666 Fridays – Palace Central
Palace Central presents 666 FRIDAYS, curated by Static Vision, where you’ll find the most devious, deranged and demonic horror and genre flicks this side of Transylvania, from May 17th – July 26th in our 66-seat theatrette of terror, Cinema 6(66). This time around, we’re bringing seven terrifying classics back to the big screen, in celebration of their 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 40th anniversaries, every other Friday at 8.30pm.
Tickets are shockingly affordable at $10.00 for Palace Movie Club Members ($12.00 Concession/$15.00 General) – don’t miss out on our exclusive 666 FRIDAYS Beer Hall special, with schooners of all tap beers going for just $6.00 before the feature!
Dates, Locations & Tickets
The Loved Ones (MA15+)
Drag Me To Hell (MA15+)
The Abyss (M)
Pet Semetary (1983) (MA15+)
In The Mouth of Madness (MA15+)
eXistenZ | 20th Anniversary Screening
David Cronenberg’s cyber-dystopic VR thrillfest eXistenZ kicks off our season of anniversary films, celebrating 20 years since its release. A classic Cronenbergian body-horror flick with a retro-futuristic sci-fi twist, eXistenZ finds world-renowned video game designer – Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) – on the run with a young businessman-cum-bodyguard – Ted (Jude Law) – after a crazed fan attempts to take her life at her new game’s launch event. Embedding the game within Ted’s organic tissue, the line between reality and fiction, technological and biological, begins to merge. A box-office bomb at release, eXistenZ has found widespread critical re-evaluation since its release and is now considered one of Cronenberg’s finest, most undervalued works. We are beyond proud to be bringing eXistenZ back to the big screen.
The Loved Ones | 10th Anniversary Screening (Q&A with director Sean Byrne)
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Palace Central (in collaboration with Static Vision) are proud to present a one-off screening of The Loved Ones – the finest Australian horror movie of the past decade – followed by an exclusive live Skype Q&A with director Sean Byrne. When Brent (Xavier Samuel) rejects Lola (Robin McLeavy) after she asks him to prom, Daddy (John Brumpton) kidnaps Brent, forcing him to be the King to Lola’s Queen, whether he likes it or not. A gleefully blood thirsty, skull-drilling horror film, with more than its fair share of laughs throughout, The Loved Ones is to Australian suburbia as Wake in Fright is to the outback. Join us as we pay tribute to this criminally under-appreciated, warped little gem, with Australian horror legend Sean Byrne Skyping in after the feature for an extended Q&A!
Drag Me To Hell | 10th Anniversary Screening
Back on the big screen after 10 years, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell is sure to have you laughing hysterically and screaming in the aisles in equal measure. Playing out like a live-action Looney Tunes animation, with a bucket-load of extra gore, Drag Me To Hell finds Christine – a young banker with a cushy job, intent on climbing the corporate ladder – cursed by Romanian Gypsy Mrs. Ganush after she denies her an extension on her home loan. While those around her are unconvinced, Christine is terrorised by the spectre of the old lady, as she attempts to save her own soul from being dragged straight to hell. A tribute to the films which made him famous – the Evil Dead trilogy – filled to the brim with gross-out gags and hilarious practical effects, Drag Me To Hell is a return to Sam Raimi’s roots (after the highly successful Spider-Man trilogy), an excellent satire for the Global Financial Crisis age and a hell of a good time.
Alien | 40th Anniversary Screening
A mainstay on the genre-film circuit, Palace are proud to present the brand new, director approved 4K restoration of Alien, in honour of its 40th anniversary. The film that put Sigourney Weaver and director Ridley Scott firmly on the map, Alien follows the crew of commercial spaceship Nostromo, as they respond to a distress signal from a distant planet. Finding thousands of eggs of unknown origin upon arrival, the crew inadvertently unleashes a terror beyond their wildest dreams, in this H.R. Giger-inspired, downright frightening masterpiece. Fixing the oversaturation and overcorrected green tint of recent releases, with a stunning new level of detail revealed in the all-new scan, Alien hasn’t looked this good since it was initially released – relive the horror of Alien once again, or discover it for the first time, on the big screen.
The Abyss – 30th Anniversary Screening
In 1989, hot on the heels of The Terminator and Aliens, James Cameron unleashed The Abyss on global audiences. Once a mainstay of the VHS and DVD rental market, The Abyss follows a civilian oil rig’s ultra-deep diving crew tasked with a search and rescue mission by the military after a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. Travelling into unknown realms, 25,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, a group of divers discover a mysterious, undocumented force with the power to change the world, or destroy it. Anchored by career best performances from Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, The Abyss is a weird and wonderful sci-fi treat, an underseen and underappreciated high concept underwater sci-fi flick from one of the genre’s masters. A late-80s oddity best seen on the big screen, The Abyss was a sign of things to come from James Cameron – worthy of rediscovery and reappraisal in 2019, join us for a screening of the original theatrical cut, 30 years on from its initial release.
Pet Sematary – 30th Anniversary Screening
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Mary Lambert’s literally ground-breaking Stephen King adaptation is one of the finest interpretations of the horror master’s work to date. After moving into the country house of their dreams, Dr. Louis Creed and his family discover an old pet cemetery at the back of their property. Beyond it, lies a cursed burial ground, deep in the woods, able to bring the dead back to life (with some minor problems). As things take a dark turn for the Creeds, Louis begins to think the unthinkable, toying with a decision that may bring dire consequences. Campy, eerie and freaky, Mary Lambert’s take on Stephen King’s source material is a fan favourite, boasting an all-time great performance from Fred Gwynne of The Munsters fame, as oddball neighbour Jud Crandall, and – of course – Church the cat. An all-round crowd-pleaser, join us for a night of kooks and spooks as we bring Pet Sematary back to the big screen.
In the Mouth of Madness | 25th Anniversary Screening
Finishing off our anniversary program is John Carpenter’s spectacular In the Mouth of Madness. The third instalment in Carpenter’s Apocalypse trilogy (following The Thing and Prince of Darkness), In the Mouth of Madness follows John (Sam Neill), a detective hired to investigate the mysterious disappearance of cult author Suttor Cane, whose trashy horror novels are said to cause disorientation, memory loss and paranoia in less stable readers. John is sceptical, confident the disappearance is a hoax staged by Cane’s publisher to drum up publicity for his new novel. However, after reading one of Cane’s novels, strange and terrifying events begin to occur around him, and John is forced to grapple with the possibility that all the myths surrounding the author may be true. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, In the Mouth of Madness is a bonkers Carpenter fan favourite, a pulpy Lovecraftian nightmare and an absolute must-see for fans of the horror genre.