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Italian All-Nighter Splatter Fest

Buy tickets online. R. Running Time: Approx. 8 hrs.
Sat., June 9, 2012

What’s better than showing one awesome Italian horror film at the Colonial Theatre? Making it an all night affair to test the splatter limits of your horror fan existence! We’re pulling out all the stops to bring you a line up filled with incredibly strange, ridiculously bloody, rarely screened Italian horror cinema. All shown on 35mm, the likes of this show might never make the silver screen again. If that isn’t enough, we’ll also be running retro 35mm trailers between the films. Join us and see if you can survive the madness!

Nightmare
1981 – 97 min – aka Nightmares in a Damaged Brain or Blood Splash
This famous video nasty is reputed to be one of the most disturbing slasher films ever made. The blood flows in torrents when a mental patient is dosed with an experimental drug that his doctors hope will free him from the grip of homicidal mania. When it appears to work they set him free. But of course, it doesn’t work and the town is painted gleefully red in his vicious wake.

Grim Reaper
1980 – 87 min – aka Anthropophagus or  The Zombie’s Rage
Directed by genre favorite Joe D’Amato, our second film also holds a place on the UK’s infamous Video Nasty list, having been banned there for being too horrific according to censors. It’s the story of a group of tourists visiting a Greek island that appears to be deserted. They soon discover that it isn’t entirely devoid of life and meet many horrific and splatter filled ends.

Screamers
1979 – 81 min – aka Island of the Fishmen
What diabolical madness is afoot on this lonesome Caribbean island? Has our hero survived two shipwrecks only to be stranded here with convicts? And what of the beautiful Barbara Bach; what does she know about the deadly fish men who now imperil our hero?

Shock
1977 – 93 min – aka Beyond the Door II
Despite the clever marketing ploy, this is not a sequel to Beyond the Door. Instead this is master Italian director Mario Bava’s final film. It’s a wicked ghost possession tale that absolutely doesn’t go where you think it is. We dare you to puzzle it out.

City of the Walking Dead
1980 – 88 min – aka Nightmare City
How can we not end an Italian Splatter Fest with a zombie film? This one’s a doozy! A nuclear accident leads to uncontrollable zombies being unleashed upon our hero, played by famed Mexican horror actor Hugo Stiglitz. Director Umberto Lenzi (of Cannibal Ferox and Eaten Alive fame) doesn’t consider this zombie film a zombie film, rather he claims it’s an anti war piece. Whatever he says, it’s got all the goods to please living dead fans.

Tickets

Adults: $20
Seniors & Students: $15
Members & Children <13: $10
General admission seating. Ticket prices do not include the $1.00 per ticket Service Fee. These fees will be calculated at check out. Tickets available with cash, check or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office, or online. Just click on the “Buy Tickets” link at the upper right of any page of our website to buy your tickets online.  No free passes accepted for this performance.