666 Fridays – Palace Central
Palace Central proudly presents 666 FRIDAYS, where you’ll find the most devious, deranged and demonic horror and genre flicks this side of Transylvania, every Friday at 8:30pm from Nov 2 – Dec 23 in our 66-seat theatrette of terror, Cinema 6(66).
Tickets are shockingly affordable at $10.00 for Palace Movie Club Members ($12.00 Concession/$15.00 General), and don’t miss out on our exclusive 666 FRIDAYS Beer Hall special, with schooners of all tap beers going for just $6.00!
Dates, Locations & Tickets
Scream (1996) (MA18+)
Beetlejuice (1988) (M)
The Guest (2014) (MA15+)
Re-Animator (1985) (MA15+)
Videodrome (1983) (R18+)
The Thing (1982) (MA15+)
Daughters of Darkness (1971) (MA15+)
Better Watch Out (2017) (MA15+)
Our first stab comes on Nov 2 when we bring you Wes Craven’s subversive Scream (1996) – a post-modern horror film that deconstructs the genre while also playing homage to the greats. It’s still one of the best slasher films out there to date and is a brilliant slice of ‘90s pop-culture goodness.
We throw in a whole lot of crazy on Nov 9 with the new 4K restoration of Tim Burton’s brilliantly bizarre Beetlejuice (1988). This film is demented, creepy fun, delivering some of Michael Keaton’s most deliciously manic work and providing a fascinating insight into Tim Burton’s oeuvre as he began to cross into the mainstream.
Jumping forward several decades, we ramp up the schlock-factor on Nov 16 with Sydney’s theatrical premiere of Adam Wingard’s brilliant, too-cool-for-school cult hit The Guest (2014). Boasting more than enough intelligence to bolster its darkly violent thrills, The Guest offers another treat for genre fans and is filled with psycho charm from star Dan Stevens – see what the director was up to before he tackles Godzilla Vs. King Kong in the coming year.
On Nov 23 we dive head first into splatter heaven with the iconic RE-ANIMATOR (1985), featuring powerhouse performances from the legendary Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott. A genre masterpiece that perfectly mixes humour and horror, Re-Animator’s gruesome gore is only exceeded by director Stuart Gordon’s brilliant injection of killer wit.
When delving into the world of subversive genre cinema, we can’t go past David Cronenberg, so on Nov 30 we’re putting Videodrome (1983) back where it belongs, on the big screen. Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, Videodrome’s musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today.
What would a horror season be without a John Carpenter film? Bizarrely panned by many top critics at the time of its release, The Thing (1982) – which plays on Dec 7 – has withstood the test of time to become a genre mainstay and crowd favourite. Blending horror with sci-fi, Carpenter brings out the best from all involved and creates a film packed with compelling tension, iconic characters and remarkable make-up effects, topped off by a brilliantly simple score from none other than Ennio Morricone.
Things get a little more sophisticated on Dec 14 with Daughters of Darkness (1971). A vampire tale that shocked both grindhouse and arthouse audiences around the world upon its release, Daughters of Darkness is a gorgeous, pitch perfect exercise in mood, tone and tension and will cast a spell on audiences that lingers long after they have left the theatre.
Finally, we get ‘into the spirit of things’ on Dec 21, closing out our first 666 FRIDAYS season with Better Watch Out (2017), an adorably sinister Christmas horror film that’s guaranteed to induce high levels of Christmas fear and is sure to enter the Holiday movie cult canon, though this one decks the halls with a little more blood than most…