Living in the tri-state area (that would be New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for me) means that you have to watch the message boards for new 35mm screenings of old, rare, amazing horror films. I had stumbled across the Hudson Horror Show a couple years ago and have only attended one, but it was a game changer. The Hudson Horror Show is a semi-annual marathon of horror movies show on the big screen in 35mm in Pougkeepsie, NY. One is usually in May; the other December. It’s a great crowd who knows how to laugh and scream in a theater. These are the guys who showed Cannibal Holocaust and handed out vomit bags among other little goodies.
My first experience with the HHS guys was perfect. A pile of cheap but worthwhile vendor tables, strange mini mall Poughkeepsie and five horror movies that rocked my socks. Cannibal Holocaust! Alligator! Bird with the Crystal Plumage! Dr. Butcher MD! Return of the Living Dead! That’s a brilliant line up (it was their third effort).
For their sixth line-up they’re doing quite a few greats. Conan, The Devil’s Rain, Re-animator, Phantasm II and Switchblade Sisters… oh… and a surprise flick. Today, the surprise became very known. BLACK CHRISTMAS!!! Just in time for the holidays too. Have a John Saxon obsession? Go to the show! Still crankin’ em out to Margot Kidder post-Amityville Horror? Maybe you should go back to 1974 with your box of Kleenex. Some consider this to be the first modern slasher film… and I won’t come on that. This means you’re gonna need to get your ass to Poughkeepsie. You’re going to need to love and adore the Hudson Horror Show (whether I’m there or not) and most of all make sure to support good, dirty, 35mm fun! Film is the future!
There are two trailers for this special event.
I’ve posted the email from HHS below so you can get the full feel of what these fellas are doing. If you can’t make this one, there will be more. They will be amazing. Hope to see you there.
From Chris Alo, Hudson Horror Show Master:
On Saturday, December 1st, 2012 (12-1-12), Hudson Horror Show 666 will present a whopping six movies (for the price of five) along with shorts and vintage trailers, all off rare 35mm films. It’s a massive, sweaty 12 hour explosion of horror and exploitation!
This is by the far the biggest and most diverse lineup of movies we have ever presented. The show starts and heaven will be torn asunder as you run from, THE DEVIL’S RAIN! Starring Ernest Borgnine, William Shatner, Tom Skerrit, and an appearance by John Travolta, this is the coolest of the Satan Chic classics from the 70’s.
One of the greatest exploitation movies of all time, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS, tells the story of the Dagger Debs, the tough as nails girl gang whose members were hot as hell. Quentin Tarantino loves this movie, but hasn’t quite stolen from it yet!
Not many sequels can equal their predecessors, but PHANTASM II is one of the few. With more action, more midgets, and well, more balls, Phantasm II shatters the myth that all sequels suck.
There are no midgets in RE-ANIMATOR, but director Stuart Gordon’s unrated bloodbath has just about everything else. Mad scientists, zombies, talking heads and the most insane oral sex scene ever committed to celluloid, this film is cinematic proof that Jeffrey Combs got robbed of a best actor Oscar in 1985.
Sound the trumpets of Crom, after 30 years; the original CONAN THE BARBARIAN makes it triumphant return to the big screen! Forget the boring, anemic remake; Arnold Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakout film delivers more blood, blades and boobs than most vintage slasher films.
Speaking of slasher films, what’s a Hudson Horror Show without one? Have no fear as our mystery movie is now revealed to be the original BLACK CHRISTMAS. Again, screw the remake; this is the original yuletide horror classic from 1974, which many claim to be the very first true slasher film. And any movie starring John Saxon just kicks major ass!
Be sure to bring extra cash as we will have vendors selling more wares than ever before. Comic books, movie posters, super cool magnets, rare DVD’s, t-shirts, artwork and more will up for grabs at HH666. Horror author Jason Gehlert will even be in attendance signing copies of his brand spanking new book, Jeremiah Black. This book sounds even sicker and more twisted than Jason’s other works, for all of his info go to www.facebook.com/jason.gehlert
Advance tickets are $26.00 in advance at our website, if any day tickets remain, they will be $30.00 at the door day of show, cash only. Doors open at noon, show starts at 1PM and runs until 12AM. One ticket gets you entry in and out all day long.
Check out the Hudson Horror Show 666 Trailers:
Trailer #1 Intro with Ian McCulloch:
For more information on the show, head to www.hudsonhorror.com or email us at email@example.com. Advance tickets are going quick and are only on sale until Monday, November 26th at 11:59PM. Get your tickets now! We’ll see you on 12-1-12!!
Have a Happy Halloween!
Hudson Horror Show