Splatterfest 9

Attention Splatterfest 9 attendees and would-be attendees! Pre-sales for this year’s event have been incredible. We currently stand at 150 and counting. We decided to offer you an extra film incentive for the night if we can get that number up to 250! Splatterfest 8 had 200 patrons, we believe that this number can be beaten. What would the 6th film be? Well, that depends on all of you. If we reach 250 tickets by August 14th, it will be Dario Argento’s ‘Deep Red’ on DCP (full details below in “Additional Info”).

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What’s better than showing one awesome Italian horror film at the Colonial Theatre? Making it an all-night affair to test the limits of your horror fan existence! We’re pulling out all the stops to bring you a lineup filled with incredibly strange, ridiculously bloody, rarely screened Italian horror cinema. Join us and see if you can survive the madness!

Children under 17 must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket prices include the Processing Fee. This fee will be added at check out. Tickets available with cash, check or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office, or online. No member or guest passes accepted for this event.


The Running Order for the Evening: 

Please note that the timing of the schedule is subject to change. 

BURIAL GROUND – on 35 MM | 7:00 pm – 8:25 pm | 20 min break following

(Andrea Bianchi, Italy, 1981, 85 minutes)
Film courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive
Synopsis: Simply one of the funniest brain-dead, plot-free, shock-driven Italian zombie maggot storms, BURIAL GROUND is also a traditional Italian fairy tale about a castle and a manchild who wants to have sex with his mother (disturbingly portrayed by diminutive adult actor Peter Bark.)

Psychosexual sleaze maestro Andrea Bianchi (MALABIMBA: THE MALICIOUS WHORE) unleashes enough flesh-ripping, gut-chomping, and depraved Oedipal mayhem to set insane new standards: Mariangela Giordano (SATAN’S BABY DOLL, MALABIMBA) stars in the splatter classic about a cursed country estate besieged by horny houseguests, undead Etruscans and the unusual relationship between mother and son.

DR. BUTCHER MD – on 35 MM | 8:45 pm – 10:10 pm | 20 minute break following


(Marino Girolami, Italy, 1980, 84 minutes)
-Film courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive
Synopsis: It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of VHS gorehounds and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: DR. BUTCHER, M.D. is the only cannibal movie that can be recommended to anyone in good conscience because it contains NO ANIMAL VIOLENCE. Know what else it has? ZOMBIES! Also ascots! And more zombies who are also peeping toms! This movie is a plotless, no-holds-barred mess cobbled together by Italians for the sole benefit of making people like us smile.

Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE), Alexandra Delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Sherry Buchanan (TENTACLES) and Donald O’Brien (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST, which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece. Fully restored, totally uncut!

“A high point in the golden age of the Great Italian Rip-Off Machine. Manages to rip off two superior films at once, one of them already a rip-off itself, while still remaining enjoyable in its own right deserves special attention. Those two superior movies are, of course, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and ZOMBIE. The fact that both were made earlier the same year as DR. BUTCHER, MD only increases my admiration for this ambitious exercise in plagiarism.” (Scott Ashlin, 1000 Misspent Hours)

NIGHTMARE CASTLE – On DCP | 10:30 pm – 12:15 am | 15 minute break following


(Mario Caiano, Italy, 1965, 105 minutes)
Restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive
Synopsis: “Made at the height of Italy’s golden age of gothic horror, NIGHTMARE CASTLE has long been cherished by horror fans as perhaps the ultimate visual tribute to its leading lady / Italy’s first real scream queen, Barbara Steele — who had already captivated viewers with her sinister, uncanny beauty in films like BLACK SUNDAY and THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK.

The story is extremely gothic with a bit of E.C. Comics nastiness thrown in. We open with the final hours of the unhappy marriage between an aristocratic scientist (Jess Franco regular Paul Muller) and his raven-haired wife (Steele), who engages in secret trysts with the hunky handyman (peplum regular Rik Battaglia). When hubby catches them in the act, we get scenes that push the boundaries of kinkiness as far as ’65 cinema would allow: he chains them to a wall, whips them, splashes some well-placed drops of acid, ties her to a bed, electrocutes them both in mid-embrace and slices out their hearts while charring the remains into potted plant ashes…” (Mondo Digital)

KILLER CROCODILE – On DCP | 12:30 am – 2:00 am | 10 min break following

(Fabrizio De Angelis, Italy, 1989, 90 minutes)
Restoration courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive
Synopsis: More than a decade after Spielberg’s blockbuster JAWS, a dream team of shock maestros – including producer-turned-director Fabrizio De Angelis (DR. BUTCHER M.D.), screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti (DEMONS), gore guru Giannetto De Rossi (ZOMBIE, THE BEYOND), and Oscar®-nominated composer Riz Ortolani (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) – created one of the most ridiculously entertaining JAWS rip-offs in ItaloSleaze history. When a humongous crocodile begins chomping on a tropical island community, a group of idealistic young environmentalists will clash with a crusty redneck hunter to destroy the monster reptile spawned by toxic waste. A Crocsploitation classic, now scanned in 2k from the original negative!

KILLER NUN – On DCP | 2:10 am – 3:40 am |


(Giulio Berruti, Italy, 1979, 88 minutes)

Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive
Synopsis: One of the most notorious nunsploitation films of all time, KILLER NUN tells the sordid story of Sister Gertrude (Anita Ekberg, LA DOLCE VITA), a disturbed woman of the cloth who degenerates into a perverse mire of drug abuse, sexual perversion, sadistic torture and murder. Joe Dallesandro (FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN), Alida Valli (SUSPIRIA) and Paola Morra (Behind Convent Walls) offer spirited performances and support to Ekberg, in this shocking horror based on real events. Remember, this story is “from the files of the Vatican!”

Tickets

General Admission:

Adults $25.00
Senior: $20.00

Student: $20.00
Members $18.00

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Children under 17 must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket prices include the Processing Fee. This fee will be added at check out. Tickets available with cash, check or credit card at the Colonial Theatre Box Office, or online. No member or guest passes accepted for this event.

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We are thrilled to have Dixie Lobo return to Splattefest and offer us another chilling design. Follow Dixie’s exploits on Instagram

The Splattefest Challenge: 

Attention Splatterfest 9 attendees and would-be attendees! Pre-sales for this year’s event have been incredible. We currently stand at 81 and counting. We decided to offer you an extra film incentive for the night if we can get that number up to 250! Splatterfest 8 had 200 patrons, we believe that this number can be beaten. What would the 6th film be? Well, that depends on all of you. If we reach 250 tickets by July 31st, we will show Lucio Fulci’s ‘The Beyond’ on 35mm. If it gets closer to the event’s date (August 21st), it will be Dario Argento’s ‘Deep Red’ on DCP.
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We will be updating you regularly as tickets sales come in. This is a great opportunity to introduce your family and friends to the Italian Horror genre and have fun doing it too. If you already purchased your tickets, we thank you and look forward to seeing you at the event.
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The Question: Why a 35mm of ‘The Beyond’ by July 31st and not August 14th? Shipping time and availability play into that decision. If we were to reach 250 tickets by August 14th, a DCP of ‘Deep Red’ is easier to obtain, with availability and shipping. ‘The Beyond’ might be beyond our reach to arrive on time.

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