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Two days of grindhouse at Digbeth film fest

Written by
Shaun Curnow

For those who know that grindhouse cinema doesn't begin and end with Tarantino, this Friday and Saturday promises a real treat for cult movie fans.

The 42nd Street To Paradise Film Festival – named after the New York intersection known as the cultural centre of grindhouse theatre – will be showing a series of grindhouse classics that aim to pay homage to the glory days of Times Square.

On Friday June 26, the Rainbow Arena will be turned into a drive-in cinema (although you can also show up on foot) which will be screening a range of movies, including horror comedy 'TerrorVision' and action crime film 'Deadbeat at Dawn', along with accompanying short movies and trailers. 

Films aside, you'll also have the opportunity to search for dusty old cassette tape gems within the VHS Carnival, and explore variety of merchandise stalls.

The evening will culminate with a Sonic Wave Cinema after party – although you'll have to find out what that is for yourself.

On Saturday June 27, the Mockingbird Theatre at the Custard Factory will be screening 'Violent Naples', 'The Wizard of Gore' and the documentary 'VHS Forever? Psychotronic People'.

There will also be the guest appearances from horror actor Ian McCulloch, film director Norman J Warren and other special guests.

There's still time to buy tickets for the 42nd Street To Paradise Film Festival. Tickets range from £11 for the drive-in to £25 for a weekend ticket. 


If you aren't a fan of grindhouse, find out what's on with our more conventional movie listings.

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