trust me when I say there’s absolutely nothing like it this year: broad satire sitting next to violently funny physical comedy all within a script that manages to give the audience some sharp shocks to the system , this is one hell of a breakthrough film.

Set during the 2005 Cronulla riots in Australia in which Lebanese and Australian youths clashed in racially motivated fights, the film concerns two seperate group of friends; equally angry and stupid: On one side is Jason and his crew – they’re not happy Middle-Easterners (lebs and wogs as they call them) are taking over their town – their solution? To patrol the neighbourhood to keep the interlopers out and hopefully to bash some heads whilst at it.

On the other side? Nick and his gang , who are sick and tired of being treated as a second class citizen in a country in which he was born! Their solution: To go show the Australians what it means to defend their freedom and rights – but first, they need some weapons.

The journey and the inevitable showdown between these two groups is the battlefield in which Forsythe revels in skewering every single stereotype under the sun: it seems under his estimation , it’s not only race or group or religion – it’s everyone who has gone mad.

Boasting a crazy soundtrack – just wait till you get to hear what the boys play in their cars – stellar acting from everyone involved and a climax which punches you in the gut when you least expect it, ‘Down Under’ is the sort of black comedy that should be made compulsory viewing to anyone ever felt compelled to blame someone else for their misfortunes – vicious, brutal, funny and often all at the same time.

Evrim Ersoy

Plays in the Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Guests: Director Abraham Forsythe in Person

Director: Abe Forsythe
Country: Australia
Runtime: 90 minutes
Year: 2016

 

Rabid Dogs

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West Coast Premiere

A bank heist goes horrendously wrong and the three criminals behind the job, with the police hot on their trail, go on the run across the country.

Their first hostage is an innocent young woman grabbed from the parking lot of a shopping mall. Eventually, the robbers need a new escape vehicle and end up taking an additional hostage – a man with a sick child in the back of the car whose survival urgently depends on a hospital visit.

Soon, a vicious road trip reveals the true nature of all the passengers in the car. Dark secrets will come out, blood will be spilt and whomever survives will have to be the most vicious beast of all.

Although remaking Bava’s unfinished, brutalist masterpiece might seem like a sin upon first consideration, Èric Hannezo achieves the unthinkable: He reinvents the source material without ever needing to over-complicate it.

Like the original, Hannezo’s version is a lean, savage road trip with some of the most despicable characters you’re ever likely to meet. Each hides a dark secret, each wants to manipulate the situation to their own advantage, and each wants to survive.

This ugly, barbarous collision of inhumanity and basic survival instinct, set to a pounding electro-score, takes themes from its source material to new highs – or rather, lows – for unnerving, unmissable cinema.

An electrifying cinema experience only fools would miss.

Evrim Ersoy

Special Thanks to IFC Films

Screening in Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Director: Éric Hannezo
Country: France
Runtime: 100 minutes
Year: 2015

 

Preceded by:
TEETH
Director: Tom Brown, Daniel Gray
Runtime: 7 minutes
That which is neglected, is lost.

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.

West Coast Premiere

Undercover cop Kit has been trailing Mr. Hung, the brains behind a crime syndicate. In order to catch his prey , he has been fronting as a junkie – however the distinction between his real self and the man he has to become is slowly eroding.

At the same time, police officer Chai is signed to work as a prison guard in a brutal prison run by the vicious warden Ko in order to pay for the leukemia treatment for his daughter.

All three men are on a desperate path to collision and only the strongest is likely to survive this brutal and explosive encounter.

The undisputed kings of the martial arts world come together in S.P.L. 2 – a sequel to the brilliant Hong Kong film – where no bone is left unbroken, no glass unsmashed and no dangerous stunt unattempted.

Culminating in what might the best three-way fight since ‘The Raid 2’ , SPL 2 takes the Hong Kong martial arts films to a new high whilst keeping all the classic tropes alive: a fantastic, eye-popping experience that deserves to be seen on the big screen.

Evrim Ersoy

Special Thanks to Well-Go USA

“a film brimming with audacious spectacle from start to finish.” Screen Daily

Screening in Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 120 minutes
Year: 2015

 

Preceded by:
PARTY 85
Director: Dan Auty
Runtime: 5 minutes
It is the summer of 1985, and a suburban house party is in full flow. Upstairs and unable to sleep, a young boy and his baby sister decide to do something about the noise…

RATTLE THE CAGE (ZINZANA)

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West Coast Premiere

Talal has just woken up in a police cell feeling like shit: he has no memory of the night before, no memory of how he got there and no I.D. to prove his innocence.

His desperate situation gets a lot worse with the arrival of a brilliant psychopath, Dabaan, who seems determined to play violent, vicious and unexpected mind games with him. Talan’s confinement soon becomes a fight for survival and a race to discover exactly what is motivating the murderous Dabaan.

Combining the best of the 90’s brilliant neo-noirs RED ROCK WEST and THE LAST SEDUCTION, RATTLE THE CAGE (ZINZANA) proves without a doubt that you do not need Hollywood to craft an intricate, violent and surreal thriller.

Director Majid Al Ansari’s effort is set within the confinement of a sheriff’s office – on one hand we have Saleh Bakri as Talal , channeling the best of Eric Roberts circa 1994 and on the other Ali Suliman as Dabaan, a charming psychopath so beautifully played that Dennis Hopper is teeming with jealousy somewhere in the other side of the world.

Building upon these brilliant performances is a taut thriller filled with outrageous twists and sudden violent moments – add to this ambitious camerawork, a stark, dusty color palette channeling the best of small-town America and a musical interlude and what you have is a discovery unlike any other: RATTLE THE CAGE (ZINZANA) is filmmaking that sets out to thrill outrageously and succeeds brilliantly.

Evrim Ersoy

Special Thanks to Cinetic Media

 

Screening in Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Director: Majid Al Ansari
Country: United Arab Emirates, Jordan
Runtime: 91 minutes
Year: 2015

 

Preceded by:
MOPED KNIGHTS
Director: Mike Pecci & Tony Fernandez
Runtime: 6 minutes
In a city of 100 gangs, one small band of undead moped riders rips through them all on a bloody pursuit of vengeance.

Der Bunker

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.

West Coast Premiere

All that young student Klaus wants is a quiet place to study – somewhere where he can focus on his very important work.

However, Mother and Father, who are renting him a room in their family’s bunker, have different ideas…They need a VERY special kind of tutor for their son because Klaus will one day grow up to be a VERY important person.

Both absurdist and razor-sharp, Nikias Chryssos’s debut feature is a trip into the twilight zone of adolescence. Featuring bizarre performances, deadly punchlines and a talking gangrene leg wound named ‘Heinrich,’ DER BUNKER’ is unlike anything you’re likely to see this year.

If you’re a fan of DOGTOOTH or KLOWN, then you’ll be right at home in the weird world of Chryssos’s DER BUNKER, a creation combining laughs with very uneasy moments for a delicious and unforgettable mix.

Evrim Ersoy

Special Thanks to Artsploitation Films

 

“Twisted and trashy in equal measure, The Bunker (Der Bunker) is an eccentric and idiosyncratic dark fairytale.” Hollywood Reporter

Screening in Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Director: Nikias Chryssos
Country: Germany
Runtime: 85 minutes
Year: 2015

 

Preceded by:
SISTER HELL
Director: Fredrik Hana
Runtime: 15 minutes
A reclusive nun is tempted to leave the monastery. Her dream is to become a curvy, voluptuous woman; to become how she really feels inside. With cautious steps, she ventures towards the sinful city.

Men & Chicken

 FREE Screening / No Advance Tickets: Tickets available from Egyptian Theatre box office day of show starting at 6pm; 2 tix per person max.

West Coast Premiere

One could only hope there would be an Oscar for ‘Most Fucked Up Film’ because if there were Anders Thomas Jensen would claim 2015’s gold statue.

MEN AND CHICKEN plops us into the twisted lives of Elias (an unrecognizable Mads Mikkelsen) and Gabriel (David Dencik), brothers with seemingly little in common bar cleft palates and hilariously-perverted sexual compulsions. After being told of their father’s death, they quickly learn that their biological father is still alive and holed up on the remote island, Ork.

Armed with this life changing information, Elias and Gabriel head to the island intent on bonding with the father they never knew, however, what they find are three new brothers and the darkest family secrets imaginable.

Jensen is one of the very best writers working today, under his assured direction and madcap script he has created the darkest comedy imaginable and introduced us to the most twisted famliy since Manson creepy-crawled through Topanga. Despite being black-as-night and deeply, deeply twisted, MEN AND CHICKEN transports us to a truly deranged universe to deliver what is an unmitigatingly demented delight and one of the best films of the year.

Christian Parkes

Special Thanks to Drafthouse Films

 

“Staggering… tonally astounding and genre-confounding.” Variety

Screening in Shudder Theatre @Egyptian

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Country: Denmark
Runtime: 104 minutes
Year: 2015

 

Preceded by:
THE CHICKENING
Director: Nick DenBoer, Davy Force
Runtime: 5 minutes
Get ready for a new take on a classic tale of horror from director Stanley Kubrick: welcome to ‘The Chickening’!