Friday, January 23, 2015

When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth...

Do movie theaters have late shows anymore?
Not like "Avengers 19 opens on Feb 29, so the theater will be open  Feb 28, selling tickest at 10:30 pm so we can show the movie at 12:01 am," but cult, fringe and exploitation movies Dawn of the Dead and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 
Looking at the local cool cinema- they're showing Harold and Maude and Phantom of the Paradise next month, but those start at 10:30pm.  Heck, even a showing Rock'n'Roll High School stars at 9pm.

I'm rewatching Dawn of the Dead (78) tonight because it's a mindless diversion.  I've seen George Romero's survivors versus zombies in a shopping mall movie about half a dozen time because Zombies.  Watching it again in the context of seventies movies is fascinating.  Romero manages to touch on inner-city strife, racism, sexism, consumerism, and abortion without seeming preachy and still tell a classic survival horror story.

As it was filmed in the seventies when the consumer landscape was changing, it has one of my favourite lines- as they're flying in a helicopter over the Pennsylvania countryside, they approach a large building surrounded by a parking lot and one of them wonders what it is: "It looks like a shopping center, one of those big, indoor malls."

I can't think of a better place to spend the end of the world.