Month-long cinema celebration Scalarama returns for its fifth year in September and will feature 500 events across the UK. Inspired by now-defunct cult London picture house The Scala, the festival aims to encourage patrons to discover new cinemas and connect audiences with film in new ways. Glasgow will host a variety of events this year with forgotten classics, trashy horror and gore-fests all on offer. New events are being added all the time - so keep an eye on the Scalarama website - and here's just five of them.
VHS Trash Fest Double Bill: 'The Video Dead' and 'Death Wish III'
An 80s double bill celebrating all things trashy, the evening will feature 1985’s ‘The Video Dead’ - a tale of zombies being unleashed upon the unsuspecting owners of an old TV set - and the third instalment of the Death Wish series starring Charles Bronson, which has been delightfully described by Time Out’s film critics as ‘nothing more than cinematic masturbation’.
September 5, 9.30pm, The Grosvenor. Tickets £7.
Strange Vice Presents: 'Nightmares in a Damaged Brain'
A rarely seen grindhouse cult classic chock-full of gore, Romano Scavolini’s ‘Nightmares in a Damaged Brain’ from 1981 will be screened from an original 35mm print in an event which harks back to the glory days of London’s infamous Scala Cinema.
September 6, 7.30pm, CCA. Tickets £5.
When giant worm-like monsters called graboids invade a small isolated town in Nevada, it’s up to unlikely heroes Val (Kevin Bacon) and Earl (Fred Ward) to save the day in this 1990 cult classic. Presented by Jonathan Melville to launch his new book ‘Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors’, it’ll be screened in 35mm and be followed by a book signing at the CCA Balcony Bar.
September 13, 7.30pm. Glasgow Film Theatre. Tickets £8.50, concessions £7.
A 1977 Japanese horror about a group of schoolgirls terrorised by a haunted house, this unique feature made by an avant garde filmmaker is said to be impossible to describe so just watch it instead. The screening has been organised by Matchbox Cineclub in arrangement with Eureka.
September 17, 7pm. The Old Hairdressers. Tickets £3.
An Australian lost classic, ‘Hercules Returns’ was inspired by the live performances of comedy act Double Take who made their name redubbing moves. It follows Brad McBain who quits his job for a corporate cinema chain to reopen an independent picture house. When the opening night is sabotaged by his old boss, Brad and friends have to improvise a live script while the film is being screened. Released in 1993, the film has been out of circulation for almost 20 years so this is a rare opportunity to catch it.
September 26, 10.30pm, The Grovenor. Tickets £5.
Scalarama, September 1-30.
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